Friday, May 15, 2009
The Anti-Modeling Short cut-What I have learned
I recently did a segment on my radio podcast based on: Anti-Modeling short cuts. It involved: How what I have learned during the journey of working as a model is that the short-cut doesn’t cut it.
I have also learned that if it sounds too good to be true it usually is and if it doesn’t involve work…really work. It is not the right road.
The road to success as a model if you are short is a road based on your own will to try and the time you invest into yourself and pursuits.
To skip the scams, the jerks, the assholes, it is best to be professional and aim high, not be too desperate and not be in such a rush.
Be picky about what you say Yes to and remember it is ok to say no.
Short cutting yourself is being unrealistic, settling, and expecting a lot without the growth that it takes to become who you want to be.
When I say Short-cut I mean mostly girls who say they want to model but end up on the wrong runway, end up amateur, stuck, showing off, being another tease, and really never modeling a damn thing. They are just entrapped and enticed by the word model…not the work behind the five letters.
I have found that really making it work as a short girl takes a lot of research. It takes a lot of your own hands-on work. It takes trial and error.
Being pretty is not enough to be a model.
It is unprofessional to promote yourself too much on social sites as a model if you have not modeled anything to begin with.
Think of it this way, modeling happened way before the internet and the old fashion way of mailing your photos does still exist.
When I made my first compcard I thought it was great, but then I saw what a person marketing me would see and I realized this card does not show me in the best way for what I can realistically model. I need more smile shots, more shots that show my self modeling a product, more professional looking photography.
During the journey of becoming a model I have hand to re-shoot, make new compcard, mail them out again, keep trying, all the while self promoting myself and building my portfolio. Modeling does involve ALOT of hands-on work. It is not a sit-on-your- ass-someone-will-think-I-am-pretty and -make- it -happen -for-me -pursuit. No way girl.
The opportunities I have found have been from my own self-made effort. My tearsheets, the ad campaigns I have been apart of, all took work, and if you want something bad enough the work is worth it.