If you’re looking into modeling, you might be overwhelmed by the volume of information that is out there. It can be difficult to sort through and figure what is actually necessary to break into the business. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Beware of Scams
Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there who will try to scam you. These companies send people out to stores and have them approach you and tell you that you have a good look and should try out modeling. Once you go to your appointment, they try to sell you classes or get you to pay for overpriced headshots. They may even try to make you pay them to represent you. Never pay an agency to represent you. That being said, you will incur quite a few upfront costs.
Find the Right Agency
Before you begin meeting with agencies, do your research. This will help prevent you from walking into a scam. Look at sites like 2-model.com, and make a list of all of the agencies that you would like to meet with. While many agencies have an open door policy, they often have requirements on what you need to bring. Consider creating a portfolio to take with you to each meeting. Have a list of questions ready to ask them, so you can find out if they are right for you.
Understand the Costs
First and foremost, you will need to hire a photographer to take pictures of you. You should not expect the agency to cover these costs for you. It is extremely important to put yourself out there, so you will incur some marketing costs. Social media is a great platform, but it is a good idea to have your own website as well.
Breaking into the modeling business isn’t easy. It is going to require a lot of hard work and dedication. If this is your dream and you are willing to put in the work, the pay off can definitely be worth it.