Sunday, August 9, 2009

how do you model being petite

A girl on Myspace asked me today:
hey i just wanted to ask u for some tips how did u start your career cause my dream is to become a model but i started going to barbizon but it seemed like a total rip off so i stopped going i will really appreciated it thanks.

My reply:
First I hate modeling schools and good job to skip that. Instead focusing on getting quality photos, a quality headshot and compcard made.
I started modeling with agencies and brands by thinking about what I have that the advertising industry could use, by this I mean, what do I have as a model that could be applied to ads, commercials, and ad campaigns? I started to make sure my photos shows my personality not just skin for no reason. I strived to get professional photos. I overcame my mistakes, and I focused on marketing myself well in areas I COULD excell. I am a great model, I model products very naturally. I have great skin. I am proportioned and can look longer in photos. I focused on what I DO have that could be applied to print ads. And I thought about what type of products I could model. I focused on getting nice smile shots, headshot,s shots that show my personality...which is what a print modeling agencies wants to see. I structured my photos to bring out the best in me that a modeling agency could see would work towards modeling for commercial brands and products.

The more I worked on my photos and shaped them to share what I "could" model the better. The more you focus on creating photos that market you towards the print modeling world, the better. A girl who is short should focus on print modeling. And her photos should involve smiles, energy and personality. If you are just shootin a photo for fun, you are not really modeling. Until the photo is sellable to the commercial print modeling biz you will have a very hard time getting ahead. So when you craft your photos think. How will an agent see this?

And I did not give up.


Miss Enigma said...

I've been looking at photographers in the New York area, but the problem is that they are quite expensive and honestly, I can't afford them. So my question is this:

Can you please recommend a few photographers who are reasonably priced, and with whom a first timer can feel comfortable with during the shoot.

Thanks in advance.

Unknown said...

The Photography an aspiring model chooses is very important. And it might be an investment because honestly with photography "you get what you pay for" usually.
If you have even $100 I think you could get a decent starter headshot. And a few commercial print shots. You mainly need a great looking face shot and full body shot and a couple other shots that “look like ads.”
The key to getting good photos is “knowing” what photography you need to present yourself best. Here are some posts on the photos a girl needs to start modeling and you will find that it is not a “whole” portfolio of images with 100 different looks, it is basic, simple, and the shots that will get you in the door at a print agency are about your personality, and traits beyond height. A student at SVA could shoot it for you.
So really to get the shots you need and to market yourself in a great way to agencies you DO need to know yourself. Know your assets, know what you would be good for modeling and craft your photos around these. I hope this helps and the links:
Overcoming finding a photographer drama:

Preparing for a photo shoot:

Photographers to avoid: