Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Are You Too Old To Model? By Aaron Marcus

Weren't those girls of Sex in the City hot? Well they are all over 40! I enjoyed this article by Aaron Marcus based on how you are never too old to model or act. Want proof? Read ahead...

Are You Too Old To Model?

Aaron Marcus

Have you ever dreamed of seeing yourself in a magazine/newspaper ad, on a billboard, poster or in a catalogue?

Most people don’t have the looks, stats or are still young enough for fashion modeling. Women must be between 5'9 - 6'0 tall and have measurements of 34/24/34. Men fashion models are normally 6'0 to 6'2 and wear a size 40 regular jacket) There are some exceptions to the rule, but it is rare for fashion models to have real success without these stats.

Even if you have these stats but are over the age of 21 and have not really made it in the industry, then the chances of working as a fashion model are slim. However, if you don’t fit the fashion model requirements, but still want to model, then here is some great news.

There is an entire division of modeling that unlike fashion modeling has no height, weight or age restrictions. All types of people are needed. Men, women, children and even babies are needed. Models are needed to believably portray the mom, student, doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, banker, real estate agent, athlete, child, librarian, the list goes on and on. This is Commercial Modeling.

Commercial models are the “real” and beautiful looking people seen in virtually every non - fashion ad. These publications can be anything from Gap catalogs or Readers Digest. The best part is that along with paying up to $250/hour (in New York only), most commercial models work on a part-time basis. Even if you live in a small market, chances are, commercial models are hired for jobs. Commercial models take a few hours off from their jobs, or leave school early, go to the photographer’s studio for the shoot, and go back to work/school before the end of the day.

What are commercial models used for?

Most people do not realize that commercial modeling is like any other kind of business. Before entering this or any industry, you must do your homework. You must learn about the types of photos that will get you the most work. You must understand what agents do, and know how to make sure you are working with an honest agent and avoid the scams. You must know what is expected of you as a professional model, and learn how to practice before entering the business.

The people who have done their research and have gotten the needed information will have the greatest chance for success.

The most important thing is to be prepared before your photo session. Know exactly what you want to shoot, bring plenty of props, show a variety of expressions, and make the shots look like ads, instead of test shots.

Aaron Marcus is a full-time actor and commercial model with over 1112 jobs to his credit. He is also the author of How to Become a Successful Commercial Model. You can read more about his work and book at

Aaron is offering his The Best Way to Get Work as an Actor and Commercial Model boot camp in New York on July 19th. To learn more about this event visit:

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