Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dear Shorter Models, "seeking out that opportunity"

Dear Shorter Models,

The struggles a shorter girl faces within modeling is only in her mind.  Perception is everything.

The goal won't get accomplished by itself. Getting opportunities when you are shorter has a lot to do with you seeking out that opportunity, you having self-management skills, marketing skills, and creating your path.

A girl recently asked about how to get opportunities as a shorter model and any advice or suggestions that I could give her for a better chance at pursuing her dream. Here is some of what I shared with her which I think will also inspire you.

The goal is to get work modeling for something of respectable means, working with a brand, a magazine, a print ad, catalog, and getting quality experience that will lead to more work and fit your goals. You want to focus on getting opportunities that will lead to bigger and better opportunities, so for starters I would be mass mailing if possible aspiring accessories designers (tradeshows, craft fairs) and local companies, that might need a model.

Sending pictures to an agency doesn't mean they will call you asap, or want to work with you. There is a good chance opportunities won't come over night by themselves. And when an agency does call and want to work with you, that usually isn't the end all anyways.

At the end of the day as a shorter girl pursuing modeling you are your own manager. What you put in is what you get. So set some goals for yourself. Getting opportunities when you are shorter has a lot to do with you seeking out that opportunity, you having self-management skills, marketing skills, and creating your path.

You've to have professional photos.
You've got to have your model marketing tools.
You've got to be hustling and investing the time, $ and energy into preparing to get these tools, and your self-marketing.
You've got to be able to handle rejection.
You've got to have a positive attitude.
You've got to get over your height...as fast as possible, and focus on aiming high while keeping your assets in mind and be realistically ambitious.

It is work, ALOT of hard work, but setting goals weekly, monthly and yearly helps. It is a process, not an overnight thing, so prepare for a hustle, I have grown and am growing from the ground up, so focus on marketing yourself in the right ways, with the right photos, to the right places and surrounding yourself with positive and ambitious people as well, ~Isobella

~Isobella

Isobella Jade TM

2 comments:

Rachel said...

Dear Isabella,
I am 20 years old and for a while now ive been wanting to model. Not become a huge model, just for small ads or something. But I always thought I was too short and not pretty enough. Your blog has really helped me see that I could possibly model. However between going to college and working 2 jobs I dont have a lot of spare time or money. Do you have any advice for me?
Thank you.

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