Here is what you need to know before marching in the modeling industry
Women have been ruling the modeling industry, for decades for obvious reasons, when you think of famous models it is most likely a woman that comes to mind.
However, male models are making their way and many of them have become an icon, so if you think you have what it takes to be a super male model then read the following things you ‘need’ to know.
Think modeling like any other profession, there would be ups and downs.
Think About Your Strengths
Do you have six-pack abs? Double chin? Double dimple? Tall and handsome? Figure out what your strengths are, there are different kinds of models so knowing in which group you fit in will give you an extra benefit.
For example: if you have a complete muscle body then you can be perfect for a fitness model. If you have tall legs and love walking, then you can try your hand at the runway. If you have good height and a charming look, then commercial modeling can be your thing.
Build a Portfolio
If you want to earn a good amount of money, then you should invest first in yourself. A Portfolio is like your resume, it represents your potential and skills. Once you figure out your best angles, the next step would be to hire a good photographer.
You will need more than “selfies”, there are two kinds of portfolio- online and hard copy. We suggest you have both just in case an agency or client asks for both. While building your portfolio make sure to include headshots, full-body shots, and a variety of poses.
Ease Out in Front of the Camera
It does not matter what kind of model you will be in front of a camera at one point or another. It is normal to be shy in front of a camera in beginning, we suggest you make a comfort zone with the camera.
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Even if you are blessed with a perfect face shape even then you must consider certain angles and light factors. Find your spot and make it easier for yourself and the photographer as well by practicing at home first.
What is the Right Height?
There are lots of myths and confusion related to height requirements.
Height requirement for male models is between 5’11 and 6’2”, but this applies to mostly runaway and fashion models. Even then it is hard to tell as there are different kinds of modeling jobs, some agencies welcome men with standard height size.
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Skincare is a Must
When you are a model, there are some natural expectations that come along and one of them is having flawless skin. Taking good care of skin is kind of ‘mandatory’ for a male model. Not just face skin, we mean overall well-maintained teeth, nails, and hair.
You can start with regular moisturizing then add an extra grooming activity to your routine. Aloe vera lotions are a great option, the eye serum is a must, a good lip balm, and pedicure/manicure once or twice a month.
Not Only for ‘Young’ Men
Those days are gone when agencies used to hire only young male models. the idea that only the men who are in their early years can be model is false. There is a chance for every age group, brands look for male models who can connect with the audience.
Hire a Reputable Agency
Having a reputable modeling agency to look out for good jobs for you is surely a plus point. Experienced modeling agencies will always try to find great opportunities for you, they can protect you from scammers.
Following are some of the tips by the famous supermodel Tyra Banks (credit- Seventeen.com) which can be helpful for male model beginners.
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- Practice your walk, poses, and expression in the mirror
- Do not pose like a hoochie
- Do not show up for a photoshoot if you don’t have clean hair, a clean shave, and a clean face
- Do not slouch on the runway
- Pick a favorite model and study them for inspiration
- Study and be aware of the latest trends in the modeling industry
- Your make-up should always be minimal, show off your natural beauty
In the End
Not everyone gets a modeling job the first day they try or go to an audition, you need to be patient on all occasions. Success comes with consistent hard work and great dedication. It can seem tough in the beginning, but with time it will get easier just to hold on and give your best each day.
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