Advice for models

The modelling industry is super-competitive. If you want to make it as a model, you need to make sure you stand out – in the right way!

Casting professionals and agents are also incredibly busy, but by following the advice below you should be able to get their attention.

  • Your portfolio showcases the work you’ve done as a model. It should include your measurements and contact details.
  • Your portfolio needs to really sell your talent, so make sure you have a range of recently-taken, professional photos.
  • Think digital: have back-ups of all your photos in case you need them again, or lose the originals.
Comp cards
  • A comp card (composite card) is basically a big business card for models. A busy agent can glance at it, if they don’t have time to go through your entire portfolio.
  • Your comp card should include your best headshot, a few other photos from your portfolio, your key measurements, and your contact details.
Photo shoots

A photo shoot can be a great opportunity for a model, but there are a few potential pitfalls. Here are a few things to be aware of before you do a shoot:

Before the shoot
  • Show up 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Do your homework and figure out the exact location and how you’ll get there (and factor in traffic!).
  • If you’re going to be late, call the photographer – or your agent, if you have one.
  • Take along at least three suitable outfits. You might also need to do your hair and makeup in advance – check with the photographer beforehand.
  • Always read any contract in full before signing, and make sure you understand it.
  • Talk to the photographer about the shoot in advance, so that there are no surprises on the day.
During the shoot
  • Be patient – photo shoots can take a while.
  • Listen closely to the photographer and do what they ask.
  • Don’t be critical of anything. They didn’t hire you to give negative feedback on clothing or styles.
  • Take along your own food and drink to the shoot, in case they’re not provided.
  • Try to relax – if you’re tense, it will show in the photos.

For advice on staying safe during a shoot, check out our online & audition safety tips, our guidelines for under-18 members, and information about roles involving nudity.

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