I was asked through a facebook message recently: I am an aspiring petite model and I have been listening to your radio show and reading your blog for a while now. I think you are great and you have really motivated me to go after one of my dreams which is modeling. I have thought about trying to model on and off for years now, but always got discouraged thinking that because of my height I wouldn't be able to make it. I am finally going to just go for it and I'm doing my first photo shoot next month with a local photographer who is pretty good, but offers reasonable prices. All that being said, I was actually wondering what I would do if I actually got booked for a job? I ask this because I am a teacher and my day doesn't usually end until 3:45 p.m. How do you let an agency know this without looking like you are not available? Are agencies understanding as far as people who are not modeling full time having full time day jobs?
I am glad my insight inspires you, however being available is a MAJOR part of getting modeling opportunities. And typically modeling jobs happen when magazines and offices are open, typically professional modeling jobs won't happen on the weekends, and typically when you are booked for a job you are suppose to have your whole day free. Sometimes I have gotten opportunities "simply by BEING available at last minute." So here are my thoughts on getting some modeling work locally and still teach and some tips.
Typically, as a new model you WON'T be sent on as many castings and opportunities by an agency to be a model full time, it takes experience as a model to have more opportunities. So even if you are working non-exclusive with a print agency (which is typical for print modeling agencies) you will not be sent on an extreme amount of castings all at once. However when you ARE called,-- being available is key. So you sort of will be at least modeling part time at the start anyways. Still, having a flexible lifestyle and worklife is key as well. Modeling could be an extra income but agencies want you available when there is a casting and to keep your relationship with the agency and to be remembered as reliable you will WANT to be available. You don't want to go to a casting for a modeling job, book it, and then can't show up because you couldn't get off your other jobs. Not good.
1. Be very pick about the modeling jobs you accept and I would stay away from online portfolio hosting, it could cost you your job if the wrong photo was exposed.
2. Focus on the basics, a headshot, full body shot, catalo type shots that show your personality.
3. Model something. In the photo act as if you ARE modelnig for something, jewelry, accessories, handbag,cioffee cup, models are not just teens or half naked, or skinny as hell, models are all sizes, and ages, and actually MANY models are between the ages of 25-40 and working alot within commercial print. Mainly because this is the age women spend money and the ads and editorials target that age and consumer.
4. I would make a headshot or compcard and mail it to agencies, and I actually would speak about your job casually, over doing it, or expressing worry will turn off agencies, you could say that you have MANY sick days and your schedule can be made available, and can be available for the right modeling opportunities. You will have to be selective on which castings you can attend. Sometimes in a smaller city some brands will have shoots on weekends, but again depending on the company and budget typically most shoots for ad campaigns and commercials, etc are during the work week. I would count your sick days, save them, you might need them for castings, bookings etc. It is VERY hard to model with an agency when you are not available.
5. Locally there might be some modeling you could do perhaps, maybe a craft show, aspiring designers, a fashion college and some boutqiues or salons, is something to consider. You could approach aspiring brands, etc, who might be looking for a model, but it will involve ALOT of effort on your part to market yourself and try to build your own contacts, but aspiring brands might be more reasonable to work with a new model and on a weekend. Also I think it would be a good idea to get some experience "modeling for something". Or work with your schedule. It can be hard because professional modeling jobs do not start at 4pm typically, it is an ALL day thing.
When you are petite especially being available is important. There are ways to model around having a part time job or full time job but it is very tough, and you might consider some smaller local jobs by following #5, just to get some experience modeling if you want, because usually when you are booked for a modeling job it is an all day thing. And it can be tough to skip your full time job.
I am not sure where you live but do not fall desperate to online scams, or castings MUCH on the web is amatuer and not professional and not respected in the real modeling industry.
I hope this helps,