Pros And Cons About Modeling

There are many misconceptions that spread about the work of modeling and that of the agencies. Let’s us find out more about the business of modeling.

Scouters are hunting any face on the street regardless of whether the person they pick is good looking.

Some common comments go along the lines of, “I can’t believe the Scouter is approaching such an ugly person, they must desperately want to get more models.”

A common misconception about modeling is that you need to be pretty, with flawless skin, perfect Jawline, and flat abs. That is one of the most untrue claims that serve as a psychological barrier for many potential models to join this field. Not all clients and projects require pretty faces and many actually need models of marketable looks, that can range from different sizes, ethnicities, and overall body features. Size is also not a concern, as there are many plus-sized models in demand today. Someone has to market the bigger sized clothing and a product that appeal to people in that category, and definitely plus sized is becoming more relevant in the modeling fields of today.

If a credible modeling agency is sending a scouter to the street to recruit new models, it is also sending someone to be the face that represents the agency in the process; it is not going to do so blindly. Much training and knowledge of the modeling and fashion industry are taught to these scouters before they are sent out on the street. They know the different types of looks that the agency wants and that can appeal to a client before they actually approach you and give you an offer. Of course, you also have a part to play and determine the credibility of the agency through proper research online.

Everyone is so busy, who has time for modeling? It’s too much work.

Modeling doesn’t require commitment on the scale of a full-time job nor are you bound to be involved in work that doesn’t fit into your schedule. It can fit in easily into your schedule if you consider that you will be on average receiving one job offer a week with some project commitments going to even three hours or so. Of course, there are longer projects which may take a few days of shoots to finish depending on their requirements. However, the best part is you get to pick up and drop the projects that don’t suit you. In other words, you have full flexibility in your work. However, a word of caution, if you are just starting out in modeling, do not get too picky, and focus on building your portfolio and reputation as a model first.

Nowadays there are so many comments and reviews everywhere, how do I differentiate the good and bad agencies?

This may pose a big concern especially in the age of the internet, where there are many false rumors floating around, and truth tends to get buried in the comments section. It may be hard to distinguish truth from the lies, and usually one only knows the true nature of the work and the modeling process once they sign up for it. One good way is to read reviews from credible sources and websites, and not believe wholesale what you read on forums and blogs which are contentment unregulated. Google and Facebook reviews are one such way where spam and imposter comments are unpublished or removed, and only honest feedback is considered.

Another good way is to find out the models involved in the agency. Are there a good number of models? Are there models who somewhat have a similar look to you? Do they take good effort and care to have a well set-up website? Any model agency has a need to have a good website because it is often the first go-to platform for clients and models. An illegitimate or bad agency can most often be spotted from their bad website maintenance.

Modeling isn’t for me, either I am born as a model or I’m not. There is no in-between.

False! Whether you know this or not modeling takes a lot of hard work, patience and confidence. Someone with the looks of Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima, but without their confidence can never make it very far as a model and isn’t someone who will get through a regular casting call. No matter how you look, your personality, dress sense and the way you express your energy and this confidence means a large deal more. This impresses clients and lands you the best job opportunities.

The biggest misconception of all may be that modeling agencies are not essential and they are just out to scam. If you flip your daily newspaper or browse through your regular online catalog to shop, or any other advertisement or billboard, they are not people who are randomly picked or someone who is from that company or brand of that advertisement. In short, they are models, who most likely come from modeling agencies, and clients pick them out of many other potential models.

Modeling Myths That Not True

Modern times in modeling are changing, and a lot of such information that has been circulated since the past is becoming false. We reveal 5 modeling myths so that you can be more informed and more confident to come forward to be a model.

1. You need to be size zero

This might have been true in the past where skinny was frequently related to a model. Today the industry is changing and there is, in fact, a good market for plus-size models and variety of sizes is accepted. Many of the top modeling agencies have accepted that curvy models are in demand and appeal to the market.

2. You have to be very tall

There may be strict height requirements for runway and high fashion modeling that is still in place, however, most other categories ranging from commercial, catalog, print and many other forms are more open to short heights. There is even a modeling category called petite modeling these days. It is also not impossible to break into high fashion, seeing the example of Kate Moss who was one of the first models to break into to the Supermodel scene with a height around 5’6″ or 1.67m. As long as you are passionate about the industry, you can see tremendous success being a model.

3. You are too old for modeling

Heard of senior or mature modeling? Yes, age is not a barrier for modeling! Anyone can be a model as far as you have the energy and dedication to take part and have an eventful life, modeling is for you.

4. You have to take professional photographs beforehand

If you have the time and money for it, sure go ahead, but it’s not a must. Agencies don’t expect you to be a pre-made model with all the professional photos and experience in place. What they are looking for is mostly, a fresh face that has a good attitude to develop into a professional model that will sign on with the agency for as long as possible. For starters, your smartphone quality cameras will be enough for signing up. The professional photos will be taken by the agency, the way they require it.

5. It is very easy to be rich and famous

This is a very common misconception. People watch Victoria’s Secret runway, or read vogue magazines and believe that is what a model is. Well yes, but reaching those standards isn’t going to be an overnight phenomenon. Often at the start, you will have to sideline profits and invest time and energy in building your reputation and a good track record first. Once clients start recognizing you and the agency believes in your potential, that’s when you will see a steady and good income source and start getting popular.

With that, we hope to have dispelled away some of the doubts and rumors about modeling.

All about Model Agencies

If you are truly passionate about modeling and want to impress a modeling agency, the best way to do it is undoubted to submit the best photos. We reveal some important advice on photos model agencies are looking out for and some guidelines for you to follow.

Simplicity is not dullness

Contrary to what may be your instinctive idea, model agencies are not looking out for extraordinary photos or fancy clothes! This may actually work against you. Firstly, the agency might think you are an inflexible person who is only interested in a particular style of fashion and modeling. They may also perceive your effort as arrogance. Agencies are looking for fresh material they can mold and most importantly a humble person they can cooperate and work with. No agency wants to sign someone who they feel might be difficult to work in harmony with.

Therefore, always submit photos with simple clothes and minimal makeup. Solid, dark colors such as maroon and blue would prevent too much distraction and focus the attention on you, your body and facial features more in the photograph.

Avoid distraction

Avoid too much clutter and photo noise in the background. Your background should be as simple as it can be. Remember that model agencies are looking out for YOU and not anyone else, so only you should be in your photographs, and if all else fails, find a simple white wall, and use it as your background.

No edits

Modeling agencies are filled with staff and personnel who are photoshop gurus because of the nature of the industry. They will spot your edit on a photo from miles away. So don’t try your luck with Photoshop or any other software. No editing should be necessary for you to look good on a photo in any case. Moreover, if you do edit and get called for an interview, imagine the disappointment that you will be giving the agency on your first day itself. The best way is to go natural and be known for your authentic look and confident personality. A credible agency will have the creative brains to imagine you with the makeup and clothes of varying degrees and complexities without you physically wearing them.

Social media

If you are truly interested in modeling and want to dedicate your life to it, how you post on social media matters a lot too. Model agencies are usually online and digitally savvy to keep their agency relevant with the times. They are likely to do some background research on you if they are interested in you. That said; don’t be posting studio quality shots or photos online. Model agencies don’t want you to be portraying your social life like a professional job network. Post casual photographs and selfies that show that you can look good without putting in too much effort. Show that you know how to have a good time and have a vibrant personality.

So there you have it, the top qualities in photographs agencies are looking out for. Also, make sure you check the photo submission guidelines and ensure you meet them. Usually, agencies will need at least one face and one body shot, and might have other specific requirements too. Get a reliable friend or family member you know to take the photos for you. Submit clear, simple and well-taken photos, and you will surely have gotten your hands on the ticket into modeling!

All About Modeling Industry

These are usually learned through personal experiences, working with modeling agencies however, we try to pick some of those and share with you in writing now.

It is not a job with a fixed timing like 9 to 5

Modeling never comes to you at a fixed and consistent timing, and if you are inflexible to accommodate timings out of the usual 9-5 range modeling will not suit you. The jobs you get won’t also be on a consistent basis, there will be times when you will be wishing for your next job, and there will be times in which you will be wishing that you had a day off. Projects come on and off on an irregular basis, as when clients select you. Patience and flexibility are key qualities that you require in this field.

Deals with a hectic schedule

You could be leading a busy and hectic lifestyle like most of the people in the region. Students are also not immune to this lifestyle, and can often forego many of their interests and activities outside of their academic curriculum.

You should know to balance between studies and a high fashion career in modeling. The hectic schedule may seem grueling, but it shows your hard work and determination to achieve your dreams.

Don’t change your hair without informing your modeling agency

Note that the agency won’t scold you for changing your hair color or cutting your hair off, but sometimes when a client requests for a particular type of hair (e.g. shampoo advertisement client) your hair is an essential part of the modeling. Hence it is wise to inform your agency of any big changes you are making to your look, so they may advise you accordingly.

Modeling is not just for young people

Modeling is a very diverse industry and agencies are always on the lookout for models of various ethnicities, ages, sizes, heights and races without discrimination as clients may have their requests for literally any kind of look. Of course, different categories of modeling have their specific set of requirements and you will be allocated to what suits your look best.

There is still some stigma around modeling

There will be people who look down or with skepticism at modeling jobs. Some may even believe it to be very superficial or not an honorable industry. However, truth is models work very hard to make a name for them. It takes just as much brainwork as beauty. Top models prove that it takes good skills, confidence and personality to excel in modeling, and not just gifted looks.

Make the most out of the events you get to attend

If you are lucky enough to be one of those who get to go for after parties or networking events, make sure to use those opportunities to get to know various clients, and have a good time.