How to be a model

If you're thinking about becoming
a model, catalog modeling can
be an exciting way to get your
feet into the fashion industry.

Child Modeling

For child models, being photogenic
is important but it's also important
that the child feels comfortable in front
of the camera.

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Whether you're an aspiring model or the parents of gifted / talented children, if you are thinking about leaping into the glamorous world of modeling, you should know that catalog modeling opportunities are available for men, women and children of many different heights and sizes. The requirements to be a model for catalogs are more lenient because most store catalogs cater to everyday people who come in all shapes and sizes.

How much money do models make?

This is probably the most asked question by those who want to know how to be a model. Models usually get paid very well. A super model can earn as much as thirty thousand dollars in one day. How much you can earn as a model really depends on what type of model you are, how much modeling experience you have and the market you're in. For example, in a major fashion hub such as New York City, a magazine Ad model can earn about $250 per hour, Catalog models can average about $3500 per day and billboard ad models can earn anywhere from $2000 to $4000 per day. For children, when it comes to modeling, money should not be a priority. Yes, there is potentially a lot of money to be made, but it's far more important that your child enjoys modeling.

How competitive is modeling?

Modeling agencies receive hundreds of photos everyday. Out of those, one or perhaps two will end up getting any work. To be a model, you'll need to be patient and persistent. Having a little luck on your side can also be helpful. Kate Moss was accidently discovered when the model that was scheduled for the job couldn't make it.

Do I need professional modeling photos?

No you do not. You need photos but they do not need to be taken by a professional photographer. If a modeling agency thinks you have what it takes to be a model, they'll send you to a professional photographer at their expense. For now, all you need are three simple, well-taken photographs. So grab your camera and ask a friend or family member to take the following three shots:

1. A head shot: A photo of the face from the neck up
2. A body shot: A full length photo showing the entire body from head to toe
3. A photo of a pose that best suits your personality

These three photos can serve as a "provisional" portfolio for men, women and children who aspire to be a model. Make sure the photos are clear and well lit.

Do I need to take modeling classes?

You may be wondering whether classes are necessary to learn how to be a model. While modeling classes are great for meeting people and building confidence, you definitely do not need them to be a model. You will get all the training and experience you need through the test shoots, from meeting people on the job, and through conversations with reputable modeling agents. If a modeling agency wants to send you for modeling classes, they will pay for it out of their own pocket.

How fit do you have to be to become a catalog model?

Catalog models do not need to have perfect proportions but having certain physical assets and measurements will definitely give you an edge.

For women, the requirements are typically: Height: 5'5" or taller. Bust: 32-35". Waist: 22-25". Hips: 33-36". For petite models, height is typically 5'1" to 5'5". For plus size models, height requirements are usually 5'8" to 6'0" sizes are between 10-18. Weight can vary as long as they have a proportional figure and shapely legs.

For men, the requirements are more lenient, however, well-groomed men with well-defined facial features, a strong masculine look and a height of at least 5'11" to 6'2" tall, have the best chances.

If you are uniquely good looking, most modeling agencies will make exceptions to their requirements.

How do I find modeling jobs?

To find a modeling job, you should try to get in the books of as many modeling agencies as possible. An agency is responsible for representing and promoting its roster of models and booking jobs for them. Modeling agencies usually handle contracts, payments and the whole business side of the model's life. Agencies make their money by charging a commission on every job a model does. They will "lend" the model money for the cost of travel, tests, comp cards, lodging, etc. and these expenses will then be taken out from the model's earnings. They do not make money until and unless the model makes money.

What are open calls and how should I prepare for them?

Open calls are where prospective models get a chance to meet modeling agents without having previously scheduled appointments. Agencies are always on a lookout for new faces and new models to represent, so they invite aspiring models to their offices to see if they have what it takes to be a model. Anyone interested in getting into modeling is free to show up at the agency during an open call. Not all modeling agencies hold open calls so be sure to call the agency or check their website to find out if and when they hold open calls. Also find out if they want you to bring anything. It is very likely that the agency may ask you to bring a couple of snapshots of yourself. Be sure to include your age, weight, height and body measurements on the back of the snapshots.

What should I wear to a modeling interview or an open call?

This is a very important consideration for anyone aspiring to be a model. You will only have one chance with the agency holding the open call or interview to make a good impression. To make the most of it, you want to be sure you look your best. This does not have to be complicated, all you need to do is dress in a manner that is casual but neat. Wear clothes that are body-conscious but not very tight or revealing. Dressing up in fashionable outfits is not recommended and you also do not want to wear anything to formal or to baggy. And, keep the jewelry to a minimum.