How to Become a Model – Create Portfolios and Contact with Agencies

The most common question that modeling agents and scouts receive from aspiring models is, “how do I become a fashion model?.” A lot of people want to be a model because it’s glamorous, lucrative, and they may want to be recognized in the modeling world. Modeling is extremely competitive, and the industry is filled with rejection, but successful models are doing something that they love. This post is about How to Become a Model – Create Portfolios and Contact with Agencies?

To become a model you need to follow these three steps

In this post, we are explaining only the Second step. We split this article in some post (like a separate post for each step and a post for Tips and Warnings). Find the links at the end of the post.

  1. Learn Basics
  2. Create Portfolios and Contact with Agencies
  3. Your on job behavior
  4. Tips and Warnings

Create Portfolios and Contact with Agencies

1. Take some snapshots

This doesn’t mean candid shots of you and your friends, but rather shots of you up close without a lot of makeup and on a plain background. You should shoot them in nice natural light without a lot of distraction in the photos. These are meant for agencies to get a look at you in a raw state. Consider a head shot, a body shot, and profile shots.

2. Consider getting some professional shots taken

Professional photography, even if it is expensive, will give you a better idea of what kind of look you give off. You may eventually need these photographs to snag an interview, so think of it as a worthwhile investment!

  • Get your favorite professional shots printed into 8x10s. Save these in case you are asked to leave a photograph anywhere before you have professional ones done.
  • If you’ve got enough of these photos, consider putting everything into a portfolio, or “book.” Bring this portfolio with you to castings or to agencies.

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3. Take and know your measurements and stats

These will help to model agencies place you.

  • Basic measurements are height, weight, and shoe size.
  • Know your clothing measurements such as dress size, hip, waist, chest etc.
  • Know your own personal stats, such as hair color, eye color, skin tone etc.

4. Visit a modeling agency

Almost every major city has multiple modeling agencies, and almost every agency has “open-calls” where they look at new talent.

  • Bring your snapshots and/or portfolio. They will often ask you to walk or pose for them. They may take a headshot or take your measurements as well. If they reject you, don’t get disheartened; often an agency is looking for a diverse set of models, so you may just not fit their model lineup right now.
  • There are many problems presently with some modeling agencies. Too many people don’t know about the business and end up getting conned. No agency should be asking you for more than $20 when meeting you. The agency will charge you a commission when you model, but shouldn’t get much up front. If they ask for hundreds of dollars beforehand, walk away. Don’t take their offer.
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