There are going to be a few things you need in order to get the ball rolling if you want to become a serious model, but don’t worry, again, thanks to the beautiful technologies of 2020, it will not cost you a lot of money.. if any at all! These are just in order to get your name and face out into the world, allow clients or those looking to hire you to find you, and also to be able to act as a home to everything you do.
1. Develop your skills
Study and understand posing. Practice runway walking. What separates a average model from super model is going to be their posing ability and their model walk. Modelling is an artform and viewed by many as a magnificent talent. Whether it's binge-watching season upon season of America's Next Top Model, scanning the pages of Vogue, watching YouTube tutorials, reading eBooks (as you are!!). Posing and walking on a runway is very awkward and you may feel silly doing it on your own in front of a mirror at first. But don’t, and just practice!
The next step to know how to start modeling is to practice in front of the camera. The supermodels you see in gorgeous magazine photos did not just sit in front of a camera and get lucky when the photographer took a picture of them. They worked alongside the content creator to whip up a masterpiece. Both equally skilled in their respective trade, a model will use their posing, facial expressions, and artistic intuition to help create the photographer's vision. Having the right posing skills is an essential requirement for becoming a model. The photographer will use his knowledge of lighting, angles, framing, etc. to bring everything to life on his end. It is a choreographed dance, and you need to hone your skills the best way you can. If you cannot pose and don't feel very confident in front of a camera, unfortunately it will be 100 times more difficult to get a great shot. You need to practice and work on becoming the best model you can possibly be!
A Few Ways to Practice
Poses, Facials, Walks, Skills:
Any successful model knows that just staring blankly into a camera and having a pretty face is not nearly enough to be considered great at their job. The expressions you use when being photographed convey all sorts of emotions and depending on the demands of the particular job you are doing; these expressions can make or break the success of the campaign. So, how can you know if the expressions you are making are conveying what you intend them to or if you are totally off-track and making a photographer’s job way harder than it must be?
A photographer will often give you instructions and feedback on how you are posing and how your poses are translating on camera, but you can do your part by making sure you are working with them, rather than against their instructions. To save photographers the extra work of correcting everything you do, make sure you know your own face and how it moves before heading into a photo shoot. One of the best ways to master your expressions and movements is by doing mirror work. Mirror work is the practice of watching yourself in the mirror and doing several different poses and expressions so that you can gain muscle memory to recall what those poses feel like so you can easily re-create them when you’re in front of the camera.
You certainly do not need to do mirror work for hours at a time, but spending a few minutes on it every day will gradually build up the muscle memory you need to master it and become a better model. Before long, you will be able to do any pose or expression on command and without much coaching, thanks to the mirror work you put into it.
You will also instinctively know if a pose or expression you are doing looks awkward, based on the way it feels.
Not Just A Pretty Face!
A full-length mirror will be an essential tool for a model working on their poses. You can practice posing in the mirror and quickly rule out anything that looks awkward and unnatural and instead, focus on your most flattering and natural poses that photographers, model scouts, and agents are sure to love.
Work on Conveying Specific Emotions
With a specific emotion in mind, be it fear, happiness, or disdain, practice conveying it with only your facial expressions. All models can benefit from these skills, but this skill may be most useful for commercial models who are usually required to do more expressive facial work than fashion models.
Practice Mirror Work
If someone else is in the room while you are practicing in the mirror, you will likely feel even sillier than you do making faces in the mirror to begin with! Make sure you have room to yourself so you can really focus on the mirror. Being alone will also prevent distractions from interrupting your work. Carving out a few minutes of alone time each day will also benefit your peace of mind!
Get Good Quality Photos!
You will of course need a few good quality photos of yourself, perhaps wearing different types of clothing, in different locations, different hair styles etc. This will allow you to be able to showcase the types of fashion you can wear, the types of scenery you could be seen in (if for TV, Film or Commercial type roles) and also to allow those looking to hire talent the different looks that you can bring to their brand or company.
You can use a phone, if it shoots clear, decent quality photos, and ask a friend to help you out to get full body, portrait, and natural poses in different locations. Find a local field, car park, abandoned building (if safe!) and start shooting some shots!
If you are looking to invest in yourself and do not mind spending, then look for a local photographer in your area who will be willing to shoot for you! This will ensure the images are amazing in quality and will also be a good introduction to being in front of the camera. There are also many up and coming photographers looking for models for TFP Roles, which means Time For Print.
This means that the photographer will take a portfolio shoot for the model for free, in exchange for the images produced. It is a pretty cool way to meet up with new photographers and get some free, good quality images in exchange for some modelling work, and allows up and coming photographers to build up a portfolio of their work.