1. Know your limits and stick to them - If you only want to model for fashion and runway, then thats up to you. If you do not want to shoot nudes then make this very clear in your portfolio or web page so photographers know. If anyone pesters you to do anything that is not within your limit then it is not worth keeping that contact.
2. Decide where you want to advertise - I would recommend signing up to model mayhem www.modelmayhem.com as a model and searching on that website for photographers. This is a very useful website as you can search for local photographers to you, you can view the models who they have worked with and contact them directly for references. You can also look at thousands of people's portfolios and get inspired by their imagery. You can learn alot from this website. My advice to you is to work with professional photographers with a good quality portfolio as you need a professional looking portfolio to be taken seriously. Avoid putting up snapshots of you on holiday or stood in front of the mirror. These photographs give the wrong impression completely to people looking for models. You can check casting calls on this website and contact photographers to see if they like your look and want to work with you.
When you are just starting out you are likely to have to work for free, on model mayhem this is called time for experience or time for CD. Basically, you can work with the photographer and in exchange for the experience and your time working as a model you can get a cd of the images, some photographers may offer you prints as well or instead of but all of the details in regards to pay or what you are offering should be finalised before you start the shoot.
3. Know your measurements - also known as your stats, be aware of your measurements so you can post them to your portfolio and in casting calls if needed.
4. Stay Safe - Be aware of people who call themselves photographers just to photograph pretty girls, these can usually be easy to find based on the image in their portfolios, do their photos all have pictures of girls in bikinis or nude? has their photography improved or is it all amateur looking because they aren't in it to improve their photography skills?an important sign of a GWC (Guy with Camera) is also that there is no desire to improve their skills over the years, because the goal, again, is not to become a better photographer, but to get girls naked and that's all what matters to them. To avoid these type of people only work with those who have professional looking images, look at the lighting and subjects themselves, could you imagine being the model for the photos that have been taken already?
5. Practice Practice Practice - You need to practice posing and expression in the mirror so you can give maximum variety in your photoshoots and know what looks good. Look at other models at the top of their game such as Ivory Flame, Ulorin Vex and Madame Bink.
6. Keep fit and eat healthily - Obviously as a model you have to look good, You do not have to be a size 0 to be a model. The majority of models are toned and have perfect skin, I would suggest regualr exercise and drinking plenty of water. Health is always important please please please do not let yourself become ill or malnourished. You need to look after yourself. Of course there are some beautiful plus sized models out there also, its all about being happy with your body shape, and knowing what to wear to make the best of your assets. Ideally models are 5 foot 7 inches or taller but there are some successful models who are shorter. i.e Ivory Flame who is only 5 foot 3 inches.
7. Create a list on Model Mayhem that's clearly labeled as representative of looks that you'd like to have in your portfolio - This helps you define what kind of modeling you want to do and what looks you want. Having the looks you want visible on your profile page will make it much easier for photographers to plan shoots you - and make it a lot easier for you to get what you want.
8. Learn about scams and what to look out for by reading this. This next one is also useful to read. Click here.
9. Network - Create contacts and get your name out there to get the most work you can. If you're really serious about modelling think about contacting photographers asking for work and make some business cards that you can take with you to networking events.
10. Get yourself a basic wardrobe - make sure you have a good range of costumes, basic clothes and props to take with you to shoots. Keep an eye on popular trends to see what props people are using and try and work the prop in a unique way to your shoot.
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These are the main points I can think of at the moment. If I can think of any more I'll add them at a later date. Until then add me as a friend on model mayhem by clicking here.