So you want to be a model? Things You Should know

Do you have what it takes to become a model? This article takes you through the basic things you need to know if you are considering modelling as a career.

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Being a model is such an amazing career goal, but it comes with a lot of hard work. How much do you know about becoming a model? Do you have what it takes to become one? What kind of model do you want to be?

This article takes you through the basic things you need to know if you are considering becoming a model with class. Let’s run you through:

Identify your niche

Modelling is a very broad career as there are various types of models. The first step you need to take is to figure out what kind of model suits your body statistics and age. Here are some of the categories you can consider.

  • Run way model
  • Plus size model
  • Face model
  • Petite model
  • Product model
  • Lingerie model
  • Child model
  • Commercial model
  • Fashion model
  • Fitness model

Meet the requirements 

Every modelling category has its unique requirements. For example: a petite model should not be more than a size 6. A child model needs to be under the age of 13. Flat tummy and a sexy well-toned body is required of a lingerie model.

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A runway model doesn’t necessarily need a fine face but should meet the height requirement of not less than 5’8″ for females and 5’11” for males. Nonetheless, the taller you are, the more advantage you have.

Know the industry

Modelling is not the average Monday-to-Friday/9-to-5 job, so you could be called up for work at any day and time. Study the industry, meet people who are into modelling, ask questions, get information and be ready to be up and about, going for auditions, castings and photo shoots.

Get used to the competition

Every career path has its own challenges, and having competitions is one of the major struggles you’ll face as a model. Don’t feel bad if the other girls look thinner or cuter than you. There’s more to the business than physical looks.

Embrace the lifestyle

Most upcoming models do not have a schedule to follow, they just go with the flow. You need to get used to the life of a model; be ready to travel on a short notice, change your hairstyle as often as the looks demand, slide into any outfit without caring who would see your undies, choke up with too much work at a time and be idle for another period, have unstable income, etc. Your life is basically now the definition of ‘freestyle.’

Attend Fashion events

Going for events in your industry is a good way to connect and learn more about your craft. In Nigeria, Fashion shows are becoming a monthly thing, from the small ones that hold in university campuses to the mega shows like the GTBank Fashion Weekend, there’s a lot of knowledge you can grasp by just showing up. The Fashion Weekend Masterclass also offers free training, all you need to do is register to attend.

Get used to the competition

Every career path has its own challenges, and having competitions is one of the major struggles you’ll face as a model. Don’t feel bad if the other girls look thinner or cuter than you. There’s more to the business than physical looks. Your charisma, poise, cat-walk techniques, and the unique touch you add to every job will make you stand out of your competitors.

Get an agent

As a newbie, you can make it alone, but it will take a longer time. You need to align yourself with a reliable modelling agency that has your interest at heart.

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They will put you through basic training on how to be a better model, prepare and promote your portfolio, get you good deals, and of course share your income with you. Don’t be in a hurry to sign any modelling deal without having a full understanding of what is required of you and what your agent stands to gain.

Be prepared to cancel all your plans for a job

After attending several auditions and you finally get cast for a job, you need no excuse not to show up. Whether it’s your birthday, your parent’s anniversary, or your best friend’s wedding, clients do not care about all of that. Your availability is their only priority. You asked for it… go for it.

Good luck on your journey!