Many girls want to be models but feel they are too short, well shoe modeling is a job that likes shorter models. Many girls forget to think about what they CAN do instead of what they lack. And without thinking about what modeling opportunities are out there they also do not understand the photos they need to start shoe modeling. I hope this insight helps on the day and life of a shoe model. Just like any other type of modeling you need photos and you mail them to the agency just the same. Some agencies specialize in shoe modeling. Such as Flaunt Models, and Parts Models.
1. Are you short? Well you can still shoe model, a shoe model is usually a size 6 or 6B. You can work showroom shoe modeling, and also print. Brands like Marshalls, DSW, and many others need models for their ad campaigns. And the pay is very good. For show room you can make $350 a day plus over time. For print up to $1000 to more for ad campaigns. And product shots.
Did you know:
Showroom modeling is when you model the shoes of a brand in a fashion show like manner. The shoes will be the following season, since similar to fashion seasons shoe modeling is the same and shows off styles of the following year or season, for buyers of department stores and stores to check out and buy. So even though it is a summer show, you will be showing off the following sping's shoes, or boots for fall buyers. It is a serious job and knowing how to show the shoe is important.
How do I pose my feet:
While wearing the shoe, you want to show the front and the side of the shoe. So you walk out and turn your foot to show the outside of the shoe, not the inside. You should show the outside of the shoe, not the inside because buyers want to see how the shoe would look on the shelf and on a person walking down the street. The inside of the shoe, closest to your big toe, is not needed to show unless instructed too.
Perks of showroom: Sometimes you get free shoes and samples.
2. Photos you need: You need photos of your feet in heels, sandels, boots, sneakers, all types, you need photos of your feet in socks, and with and without nail polish. The shots should be both full body including your whole body with a smile. The shots should also be just of your feet. And also up to your knee. You can even take these photos your self with your digital camera, and when working with a professional photographer mention that you have interests to be a "parts model, or shoe model"
3. What to expect at castings : At castings for shoe modeling you should wear panty hose, a skirt- to the knee, not too short, and not too long. You will be showing not just your feet but your legs. Simple outfits are best. black, tweed, brown, remember the job is about the shoe, so you don't want to wear anything bright and distracting. You will try on some shoes and the person casting models will be noticing the shoes fit on your foot and ask you to walk wearing it. Leave a parts compcard, and that shows a photo of your feet and your name and agency number. Also a photo might be taken of your feet by the showroom manager.
4. What if you book the job. If you book the shoe modeling job for showroom modeling you will be given an outfit sometimes. You will also work with 3-4 girls, and like a fashion show you will present shoes in a certain order for the shoe buyers. Or you could be hired and work alone for a smaller meeting. For print you can be booked with a casting beforehand sometimes if you have a good foot and a compcard which your agency can send to clients. For print you will have to pose your feet in certain ways to make the shoe look great. You can work all day from 9-6pm, or half day, or a few hours. You can be paid by the hour -sometimes $250 an hour, or more. Or be paid for the day or half day rate.
The agency will and should let you know how much you are expected to be paid, your rate, for the job before you do it. At the job ask if it is for print, web or where you might see the shot so you can add it to your tearsheet. Sometimes at print gigs you get a print or sample of the image used, sometimes you don't and you have to hunt for it to add it to your portfolio and next compcard!