A 15 year old girl asked me about modeling recently, with this question: I've looked at agencies websites and on some of them they have height requirements on their become a model page and some like Ford say nothing about height. Does that mean that height isnt a big issue to them? Also what can I do to become a model?
I received your email about modeling, Ford, Elite, and fashion agencies ALL have fashion requirements, usually it is 5'8" and taller, however don't let that discourage you. However I would not pursue this without confiding in your parents, there are MANY modeling scams out there these days so I would not pursue modeling without some help and support from your family.
No matter where you live, there might be some local modeling jobs you can do with a local modeling agency, modeling for a boutique, a hair salon, a local jewelry company,, or local mall, but being only 15 I would strive to work with a print modeling agency or a talent agency in your town. I would start looking locally, Ford is not th end-all, there are many print modeling agencies and talent agencies out there. And right in your area you might be able to find an agency to work with, I would start by Googling or researching even in the phone-book modeling agencies in your area. Print modeling agencies, are best to submit a headshot to, just beware of scams, and non-professional agencies that require you to buy photography packages and rip you off. It is very common and you do have to watch out for scams and not be in such a rush to model that you end up being scammed. You do not need a model school to model, and also being 15 I would make sure you have the confidence to handle rejection, modeling is a business of it.
I would focus on trying to understand all the types of modeling opportunities out there, and that modeling is not just one thing (fashion), and that being short means it will be a challenge but not impossible. Modeling is about modeling "for something" and models are modeling for many, many different types of products these days, so your focus should be in print modeling.
I suggest focusing on getting some photos that look like this: (these are samples of headshots and lifestyle type photos for print modeling).
"Commercial print modeling" welcomes all heights and sizes and shapes, not just the tall. You should focus on getting a headshot taken, and some photos that show your personality, your mother or friend could take them for starters but they should be very natural, looking like yourself, like an ad, and not too forced or cheesy. I would study ads you see in teen vogue, seventeen, and teen brand ads for Mudd Jeans, etc.
You should also be VERY careful about online modeling please DO NOT do this. It leads to mistakes, misconceptions, and scams and I think it is best to STAY AWAY from putting your photo on modeling online profile sites, it is a waste of time and only amatuers use them and it is not the best way to pursue modeling at all. It is better to focus on getting a headshot or compcard, producing it yourself, with the help of your parents and sending it to print modeling or talent agencies. Fashion agencies might be more hands on with the models but not in print modeling, in print modeling it is the model who does the work of creating their marketing material, such as compcards, headshots, portfolio and it involves managing yourself and it is ALOT of work.
Being only 15 you might get some assistance from a print modeling agency, some tips and advice and some suggestions on who to shoot some headshots with, but print agencies do not give their models hands-on help often,...and also beware of an amatuer agency scamming you for over priced photos.
I do hope this helps, modeling is a pursuit, it is not about being discovered anymore, and whether you are new or have been modeling for a while, these days it is about what you put in and at your age (15) you should not pursue modeling without your parent helping because there are many scams out there.
Here are some options for the type of photography to have to start modeling if you are a teen, and also some things to be aware of.
Making a compcard and why you need one to get a modeling agency these days: