I received a message from a girl from Mississippi via my website and it read, "One of my dreams every since I was a young girl was to become a model. Although I'm only 5'3" tall, your tips and story has really inspired me to pursue my dreams. My question is since I would probably be considered a in between plus size person. Are there any jobs in commercial print work for me. My best features are my smile and eyes. What agencies do you suggest I submit my compcard to and is it a okay to have the compcard in black and white?"
My reply might inspire your own pursuits as a model:
Hi Hun, I have written some posts on modeling for plus size and mainly your goals should be among "print modeling." This is the area you will find agencies that work with models of ALL sizes. Beyond your height there is beauty modeling, hair, accessories and models are used for EVERYTHING from travel ads, to cell phones, to sports drinks ads and commercial and much more. It's all about being realistic and marketing yourself with the right photos to the right agencies.
Now realistically you may not work as much as you hope, because modeling is very competitive and it is a tough industry to pursue no matter your height, and in print modeling many of the models work non-exclusive with more than one agency so keep a flow of work. But it is a tough pursuit and is very hands on for a print model. Meaning you make your own comp cards and marketing material. You asked about comp cards and typically you would want to show some color shots on your comp card. You can have black and white shots, but for a close up beauty shot or smiling shot, or full body shot you do want to show at least 2 in color --would be good idea.
In Mississippi it might be tough to find MANY print agencies but here is also some insight on how to market yourself in a smaller town or city, or an area that isn't flooded with print agencies. :) I would research "print modeling agencies + your city"
"Talent agencies + your city"
However DO NOT feel you have to pay an agency to work with one or pay an agency to craft you a portfolio or comp cards. Not true. You can manage your own photography and I suggest it.
Also be aware of scams, often in many towns, scam lurk, and ALL over these days when it comes to online and anything on the Internet, be very careful!!
Some posts on plus size modeling:
Plus size petite models- is there a place for you in modeling?
Tips on being a plus size model. http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/07/being-plus-size-model.html
My radio segment on plus size and pint-size modeling, listen here, download, or find on iTunes.
Post on making a comp card for all sizes: