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MODELLING – THE REAL STORY

In Modelling Career is far from an easy job. If you believe it to be all glamour and that you can arrive for a shoot, spend some time in hair and makeup getting dolled up, pose for a few pictures and then leave then you are mistaken. In order to survive in this industry you will need determination, patience, commitment and lots of energy and drive.

We at AF models Modelling will explain the realities of what to expect from modelling jobs. Expect to do a lot of travelling. Be prepared to work unsociable hours this is not a 9-5 profession. You may be required to arrive on set for 7am or have to work into the early hours of the morning. If things like this do not faze you then you are on course for a successful career as a professional model. No two days will be the same and modelling can provide a wonderful, fun and exciting career to the right person.

MODELLING – THE MYTHS

“Modelling Career is an easy way to make quick money”
How many times have you heard this statement? We wish this was the case

We at AF models Modelling know that with the right guidance and look modelling can be very lucrative but with most jobs you will have to start from the bottom and sometimes this may involve jobs that pay very low rates. You may even have to work for free especially to build up your portfolio.

MODELLING CAREER IS A GLAMOROUS JOB

“Who doesn’t love getting their hair and makeup done? Of course there is some glamour involved in modelling – particularly once you’ve made a name for yourself.”

For the most part, particularly in the beginning, modelling is far from glamorous. You will be required to arrive on set makeup free. You may be shooting summer clothing in the middle of a field in December surrounded by mud with no heating. Also be prepared to wait around on set for long periods make sure you have a good book or a personal music player handy!

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PERSONALITY DOESN’T MATTER IN MODELLING CAREER

– ALL YOU NEED IS A PRETTY FACE”

This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Personality makes a big difference. Having an infectious, bubbly personality is just as important as having a pretty face. You will be spending long periods of time in the company of others so it is important that you are able to get on with a variety of different people.

MODELLING – WHERE WILL YOU WORK?

Everywhere! This of course will depend on what sort of model you are. Some retailers have in-house models so it is likely that you will spend most of your time shooting for them in their studio. However during campaign shoots you may be on location.

For the majority of models it is likely that you will work up and down the country and if you’re lucky abroad too. Your location for the day can range from a studio or farm to a nightclub or exotic beach. Within the UK the majority of Modelling Career however will take place in London. Be prepared to be living out of a suitcase once you become a professional model.

HOW TO FIND WORK?

The commonest way to acquire modelling jobs is through an agency. Although it is hard to get signed by an agency it is well worth it in the end as they will professionally represent you and actively seek work for you although it does not guarantee bookings.

The alternative route is as a freelance model. As a freelance model you will represent yourself. In order to market yourself effectively you will need to make sure that you have the best resources – a professional portfolio, Z cards and an E-folio. Unless you have a lot of contacts this can be a challenging route to take although AF models Modelling are on hand to offer support, advice and assistance with your portfolio.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?

How long is a piece of string? The pay rates you receive will depend on the client and job. If you are doing a booking through an agency the percentage your agency takes will also affect your pay packet.

In the beginning expect to work for free on a lot of jobs and because of this many new models also have secondary jobs to supplement their income. Once you have built up a respectable portfolio then you can start to command better pay.

ARE THERE PERMANENT JOBS FOR MODELS?

The closest example of a permanent in Modelling Career is as an in-house model. You will be contracted to model for a particular retailer on a long term basis. Alternatively if a client likes your work then they may continue to rebook you.

This is why it is important to have a good personality as this will encourage clients to book you again and again. Call AF models Modelling today to find out more on how you can become a successful model.

IS THERE A CUT OFF AGE FOR MODELLING?

To become a model For catwalk modelling the answer is yes. Aside from supermodels it is very rare to see mature catwalk models on the runway. Mature male and female models often find work as ‘classic’ or ‘real-life’ models.

There are a number of clients that require mature models such as sixty plus services, hair dye and other products that are aimed at a mature audience. Once models have reached a certain age they often end up staying in the modelling industry by, for example, retraining as a makeup artist or working as a booker/administrator in a modelling agency.

STILL NOT REGISTERED?

Become a Model, by registering with AF Models we will give you all the advice and tips on how to give yourself the best chance to get into modelling – whether you’re aiming to sign with an agency or go freelance. AF Models will advise you on how to give yourself the edge. We will help you to select images that show you at your best and teach you how to build your portfolio andA approach modelling agencies professionally.