Month: August 2016

To Instagram or Not? How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage in Modeling

Keep everything in moderation, including your social media posts. Post pictures naturally and always keep connecting with your audience. Express good values such as gratitude by thanking your fans for compliments.

Gain followers and follow influential models yourself

Apart from gathering your vital statistics, height and weight etcetera, agencies and scouters are increasingly looking at your media presence, your likes, and followers. There isn’t a specific number but of course more the merrier. It signifies your ability to market yourself, and your appeal to the common folk, or target audience. With that said, social media only gives an added advantage, and you still have to impress during your interviews and casting calls. Find out more about how you can ace your casting call.

Walk the talk and follow influential models yourself such as Adrian Lima and Gisele Bundchen who regularly post their model pictures and update their social media accounts. Following such people will also give your potential model agencies a sense of your interest in fashion and modeling. Take caution that these high-profile model’s have a different dynamic from you and if you are still new or low key on social media your use of it must be strategically relevant for your position. Do not just copy the top models style whole sale. Although it never hurts to learn from the best, models must take the positives and apply them such that it fits our specific community appropriately.

Embrace social media, but remain a mystery too

There are some high profile models that remain low-key on social media. Kate Moss is one such example; she is press-shy and never takes snapshots in public. Post important pictures but remember to always keep the mystery. Do not keep spamming posts; hold some restraint on your posting. You definitely want to avoid the effect of irritating your followers by constantly appearing everywhere on their social media feed, especially if you posting things that are less important like cat or food pictures. Give a few days break and intervals between posts, and remember less is more. If you have nothing good don’t post it. Most importantly, staying low also means lesser chances to make offensive posts. In order to rise up the ladder of social media appeal it is important posts are well quality checked and that which retains fans and followers, thus keeping your appeal for a longer period of time.

Choose your platform wisely

This ultimately depends on your commitments and position in life and there are many cases. However you may take heart in supermodels like Tyra Banks and Coco Rocha who have millions of fans across multiple platforms and spend time in connecting with their fans despite their busy schedule and lifestyle. Coco Rocha for example has amassed millions of fans across 13 social media platforms.

If you tend to be busy, as most of us juggle part-time modeling with a full-time career or education, and have a host of other responsibilities and commitments. In such case it is better to focus your attention and energy to specific platforms that enhance your position as a model. The top platform would definitely rank as Instagram. It’s layout and design best suit your ability to share visual content such as pictures and videos easily. Though hash tags are very commonplace across most media platforms, it is effectively used in Instagram to track pictures and videos. Moreover the beauty of Instagram is the ability to easily scroll through the feed, engaging by liking and being updated on latest fashion trends and modeling content easily. You can follow modeling agencies and be updated of latest job openings and the progress of the agencies as well.

The next best platforms are Facebook, followed by Twitter, and then Snapchat. The dynamics of each of these platforms are different and are for different target audiences as well. But as far as modeling goes, Instagram still remains the best platform available and if time is an issue, then focusing it on Instagram would enable an aspiring model to reap maximum benefit.

If you have any humanitarian causes put up some information about that and show the world that your true nature and personality beyond the skin in the content you post and talk about. Hope we find you being an influential social media personality one day too!

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Misconceptions and Facts: Lies and Truth About the Business of Modeling

There are many misconceptions that spread about the work of modeling and that of the agencies. Let’s us find out more about the business of modeling.

Scouters are hunting any face on the street regardless of whether the person they pick is good looking.

Some common comments go along the lines of, “I can’t believe the Scouter is approaching such an ugly person, they must desperately want to get more models.”

A common misconception about modeling is that you need to be pretty, with flawless skin, perfect Jawline, and flat abs. That is one of the most untrue claims that serve as a psychological barrier for many potential models to join this field. Not all clients and projects require pretty faces and many actually need models of marketable looks, that can range from different sizes, ethnicities, and overall body features. Size is also not a concern, as there are many plus-sized models in demand today. Someone has to market the bigger sized clothing and a product that appeal to people in that category, and definitely plus sized is becoming more relevant in the modeling fields of today.

If a credible modeling agency is sending a scouter to the street to recruit new models, it is also sending someone to be the face that represents the agency in the process; it is not going to do so blindly. Much training and knowledge of the modeling and fashion industry are taught to these scouters before they are sent out on the street. They know the different types of looks that the agency wants and that can appeal to a client before they actually approach you and give you an offer. Of course, you also have a part to play and determine the credibility of the agency through proper research online.

Everyone is so busy, who has time for modeling? It’s too much work.

Modeling doesn’t require commitment on the scale of a full-time job nor are you bound to be involved in work that doesn’t fit into your schedule. It can fit in easily into your schedule if you consider that you will be on average receiving one job offer a week with some project commitments going to even three hours or so. Of course, there are longer projects which may take a few days of shoots to finish depending on their requirements. However, the best part is you get to pick up and drop the projects that don’t suit you. In other words, you have full flexibility in your work. However, a word of caution, if you are just starting out in modeling, do not get too picky, and focus on building your portfolio and reputation as a model first.

Nowadays there are so many comments and reviews everywhere, how do I differentiate the good and bad agencies?

This may pose a big concern especially in the age of the internet, where there are many false rumors floating around, and truth tends to get buried in the comments section. It may be hard to distinguish truth from the lies, and usually one only knows the true nature of the work and the modeling process once they sign up for it. One good way is to read reviews from credible sources and websites, and not believe wholesale what you read on forums and blogs which are contentment unregulated. Google and Facebook reviews are one such way where spam and imposter comments are unpublished or removed, and only honest feedback is considered.

Another good way is to find out the models involved in the agency. Are there a good number of models? Are there models who somewhat have a similar look to you? Do they take good effort and care to have a well set-up website? Any model agency has a need to have a good website because it is often the first go-to platform for clients and models. An illegitimate or bad agency can most often be spotted from their bad website maintenance.

Modeling isn’t for me, either I am born as a model or I’m not. There is no in-between.

False! Whether you know this or not modeling takes a lot of hard work, patience and confidence. Someone with the looks of Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima, but without their confidence can never make it very far as a model and isn’t someone who will get through a regular casting call. No matter how you look, your personality, dress sense and the way you express your energy and this confidence means a large deal more. This impresses clients and lands you the best job opportunities.

The biggest misconception of all may be that modeling agencies are not essential and they are just out to scam. If you flip your daily newspaper or browse through your regular online catalog to shop, or any other advertisement or billboard, they are not people who are randomly picked or someone who is from that company or brand of that advertisement. In short, they are models, who most likely come from modeling agencies, and clients pick them out of many other potential models.

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Top 5 Modeling Myths That May Affect Your Confidence

Modern times in modeling are changing, and a lot of such information that has been circulated since the past is becoming false. We reveal 5 modeling myths so that you can be more informed and more confident to come forward to be a model.

1. You need to be size zero

This might have been true in the past where skinny was frequently related to a model. Today the industry is changing and there is, in fact, a good market for plus-size models and variety of sizes is accepted. Many of the top modeling agencies have accepted that curvy models are in demand and appeal to the market.

2. You have to be very tall

There may be strict height requirements for runway and high fashion modeling that is still in place, however, most other categories ranging from commercial, catalog, print and many other forms are more open to short heights. There is even a modeling category called petite modeling these days. It is also not impossible to break into high fashion, seeing the example of Kate Moss who was one of the first models to break into to the Supermodel scene with a height around 5’6″ or 1.67m. As long as you are passionate about the industry, you can see tremendous success being a model.

3. You are too old for modeling

Heard of senior or mature modeling? Yes, age is not a barrier for modeling! Anyone can be a model as far as you have the energy and dedication to take part and have an eventful life, modeling is for you.

4. You have to take professional photographs beforehand

If you have the time and money for it, sure go ahead, but it’s not a must. Agencies don’t expect you to be a pre-made model with all the professional photos and experience in place. What they are looking for is mostly, a fresh face that has a good attitude to develop into a professional model that will sign on with the agency for as long as possible. For starters, your smartphone quality cameras will be enough for signing up. The professional photos will be taken by the agency, the way they require it.

5. It is very easy to be rich and famous

This is a very common misconception. People watch Victoria’s Secret runway, or read vogue magazines and believe that is what a model is. Well yes, but reaching those standards isn’t going to be an overnight phenomenon. Often at the start, you will have to sideline profits and invest time and energy in building your reputation and a good track record first. Once clients start recognizing you and the agency believes in your potential, that’s when you will see a steady and good income source and start getting popular.

With that, we hope to have dispelled away some of the doubts and rumors about modeling.

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What Is Being Photogenic, and Does It Influence Your Chances in Modeling?

We delve into this phenomenon in this article and give some tips to being more photogenic, and this is also why modeling agencies tend to choose models regardless of whether they’re “good-looking” or not.

Being Photogenic

Being photogenic means having a camera-friendly face. The camera has its downsides; it may not capture a model’s thoughts, feelings, and personality. It captures only the still physical aspect and the features of different facial parts such as angular Jawline, and edges of the nose are all easily captured and become more highlighted in the photograph. Although in real life the human eye doesn’t focus on these aspects in singularity and also determines the beauty of someone through the way they move and carry their body.

There is no surefire way to determine if someone will look good in photos which are also another reason why modeling agencies conduct test shoots and create the best composite cards to analyze if a model looks good on photograph.

How to develop yourself to become more photogenic?

If you weren’t naturally born with photogenic qualities there are still many ways you can improve in your photo look. First is definitely to practice and find the angle or facial position that suits your look the most. You might have to spend some time in front of the mirror looking weird (But, trust me, it will pay off). If you stick to that angle, nine out ten times, your photo is going to come out with you looking your best.

You would also have to work on your smile and give a natural and genuine full smile. One trick is to positively think of someone or something you love. However, don’t over show all your teeth or laugh as it may come off as fake. Keep it real, keep it moderated. Another effective trick is to not directly into the camera lens, look away or on top of the lens. This prevents the red-eye effect.

An important point for the ladies is to keep makeup at a necessary thickness. Too much is very easily observed by viewers. Especially with most popular photo-sharing applications such as Instagram and Facebook having the zooming effect can mean that such oversights are more readily seen.

Photoshop and its usefulness in photography and modeling

Beauty retouching is a concept that you may hear. It is often used to smoothen out the rough details and significantly improve the glamour. In truth many of the top celebrities and stars we see on Television or magazines are as such because of Photoshop or its other partner software applications. It may be deemed an illusion or deception, but it indeed a reality that is altering the entertainment industry and the culture of photo sharing in the world today.

However having known the benefits of Photoshop use it with a tad bit of wisdom. It is quite humiliating when you get caught Photoshopping your image, and if you haven’t done the editing properly. On top of that, never use Photoshop when submitting your photos to a modeling agency. The person viewing your photo submissions is highly likely to be a Photoshop expert themselves.

All in all, some models are born photogenic; others can find many ways to develop it. Start practicing, learning the relevant skills, and get your hands on the best makeup and editing tools. You too can be a star!

Being photogenic can be very useful especially for Print models that can naturally shine in photo shoots and make it easier for Photographers and modeling agencies to work with. So if you ever get approached by a Create Talents and Models scouter, consider yourself quite to be that lucky you have met the criteria for the look we want, and go ahead, give Modeling a shot!

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