How to Start Modeling – 8 Important Questions to Ask Yourself
There are subtle and subjective factors involved when you want to learn how to start modeling. Some of these factors are more important than others and those that are important change with each person. You should learn that a prospective model recognizes and understands that these factors exist.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you are serious about learning how to start modeling:
Question 1: Are you photogenic?
The most beautiful woman in the world, whoever she is, may not look good on camera.
Likewise the camera might love someone who has less beauty quality. Obviously success as a model of any type depends on how you photograph. If you are photogenic, you should already know it from the snapshots of you taken over the years.
Question 2: Are you a chameleon?
The truth is the models that have the quality to change their look for the circumstance will generally have longer careers than those models that look the same in every photo.
Question 3 : Are you graceful?
Grace of movement comes from within. You are either born with it or not. It can be coached and honed. Whether you have grace or not will show up in your photographs.
Question 4: Are you inhibited?
Fact is you can’t be too modest and succeed in modeling. In runway modeling, models rarely have enough time to change outfits and worry about covering up at the same time. In fashion magazine shoots the model is going to be handled by make-up people, clothing fitters armed with straight pins, and the photographer or an assistant may physically move the model into the desired pose.
Question 5: Are you confident?
A feeling of well-being or confidence is an elusive quality. It is also paramount for a successful model. If you feel fat, shy, or clumsy, or if you are just worried about a pimple that insecurity will show on camera.
Question 6: Are you open minded?
You have to be able to work with people of every culture, religion, race, and sexual orientation.
Question 7: Can you grasp the big picture?
If you are swept up in the moment or you tend to think that you are the center of the universe, you could be in big trouble. The model is just one part of the creative process that involves art directors, photographers, stylists, make-up artists, and other crew personnel. The lack of grasp of the big picture will show up very fast and if the model tries to impose their view, it won’t be conducive to a long career in the industry.
Question 8: Are you patient?
Some agents will tell you that if you don’t have patience you’ll never survive as a model.
If you’re good you’ll be working a lot and in that work you will have to spend a lot of time waiting. Getting ready for the shoot can by trying. Patience is definite a virtue in modeling.
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