How to become a Model.
Job Description of a Model:
Models are persons who show off clothing to its best advantage. You might be modelling clothing for a live runway show, a photo shoot, or a demonstration. Models are generally expected to be attractive, charming, confident and inspiring. The hours vary but are not usually excessive. Being a Model is a good job for many people, but the key traits to have are a sociable personality, helpful, intuitive, a good sense of humour and not shy. You might find yourself with idle time during working sessions so you must be capable of entertaining yourself.
To become a Model you do not need any formal qualifications. It is generally expected that models be fairly attractive and of a suitable body build for the items that you will be modelling. Not all models are expected to be slender; there are opportunities for larger built persons too. There are also modelling opportunities for children and pets, so you may be able to work alongside other members of your household. You can improve your chances of becoming a model by ensuing that you have a portfolio of attractive and varied photographs so that prospective employers can see how you look and what you are suited to. You may also wish to create a show reel film to show how you move. To get into modelling you may need to approach an agency with your portfolio, or signup to one of the many online showcasing websites. You should not pay any agency to take you, and beware of any agencies that ask you to pose in a manner which you do not feel comfortable with.
Responsibilities and duties:
As a model you will be expected to follow the direction of your employer. It will generally entail being presented with items of clothing or accessories and being asked to wear them and then having your photograph taken or yourself filmed. You will be asked to pose or move in a certain way by the photographer or the shoot director, and you will have to try to replicate what they expect in order to make the item look as attractive as possible. If you are a runway model you will be expected to move in a certain way, and make many quick changes or costume.
Models usually work as and when required. Models are expected to work weekends and evenings. Models may have to work at very short notice and their hours can be sporadic and differing.
Skills and Training Development:
Models can expect to progress through their careers by impressing larger and larger clients over time. Improving your portfolio and image, as well as building a name for yourself, will assist you in building your career up. Models over time may wish to progress to the technical side of modelling, such as scouting for new models, or becoming an artistic director or runway producer.
Average Model Salary:
The average salary for a qualified Model is £26,000 PA.
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