Things About Modeling Business

There are many misconceptions that spread about the work of modeling and that of the agencies. Let’s us find out more about the business of modeling.

Scouters are hunting any face on the street regardless of whether the person they pick is good looking.

Some common comments go along the lines of, “I can’t believe the Scouter is approaching such an ugly person, they must desperately want to get more models.”

A common misconception about modeling is that you need to be pretty, with flawless skin, perfect Jawline, and flat abs. That is one of the most untrue claims that serve as a psychological barrier for many potential models to join this field. Not all clients and projects require pretty faces and many actually need models of marketable looks, that can range from different sizes, ethnicities, and overall body features. Size is also not a concern, as there are many plus-sized models in demand today. Someone has to market the bigger sized clothing and a product that appeal to people in that category, and definitely plus sized is becoming more relevant in the modeling fields of today.

If a credible modeling agency is sending a scouter to the street to recruit new models, it is also sending someone to be the face that represents the agency in the process; it is not going to do so blindly. Much training and knowledge of the modeling and fashion industry are taught to these scouters before they are sent out on the street. They know the different types of looks that the agency wants and that can appeal to a client before they actually approach you and give you an offer. Of course, you also have a part to play and determine the credibility of the agency through proper research online.

Everyone is so busy, who has time for modeling? It’s too much work.

Modeling doesn’t require commitment on the scale of a full-time job nor are you bound to be involved in work that doesn’t fit into your schedule. It can fit in easily into your schedule if you consider that you will be on average receiving one job offer a week with some project commitments going to even three hours or so. Of course, there are longer projects which may take a few days of shoots to finish depending on their requirements. However, the best part is you get to pick up and drop the projects that don’t suit you. In other words, you have full flexibility in your work. However, a word of caution, if you are just starting out in modeling, do not get too picky, and focus on building your portfolio and reputation as a model first.

Nowadays there are so many comments and reviews everywhere, how do I differentiate the good and bad agencies?

This may pose a big concern especially in the age of the internet, where there are many false rumors floating around, and truth tends to get buried in the comments section. It may be hard to distinguish truth from the lies, and usually one only knows the true nature of the work and the modeling process once they sign up for it. One good way is to read reviews from credible sources and websites, and not believe wholesale what you read on forums and blogs which are contentment unregulated. Google and Facebook reviews are one such way where spam and imposter comments are unpublished or removed, and only honest feedback is considered.

Another good way is to find out the models involved in the agency. Are there a good number of models? Are there models who somewhat have a similar look to you? Do they take good effort and care to have a well set-up website? Any model agency has a need to have a good website because it is often the first go-to platform for clients and models. An illegitimate or bad agency can most often be spotted from their bad website maintenance.

Modeling isn’t for me, either I am born as a model or I’m not. There is no in-between.

False! Whether you know this or not modeling takes a lot of hard work, patience and confidence. Someone with the looks of Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima, but without their confidence can never make it very far as a model and isn’t someone who will get through a regular casting call. No matter how you look, your personality, dress sense and the way you express your energy and this confidence means a large deal more. This impresses clients and lands you the best job opportunities.

The biggest misconception of all may be that modeling agencies are not essential and they are just out to scam. If you flip your daily newspaper or browse through your regular online catalog to shop, or any other advertisement or billboard, they are not people who are randomly picked or someone who is from that company or brand of that advertisement. In short, they are models, who most likely come from modeling agencies, and clients pick them out of many other potential models.

 

Things About Modeling Jobs

Everybody believe all females models are like Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum or Naomi Campbell, but fact is there are several types of famous models, who you probably ignore, who are making an excellent income. Most of them are working what’s called ‘behind the scenes’ as fit, showroom and commercial models. They’re working in a wide range of companies, I can name some of them here: pharmaceutical, fitness, suppliers, manufacturers, airlines and many others.

You can certainly fit into these categories, it doesn’t matter if you cannot be in the supermodel category, I’m going to list you all types of modeling so you can identify yourself in one or several of them:

Fashion Editorial.

Fashion models or also known as editorial models are the kind of models you see in magazines like: Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, etc. They work for top fashion designers like: Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs among others. These kind of professionals are 5′ 9″ to 6′ 0″ tall and also very slim. Their measurements are bust 33″, waist 23″, hips 33″.

Most of the times, modeling agencies look for what they called ‘the complete package’ when deciding if they can be editorial models, nonetheless don’t be down in case you don’t meet the exact stats they ask for.

Runway or Catwalk.

These models use to be 5′ 9″, anyways 5′ 10” – 5′ 11” is considered much better. They have to have the exact measurements, because they have to fit the clothes the designers are going to show to their respective clients. Most of the times the measurements of these models are no more than 34” – 23” – 34”.

The designers hire models to fit the clothes they made for their respective collections, so they don’t make their clothes to fit the model, they only exception of this rule is when the model is someone like Naomi Campbell.

Commercial.

These kind of professionals can be any age, any height or any size. They practically can do everything, as long as it’s not related to what is known as high fashion. Some examples: food products, tech devices, travel industry, etc.

Plus Size.

This is a market that has become a real important part of the fashion and commercial model industry. Fashion agencies have special division for these kind of modeling. There actually exist very famous plus size supermodels.

These kind of professionals are most of the time determined by the size instead of exact measurements, like size 12. Size 12 is not considered a plus size model in the real world but in modeling it is.

Petite.

These kind of professionals are most of the times 5′ 7” and under. Most of the times These kind of professionals don’t do runway work, they are booked for lingerie and swimsuit and also parts modeling. Because These kind of professionals have smaller glove and show sizes, they are hired as hand and also foot models.

Lingerie and Swimsuit.

These kind of professionals are more curvier and also more voluptuous than the editorial models. Swimsuit Models have a wide range of work possibilities, they’re always hired to do Swimsuit modeling. The can model undergarments, summer wear, sleep wear, lingerie, etc. They also can be other types of models like fit models.

Glamour.

These kind of professionals are most of the times even more curvy than editorial fashion models. They also work in the swimsuit and lingerie modeling too. The type of modeling refers to the type of posing the models do in their photos. Glamour modeling is considered sexually suggestive and also alluring compared to fashion modeling. Girls who pose for playboy magazines, for example, are glamour models.

Fitness.

These kind of professionals are fit, athletic and toned. A lot of these models start as trainers or athletes and included fitness modeling in their CV. They work for: supplement manufacturers, athletic wear companies and fitness companies. They’re, most of the times, commercial models too.

Fit.

It’s important not to confuse These kind of professionals with fitness models. Fit models work behind the scenes. They work with garment manufacturers and fashion houses. These companies use these models to make sure that fit and sizing are actually maintained in what is called as ‘the clothing manufacturing process’.

Garment manufacturers companies need a wide range of sizes and also shapes from these models, so that they can fit their garments correctly before they reach the final consumer.

If you’re a woman who can maintain your measurements, these type of modeling is perfect for you.

Body Parts.

These kind of professionals work modeling specific body parts: feet, hands, eyes, and legs.

Hand: can work for nail, jewelry and also beauty related products. Client use to hire these models in film or print.

Foot: get hired by shoe companies primarily, but also by beauty and nail products. Also anywhere else the perfect feet is required.

Most of the times, petite models get hired by part models, because of their smaller body parts.

Promotional.

These kind of professionals promote service and products at trade shows, live events and conventions. These girls must have an outgoing personality and also friendly. They have to deeply understand the client’s product, so that the can explain it to clients and answer question to potential customers.