The modeling industry is not only about being seen as a fashion or commercial print model. It is a tough place to be because many are struggling to stay or make it to the top. It offers many modeling jobs to choose from that can open countless opportunities to one who has the brand or name, expertise and credibility, patience and discipline required to survive the challenges in the fashion arena.
There are different modeling jobs to choose from. Finding the right one for you may be a little confusing if you do not know the nature and scope of the work involved. Here are some bits of information about the most sought jobs in modeling:
The first thing that a struggling model does is to look for a credible modeling agency. For the entire duration that a model stays in the business, the modeling agent takes the model as a ward. To become an effective and influential agent, proper contacts and connections in the modeling world must be established. The agent must know people in the media, must have a stable of photographers, knows how to deal with fashion buyers, and has experiences with casting agents. The agent is the one who books photo shoots and other events for models under the management of the modeling agency. The agent looks after the safety of all their talents whether they are underage or adult men and women. Part of the job is to arrange the payment to all models after the completion of a successful booking.
One type of modeling is to become a model using a particular part of the body. They are called body models whose faces are hidden or partly seen because only some body parts are needed in the commercial or film. Theirs are the hands that are being washed using a liquid soap or the teeth being brushed by toothpaste that has whitener in it. A hair model, for instance, has the job to have a beautiful hair because it is used to highlight the shiny effect of a conditioner brand. Jobs related to this are usually advertisements for footwear, facial cream, jewelry, and others. Body models can be of any body type as long as the body part is always kept in good condition.
The most important tool that a model must have is an organized portfolio that contains different pictures to be shown to clients and agents during go-sees or auditions. A model always seeks the service of a modeling photographer to do the job of taking headshots and different images in a variety of poses and outfits. If photography is your thing, you can work as a freelancer or get your service accredited by a modeling agency. The agency can even hire you to take shots for fashion catalogues, or during fashion events and commercial campaigns.
Hair and Makeup Artist
This is a job for people who opt to work in the background. Hair and makeup artists are those in charge of the models’ cosmetic requirements to make them always looking fresh or to make up their face in accordance to a set of specific instructions. The same with hair artists who must know how to keep the models’ hair in tip top condition and arrangement. Being engaged as hair and makeup artist demands the ability to work under pressure especially during fashion shows when quick changes and retouches are needed.
These are only some of the most in demand modeling jobs in the modeling business. The fashion industry offers other jobs, petty or even managerial. Wherever you deem yourself to fit always remember that perseverance is important. Do not let the fast-paced fashion and modeling world spin past before you. Know what is required of you.