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How do I get started in modeling?

If you think that you might want to become a model, you probably have a million questions about what you need to do to begin your career in modeling. What are the steps necessary to become a model? Who do I need to contact to become a model? What kind of pictures do I need? The page below will begin to answer some of those modeling related questions.


How do I get started in modeling in Cincinnati?

So, you think that you might want to become a model. You're not really sure what it's all about but from what you know, it sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Yes it can be, but it can also be a lot of hard work too.

The first thing you need to do to begin your career is to be honest with yourself.  Go into your bedroom.  Make sure that no one else is around and look into your mirror. Now smile. Does it come naturally? Is it a pleasant smile?  Now smile bigger, with teeth.  Still look natural?  Can you make smiles in between those two?  What about worried? What about sad?  Distant? Sexy? A good model needs to have different looks.  You have to develop you own “Magnum” look, only with more versatility.  A model that is only capable of producing a couple of looks, will have few repeat customers.

Now do the same thing with a friend or parent in the room.  Ask their opinion and insist that they be truthful.  You’re going to be investing a lot of time and some money too.  You don’t want to be wasting your resources, if you don’t need to. 

The next step is probably to get a friend to take some pictures of you.  At this point, you really don’t need anything too professional.  You’ll be showing these shots to an agent to get their opinion of you chances in this career and the agent will understand if you don’t have professionally done photos yet.  Of course, if they like you, they’ll suggest that you have some taken, but for now, your friend of a friend that’s a photographer will do just fine.

You’ll need probably about a dozen shots in total.  You’ll want to do the shots in a variety of outfits and you’ll want the shots to be taken from a bunch of different distances.  You’ll want full-length shots, waist –up, 3/4 shots and tight headshots.  This is a good time to show your versatility in expression too.  Happy, sexy, sad, distant, you never know what a client will want, so you have to have as many looks up you sleeve as possible.  At this point, it’s all about information.  You might want to take a shot or two in a bathing suit just to show the interviewer that you don’t weigh 400 lbs.  If you want to show off a little cleavage, that couldn’t hurt, but don’t go overboard.  Remember, it’s all about information.  The people that will be seeing these photos want to know what you look like.  If you’re a guy and you’re really buff, do some shirtless stuff.

The next step will be to meet with an Agent.  You may or may not go with that agency, but the interview will be a good opportunity to ask a bunch of questions and to get their opinion of what thy think of you.  If the agency wants to sign you right there on the spot, I would pass up the opportunity and move on and meet another agent to get their opinion. You can’t have too many opinions.  Learn as much as you can at these interviews.  Ask lots of questions.  Here are some of the questions I would want to ask:

How much work do you expect to get me?

How long between work and payment?

What happens if I find my own work?

Do you work with models that are not exclusive?

How many models in my category do you represent?

How many shots do you think I should have in my portfolio?

Which photographer would you recommend that I use to shooting my portfolio?

I’ll add more to this list as I think of them…


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Cincinnati Modeling, Models, and Talent is a web site dedicated to the education of models in mid to small towns like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati. To many people interestied in modeling, the industry is a mystery. This site will help answer the questions that many potential and novice models may have.

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