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Having a Career in Modeling | Aspiring Models

img2If you are a model you most likely dream of seeing yourself on the cover of a magazine. Magazines like Vogue, Elle or Marie Claire.

Before you can get there you must first take full appraisal of yourself and what type of modeling you can do. Be honest. Of course we all want to be High-Fashion models and walk the runways for Fashion Week, grace the covers of fashions prestigious magazines and gain international fame. But not all of us can be High-Fashion models because they must be tall and thin. If you are not as tall and tend to be on the heavier side, try pursuing print, commercial modeling or plus-size modeling. In reality only a small percentage of modeling work is High-Fashion, the larger percentage encompasses everything else.

After you have figured out what type of model you are the next step is to do some research. Find out what you need to do to be a High-Fashion model, a Plus-Size Model, or even a Fitness model. Requirements are normally the same across the board. You will need to have a model’s portfolio book, you need to learn how to walk the runway, you need to know how to put on makeup, you need to know how to dress for “go-sees”, you need to know what types of agencies to pursue and when these agencies are holding open calls.

For aspiring models it is important that when you are going to open calls or go-sees for agencies and clients that you wear close-fitting clothing, natural makeup and simple hairstyles. The agent or client needs to see the blank canvas they will be working with if you are chosen. Make sure that you have a few shots of yourself, at least 3 to 5 shots- a close-up of your face, usually referred to as a headshot; and a couple of full-body shots in a swimsuit.

Going it alone can be very hard so the ultimate goal for a model is to get signed to an agency. Modeling agencies find work for their models and help manage their careers in exchange for a cut of the model’s pay. Make sure that you research the agency you choose to sign up with. Keep in mind that you are making an investment in a business, and that business is you.

Fun Fact:

The swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated was released in 1964, it featured model Babette March on the cover and contained a five-page layout. However the magazine did not start to exclusively feature models on its cover until 1997.

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