\ Photo by Martin Péchy from Pexels\ \ There are a lot of “Dos” and “Don’ts associated with becoming a model when you’re first starting out. A lot of guidelines and what the “standard” is to even become a model. But, what if you don’t fit into any of those categories, or what if you don’t have access to a great photographer? Does this mean that you aren’t self-qualified to be a model?
I came across THIS blog post recently that debunks a few of the myths surrounding modeling, and I think it just may help a few people out there that have been thinking of taking a leap into modeling but perhaps have been questioning their abilities and/or resources.
5 Myths About Becoming A Model
1.) You Have To Be Tall\ While high fashion and runway modeling may have higher expectations and requirements on height, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a multitude of jobs out there that cater to us on the shorter side. Just take a look at commercial work and models in the print field.
2.) You Have To Be Skinny\ If you are a person that has the body type to be and skinny, then you do you and rock it! The same goes for those that are on the plus side of that. Go out there an be your best! Agencies like Natural Models in LA are defying the norm and “let models be healthy and happy, while providing them with an opportunity to work as a model at their natural body shape and size.”
3.) You Have To Be Young\ Age is just a number, as they say. Getting older is something that comes to us all, and is something to be embraced. We absolutely love our clients at Silverfox Management who represent models over the age of 30 and cater to helping brands reach the core of their audience no matter the age.
4.) You Need Professional Photos\ This one is debatable. While some will say yes, you absolutely need professional photos; others will argue that having quality photos are enough. While we agree that professional photos are best, we also know that when you are starting out funding for your photos can be expensive. In this instance we suggest finding a a good photographer in your budget that can take quality photos for you. From here, an agent can help you or give suggestions on your next move.
5.) The Agency Will Pay For Everything\ Modeling is YOUR career, and your journey alone. Just like any business, modeling is a business as well and you are the owner of yourself. A business you will and should invest in time and time again. While some agencies might advance you funding for new photos or traveling expenses, at the end of the day it’s just that. An advance that will need to be repaid. Be prepared to pay for all of your modeling expenses in the beginning of your career yourself, and work hard to grow your business.
Link to more info on these 5 Myths :: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-myths-about-becoming-a-professional-model-2379484
One more note to add. As I was reading this article, it made me think about how amazing and diverse our Syngency client roster of Modeling Agencies are. We are lucky to work with so many great agents, talent and agencies that push the boundaries of what is “normal” for the modeling world.