So one question that has been coming in a lot to the MSA email is “How to become a model if I’ve got absolute no experience?” It seems like a catch 22, doesn’t it? In order to land modeling jobs you need experience, but to get experience you need experience. Luckily, we have a few helpful tips that can be used to help you become a model and get your career started even with little to no experience.
Tips on How to Become a Model
Model For Free – There are many people who hate the word “free” or concept of working for free. Now, ideally you want to be earning some money for your hard work, but in the beginning don’t be afraid to do a few modeling jobs for free just to build up your modeling portfolio. After all, you don’t have to say that the job was unpaid when you’re trying to land future modeling jobs. The photographers are just looking for somebody with some experience in front of the camera.
Have a Good Set of Head Shots – It’s important to have professional head shots that are up to date with your current look! One of the worst (and unfortunately most common) mistakes models make is applying for modeling jobs with one set of photos, and showing up to the shoot looking like a completely different person. Photographers look for talent that have a certain look that will fit the job their shooting for. By showing up at a shoot with a look that is different than your head shots you throw off a photographer, and they will likely not work with you if the change is too extreme.
Hire a Good Mentor – Truth be told, only the top 1% of models get signed to a major modeling agency, so what do the rest of us do? Well, a good start would be to hire a good modeling mentor that can show you how to become a model in a good amount of time. There are a ton of talent services companies, but our highest recommendation goes out to One Source Talent. Yes, yes, before your jaw drops in astonishment let me explain. Love them or hate them, One Source has been doing this successfully for over 10 years and have gotten many models signed to major agencies like Ford, Elite, etc.
Now that doesn’t mean they can get you a major modeling contract, but it does mean they can probably help find you at least some level of success in the modeling industry; even if it’s just local modeling gigs or small time deals that earn some side cash. OST knows what they are doing and they are quite good at it. Just check out these One Source Talent Reviews that are posted to their website and you’ll find over 1,000 reviews and success stories from actual talent.
Keep in touch with Photographers – In business there’s a saying “it’s easier to sell new products to an existing customer than it is to find new customers all together”. The same goes for modeling, it’s easier to land multiple modeling jobs/photo shoots from 1 photographer than it is to find a bunch of photographers and convince them all to take a chance on you. Work your butt off, nail your photo shoot, and send your photographer a thank you card… and don’t hesitate to text/call/email them every once in a while just to see how they are doing. Chances are they will remember you the next time they need a subject like you for a photo shoot 🙂
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