The ideas and tips in my 2 previous posts are a good place to start and will take you a while. There is a lot to learn and quite a few skills to master. Many models are known for certain qualities or physical attributes. For example, just about every one of the Victoria Secret supermodels is know for their great figures.
I just touched on contacting Modeling Agents earlier but one needs to know that for every modeling job there is a client. These clients are everywhere including every type of product and service you can imagine. All of them are hiring models to advertise what they sell. With that in mind a model needs to know that he/she can market themselves to potential clients directly. If you have an Agent that is awesome but if you don’t then rest assured you can still pursue your own clients through networking.
One of my favorite networking ideas for models is to approach clients directly. There are dozens of ways to network and with the internet probably thousands of ways. It is so easy to build a list of Photographers, Art Directors, Graphic Designers, etc through simple Google searches. Then simply email them your Comp Card with a brief and yet professional introduction. One never knows when a Photographer or Art Director is looking for a model with your “look”.
It used to be very common for models to “go see” Photographers and Art Directors simply to meet and greet them. The ideas was to make you and your “look” know to these potential clients because most models are chosen by the Photographer/Art Director. For some reason I don’t see any many models on “go sees” but the basic idea of putting your face in front of the potential clients is the same. As a new and fresh face you should connect with as many potential clients as possible. It’s a numbers game…
I have new models connecting with me through my Facebook Fan pages. Social networking is a perfect way to connect with potential clients. You simply have to be set aside time to make connections.
My point is that you don’t have to rely on having a “Modeling Agent” to find modeling assignments. Through friends, family and social networking you CAN bring in your own clients. I’m not saying you’re going to be the next “supermodel” but you will get jobs.
Just remember that there is a client (and maybe a hundred clients) for every “look” that a model might have. It doesn’t matter if you’re a big burly bald dude or a tall blue eyed blonde. Every minute of every day there are people being paid to pose for cameras worldwide. It could be you …
Good Luck !!!
One of these days I’ll give my take on Modeling Schools… It seems all too common for some of the Modeling Agencies to want you to enroll in their modeling classes. More on this later !!!
Feel Free to send me you questions and comments.
All My Best to You,