SO YOU WANNA BE A MODEL?
Modeling is an exciting career that allows you to travel and see the world. However, it is not for everyone. Nor can everyone be a model. There are lots of beautiful people in the world but a pretty face does not a model make. Though industry standards have broadened in recent years, there are still basic requirements needed to be considered as a model.
There is no fee for submitting yourself for consideration. Model scout's are compensated BY the agencies, not the model. If anyone ever tells you they can make you a model and then asks for money, RUN!
During my 30 years in fashion I have discovered and introduced many newcomers to the industry. Many have gone on to have long successful careers and are still working today. I have developed long-standing relationships with top agencies around the world. First, working as as a model, and then as a photographer working with clients, casting agencies and booking models for editorials and campaigns.
Many world-famous models have come from right here in our very own backyard. Superstars Amber Valletta, Bridget Hall, Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson all came from the midwest. This area is untapped and I'm sure there are many future top models just waiting to be discovered.
Models come in all shapes and sizes, however, girls must be a minimum of five foot nine inches tall and for guys it is six feet. All ethnicities, shapes and sizes are welcome in today's expanding market, but reaching the height requirement is non-negotiable.
I do not work with child agencies so the ideal candidate would be close to eighteen and have already done all of their growing. However, potential for modeling can be identified as early as sixteen years of age.
If you or someone you know fit the above description and have an interest in modeling, email the required information below to email@example.com
You will need what are known in the industry as "digital polaroids". The simpler the better. This is not a photoshoot but rather a straightforward and clear (well-lit) snapshot of how you look today. Make-up is NOT allowed so you should have a nude face. Do not wear baggy clothes or dresses. Agencies need to be able to see your frame so do not over-style or accessorize yourself. The simpler the images the better, so no fussy backgrounds or outside beauty shots. In fact, up against a white wall or "A" wall is best. Clean, fresh and simple is key.
Do several different photos. Headshot, profile (side), waist-up, full-length, smile, serious. Knock yourself out. Remember, you are beautiful the way you are! Not being accepted as a model is more about industry standards than who you are. Becoming a top model is akin to winning the lottery or being drafted in the NBA, so know that when you submit.
These samples of Libby are exactly what is needed. And include your measurements! This is super important so agencies can get an idea of your proportions. Agents use social media as a tool. It allows them to get a sense of the real you. Insta's are recommended.
*Height *Bust *Waist *Hips *Shoe Size
Here are Libby's stats to give you some help:
Height: 5'.95" Bust: 32 Waist: 24" Hips: 34.5" Shoe: 9.5 Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF RESPONSES, I WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO REPLY TO SUBMISSIONS. ONCE YOU HIT "SEND" YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE UNLESS THERE IS AGENCY INTEREST.
For guys, same thing. However, men will need to include shirtless shots as well. Again, clients need to see your frame and shirtless photos allow an even better idea of your proportions and how you will fit clothes.
Here are Alessio's stats to give you an idea:
Height: 6'2.5" Suit: 40L Shirt: 15x34 Waist: 31" Inseam: 34" Shoe: 10Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Keep it simple and straightforward. Headshot, waist-up, side profile (side) and full-length. Be sure the photos are well-lit and you can be seen clearly.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE PERFECT THE WAY YOU ARE! IF YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR FASHION AND YOUR HEART'S DESIRE IS TO BE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT HERE IN NWA!