Before entering the world of gaming and poker and casino software, I was a model and I guess one of the better ones. I still am in touch with that part of my life. A few times a week, I receive requests on how to become a model; like, how does one get started, how to find a modelling agency and getting that preliminary photo shoot done. Here are answers to some of those questions:
How to get started:
Before you get started doing anything, you should ask yourself these questions as they will help guide you thru the rest of the process.
- What do I want to get out of modelling?
- What am I willing to put into becoming a model?
- What kind of model do I want to be? Fashion, Runway, swimsuit, sport, etc.
- How flexible am I for travelling and for time?
Once you evaluate these questions, there are two ways you can go. One is to contact a modelling agency which I will explain below. The other method is to act as your own manager and create your own portfolio. This is easily done over the internet, now with several places where you can post pictures, and information on yourself to attract talent scouts.
If you choose to go the conventional route and to work with a modelling agency, it can be hard at times to know first of all how to find a good one, and what to look for in a modelling agency. You can easily look up and find agencies in phone books or online. Before you do any of that, I would recommend contacting anyone you know that is a model, and finding out about some of the experiences that they have had with modelling in general, and also specifically with different agencies in your area. Once you have a general idea of what the scene looks like, contact some of the agencies and set up an appointment to meet with them. Meeting with the agency can be the hardest and most nerve wrecking part of the whole experience. Be firm, and don’t allow the agency to take advantage of you! Remember, you’re not a piece of meat to be traded, but intend to be the brand face or represent the brand that you are going to model for.
Things to ask and look for are:
- What have they done for other models?
- What can they do for you?
- Can they meet your needs as an individual and as a model?
- Does the agency have similar goals for you as the ones you have for yourself?
The final question “How to get a first photo shoot” depends on which route you take. If you go with an agency you will have to arrange with them to have a photo shoot taken, and to start building your portfolio. If you decide to go on your own, you will have to build your own portfolio, either by using photos that you already have, or by contacting a photographer to have a photo shoot done. I would recommend that hiring a photographer is the route to go, as it looks more professional, and the quality is much greater than simple pics you could get taken by friends or family.
Good luck with your search. If you have it in you – that balance of attitude and poise – you are sure to make it!
From Modelling to Gaming
My tryst with gaming and specifically