photo credit: Vika Petlakh and Yuya Ohashi of Y.O! Photo
With as cut throat and beauty focused as modeling and fashion are, models need to be developed professionally and mentally. Being beautiful will only take you so far. From the contributors at Model-Mint.com, here are five rules a model should always keep in mind to be successful.
Rule #1: It’s not you, it’s the client
Ever walk into a casting or audition and notice everyone has your blonde hair and blue eyes, or maybe your multicultural, curly cue commercial look? It’s because the client already knows the look they’re going for before the casting call. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of people who have your “look.” Instead, own it and do not take what clients say personally. If you “own it” you will seem more special than the other look-a-likes and get the job.
Rule #2: Be YOU and be FABULOUS
You are unique and there is not one person who looks exactly like you (besides your identical twin), so go in and rock the casting call by being yourself. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Having a great personality is what will really set you apart. So, be confident, be kind and be yourself!
Rule #3: You are your brand
This is difficult for models because attracting to a variety of clients is important, but remember, a clean image isn’t always key. Having your own personality and showing it consistently is OK. Be yourself while using social media and at public appearances. Being able to share things you love with enthusiasm will draw people in and inspire them.
Rule#4: It’s ALWAYS a business
Never forget this rule because working in this industry may seem glamorous and friendly, but at the end of the day it is a job. There is money to be made and lost, so always keep it professional.
– Treat your clients with respect and professionalism
– Get to your castings/auditions and jobs on time (15 min early)
– Provide quality customer service with a smile
– Show up to your sets ready to work and with a positive attitude
Rule #5: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
You can take the most fabulous pictures, have a killer portfolio, have a diverse look and an amazing personality, but if no one knows about it, what good does it do? Nada! The cure to this is making sure people know your name. GET OUT THERE! It’s great to have an agent or multiple agencies, but make sure you are making your own connections as well.
So while you are taking the time to develop your comp cards, print your portfolio and network with photographers, also put aside a little time to develop your own model mentality.
This post was written by our lovely past Dreamer, Stephanie Stock. If you haven’t read her profile, go here.