I am writing this after reading the bio of a model online portfolio service website and how it wrongly communicated that the service was better than an agent or working with a professional modeling agency.
The Internet, it seems like the perfect place to promote yourself as a model. Actually, it is not. It is the other way around. You can appear very amateur.
Things are a waste of time:
Paying a monthly fee to be on a modeling or talent online portfolio services. If you do not have physical printed compcard or headshot made you can not work in the legit modeling industry. Not at all. You need to market yourself properly and you need your professional marketing tools to do so. Don't think a website or social site will make you famous or discovered by a scouting agent. No. It just doesn't happen like that the majority of the time. There are a few rare occasions, but typically a girl should not be using an online portfolio service with thoughts of being discovered.
You may feel that you are opening your opportunities by putting your face and photos out there on an internet casting website or online portfolio website, but the odds are a professional brand in Paris is not hunting on the internet for a model in a small American city. I suggest being honest with yourself and understand that you have to start with self promotion, and doing it in a professional way, and that you do have to work your way up towards bigger opportunities, and being discovered is not the current state of the world, it is about discovering yourself and marketing it in a professional, legit, respected way.
If you think a London or Paris based fashion designer or magazine will fly a random aspiring new model they see on an internet casting service over and make her a star in their ad campaign or editorial, you have to wake up. Also it is quite dangerous and a lot of risk is involved, without an agency working with you or professional industry person. So don't think Paris will be calling because you have your face on a model portfolio social site. Don't get scammed or worse!
An online portfolio services is just a place to upload photos, anyone can do it, and while it allows the compliment that "anyone can try" it also means "anyone", it doesn't mean "professional" those who are serious. Placing your photo on an internet social site doesn’t not mean you are a model or will be. I also don’t think you should use it as a source to market your self to get modeling work. Hence the above warning and also here are more reasons why:
Professional cleints, brands, magazine editors, marketing professionals, who hire models for print, editorial and commercial work, do not want to waste time and money. Professionals are using models at modeling agencies typically or casting or talent agencies, because they do not want to waste time with a girl who is clueless about modeling, doesn't know how to pose, and it not capable of getting the job done. A photo alone on a online portfolio service doesn't express if the girl can "really" model something well and get the job done. It is just a photo. A pretty face doesn't mean she is on time, capable, and a good model.
Having your photos on an online portfolio service or hosting site is a waste of money.
It is better to invest in professional photography, compcards, and headshots, and print them out and mail them in the postal mail to real professional legit print and talent agencies. Typically NOT high fashion if you are short, but commercial print agencies to start.
Hits, clicks, comments, do not mean you are a model. You are not a model until you are working with brands, and have modeled for something, and to do so it takes more than the internet.
I am glad you found my blog, my radio show, and I hope my advocating on the web helps you but I stress to NOT use the Internet as your prime source to promote yourself if you are serious about modeling. Legit agencies want you to send your compcard in the mail to them. Not be referred to your social site or online portfolio service. It is amateur. The future is self promotion, but there is a difference between self promoting yourself to amateur-land, and successfully growing and accomplishing your goals.
If your goals are big then aim higher, want more, get more. It takes work, hands on effort, great marketing skills, and knowing how to present yourself and knowing your assets to get ahead. It is not a short-cut of flattery and hits and clicks and comments that make you a model, it is knowing how to take what you have and translate that into photos that sell you well so that a brand, magazine, agent, company will want to hire you.