If you dream of becoming a model but don't know where to start, read this to get you started.
There are a few ways to get into the fashion industry as a fashion model.
First is to be noticed by an agency scout at the market, sort of like Natalia Vodianova was. It's an awesome way to start your successful career that can become a great plot for your memoir book in the future. I wish it could happen to all of us creatives, so we don't have to spend days, months or years working on getting our name and work out there.
Another way is to do your research, build a list of legit agencies in your area, and reach out to other models who are currently working with them to take a sneak peak at the behind-the-scenes of working with the agencies you want get into. Then, after you do that, you will need to contact the agencies directly, show them your portfolio and, hopefully, get an offer.
If you do your research in advance, you will notice that what the agency needs to see in your portfolio the most is so called 'Polaroids', in other words it's a few photos of you with minimum makeup, wearing clothes that just show your figure mostly. They need to see you as a blank canvas. Read on ->
You need a portfolio.
Random pictures from your Instagram aren't good enough. Do you know what happens when you send an email to the agent that doesn't meet their requirements? It goes into the trash. As rough as it sounds, it is actually a good thing, because knowing this means you have an advantage of being prepared, so that when they receive your application you surprisingly differ from the hundreds of wrong applications. It automatically makes you stand out.
Hire a professional in your area, preferably who has worked with the agencies before and knows what your needs are as a model. A photographer who works with agencies will not only help you to build the winning portfolio, but might also help you to connect with the right people.
I started my career in a fashion industry as an intern at photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth's studio, helping him with editorials and agency test photo shoots. I learned what big agencies like BMG are really looking for first hand. Now, whenever I am working with aspiring models myself, I'm also driven to share my knowledge that can help them to get into the agency they want.
It is very important to design a personalized session for your needs, that's why I offer a free consultation where you can ask me any questions you have about the portfolio building process. After the consultation you will have a clear idea of the concept for your photo session, wardrobe guidance, suggested locations, and investment.