I get asked the question “How do I get Started as a Model” so many times and I must admit that there isn’t a simple solution to this.
To begin with, are you really certain that this is what you want? If the answer to this question is “yes,” and you are between the ages of 14 and 18, at least 1.7 meters (5 feet, 7 inches) tall, slim, and attractive, and confident, there is a remote possibility that you might succeed.
But you need something to work in your favor; in fact, it’s so crucial that without it, you have little to no chance of success, so you might as well give up now and resume your high school coursework.
Your mother is the one thing that is so crucial that it will either make you or break you. You’re going nowhere, baby, without her approval and help.
Let’s start with the law. Until the age of 18, you are a minor and cannot be photographed without your parent’s permission. You also cannot participate in a photo shoot without your parent or guardian being present.
Now that you know the significance of this, you can appreciate how it protects both the photographer and the model, who is a minor.
A “Minor Model Release” form must be signed by the minor’s parent or legal guardian after the shooting session is finished. In exchange for a modeling fee that has been pre-agreed upon and paid at the conclusion of the shoot, the model agrees to allow the photographer and his client to use the photographs for any necessary advertising purposes, according to a standard document used in the industry.
How do you get found? This is the tricky part, I assure you. When I worked as a full-time advertising/fashion photographer in the past, it was sometimes sufficient for the photographer to discover the model, and his judgment would add some weight when the model presented some recent photos of herself to a modeling agency, provided, of course, that she met all the aforementioned requirements. Today, though, things are different because aspiring young models post their pictures online, and many model agencies also maintain a presence there.
But I am aware of a story about a 14-year-old girl from London who, at the time, had no idea that she really wanted to be a model. During the summer break, she was completing “Work Experience” at the offices of one of the UK fashion magazines when she was “scouted” by a model agency representative.
Sometimes you just have to be where you need to be at the right time. Of course, this does not preclude you from applying to all the top agencies on your own and seeing as many as you can; if you are as good as you claim to be and if they are searching for that particular look, you might just get lucky. However, not without a little effort, self-control, and commitment.
For instance, a healthy diet and way of life, or, to put it another way, a good diet and early bedtimes. In addition to daily exercise to keep your body in shape, this healthy lifestyle would include.
If you don’t commit, you’ll only have yourself to blame when the time comes and you discover that you’ve gained an extra kilogram or two.
A 14-year-old girl who wanted to be a model emailed me in August of last year. She read my comments on the page “Want to Be Models” on my website and asked for my assessment of her appearance. I reiterated my offer and said that in exchange for allowing me to post a page of these pictures on my website, I would take some test photographs.
I got in touch with her mother and we arranged a shoot at my favorite beech location; as a result, this page has grown to be one of the most well-liked ones on the website. Consider looking, in my opinion.