What Type of Model Do You Want to Be?
First the needs of the market determines what models are needed and second, the prospective model should understand the type of model that they want to become.
By understanding the type of modeling you are interested in you can learn what the requirements are beyond those we have already mentioned and if you can meet them.
Understanding the divisions in modeling can also help in avoiding a rip off.
Most rip offs and bad business decisions happen when a wannabe model is thinking of one type of modeling (usually high fashion) and a scout, agent, photographer, etc. is recruiting for another.
The garment and beauty product industries are large users of models. People want to see what clothes or beauty products look like on a body. High-fashion, designer-label garments, are designed for what fashion designers view as the “ideal woman.”
In smaller markets fashion models often don’t meet these measurements. It is more important the look of being tall and slender be there and that the sample clothes fit. The “look” can run from classic beauty to some extreme looks for fashion magazine editorial.
If you are going to work in front of the camera you need to be photogenic and you can’t know until you do a test shoot. This doesn’t mean you need to rush out and find a photographer. If you are photogenic in snap shots that have been taken of your chances are that you will be in front of a professional photographer as well.
So take some time to think about what type of modeling that you want to get into before you begin your modeling job search! This can help you avoid any situations that you feel may not be a good fit for you.
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