Note: Before reading about positioning, please read the blog “The Genres of Modeling”.
It doesn't need to be said that only a handful of aspiring models ever become truly successful professional models, it's a low percentage. However, one of the reasons so many fail isn't that they aren't qualified. It's that they fail to position themselves correctly.
Positioning means identifying the type of model you are, or can be, and then putting your book and experience together accordingly. From there you need to approach appropriate agencies to your genre.
Each genre of modeling has different requirements, some you need to be born with, and others you can work on. And with some genres, particularly fashion or commercial, you can find yourself very disadvantaged if you’ve engaged in things like shooting nudity, or even getting too involved in amateur modeling. Positioning is as much about not doing some things, sometimes less is more.
Commercial models come in all ages and demos, but here we’re primarily talking about females 18 - 35 years of age.
If you were not born with the build or look of a fashion model, don’t waste your time or money trying to become one, or visiting agencies that only have a fashion board. The saying “you can do anything you set your mind to” doesn’t apply.
So then, is it easier to become a commercial model? Yes and no. Yes because you don’t have the same stringent physical requirements. No because being a commercial model can take more work, and often times requires a different set of skills.
We’ll add some blogs about things you can do to help you further your career as a fashion or commercial models soon. For now, here’s a chart you can follow to help you find where you best fit. Click to make image bigger.
Are all these conditions absolute? No, some things are subjective. But here are a few that are not: Fashion models are always 5’8” or taller. Fashion models are always thin, and with narrow hips. Fashion models don’t have huge breasts.
We'll explain more about becoming successful in your qualified genre soon.
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