To become a model

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The photographer might help things along and try to guide you in certain directions, but a good model is expected to be more than a passive participant in the photoshoot. The first step is to decide what kind of modelling you want to do. There are many levels of modelling, not just high-end fashion modelling. Catalog and print ads (for coupons or food advertisements for example)or instructional videos and ad campaigns can be a less competitive market and a good entry into the business. Watching 'America's Next Top Model' might be useful to get an idea of the kinds of things photographers and fashion editors are looking for in a model as well as the environment (although likely exaggerated) that models might be subject to. Signing up for modelling and/or drama classes would also be a good step to help with shyness and provide an opportunity to practice getting over fear of embarrassment. The most important thing, though, is to talk to people and do a lot of research (internet or over the phone) before signing anything or handing anyone any money. Call modelling schools and see if you can set up an appointment to just learn more about the business. I'm sure they'll have a lot more specific resources. Good luck.

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to become a model, you first have to lose weight if u really need to. models are usually around 100-125 pounds. join or gym or go on a diet.

models always look flawlessly beautiful. don't wear to much makeup or else you will look bad. wear mascara and a natural color eyeshadow and maybe some lipstick. get rid of acne and dark circles and other redness. your hair should be clean all the time, so wash your hair about 3 times a week (that's what i do). make sure your teeth are white. models need to have good smiles for photos.

if u want to become a runway model, then u need to know how to walk like one. place your foot in front of the other as u walk and sway your hips slightly. do not make fists. swing your arms slightly, otherwise it would look bad. stare straight in front of you and put your chin downwards a bit. at the end of the runway, stop walking and put one hand on your hips and bend on knee. look at fashion shows to get the right walk.

you can find local modeling agencies. i don't know any of the top of my head but u could always do a search. u could also go to modeling school, which will help you experience modeling. have fun!

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The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for models.

Postsecondary education, while helpful, usually is not required for demonstrators, product promoters, and models.

Education and training. Demonstrators and product promoters usually receive on-the-job training. Training is primarily product oriented because a demonstrator must be familiar with the product to demonstrate it properly. The length of training varies with the complexity of the product. Experience with the product or familiarity with similar products may be required for demonstration of complex products, such as computers. During the training process, demonstrators may be introduced to the manufacturer's corporate philosophy and preferred methods for dealing with customers.
Some aspiring models opt to attend modeling schools. Modeling schools provide training in posing, walking, makeup application, and other basic tasks, but attending such schools does not necessarily lead to job opportunities. In fact, many agents prefer beginning models with little or no previous experience and discourage models from attending modeling schools and purchasing professional photographs. Agents continually scout for new faces, and many of the top models are discovered in this way. Most agencies review snapshots or have "open calls", during which models are seen in person; this service usually is provided free of charge. Some agencies sponsor modeling contests and searches. Very few people who send in snapshots or attend open calls are offered contracts.
Agencies advise models on how to dress, wear makeup, and conduct themselves properly during go-sees and bookings. Because models' advancement depends on their previous work, development of a good portfolio is key to getting assignments. The higher the quality and currency of the photos in the portfolio, the more likely it is that the model will find work.
Other qualifications. Employers look for demonstrators and product promoters with good communication skills and a pleasant appearance and personality. Demonstrators and product promoters must be comfortable with public speaking. They should be able to entertain an audience and use humor, spontaneity, and personal interest in the product as promotional tools. Foreign language skills are helpful.
Models should be photogenic and have a basic knowledge of hair styling, makeup, and clothing. Some local governments require models under the age of 18 to hold a work permit. An attractive physical appearance is necessary to become a successful model. A model should have flawless skin, healthy hair, and attractive facial features. Specific requirements depend on the client, but most models must be within certain ranges for height, weight, and clothing size in order to meet the practical needs of fashion designers, photographers, and advertisers. Requirements may change slightly from time to time as our society's perceptions of physical beauty change. However, most fashion designers feel that their clothing looks best on tall, thin models. Although physical requirements may be relaxed for some types of modeling jobs, opportunities are limited for those who do not meet these basic requirements.
A model's career depends on preservation of his or her physical characteristics, so models must control their diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep in order to stay healthy. Haircuts, pedicures, and manicures are necessary work-related expenses for models.
In addition to being attractive, models must be photogenic. The ability to relate to the camera in order to capture the desired look on film is essential and agents test prospective models using snapshots or professional photographs. For photographic and runway work, models must be able to move gracefully and confidently. Training in acting, voice, and dance is useful and allows a model to be considered for television work. Foreign language skills are useful because successful models travel frequently to foreign countries.
Models must interact with a large number of people and personality plays an important role in success. They must be professional, polite, and prompt as every contact could lead to future employment. Organizational skills are necessary to manage personal lives, financial matters, and work and travel schedules. Competition for jobs is keen and clients' needs are very specific so patience and persistence are essential.
Advancement. Demonstrators and product promoters who perform well and show leadership abilities may advance to other marketing and sales occupations or open their own business.
Models advance by working more regularly and being selected for assignments that have higher pay. They may begin to appear in magazine, print campaigns, commercials, or runway shows with a higher profile. They may begin to work with clients who will provide them with more national exposure. A model's selection of an agency is an important factor for advancement in the occupation. The better the reputation and skill of the agency, the more assignments a model is likely to get. Prospective clients prefer to work with agents, making it very difficult for a model to pursue a freelance career. Modeling careers are relatively short and most models eventually transfer to other occupations.

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I think you should do some research before you decide if modeling is something you really want to do!

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