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How to model
Professional modelling is a dream job for many, but it is not easy getting your big break. If you think you have what it takes to become the next Kate, Naomi or Cara, follow our tips on how to
1. Figure out your niche
Modelling is not all about couture and catwalks. There are many great opportunities in lingerie modelling, catalogue modelling, music videos, hand or foot modelling and advertising.
2. Practice your poses
Identify your best angle, and work it. Take photos of various poses from different angles until you’ve figured out what works best for you. Work on your posture and practice your ‘walk’ in everything from high heels to flip flops.
3. Build your portfolio
Show your versatility with a portfolio of varied shots taken by a professional photographer. Make sure your portfolio shows a range of poses, including close up head shots and full body shots.
4. Join an agency
This is the easiest and most reliable way to make it in modelling. Find a reputable agency who can put you forward for jobs and offer you expert advice on the industry.
5. Be confident
Confidence is beautiful, and it comes across in photos. Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through.
A modelling career can offer wealth, glamour, fame, travel and excitement. But it takes a lot of hard work before you get there. If you are serious about your modelling career, read on for some essential tips on how to get ahead in the industry.
1. Be professional
No matter how good you look in photos, you will not be hired again if you are difficult to work with. Always be on time, and always be polite.
2. Stay healthy
If you look after yourself, it will show. Eat well, drink lots of water and exercise regularly to keep your immune system strong and your skin glowing.
3. Be patient
Many photo shoots go on for hours and hours, so patience is a must. If you have a short attention span, take up a hobby such as knitting that you can use to fill the gaps in shooting when you’re on location.
4. Know yourself
Confidence is one of the most important qualities in modelling, but even the best models get insecure sometimes. Know your strengths and be confident in your abilities – don’t let anyone get you down.
5. Make the most of it
Enjoy the experience of being a model, and take every opportunity that comes your way. Modelling is a short lived career, so make the most of it while it lasts and most importantly, have fun!