Which girl hasn't dreamed about being a model? Glamorous life, beautiful cover shoots, parties, international fame and money. This dream life has been achieved by some of the hard-working supermodels. We all saw Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss became really famous in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes a pretty face and perfect measurements are not enough to make spectacular career. Worshiped or condemned – the modeling career can be taken in two very different ways. This career has definitely two sides of the mirror: hard work, endless castings, photo shoots, and runway modeling. Then, there are the more pleasurable parts: parties, meeting new people from the fashion industry, international fame, big money from commercial contracts, and lots of travelling. If you can commit your time to travel, casting calls, and you're not afraid of hard work, modeling could be the perfect career for you. Here are the tips that may help you start your modeling career. Start your path to becoming a professional model by reading the Modeling Alphabet - the A-Z's of modeling!
A for Attitude
Being self-confident is an absolute necessity - something you should never forget. However, keep in mind that there's a very thin line between self-confidence and arrogance. Remember - you're fresh to the business, you know very little (unless Kate Moss is your sister, in which case you're not even reading this). You should be confident, but eager to learn. Listen carefully to all the tips and comments of those that have experience in the industry, you might just build your career on one of them.
B for Booker
This is one of the most important people in your modeling career. The booker is your own mentor who is interested in helping you develop your career. That person may advise you many times, he/she knows everything about modeling and the life you want to have. She or he may take your measurements, check your weight and height, introduce you to new potential clients, book you for the castings, and go with you to meetings. Of course, in bigger agencies, the booker has approximately 12-15 models to worry about so she or he won't be able to do everything for you. You should always be able to rely on your booker, because that's the person who always has your best interests in mind. Although you may have the best booker in the world, you need to be patient, listen to him or her and always go for the jobs that your agency sets you up for.
C for Casting
You have been scheduled to go to a casting. That's half of the job done, now get prepared. Who's the designer? Is this a new brand or a label with a long history? Italian, British, American? Who is the target market of the company? Young and crazy or mature and chic? What's the trademark product? Finding out that info will take you no more than 30 minutes and imagine how embarrassing it will be if you are casually asked one of those basic questions and they remain unanswered, fading into an awkward silence...
Think about what will make you stand out from other models that apply for the same job. If you have a distinct bone structure or your lips/eyes have an interesting, unusual shape then you already have your advantage. However, professionals in the modeling industry see beautiful people all of the time. It's important to make your personality shine! You have it in you and it's necessary to emphasize it in those few minutes you have with your potential employers.
D for Details
Simple things - nails, hair, piercing, tattoos... To start, nails should be quite short and in a neutral color. Your hair should be clean, which is obvious, but pay attention to how your hair looks. Do your roots need to be touched up? As for piercings, unless you are hired for a niche look, it's best to not wear anything but earrings. If you are doing a glamour shoot, a belly button ring may be acceptable. Check with your booker if you aren't sure. For fashion, only the biggest names such as Kate Moss or Cara Delevigne can afford to have tattoos. They have established careers and the tattoos don't detract from their appeal. Alternative models can generally get away with as many tattoos as they want, but otherwise it's best to keep your body unmarked.
E for Exercise and F for Food
Since diet and exercise are inseparable, we'll cover them together. Remember - no career is worth risking your health! Never even think about any weight loss methods that put your health in danger. If you hear that maybe you should loose a pound or two - don't worry, it happens, you're not the first or the last one to ever hear those words on a casting. But it's still not an excuse to drag yourself into an eating disorder. Go to the gym, buy some home exercise equipment, follow workouts on YouTube, limit your alcohol - there are a ton of ways to make it happen. Not eating or throwing up your food will may make you look much worse in the long-term. Your teeth will rot from throwing up and your skin will look dull from no eating. Plus, not eating actually slows your metabolism. Just eat healthy, low-calorie foods. Not too little, not too much. Stay away from sugar. Find your golden rules to keep you fit and healthy. Do not forget about the nutritional values you need to keep your body in shape that will keep you ready for all the challenges ahead of you!
G for Get Rest
As much as you can. A tired model is an undesirable model. Photographers, fashion designers, videographers, and other professionals working in the modeling industry want to bring out a model's energy in whatever media they are creating. Sleep is important for so many reasons, but most importantly, it is important for your energy, self-esteem, and well-being. You should sleep a minimum of six hours per night, but 7-8 hours is the recommended amount. Do not oversleep as oversleeping can cause you to be lethargic and depressed. During a fashion week, models usually sleep 2-3 hours daily, sometimes models can't even get two hours of sleep! If you've been booked for fashion week and you plan to go for a number of casting calls and fittings, do not forget to get some sleep whenever possible! It will help you survive and perform your best during this demanding time!
H for Humility
Have some. Don't try to convince everyone that you're the perfect girl for everything, because if someone is good for everything, they usually end up being good for nothing. Different companies need different looks to represent them. Learn to accept that you might not be the right type of beauty for the job.
Mentally, modeling is one of the toughest jobs. You must be able to stay grounded while at the same time have the ability to hold on to a ton of self-confidence. Having a healthy attitude when dealing with criticism or rejection is extremely important. Learn to accept criticism and let it roll off of you. Don't let it stick. Continue to hold onto a deep confidence that you are a beautiful person. Exercise will help you with letting go and keeping your body in shape. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and work to actually start working with prestigious magazines and photographers. There are new faces that literally show up every day from agencies all around the world. You need to be able to attract clients who believe in you so that you can make a great long-term relationship. Networking, patience, and a lot of hard work can get you where you want to go in this business.
I for Internet
Take advantage of the Internet. How? That's easy - post your portfolio online. OneModelPlace.com is the perfect place to let everyone know about you! At OneModelPlace.com, everyone can have access to your pictures from all around the world, at any time! It may offer you the exposure you need to get the job of your dreams!
J for Juice Drinking
Juicing will help hydrate your system and give you the proper nutrients. There are a number of drinks that will hydrate you, but juicing is one of the best ways to ward of illness and stay healthy and beautiful. There are even entire diets based on juicing. Various colored vegetables along with deep green vegetables are the way to go with juicing. Remember to use lemon and ginger to cut bitter flavoring.
K for Karma
Use the golden rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated. If you are good to others, they'll generally be good to you. You will also be a happier person and your beauty will shine even more. Don't be to good to others just for the sake of getting something in return, you will not get the same level of satisfaction. Give back to those who have less than you. Don't be jealous, petty, or talk bad about others. An emotionally healthy person will always take the high road with a positive, compassionate regard towards others.
L for Liberty
Liberty to be yourself. Draw on your own personality to be the best model you can be. Follow your own intuition. If you try to be something that you're not, you won't be nearly as effective. Actually, when you try to be something you're not, you may come across fake, which is something that is never in demand.
M for Morning
You'd better be an early bird, because being a model often requires waking up before the break of dawn. The best light for photographers is usually best shortly after sunrise, so expect your shoots to begin just about then.
N for News
Read the news, especially the most important fashion websites and magazines. Keeping your finger on the industry pulse will help you stay at the top of your game. The famous Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero coined the phrase, "Read to Lead." This adage has been repeated over and over again by some of the most influential people in history.
O for OneModelPlace.com
OMP is the premier online modeling community. Although, it may be smaller than others portfolio hosting websites, it only approves quality members. If you want to start your career the right away, OneModelPlace.com should become your number one destination every day. Over 50,000 active members and two million images confirm that models, photographers, and other modeling professionals have trusted OMP as a site that works. Everyday, networking occurs with some of the biggest names in the industry, daily castings, a knowledge base, and a blog section where you can learn from other professionals. If you haven't already, sign up now by clicking here, http://www.onemodelplace.com/user/register!
P for Portfolio
Good portfolios can be a quick trampoline to success. Your pictures must capture your biggest advantages in an unusual way. For example, some exotic scenery may help you emphasize your natural beauty and the color of your skin. It doesn't have to be too theatrical, but it should show more than polaroids with a white plain t-shirt and leggings. Good photographers are also key to your success, try to always double check his own portfolio and discuss the details of a photo shoot to avoid any misunderstanding. When the photo shoot is done and you have all of the pictures, the selection process begins. Remember to pick the best shots from the whole shoot to maximize your chances in modeling world. Once you have a book, you should keep doing the photo shoots with other photographers to always expand your portfolio. Try to convince photographers to use your own vision of the shoot. Feel free to share with him your ideas, because your opinion should definitely count in the creative process!
Q for Queen
Don't act like you're the only girl in the business. Although, we hear about countless symptoms of impertinent or rude behavior in the fashion industry, you should be nice with everybody. Who knows what may happen when you really open up your heart Remember, nobody likes a "queen" when she's not yet been crowned.
R for Reliability
One of the most valued traits in general is that you are reliable. It means that if you say you're going to be there, you'll be there. Yes means yes and no means no. Keeping your word is important.
S for Social Media
The world gave an incredible tool to you to promote yourself - social media. Create your accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and as many other social networking sites as you can. The power of them is exponential. One Model Place uses social media to promote itself and its members. Share with all of your fans modelling news, trends, and of course all of the beautiful pictures of yourself.
Examples of great social media posts from the fashion industry include Cara Delevingne who posted the Giles finale show on her Instagram account. Another is Calvin Klein who has his #mycalvins campaign going on right now between Twitter and Instagram. Josephine Skriver documents thoroughly describe all of her trips, giving her fans sneak-peaks of what she is up to. One Model Place is extremely active with social media as well. Check out OMP's social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+
T for Thicker Skin
Travelling, working, posing, cat-walking... as you navigate the modeling world, you're bound to meet a lot of people. Some of them will be nice, some of them not so nice. Business gurus such as Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, preach about using candor in all aspects of business. Candor is saying exactly what you're thinking regardless of its effect on somebody's ego. Some people that you encounter may use candor as an effective business practice or simply because it's a part of their personality. Either way, their unfiltered opinion may be hurtful, especially when it's in regards to your appearance. The glamorous world of modeling seems alluring, but not every moment will be so amazing, so prepare yourself for good and bad times. The fast paced industry is stressful at times and some models just can't handle it. You have to be able to balance eating healthy and working out while going to casting calls, photo shoots, and fashion shows. Some models that can't handle the stress will try to turn you off to modeling, but don't give up so easily! Develop a thick skin and let any criticism or negativity roll off of you. You may not be what a client is looking for three times in a row, but you may be just right the fourth time around.
U for Uniform
Clients aren't impressed with your incredible fashion sense or how expensive your dress is. Think simple. Whether you are wanting to get a job doing a Moschino catwalk or you're trying out for a Chanel fashion show, your outfit should always be the same. Your uniform for every casting call should be a white tank-top or t-shirt, skinny jeans, and high heels. Always have your uniform with you. when there's a chance you might need to present yourself.
V for Vivacious
Don't let the modeling industry turn you into a cold shell of a person. Clients and photographers hate working with models that have no spirit or energy. Hold on to your lively, animated self and never let it go. It doesn't matter how beautiful you are, you will create the best work when you have an energetic spirit that shows up in front of the camera.
W for Water
Keeping yourself hydrated is the most important skin-care ritual of all. Models always bring a bottle of water with themselves to casting calls, sets, and fittings. You need water to keep going all day and make your skin look great. It is not only good for your skin, but the entire body. There is good science behind drinking water. You've probably heard a doctor say, "Get some rest and drink plenty of water." Doctors typically say this when you're sick, but use this advice always and you will be a happier, healthier person because of it.
X for Xanadu
Modeling isn't all stress and hard work. Working as a top model provides an incredible salary, fame, and notoriety. You can get paid just for being somewhere, which might just be the hottest new club in the world. You may enjoy luxury beyond your wildest dreams or the ability to travel to some of the most beautiful locations in the world. There are many perks to being a model and all of the perks are well-worth the hard work.
Z for Zen
Zen is a peaceful, relaxed state of mind. When you feel Zen, you're laid-back, patient, precise, motivated, and happy. You can achieve Zen by practicing meditation, deep diaphragm breathing, thai chi, or yoga.
In the modeling world, it is extremely hard to have a Zen state of mind, especially when you're dealing with lots of stress and little sleep. However, 5 minutes per day of focusing on your breath can be helpful. This kind of relaxation is practiced by famous fashion designers such as Donna Karan who does mediation and yoga daily. Tom Ford uses meditation, long relaxing baths, and yoga to maintain a peaceful state of mind. Jean Paul Gaultier does a morning run through his garden and makes a point of detaching from technology. Models such as Miranda Kerr does daily meditations, affirmations, and Yoga. Rafaeli Bar reinvigorates herself with deep breathing, yoga, and Pilates. Gisele Bundchen does Yoga, meditation, and makes a point of getting in touch with nature. Follow the habits of others who have been extremely successful and you will reap the same benefits.