Teenage years are undoubtedly the prime years for a model to develop in the industry. Beauty meets exuberance at this age. Here are some FAQs to be considered to make the right choice.
Where do I start?
The biggest models have once asked this exact same question. Of course, you can decide to be a freelance model and manage your own contracts, but if you don't have the necessary guidance and contacts, you will have a mountain to climb before you can clinch a good contract. This is why there are professional modeling agencies, with experienced staff help you build your portfolio and link you up with an extensive network of clients that suit your style of modeling. A simple Google search will show you the most credible agencies out there and prove to you why you should join them.
1. I don't look good, can I become a model?
A very common misconception is that people assume they cannot be a model because they don't fit the common beauty standards. Arguably the most important aspect of a professional model is being photogenic. And not everyone who is photogenic looks good in real life. The industry standards are rapidly evolving as clients are getting more knowledgeable and aware that they need models who appeal to the mass audience, and not just another pretty face. Your marketability and confidence are most important.
3. Will I earn money?
Your ability to earn depends on your ability to market yourself well to the clients. Take your job seriously; be punctual on assignments, coordinate well with your Bookers and photographers, get your photo shoots done well, and you will be on your way to becoming a well-paid model soon enough.
35-year-old Brazilian Gisele Bundchen who cashed in $44 million was listed by Forbes as the highest paid model in 2015. She did so by clinching major beauty, fragrance and high fashion contracts. There definitely is room for earning big bucks, but as with any career, it would depend on your competency. Dream big, work hard, and the right agency can guide you in achieving your ambitions.
4. Is a portfolio necessary?
For modeling agencies, it is crucial for you to have a portfolio, or for them to help you create one. A portfolio is as important as a resume in the modeling industry. The right agency will dedicate itself to building you a good portfolio that will be used to attract clients throughout your career.
5. Should I give up my studies or full-time work to pursue modeling?
One of the biggest worries for teenagers who are mostly likely to be pursuing full-time studies or work is the sacrifice modeling requires. Yes, it does require you to commit time and energy, but you don't have to do so at the expense of your studies, work, or your social life. Modeling can be done before or after school hours, and might require you take some time-off from work once in a while to manage. It does require time management skills on your part. Inform your Booker on important days and work out your modeling schedule to fit your life. You also earn some extra cash to spend, so why not? If you have the passion, you can find a way to find time.
6. I don't know what career to pursue, not sure if I should take up modeling?
Many teenagers are in a transitory phase to adulthood and lack enough knowledge or experience to make a career choice too soon. What's most important is of course, trying. It's easier to hear answers from people than try out the work it out for yourself, but the only way to know if an industry suits you is only after you have immersed yourself in the work experience. If modeling doesn't suit you and you want to move to other areas, at least you would have gained confidence of your body and good work ethics which you can carry with you for life.
If you are a considering teenager, most importantly do your research, talk with your parents and come up with a solid decision. You may be the next big thing!