” I want to be a model ” is a statement that I hear at least once a week. The FashShe’s are always contacting me with plenty of questions on becoming a model so I decided to write here in my blog and give a glimpse into my experiences thus far. It is always my goal to give accurate information based on my own knowledge and experiences. Fashionaire She advocates for everyone chasing their dreams.
In this case, chasing your dreams requires a little research. There are 12 types of models. For example, I am a petite/fashion/commercial model with runway experience. I HAVE SKILLS on the runway even though I stand at 5’6″. 😆 As the song says let me “Sit down and be humble” but you can see my comp card here (*shameless plug*). As you read the description of the types of models, there are different categories for which you may specifically fit. Where do you fit in? What type of model do you want to be? Yes, being a model does come with a bit of glitz and glamour but there’s so much more to consider when taking on this trade. Here, Fashionaire She reveals ten things a model won’t tell you.
The number one question I always get is “How do you find jobs?”; Answer: NETWORKING! There aren’t any jobs that will just fall out of the sky. You have to put your name out there and let it be known that your ready to work. Modeling agencies, casting calls, fashion shows, modeling contest and online modeling groups are good ideas to begin immersing yourself once you’ve decided modeling is what you want to do. Becoming a successful model honestly has more to do with “who you know” and less of “how you look”. You will find that the industry can be brutal. When networking, you must be prepared for the positive as well as being met with no’s and abrasive opinions. Do you still want to be a model? Okay, well read on to secret #2.
Despite popular belief, models do not own many if any of the items we are pictured in. In the rare event that we do own those garments/accessories it is because (like in this case) we BOUGHT them.Depending on the model’s agency, versus management, versus freelance circumstances, there are other non covered expenses often required of a model, such as: hair, makeup, gas for transportation, etc. Truth is when starting out you will need your day job to afford the launch and longevity of your career. Now, do you still want to be a model? Okay, well read on to secret #3.
When booking jobs it is necessary to plan, and have a back up plan. Even then, things may not go as planned. A smart model is well rounded and can pick up the slack to get a great picture. I was able to S L A Y two photo shoots and a fashion show with no hair stylist on site and I served as the make up artist for 3 of the 4 looks of the weekend. I was able to get extra shots in on both shoots because I brought a back up clothing selection in my model bag. Point being, you have to plan and be able to adapt quickly as a model.
Actually modeling is a very small part in being a model. When walking the runway, promoting, hosting or doing a photo shoot, the glamour of the job only lasts briefly. There’s always hair, makeup, fittings, rehearsals, meetings and plenty more that must be completed. Consequently, the part that the spectator gets to see is only 10% of the models job in getting the job done. Hmmmm? Now this may play a big part of why some have resorted to social media modeling.
Do not set yourself up for failure by making concrete plans on the day of an assignment. Every model knows to assume you’ll be on set all day. Even though shooting may take 30-45 minutes tops, there’s other things to consider. Preparation starts before your call time. In most cases, clean hair and a well maintained, fresh face is how you should show up to your call time. The call time is usually used for prep time and for you that means anywhere from 1-2 hours in hair and makeup before you hit the set. That does not include the time with the wardrobe stylist that sometimes comes with a mini mobile closet. Now add another 30 minutes to an hour. Wait! Now ask yourself “Do you still want to be a model”?
I wore 4 completely different make up looks in less than 48 hours. Luckily I was wearing Fashionaire She Virgin bundles so my hair was protected, but even then the hair was transitioned from it’s natural state to wet and curly and then all the way to a straight texture. A fashion model must be a versatile with his/her look. you must take good care of yourself. Hair, skin and nails plays a strong role in the longevity of your career.
After about 10 minutes under all those beaming lights you’ll start to experience fatigue. Truth is the power of studio lighting literally drains the energy out of you. Not to mention how hard it is on your eyes adjusting to all the flashes. A fashion model’s job is to endure it until the end… then if you are anything like me, you will get a nice nap in. 😆 LOL
Yes, everyone on set knows everything you have to endure when being a fashion model, yet, and trust me on this, NO ONE CARES! You are still expected to look pretty and be pleasant. Having a bad attitude only works for Naomi Campbell and even she has taken hits in her career for it. By the way, Ms. Campbell is my best friend in my head and can do no wrong!
As we’ve seen in shows like America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) models aren’t always in the most comfortable situations.
From experience I can admit it is true, the bigger the risk, the better the picture. Earlier this month, in one weekend alone, I shot a beauty reel with an unfiltered light less than 4 inches away from my face. Can you say HOT? I also walked a 40 ft runway in the dark. To be a model you must be open to stepping outside of the box. With hard work and determination, more than likely your risk will be rewarded.
View footage from my busy modeling weekend in my first YouTube video.
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The difference between a professional model and everyone else who take pictures and call themselves a “model” (a little SHADE), is his/her portfolio. Everything in it should be there for a specific reason. See my full modeling portfolio here. When picking a team, choose those who specialize in executing that exact genre of photo your attempting to capture. Ask yourself ‘What is the purpose of the photo shoot? Are you going for a specific look? Is there a certain angle that should be shot?” All of these are aspects that should be considered before walking on set. The best execution is the product of a great plan. For every gig you get there should be a bigger picture it contributes to.
To sum up my advice in just a few words:
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