Being a professional model might seem like an easy, glamorous job and many don’t understand the magnitude and skillset needed to make it as a model. The industry is huge and a new model can easily get sucked into everything with full force and later suffer from stress and anxiety. There are certain things that need to be known by all models that can help enrich and benefit them throughout their careers.
First things first, you can do anything you put your mind to. Many models believe that going to modeling school will give them an advantage as it will teach them everything they need to know about modeling. While that does make sense it should be noted that a great model is not defined by the school she went to but by her determination and ability to adapt and deliver in any given situation. Teach yourself and train your body because no one truly knows your potential better than you do.
Working with yourself will give you the time to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Every successful person needs to know what their strengths and weaknesses are in order to improve themselves. Each week focus on a weakness and work on improving yourself slowly to create the best version of yourself.
Don’t be afraid to be unique and let your personality shine through your work. The world needs more unique personalities and more individuality. Be willing to break the boundaries and make lasting impressions to all those you meet; this will help your career in the long run.
When applying for any job always make sure that the client is reputable and legit. It’s easy to become a victim and fall into a scam without even knowing it. Generally, if a deal is too good to be true it is just that. When “clients” contact you via social media always check them out before agreeing to anything or submitting any photography. Also, remember that a client will never ask you for nudes- unless that’s the type of modeling you do, so be extra wary of potential perverts and predators out there.
If after you’ve found out that the client is reputable and legit and now want to set up a meeting, do so while still being cautious. Meeting a client for the first time should always be in a public place that’s busy- especially after the recent sexual abuse allegations that Harvey Weinstein faced. It’s always better to be safe and take the extra measures needed to protect yourself. Tell a friend or family member where you are at all times so that they know where to find you if need be.
Upon meeting a client remember to keep things professional at all times. Talk about relevant topics and maybe touch on lighter subjects to lighten up the mood. This will show your client that you know when to be serious but at the same time, it will show them that you know how to be fun. Clients always look for someone with character and personality, so make sure to bring your A-game!
After meeting with a client go over the job description and read through what their expectations of you are. If you’re happy with everything then approve the job, but if you find that there might be even a small value of the company that you don’t believe in then respectfully decline the job. For instance, if you’re against companies using animals to test their products on and this specific company does animal testing, then you should immediately turn down any offers from them.
It’s always important to stand up for what you believe in and taking a job (even if it pays well) that’s controversial to your ideas and thoughts could end up in a constant battle with yourself and your career. Not only is it unfair on you, but it’s unfair to the company/ brand as well. They are paying you for your time and your talent and if you feel that you cannot represent them to the best of your ability then politely decline any offers. There will be plenty of other jobs for you, just always stay true to yourself and what you believe in!
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