While not everyone is going to be the next Karlie Kloss, the good news is that with the rise of the Internet and a trend towards more diversity in casting, there are plenty of modelling opportunities for a wide range of people who may want to give modelling a go.
If you've ever watched an episode of 'Next Top Model', you'll know that the prettiest girl isn't necessarily the most successful. Becoming a model is about more than smiling for the camera. Good looks will only take you so far, and at the end of the day your attitude is just as important.
While some types of modelling have height requirements, there are lots of opportunities for people of all different shapes, sizes and ages to work as models. Traditionally, to be a catwalk model you generally need to be at least 5' 8” inches tall, however different types of modelling don't tend to be as restrictive. These days, there are modelling jobs out there for all shapes and sizes.
When most people think about becoming a model, they're often picturing high fashion editorial or catwalk modelling. While these types of models are some of the more well-known, there are countless different types of modelling jobs that may be perfect for you.
A great way to gain experience, and build up a portfolio, is to apply for TFP work on StarNow. TFP is short for 'Time for Prints' and means a photographer will take photos of you for free. The photographer uses the shots to build up their portfolio, and you get copies to use too, it's a win-win!
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Lots of new models choose to get a modelling agency as they help put you forward for jobs which you may not otherwise have access to. Their experience in the industry means they'll be able to market you in the right way to the right clients, and also provide you with useful feedback to help you develop as a model. This is especially important when you're just starting out as a model.
You can also find work yourself by applying directly to Casting Professionals seeking new or experienced models. StarNow is a great place to start to build up your experience.
Don't sit around waiting to be scouted! While we've all heard stories of how famous models have gotten their big break this way, the reality is if you want something, you have to go out and get it!
When you're looking to become a model it's a good idea to apply to a number of different agencies. It's never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket, and this way you'll have more options. Check our latest agency casting calls for models. When you apply, make sure to fill out your application carefully, provide all the information required, and make sure that you have a great headshot on your StarNow profile.
If you're lucky enough to have multiple agencies interested in signing you, choose the one that's the most excited about you as they'll be more likely to put you forward for jobs and help grow your career.
If you're starting out as a model, good quality photos are a must, but they don't necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer.
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StarNow was launched in 2004 in the UK. After watching an actress friend struggle to find work, the founders decided to create a site to connect talent with casting professionals. Since then, StarNow has grown to over 4 million members worldwide and works with some of the industry's top players.
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