How do you become a model or help your child become a model? Take it from someone who knows, it’s not easy! It takes time, money and lots of hard work.
Modeling is not just taking pretty pictures, you have to work at it, believe me, unless you are the luckiest person on the planet, (actually, there are a few models that got into modeling by just walking down the street or in the mall) it’s a long, hard road!
Before you get started, you should ask your child and/or yourself these questions, as they will help guide you for the rest of the process:
Does your child really want to be a model, or is this a dream of yours? (Don’t push your child into modeling, unless they REALLY want it, not just doing it for you!)
2. What do you or your child want to get out of modeling? (If you/they are dreaming of fame and fortune, unless you/they are really lucky, that WILL NOT happen)
3. What are you/they willing to put into becoming a model? (This can get very expensive, and be aware of the scammers, yes they are here as well, please, be sure to check everyone/everything out beforehand!)
4. What kind of model do you/they want to be? Fashion, Runway, Swimsuit, Sport, Commercial, Print, Promotional, Glamour, etc… (There is specific height, weight, age, etc. requirements for all categories)
5. How flexible are you/they for traveling and for time? (Please make sure you/they are escorted to all shoots)
If you decide on going with a traditional modeling agency, you need to find a good one, some are better than others, but they all do pretty much the same thing. There are some agencies that are model/talent agencies; they want the money up front for the photographer/photos, comp cards (I will explain later) and other fees. If you want to put the money out, then, by all means…do so! Traditional modeling agencies, like Ford, Next, IMG, Elite, etc. will not ask for money up-front, they will take it out of the models earnings. But, you are still paying fees for the photos etc. whether it is upfront, or out of the models’ paychecks. Plus, they take a percentage off the top of the earnings, so remember, all the fees and commissions have to come out before you/they get paid.
You can easily look up and find agencies in phone books or online. Before you do, I would recommend contacting someone you may know that is a model to find out some of the experiences that they have had with modeling in general, and specifically, with the different agencies in your area. Once you have a general idea of what modeling looks like, contact some of the agencies and set up an appointment to meet with them. Meeting with the agency can be the hardest and most nerve wracking part of the whole experience. Be firm, and don’t allow the agency to take advantage of you!
Tomorrow ~So You Want To Be a Model ~ Part Two