Ed's 10 tips before you call yourself a model
There is a bubble in the market. Not in the housing market but in the modeling market. So many people think they have what it takes to be a model and are disappointed when what they try to do does not work or they find out modeling is a very hard job. So here I go with some of my tips before you decide that you want to be a model.
- Be real to yourself and be prepared if you do not have the look wanted for a particular genre.
- Don't shoot something you are not prepared to be asked to have out in public and you are not prepared to be known for.
- Shoot with more than one photographer and shoot only with photographers whose style you like or who takes photos for the places you want to model for.
- Never pay for modeling portfolio photos, ever. There is a bubble in the photographer market too. Agencies that charge are not out to sell you but sell to you
- Clothing should be solid colors and flattering. Unless it is Cosplay but it has to be good Cosplay to be able to be successful doing it.
- Your most important photo is a headshot, just like actors, online dating or politicians, that photo is your key to many doors.
- You want to be a paid model, be prepared to have digitals or polaroids, no make-up, long hair in a ponytail, solid black bra/pantie with no logo or lace, one photo of your face and one of your entire body.
- Your portfolio should have 12 to 24 photos. You can use the same photographer but make sure the looks, locations, and lighting show a variety. Some photographers can do that for you but many do one style they like and nothing else.
- Where to find a photographer, Google duh, one suggestion is Commerial Advertising Photographers as they know what is in demand in your area. If that does not work for you I suggest sites like Model Mayhem or a Facebook group like ISOconnection.
- Be careful but have fun. Modeling is hard work and can require very early mornings, late evenings, hustle and a positive attitude. If it is not fun for you give it up, modeling is not for you.
I wish I could say I had all the answers about being a model. I do have a great online resource for you to check out, 15 Tips for a great modeling portfolio by Joe Edelman. He is a pretty straight forward honest photographer and one of my favorite educators in the business today.