Welcome to the world of Modeling.
Building a portfolio is the first step to breaking into the enticing world of modeling. Research local photographers on-line, and introduce yourself! Getting to know people involved in the modeling field like photographers, local designers, and media events reporters is called networking. Networking is important because it can open future possibilities for job opportunities. Ask local photographers politely if they would be interested in TF work. TF work is shooting in trade for modeling. (Later on in your modeling career, you may ask for compensation.) Tell the photographer about any exciting concepts or ideas that might be of interest to him or her, that might expand his or her portfolio.
A photographer might schedule a meet-and-greet with you. This will usually consist of coffee, and getting to know each other. Study work of a specific photographer at a time, so you are better prepared to play that part. There are many different kinds of modeling, so find out what kind that specific photographer specializes in. Glamour, fashion, pinup, artistic, and commercial are some examples of genres of modeling, but there are many more.
There are different kinds of poses and "looks" expected from each genre of modeling, so--research, research, research! It is best to be open to trying many branches of modeling--not only for practice, but also to prevent keeping yourself in a philosophical "box." Being a "chameleon," or being able to blend in to many different job options not only helps build a weighty portfolio and network, but it also distinguishes you as being fearless. Photographers will usually give you a headshot or two at your session. These headshots are important because you can send them out to potential employers. Make sure you are plain-faced for your headshots. Plain-faced is a term in the modeling world referring to minimal, natural-looking makeup. Plain-faced allows everyone to see what you really look like, and what they potentially have to work with.
Picture an artist with a blank canvas, versus a canvas with paint on it already. Sites like Model Mayhem are great for displaying your new portfolio. Practice posing at home. Look at fashion magazines, and photos on-line. There is a great book called In Character: Actors Acting, by Howard Schatz that is a collaboration of famous actors making different facial expressions to portray various emotions. Modeling is really just silent acting, so practicing displays of emotion can aid in preparation for shoots; as well as being very self-theraputic. Some television series may be helpful, too, like America's Next Top Model, and Make Me a Supermodel. These shows can demonstrate how to properly go on a go-see, which is basically a runway or modeling interview; as well as how to handle competition and criticism.
Models should learn the basics of photography, such as lighting and framing because this really assists in posing. Always find the light with your eyes and face, regardless of if you are shooting in studio, or on location--unless a photographer specifically asks you not to. (On location means outside of the studio.) Every time the camera makes a "click" sound, that is your cue to change your face and body positioning. This may look a little like a dance, and can be practiced at home in a full-length mirror. Never allow your body to create straight lines, unless instructed to. Even couture modeling consists of straight lines, mixed with rigid curves. Always create an abundance of curves, like a snake, or a ribbon. This not only appears sultry, but also looks very interesting and appealing. When you go to a shoot, always bring: sunblock, baby wipes, deodorant, a light jacket, mascara, foundation, chapstick, fake lashes and lash glue, q-tips, water, a small protein-filled snack like nuts, at least ten dollars, your I.d., and a small wardrobe including, nude strapless bra and nude panties, black strapless bra and black panties, black heels, a hairbrush, and leggings. These items can all fit neatly into a medium-sized purse, or backpack.
Always let at least two people know where you will be, for safety reasons. Remember to go plain-faced to your shoots, unless a makeup artist is not being provided. Local makeup artists can be recommended by photographers and models, or they may be found on-line, on Model Mayhem or Facebook. Makeup artists prices usually range from TF to three-hundred dollars, but makeup artists are not always needed to make a great shoot... read more at www.robertwkclark.com
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