Advice For Models

Hello everyone!

Today I would like to share my post on advice for new models, or people thinking about getting into the modelling industry.

I have been modelling for a few months now and have taken on many paid commercial shoots, extras work and other assignments.

Believe me, being a model is no easy ride. It can involve working unsociable hours, working with people who aren’t the kindest, travelling quite far, and dealing with difficult people. And of course I have to make sure I always eat healthy and look after my body and skin!

Breaking into the modelling industry seems impossible for models who are just starting. You know that it is something you have dreamt of doing, but how do you get into it?

My tips for getting started are:

1. Find out what type of modelling you would like to do. Would you like to do fashion modelling? Catalogue? Or even TV and film? Choose something you are comfortable with as knowing what category you wish to do is a huge step.

2. Create a portfolio. It doesn’t have to be huge, it just needs to include a variety of images, showing you naturally without make up, as well as close up. It is also a good idea to include a black and white image, a photo of you in your own clothes and every day make up, showing your personality, and you in a style which is out of your comfort zone, such as a grunge style, or trying out a simple, elegant look.
It is always a good idea to make an appointment with a photographer and stylist, to get your images taken by a professional, and your hair and make up done professionally.
This will show the contrast of your look, and how you can adapt for various shoots. It is good to have a CD made of your photos so you can apply to jobs easily online, and also a paper portfolio, with your images printed and presented in a book so you can take to castings. Do not spend loads of money! Once you have a few images that are awesome, you can take part in TFP shoots (Time for print) which means you can meet up with photographers and get photos done, and they give you the photos for free, as long as they can use the images for their portfolio. This is a good idea for the beginning of your modelling career as it gives you experience and you don’t have to pay out.

3. If you want to go freelance, search for casting and booking platforms that you can join up too. Or if you want to be put forward for jobs without searching for them, then sign up to an agency.

4. Be yourself. It is completely normal to be nervous, but try and relax, and remember how much you want this. The camera will spot your fear a mile off, so take a deep breath and remember to breathe. When going to castings, enjoy it! Live for the moment and let the camera see how much you are enjoying yourself. This will go a long way.

5. Always tell someone where you are going, and don’t be afraid to ask the director if you can bring someone along with you.

I am still only just starting my modelling career, but I have already had many experiences good and bad, so wish you all the best, and remember to be safe!

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Why I Want To Go Back And Study Again

I left college last June 2013, and I couldn’t have been happier to leave. Don’t get me wrong I loved college, hanging out with your friends, learning new things about Graphic Design and widening my skills, but I couldn’t wait to leave and work full time in a Graphic Design industry.
I left college with a Distinction level Diploma and I am so proud that all my hard work paid off to achieve this grade.
Now I am constantly finding new things that I can learn about, and only have myself to motivate and teach me.
I miss being around people that I can compare my work with and learn from.
Having classmates to participate in my projects and be a model, or a main part of a task I set out to do.
I miss that..

I thought about going to uni but don’t like the idea of leaving home and going far away from everything I know; plus with social anxiety that seems pretty impossible for me to ever do..
I though about joining a local college again, but with the full time hours, I wouldn’t be able to work part time, whilst saving for a flat.
So the idea of college also seems like it could never happen.
I wish maybe I took another college class after I had left so I had another qualification under my belt.

I have looked into evening classes but all of these only last a couple of months and you don’t really gain a qualification, just experience, but maybe this is something worth doing.

I am only 20, but as I’m working full time and looking to get my own place, the thought of going back into education and back into my teen years just doesn’t seem do-able.

Advice I would give I anyone that is 18 or under and still in education, is to get as much education as you can and while you can.
Once you start working full time, you can feel trapped, and have a lot more expenses to pay out for, if you start driving, and are looking to move out from home.
Get your education while you can, and get a job that you love with your qualifications you have worked hard for!