Are you ready to start looking for modelling jobs?
1. Modelling is not your average 9-to-5 job.
Everything from the hours you work, to the time frames between jobs is far from traditional.
There will be times initially when you wonder when your next job will ever arrive, and then once things get going there will be periods when it’s so busy that you’ll wonder when you’ll ever get your next day off. If you like variety, it’s great, but if you’re looking for something secure and consistent, then it’s probably not for you.
2. You’ll become a seasoned traveller.
Travelling has got to be top of the list when it comes to things you might not expect from modelling when you start out. From when I first got scouted, I have been on the move ever since.
You will usually fly in for one- or two-day shoots, then get straight into a cab and on to the studio. Sightseeing is rare but you get skilled at doing it from the cab window. Sometimes you’re on location, which is usually amazing.
A production team scout out places to shoot off the tourist track so you get to experience places, spaces, venues, people and culture that you wouldn’t normally get to see – it’s definitely one of the perks of the job. There can be a lot of waiting around though so make sure you have a hobby, and preferably one that keeps you occupied on long-haul flights too.
Where to begin!
Everywhere! Depending on what kind of modelling you specialize in there are different routes.
Become a self-employed model!
This means that you will represent yourself. To increase your chance of being successful in your modelling career, put a marketing plan in place, advertise yourself and get an eFolio, Portfolio and set of comp cards as well as business cards made. You will have to join different Modelling Platforms and Modelling Casting Sites, One Models it will offer you a comprehensive list and how to approach them.
London is one of the biggest hubs of modelling but models can find work throughout the UK and Ireland.
This can initially be time consuming, but once you build up your contacts and modelling network you should find that it pays off when the repeat work comes in and many find that the flexibility and being in control of their own diary really suits their lifestyle
2. Be a in-House Model
You can become a in-house model for a brand company, this will give you more regular jobs and a fixed program, you will work in the same environment. You will travel with the same team, working in showrooms, workshops, at press venues and fashion shows.
3. Join a Modelling Agency.
Signing to a modelling Agency is a big step, and will help you get more regular paid jobs and increase your exposure put in the world as a model, but all this depends on the job, the model’s experience and what percentage of a model’s fees the agency takes. To start with, models may be asked to work for free to build up their portfolio.
Some models will be paid straight away but remember If you are new to the industry your work amount will be modest to begin with. In such cases, many models will take on a secondary job in order to pay the bills. If you stick with it though, pay will undoubtedly increase. Models prefer long contracts as these pay well and guarantee work for a set period of time.
More about working as a Model
Photo Shoots are not always as glamorous as the photos portray. There is often a lot more going on behind a photo shoot than the finished picture presents. The model may have to work on a really cold or hot day wearing completely the wrong type of clothes for the season, have had 100 outfit changes or had to pose in really uncomfortable positions to get the shots.
Most people believe models just have photo shoots everyday, whereas in reality many models (apart from supermodels) find it tricky getting regular bookings. There can often be periods of time with nothing but castings before work starts coming in.
Modelling can involve a lot of time spent waiting around; whether that’s waiting to get your hair or makeup done, waiting for the photographer to set up, waiting to get your photos back, waiting for runway shows to start or waiting to be seen at castings. So you often see models with a book or iPhone in hand as there is so much free time.