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What Now? How to Get into Modeling

is our new series where we explore options, processes and insider insights into the modeling world.  Read on for step one:

How to get in to the modeling industry

What Now?

Many people have dreams and aspirations of becoming a model. It is not uncommon to find young children fantasizing about growing up and walking down a runway with a million flashbulbs going off all around them. The allure and glamour of the modelling industry is something that we have been subjected to from the media for as long as media has existed.

If this idea has turned into a passionate pursuit, then how do you go from looking at magazines, to being IN the magazines? In this blog we will discuss the the steps that should be taken in order to secure representation. 

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Being a model takes much more than being just a pretty face and a large social media following. You need stamina, patience, and lots of hard work.

Now What?

Before seeking out an agent to represent you, you need photos to show off.  These will act  almost like a resume, but for your face.

Take very simple photos. When you are just starting out in it rare to already have a portfolio or even head shots yet. But no worries. You can start with simple digital or print photos at home. These can be done by family member, a friend, or even on your own with a timer camera. These photos will give agents a look into who you are and the canvas which can be worked it.

When your taking your picture remember the following:
  • Wear minimal makeup, or better yet, none at all. You want to show your features in a neutral and natural setting.
  • Wear simple, form sitting clothes that are in good taste and neutral colors. The “model uniform” usually consists of skinny jeans or leggings, and form fitting shirts or tank tops, usually in black or white.
  • Keep hair simple, consistent and well groomed.
  • Stick to simple poses, and avoid props, you are the focus of these pictures.
  • Have one head shot (or close up) of your face smiling and one close up (or head shot) of your face in a neutral expression. You can include left and right profile pictures.
  • Always include a full length body shot. Women, if you are comfortable with the idea, consider a swimsuit. Men, if you are comfortable, consider boxer briefs or swim trunks. This way it will be easy to access your fitness levels.
  • Always submit clear, and in focus photos.
When taking your pictures, super remember that following:
  • Don’t wear tons of heavy makeup. By putting on 4 layers of base, contouring on new cheekbones and overdrawing your pout, you’re covering your natural angles and beauty. Keep that for the ‘gram.
  • Don’t Wear distracting clothing. Avoid bright colors and anything Ed Hardy (in photos and in real life, please). Don’t take this as an attempt to wow a potential agent with your style. Keep it simple!
  • Don’t do elaborate up-do’s, massive hair extensions, and teasing or the roots should be steered clear of. If you are the kind to change your hair colour and style often, know that you may be asked to update your photos so as not to catfish casting directors. (this can get expensive when you have to re-shoot your professional head shots every few months. 
  • DON’T EVER USE FILTERS OR PHOTOSHOP IN ANY WAY OR FORM. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT. PLEASE.

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So now that you have your beautiful, clean and clear photos ready, you’ll want to start looking for an agent to get an idea of your potential and markets that you may have potential in. You can schedule a meeting with a MAX agent here. 

Now What?

Next step is an evaluation. Evaluations are a necessary part of the process, this is so time and money on both sides are not wasted. Very rarely are people signed automatically. Professional agents will give you their industry opinion and let you know where you might fit in and in what market you have potential.

“Market” can refer to both location and the sort of modeling work you will do. There are many different kinds of markets. For example: North American, Asian, commercial, and high fashion.

It is important to be persistent with your goals, don’t give up. The entertainment industry is a tough one and there will be many rejections to faced. Don’t be discouraged, keep working, keep practicing, keep getting exposure.

Confidence, Sense of Style and a Signature Look!

Life offers you daily opportunities to shine! Expressing your own sense of style has the ability to bring out the best in you, at any age, in any situation. Strong sense of style = Energy & Confidence! Remember, how you look – indicates how you feel!

“When you’re working in a creative industry, its always a plus if you have a signature look – whether its a standout hair colour, a sharp cut, big curly hair, or a fun lipstick shade. Cool hair and a pop of colour can be good conversation starters and help make you more memorable” – Elaine Welteroth

“Don’t wear too much make up to an interview. People can be suspicious of anyone who tries too hard. You want an air of effortlessness” – Gucci Westman

Immediate things to consider while looking for a quality candidate in the model & talent industry:
1) Confident body language. Posture is everything. Sitting or standing hunched over portrays too casual of an attitude. 
2) Having the ability to interview well will make it easy for the talent agency because they want to “book” you immediately.
3) Does the camera love them? Is the photo current and appropriate? If you are striking a “Zoolander” pose would this encourage companies to book you based on the assumption that you are fun and able to perform the job well? Definitely something to consider!

The girls of the world

MAX Agency is excited to announce our brand new Elite Division. The Elite Division is higher division of modelling that allows select models to travel and go international for work.Elizabeth

Starting on June 14th, Maddie Zarb, Hannah Bradshaw and Elisabeth Callaghan are taking part in a photo shoot that will assist them on their journey to complete their portfolios and prepare for their future as professional and international models.

Each girl has worked extremely hard to achieve this goal and are very passionate about what they do!

Zarb said ” I’v only really been with some agencies for two months so far”

Maddie Z“I expect it to be a lot harder than people think, I was given a lot of material before the shoot and I was shocked of how much practising means. Overall I am really excited, ” she said.

“A lot of what I’ve done is practicing in the mirror and having people take photos of me so I know what works and what doesn’t,” she added.

Bradshaw stated “I’m not really sure what I’m expecting, it’s kinda like a test run for the future.”

“To prepare for the photoshoot I have been watching the videos that were sent to me , and researching models and their poses so that I can prep for next week,” she said

“I’m most excited to do a professional photoshoot, I’m also excited to get my hair and makeup done and have my wardrobe ready for me,”  she added.

The girls will have the experience
of traveling as elite models to do photoshoots and runway shows. While the girls are on the road traveling they will be blogging and vlogging about their travels. There will be behind the scene footage on their hair, makeup, clothes, and experience. If you’re interested in that, the girls will be giving tips and advice for anyone who is interested in pursuing the same.

Everyone is excited to see the girls as their hard work has paid off!

More updates are happening soon, so stay tuned!

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