Can you imagine getting your own feature in a magazine? It is possible.
Can you imagine approaching a brand and getting your own modeling experience?
You can. You should. And it happens. Yet there are important factors and things to consider before you accept a modeling job you have found or asserted for yourself.
I think it is important for an aspiring model, especially a shorter one to seek out modeling opportunities. Getting a tearsheet in a magazine can lead to a print modeling agency giving you a chance. Proving you can model can mean getting a few tearsheets in magazines or showing you can to the agency. This means being assertive as a model and not being afraid to make your own oppportunity.
Walk into a local hair salon, do they need a model for their ads?
Walk into a tradeshow or craft show, approach some jewerly or handbag designers. These are both fashion items a shorter girl can model. Ask if the designer needs one?
So you get a modeling opportunity and say you live in a smaller town, but should you take the job?
A girl on Myspace recently told me about a modeling job she is planning to be doing and shared with me the questions she is asking ahead of time, such as:
- Which ad agency is setting up the shoot?
- Which manufacturer is it for?
- Will my hair and makeup be provided for, or will I have to bring my own beauty products to work with? (Either way, I’m assuming it will take time to get my hair/makeup ready, so how early before the scheduled time should I arrive?)
- Will I be paid that day or sent a paycheck in the mail?
- Which catalogue will the photographs be featured in and when is it expected to be published?
These are all good questions to ask BEFORE you accept the job and set it up.
I also added "Also if you can get the photographer's name ahead of time that would be good. Notice his/or her work. Is it professional, something you could show your mother or a professional agency.
Getting modeling work with great brands and getting a modeling agency to work with you isn't just about height and weight you want to show you are professional, know how to model products and have photos that say that. Too many girls just randomly shoot something with no clue of how it looks and if it is marketable for future gigs. I have had girls show me wicked terrible glamour and corny photos, and wondering why an agency isn't calling them...well Duhh.
Just remember when you are managing yourself, you have to think ahead. You want the experience to be benefical to other modeling opportunities. You want it to help you not just be "something to do."
And for the sake of payment when you are managing yourself keep all the names, number's, etc, because if you are not paid that day, you will want to be able to chase down your money should something unprofessional happen.
And let someone know where you are going...even if it is just a friend, say "i am going to work with a swimwear company on so and so street or area."
Just to be always safe.