You find your self a model, but you don't belong to any agency yet? If you tried to get into this business you have probably faced that it's difficult to be noticed among many other girls and boys that rush into modeling market. Let's look over what can make you different than others and attract scouts.
Although it might seem that modeling business is overcrowded, agencies always seek for new faces and talents that could represent changing needs. As there are several modeling types, almost all people can find their place there.
If you want to be a model, agencies and potential employers must know that you are there and you crave for taking this job. Don't be afraid to contact agencies your self. Being ambitious is not a sin! Keep up with advertisements in mass media. Companies need various people to represent their products. Fashion house looking for girls for catwalk would probably search for them in a reputable agency, but women magazine may want unusual faces for pictures. That's why it can be worth to read advertisements. A photographer may look for a teenage guy for school theme shots, advertising agency may want an artistic redhead girl for specific project. There are many small modeling-related jobs you can take to gain experience. It is easier to get further jobs or interest an agency when you already have a sense of modeling. Furthermore, you will feel more confident presenting your self, and self-assurance is important thing. You must prove the agency that you can be a model. They must believe that you are suitable for various modeling job, otherwise there's no point for them to accept you.
Portfolio and composite cards are the best way to present you in modeling world. Professional pictures may costs a lot, but this investment is worth it, because scouts will judge you by your photos. It's better to have various pictures taken, to convince that you are suitable for different types of modeling. If you only have photos in swimsuit in your portfolio, you will probably be hired to demonstrate swimsuits/lingerie, but not to do other modeling types.
Although most of modeling jobs requires slim body type, there's no need to worry if you are not slender or not high enough. You can target into petite modeling that requires shorter height, plus size modeling, body part modeling and many others. The main thing is to present yourself in the right way. Fashion fitness modeling scouts will expect you to have healthy look and maybe even some muscles. Lingerie and glamour modeling scouts will seek for body with full curves, while scouts looking for runway models will pay attention to skinny girls. Find your advantages and accentuate them, so you won't be left behind.
Remember to take care of your body. This doesn't mean you have to sweat in gym to get rid of another pound, because too thin models are under discussion these days. If you don't fit into 6 or 8 size, better concentrate on modeling types that doesn't need slim body type. But it is worth to take care of your good appearance as healthy look and clear skin are valuated everywhere. If you can't believe you are beautiful and suitable to be a model, no one else will.
Pay attention to your gait and carriage. Imagine that you are already chosen to step on a catwalk. Would you know how to act? If not, why don't take lessons in advance? Don't miss a chance to improve your acting or dancing skills in courses. These lessons will make you more graceful and flexible plus they will help you to stay in shape.
Nothing embellishes a person more than a smile does. If you are self confident and step with grace, you're going to be noticed by all passengers, not by scouts only. Have your portfolio with you just in cases. Remember Naomi Campbell was discovered while shopping and Twiggy, the model icon of the last century, was noticed in hairdressing saloon. Maybe you are going to be the next one lucky?