Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Short Models Can Model

Basically if a girl is shorter and wants to model she has to target herself and market herself towards print modeling. Short Models can Model but they have to see modeling not as purely fashion. Shorter models model accessories, shoes, jewerly, and are seen ads and commercials modeling lifestyle products. Everything from skin care to cleaning products to cell phones.

Also shorter models are seen in magazine editorial for lifestyle magazines. Try to notice where a girl who is not a tall giraffe is used. They are used.

The best type of agency for a shorter girl is a Commercial print modeling agency, in NYC there are many,many, many print modeling agencies, but a girl still has to do her homework and mail these agencies the right marketable photos.

Commercial print models model commercial products, and a shorter girl should market herself and her personality to agents that deal with print models. Yes many fashion agencies have print divisions, but they also have height requirements which can dismay a girl. I would focus on commercial print modeling agencies, and stray from strickly fashion if you are shorter and want to model. It is best to be realistic and honest with yourself right from the get-go. Focus on what you have and how it can be applied to the modeling world, ask yourself "what could I realistically model for?"

When starting out and putting together photos for your compcard, it helps to think about ads and products you can realistically model. Products that are not so fashion foward. It helps if you can see that modeling really as marketing.

Create a modeling compcard and send it to the print agency and I suggest doing so with professional photos and by making your own modeling compcard. Sure Submit your nice smile shots and full body shots, your personality needs to shine through.

Modeling is really is a perception game, how you precieve modeling can actually get you ahead. To get ahead market yourself in ways that "show you can model" "show you have personality" "show you have great energy" within your photos and compcard.

I got working with agencies by submitting my compcards, trying again and again, improving myself and trying to come off commercial print friendly to an agency. Also many shorter models are parts models, and I do a lot of parts modeling as well. hands, feet, legs, etc for product ads, editorials and commercials.

A girl has to market herself properly to get in the right direction and strive to work with the right agencies.

Most models are not discovered, really it is about discovering what you have that is selling to be used to model products, most of the people you see in commercial print lifestyle ads (not the fashion ads) and in in commercials, mailed their photos to agents, and got a casting and booked the job. Models are all shapes and sizes but you have to have professional photos, invest in yourself, make compcards, mail them, and be ambitious.

You won't have as many letdowns if you don't expect to be discovered, don't expect for modeling to come to you, because modeling is all based on what the client is looking for, and it could be a brunette, a girl with a gap between her teeth, a green eyed girl, a mom, a dad, a grandmother, models come in all sizes and ages. It is all about how you approach it. How well you market yourself to the right agencies.

11 comments:

mskisskiss91 said...

I agree.. Im 5ft 7 and i think i can do a way better job than half of the tall models.. reply to thatfashionchic.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Very happy I found your blog! Great tips. Inspiring. I have always enjoyed looking at fashion shows, watching ANTM and models in general. I've had a hidden place in my heart that I want to model, I love having photos taken, etc. I am only 5 ft. I just bookmarked your blog! Please continue to update it!

Anonymous said...

Very happy I found your blog! Great tips. Inspiring. I have always enjoyed looking at fashion shows, watching ANTM and models in general. I've had a hidden place in my heart that I want to model, I love having photos taken, etc. I am only 5 ft. I just bookmarked your blog! Please continue to update it!

Anonymous said...

i'm really short and your give me inspiration i'm only 4 ft 10-11 thanks for the tips

Anonymous said...

I'm 5 foot 3 and want to be a model and actress (pretty cliche, I know) and I want so bad to achieve my goal. Everyone predicts that, bacause of my intelligence, I'm going to be a scientist or mathematician - no. No, no, never. I have different dreams I want to achieve.

Anonymous said...

Okay, since when has 5'7" ever been considered "short". You're tall.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous on Dec 6th: Exactly! That's what I said when ANTM had their season with "short models" and the shortest was like 5'4". That's not short to me b/c I'm 5'2". Sadly, however, 5'7" is considered short in the modeling world (even though the average for women is 5'5").

TINYmodel said...

I agree.. i am only 5ft and i am always asked am i a mini model but i didnt even know they let little people model but it is nice to know that they do pleace continue updating

TINYmodel said...

Thank you for updating because i am only 5ft and i am always being told that i am a beautiful young lady but i always thought that little people couldnt model thank you for noticing that short people are just as good as the tall people sometimes better but we never get to prove because we arent the right height
please continue updating

Anonymous said...

I'm only 4 9' and I say we start our own short models. I mean we are beautiful your own way and just because we are not 5 7' or whatever dose not stop us from making our dreams true.

Anonymous said...

I agree! I'm 5'1, and i want to be a model, and people have said i look beautiful.