Just deciding you want to be a model is not quite enough, the first step is to define what type of model you want to be. There are some successful models that crossover many disciplines, but starting off, you are better off choosing only one and getting established. The choice is wide but the most popular are in print, catwalk, commercial and plus size modeling, if you are tall or perhaps ample sized in certain areas. The minimum height for a model is five feet seven inches but close to six feet is preferred.
Find the Right Agency
There is real no choice about it, to be a model you will have to find a good agency. Search for one that specializes in the field you have chosen. It is easy to find agencies, just go on the internet and start downloading lists. If you can select a few that are close to where you live, then do plenty of research on the agency.
See which models they represent? How they represent them? What types of work they book? Are there any online comments about them?
If the agency is looking for money upfront this is not a good sign, and modeling schools or modeling packages are dubious also. There are plenty of dodgy agencies out there ready and waiting to lead you down the garden path and take your money.
Have Professional Photographs Taken
There is no avoiding this part of becoming a model and it will cost, but it is essential that you have professional photographs taken. Your portfolio is your lifeblood, every application you send off will require photographs, and the best quality ones may get you an interview. It is also an idea to get a good friend to take digital images of you with no makeup and just wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Take these in natural light so agencies can see your own natural features, the idea behind this is that you are showing how naturally beautiful you are, and that you could be used in many different types of shoots or engagements.
Some of the more open minded agencies, including some of the big ones, will accept open calls meaning they will interview aspiring models right off the street. It is basically an open house that an agency will pick a date and see as many applicants it can during that day. Keep your eyes open in the media about them and when they are being held near you.
Modeling is all about getting your name and face out there, and the best and cheapest way of doing this is by social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LINE etc. Are all good methods of reaching a wider audience and creating a buzz about yourself? In fact, some agencies will not even consider an applicant without say a sizable Instagram following. If you build up your online and social media presence, agencies are more likely not to ignore you and, in a way, be forced to take you on. High profile models such as Alexis Ren and Jasmine Sanders are successful because they raised their profiles on Instagram.
If you take these tips into consideration, you will have a platform on which to launch your modeling career, remember the fashion industry is one of the very hardest to break into and you will need dedication and perseverance.