Hi darlings! It may be the summer but that doesn’t mean you get to slack off on your studies. Now is the best time to catch up on all your previous lessons of RealModel 101 including this one, What To Do At A Casting. In the video you may have noticed that during the casting process models were asked to show their hands. If you’re thinking that’s weird or “I’m not trying to be a hand model” listen up. Clients want to see what you’re working with. In fact, sometimes you’ll even see in the casting or audition notice models must have nice, clean hands. They need to know if you have you have photogenic features, if you have any scars, and that totally includes your hands. Think about it… for product shots, tech jobs, and of course beauty, hands play a big role. You don’t have to run to the nail salon every time you have a casting or a job, but you need to make sure your hands look presentable.
Hi class. We’re back at it with the next lesson in the series. If you need a refresher, you can get it here. Hopefully you’ve done that homework assignment and now you have a few snap shots you can send to agencies or possible clients. Now let’s move on to the next step. You’ve finally got noticed and now you’re going on your first casting. Wait, what’s a casting again? That’s when a company or agency is looking for a specific model or models to represent their brand based on certain characteristics. If you fit the type, you are called in a a casting office for further review. Occasionally the actual client will be present and may want to see your portfolio, but this isn’t always the case. With castings these days, you’re are normally in and out in a mater of minutes. Seems easy, right. But what do you need to do to make sure you nail it?
Welcome back class. In our last lesson we discussed the reasons people decide to become models. Hopefully you completed your homework assignment and you now know the reasons YOU want to be a model. You’re doing it for you, right? Great. Let’s move on to the next topic: what you need to get your career started. Aspiring models are always asking me what they need to get an agency or work. Well, the obvious thing is a set of photos. How are clients supposed to know how you look or how you photograph if you don’t send them pictures? But you can’t just give someone a few crappy Polaroids and expect a miracle. There’s a method to the madness and it definitely helps you get your foot in the door. Ready? Here’s what you need to do to get this adventure started…
Welcome to lesson number one in this series. We’ve already discussed what a model is and is not in the intro. You can get a quick refresher here. Let’s move on to how you decide that you’re going to be a model. What are the reasons you want to do this and how do you make it happen? Many people have asked me how I got started in this industry and what are the proper steps one should take to beginning his or her career. There’s not an exact science to getting your foot in the door in modeling. Although I was discovered in a coffee shop, some models went to open calls and others have been scouted in malls. If you believe that there’s some simple mathematical equation for success in modeling then you’re wrong. What works for one doesn’t always work for all, yet we can learn from each other’s experiences.
I asked a few of my model friends about how they made the choice to be a model. Were they scouted? Did friends or family encourage them to do it? The responses I received are incredibly diverse and eye opening. Some of them became models because of a gut feeling while others had the choice made for them as kids. Here are their stories:
What is a model? I know this sounds pretty basic, but let’s hear it anyway. The dictionary defines the term as a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist; especially: one who poses for an artist or one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise. There’s been a lot of chatter lately about Instagram and social media models versus real models. Those who gained fame due to followers and likes and those who came up the ranks and really developed their craft as a model. Veteran superstar Naomi Campbell even jumped in on the discussion recently in an interview with Meredith Vieira. She explains “I just feel my generation of women, like Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia (Schiffer), we had to earn our stripes and take our stepping stones to get to where we have gotten; to accomplish what we have achieved to this date.” Naomi, girl, I feel you. I’ve touched on this numerous times before. The term model has been thrown around so frivolously that many of us don’t know what a real model is.