Thousands of young men and women dream of becoming a model. And why not – modeling can be an extremely rewarding career and can help you in developing other fantastic life skills.
However, becoming a model is just like anything else in life – if you want to be good (or the best) at something then you need to learn from the best, practice hard, and continually improve.
The myth about modeling is that HAVE to be beautiful – this is just not true. Yes, you should have attractive features but models must possess a number of skills that you are not necessarily born with. Beautiful models are born but the best models are made!
How do you get into modeling and make it a career?
Given that modeling has some many career paths, such as magazine, runway, commercial advertising, or even just body-part modeling, your chosen path may not always be clear to you. The best place to start is by enrolling in a modeling school in your area.
Choosing a modeling school is not always easy. My suggestion is to visit several schools and ask about the training you will receive, the opportunities to do a variety of modeling (runway, camera work, even script-reading, for example). Don’t always choose the school with the prettiest photos on the wall – some schools will hang portraits of anyone and “claim” they were past students. You want to attend a school that will focus on you and help you grow as a young person and prepare you for a career in modeling.
Don’t be shocked by the fees that schools charge. Remember, this is not unlike any other professional career – qualified people want to be paid for their skills. However, choosing the most expensive school does not guarantee you will receive better training or more opportunities. In modeling, just like any other career, it is all about the people. You must feel comfortable with the people training you first and foremost. So, choose a school that is serious about helping you and that has people that you feel comfortable with.
Don’t listen to those who say you need surgery or diets to be a successful model. It is true that the top runway models in the world have a certain look and measurements but that is just one part of a large modeling world. Many magazine models and commercial models do not fit the “Victoria Secret” mold and you don’t need to either. There’s a reason why there are only a handful of super models and that’s because there are only a handful of men and women who have the look and stature that fits what those companies are looking for. There are still thousands of other companies that need you.
Modeling should complement your life not become your life. Modeling can give you confidence, improve your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for many other careers as well. Use modeling as a tool to help you grow as an individual and allow it to prepare you for many other successes in life. If modeling does not become a career for you it will still help prepare you for future job interviews in other careers. It will give you the confidence in yourself and aid you in developing many other skills you didn’t know you had.