This article was published on November 14th, 2015
Modelling is waiting for you to break the mold. No one said modeling would be easy, there is so much pressure from agencies telling you to look a certain way be a certain height. Modeling happens in the strangest of ways. Not everyone can be a model, but everyone has the right too. Today, modeling is a huge part of culture. From the shoes you wear, to the fresh pair of jeans you put on, modelling has been extremely influential in day-to-day life. There are different types of modelling, from runway, to editorial, to commercial. Here are five important tips for aspiring male models to go from average Joe to male model in no time.
Be memorable and confident
Modelling is a diverse culture and the best way to stand out is to own your look and find models with similar attributes. When a photographer books for a photo shoot their first impression is appearance. For instance if you have facial hair, long hair or a unique bone structure pose in a way that defines you. Always highlight your features with a strong pose. When looking through your portfolio with your feature that’s what will make you memorable. First impressions are everything, so stay confident, be poised and always stay true to yourself.
Prepare and be ready
You have to be prepared for your photo shoot day. Make sure your travel bag is packed the night before with all the necessary items you and the photographer talked about. Always double-check the week of the shoot for correct address and the time of the shoot. It’s always best to do this ahead of time; it shows you being professional and responsible. Bring more than requested. If you have items that are unique or different, odds are those will be the highlight of the shoot. Confirm you are still attending the shoot. Not only are you giving your time, the photographer is as well. Arrive early to the shoot; never underestimate traffic or being in an area that’s unfamiliar. Lastly get an adequate amount of sleep. This will help you be refreshed, focused and energized for your photo shoot.
Educating yourself and staying current on modeling is the most important tip you can follow. To get a jump-start before your shoot, head to your local bookstore and browse the magazine section. Men’s fashion has increased so much over the years that they have a whole section of magazines dedicated to it. Another great resource is blogs/social media. There are so many photos to help influence you.
Now that you have all of these images it is time to give yourself some exposure. A useful website for models can be on is a modeling portfolio website. It is like the Facebook of modeling. You can find all sorts of creative people from hair stylists, photographers to make up artists. The next best thing is an app where photos are shared. We all know this app. Always tag/give credit to all that are involved. It is truly disrespectful when credit isn’t given. Another great option for exposure is a portfolio book. Images to include are portraits, studio, and location images. Be sure to include different poses for each. When selecting images provide a solid 10 images. The famous saying is time is money. Agencies don’t have hours to go through your images. Keep your book sleek and clean with a solid color. Your photos should be the stars.
Start locally in your search for a modeling career. You don’t need to be in a big city to get noticed. Photographers are everywhere. If you are trying to get agency representation, look at their websites and see if they have casting dates or where to submit photos. Be sure to always read the guidelines for submissions. Remember first impressions are extremely important.
With these tips you can jumpstart your modeling career to new heights. Stay focused and driven for your goals of a model. This isn’t something that will happen over night. Stay persistent and have fun. Don’t let anything hold you back. It is ok if photographers and agencies don’t respond. You are good enough they are the ones missing out. Now grab your portfolio book and get out there and strut your stuff.