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5 Modeling Schools that Can Enhance Your Skills for Modeling Jobs


modeling-schoolsThe top modeling schools typically have several locations across the country, while searching for a modeling school, consider enrolling in one that’s located close to you locally in the same city, state, or where you would like to start your modeling career. The majority of modeling schools employ a curriculum that does not only demonstrate to students how you can be effective while you’re watching camera, but tips concerning the business side of modeling for example, modeling auditions, coping with modeling agents, information for parents of child models and ways in which can help you make the right connections in a very highly competitive industry. In addition, modeling schools concentrate on social practices and building self-confidence.


Here is a brief list of 5 modeling schools that can help you achieve your goal:

1.  John Casablanca’s Model and Career Centers

John Casablancas is recognized as the leader in the modeling industry. He developed the world’s first “Supermodels” and changed the modeling industry forever. Models were not well known or well paid until John came into the industry. He made modeling what it is today and made the Supermodels household names.

In states where it is required, the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Centers are licensed with the State Boards of Education, proving they are certified or licensed to operate in that state under the guidelines of the Board of Education. Currently, the John Casablancas Centers hold Board of Education licenses in 35 states.

2. Barbizon International, Inc.

At Barbizon’s free performing arts workshop, you can find out what it takes to make it in the industry and gain the self-confidence you need to turn your dream into reality.    The Barbizon experience is about discovering what makes you special, and developing your one-of-a-kind “star” quality for the whole world to see. Barbizon’s expert modeling and acting training, along with life-skills instruction, will give you the confidence and tools to shine for a lifetime.  

Barbizon has locations throughout the country .


3. Prestige Models

Located in North Beach Miami, Florida, this fashion modeling school helps create the face of the artist or model at hand. The school creates opportunities that are beneficial for both aspiring models and actors in all categories.


4. John Powers Roberts School System

John Powers Roberts founded the modern day billion dollar modeling, talent, and corporate training industry. From his many writings and published books Mr. Powers created the curriculum that is the core of the personality development, modeling and other course offered at the worldwide network of John Robert Powers Schools. This school breaks up its curriculum based on age, with programs for children ages 4 to 11, teenagers up to 18 and adults. It focuses on teaching confidence, style and social grace in addition to the basics of a modeling career.

John Power Roberts has locations throughout the country


5. Julie Nation

Julie Nation Model and Talent Management Company is located in Santa Rosa, California. It focuses on offering small classes and workshops to people of all ages. It offers modeling and acting classes, has an international model and talent search and also provides a free evaluation for toddler and baby modeling.


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Are You Considering Modeling Classes? (Part 2)

Continued from Are You Considering Modeling Classes? (Part 1)

We all can show emotion. Make a list of all key emotions (hate, love, anger, sadness, longing, happy, etc.) andmodeling-classes practice those expressions in front of a mirror. After you have practiced for a while, try them on a friend and see if they can tell what emotion you are conveying.

The idea is that when you are in front of the camera and the photographer wants you to look longingly into the distance you know how to do that. When you are in front of the camera lens your body and how it is positioned become a critical element in making the photograph successful.

Learning how to move in front of the camera begins with some basic principles.

  • Lines of Force: There are certain principles of design that apply to any visual art. With a model in a photograph your body works as a compositional element.

All the basic rules of design apply to how you position your body.

Learning basic design rules can help you understand why an arm should go one way and a leg the other way, and why when the rules are broken a whole different message is given.

  • Non-verbal communication: Certain body positions communicate different messages.

By learning these body positions and recreating them in front of the camera you can communicate a powerful message.

  • Symbolism: This is a refinement of understanding of non-verbal communication. This is the old nature verses nurture debate. There are certain body positions that have specific meaning with in a culture context.

There can be body positions that will mean something in one culture or for one group of people and mean nothing to another.

What is meaningless in on culture can be a great insult in another.

  • Acting versus reacting: Photographers can get the pose they need by the modelsacting or reacting.
  • Acting or directional modeling: The scene is set, direction on what is needed from the model for expression, look and pose is given to the model, and the model must provide what is needed. A model that can accomplish this is very valuable.
  • Reactive modeling: With this type of approach an environment is created, or external forces are applied and the model reacts to the situation.

The model’s personality is important and the shot is achieved through improvisation and spontaneity. The question is whether it works or not and most of the time if it does it is usually the exception.

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Are You Considering Modeling Classes? (Part 1)

modeling-classesBefore you start taking modeling classes at your expense you might want to consider the following information. There are a number of classes that a prospective model could take that would improve the chances of gaining an agent or being a success at modeling.

Photographers have two choices when it comes to models, they can either pull someone off the street who looks right for their concept and not pay them much money, or they can hire a professional model and pay more money. Most opt to pay more for a professional because the shoot will go quicker and there is a marked improvement in the odds of success.

A professional model can save client money by shortening the time it takes for a shoot and the quality of the images will be better (better usually meaning more sales).

What does a professional model bring to a shoot that someone off the street does not?

A professional attitude, the ability to express and pose, and knowledge of make-up, hairstyling, and wardrobe. These skills are what make a model worth the fees.

You should know your body so you are aware of how it moves, what lines it forms, and how it can be coached into different positions. You should know yourself and your emotions so you can show these to the camera and feel confident in what you are showing.


One of the best ways to gain grace of movement is through dance. More agents, bookers, and casting directors recommend dance classes over any other. This is because of the multiple benefits of fitness and the awareness a dancer has of their body. If you perform dance so much the better as the experience before an audience is beneficial.

Another good way to gain or perfect grace is through Yoga. Yoga teaches body awareness. Yoga may be even be better than aerobics because rather than moving fast continuously, in Yoga you move in control, slow control. Yoga also teaches breathing, focusing on ones body position, and focusing on your surroundings – all-important to a model.

That’s a wrap for today, stay tuned for Are You Considering Modeling Classes? (Part 2).

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