How to Become a Model
Most reputed Indian modeling agency provide tips how to become a model, there so many younger’s, from Mumbai and other towns of India, come to Mumbai with their dreams in their eyes to become super and successful model and actor in glamour industry of India. However they just jump without any strategic thought or planning. They are not aware about the facts of the industry, even they don’t know about themselves, how much talent they have, and how to use their talent in right direction and peruse their career into the glamour industry. Once they are in Mumbai most of them fall into the wrong hands of the people. Who are looking out for fresher and show them fake dreams for their own befits. So many coordinators and modeling agency give false commitment to give them assured assignment of modeling and acting and they use to charge a sizable registration/enrolment fee. Afterwards these modeling agency never entertain them at all. Or they insist them to make a portfolio at very higher price by a unprofessional their own/in-house photgrapher and use to pay 20% -30% to the photographer rest of money is their profit. And finally the new comer falls flat with a cheap portfolio. Here the glamourhunt plays a role of bridge between the new comers and glamour industry. We use to guide them how to go ahead step by step to peruse their career in this industry.
- Honest Judgment
Are you enough honest evaluate yourself? Do you fit in this
profession? Just praising of your looks by your friends is not
enough. You must posses a package of great looks. Since in this
profession you have to make other people to looks like you.
A product endorsement banks on models looks. More than looks
it is important how photogenic you are? So you are right person
to judge your decision whether you are fit for this industry
- Great Portfolio
you have great looks that can turn heads while you walking on
public place but that is not enough at all. How do you look
in photos are key factor for clients or photographers to choose
you from the lot. It is quite often so deserving models get
lost because of poor portfolio. You port folio should be much
stronger than own looks. This would happen only either your
portfolio is shot by a commercial photographer or a very talented
armature. So before you step in this industry, you must be armed
with a great portfolio.
- Do you have inner
Beside looks and great portfolio, The model should posses strong
will power and confidence to hunt for right opportunity with
a determination to work harder and harder. You must be stronger
from inside your attitudes, mannerism, communications skills,
and patience can put you on the desired place in the industry.
Never think that modeling is full of glamour, but if you look
in to rationally it is not just glamour as it seems from outside.
When you see a beautiful model wearing great smile, there is
lot of hard work behind it from the client, photographer and
creative people to full fill their set objectives. So your inner
personality plays equal role as your outer look.
- Do you have right
more quality you must have is to differentiate between right and
wrong people. If you are new to this filed you must choose the
right band of people in this profession. Else, there are lots of
bogus people in this industry who will misguide you at the cost
of your own money. So never make fool out of you. Always go to
professional photographers, coordinator, agencies,
production houses for films and TV commercial, ad filmmakers.
If you in right hands with a quality to become success no one
can stop you to be top of the world.
- Where are you located?
As it is truth that in India, Bombay city is known for advertising
agencies, TV production, films, photographers, ad film makers
with lots or pre production and post production studios, creative
people, events management organization, contest organization,
set designers, fashion designers and houses. Obviously, if you
are not located in Bombay then you must be capable to travel
to Bombay. It said in this industry that everything is required
yesterday. So for any appointment or call with clients, you
must be available e across the table. And you must spend sizable
time for your personal approach under the guidance of your coordination
or agency. Again it needs hard work, time and money.
best measurements for glamour modeling are 5'7", 34"
bust, 24" waist, 34" hips. If you are within one inch of
these measurements you are fit to model almost anything.
High Fashion models are typically 5'7" to 6' tall and an
extremely thin size 7 with 32-35" bust, 22-25" waist and
33-36" hips. They are not necessarily classically beautiful.
PETITE measurements would be 5'5" to 5'8" tall and a size
5 to 7. The model MUST have a well proportioned body. PLUS
SIZE models are 5'7" to 5'11" tall and wear a size 12 to
14, have a well toned and proportioned body with a thin
face, good skin and beautiful hair. Always provide very
accurate measurements to the agency and to customers. (Helps
to save embarrassment if you get hired for a job and the
clothes don't fit because you were not honest). For a man,
heights should be 5'11" to 6'2" and you must fit in a 40-42"
- The ultimate test
for an aspiring Model
Well almost... Send your photo and resume to reputable
Set-up an appointment and you will find out very quickly if
you have what it takes. These people are very busy, if they
don't like the photo you won't get an appointment. If they like
it you will be invited for an assessment. Then again if you
don't have what it takes they will tell you on the spot. (they
want quality models). If rejected don't give up yet! Each coordinator/agency
is different and has different expectations and requirements
from their models. Always ask about any immediate physical changes
(haircut, weight loss, skin treatment, dental work etc.) and
work on it for the future. Some coordinators/established models
offer good training (in the form of workshops/courses) for local
fashion shows and print work. This can be a great way to gain
confidence and experience.
- How to get started
and some tips to Succeed?
or co-coordinator should represent models. The model must have
a portfolio, and comp cards. The agency/coordinator provides
you with work (That is their main purpose. It is safe to say
that they work for you!) They make a commission on your fee
(15 to 20%). Be warned about agencies/coordinators who ask for
money up front! Also check to see if they are reputable and
genuine. The agency/coordinator should provide you with a few
photographers name. It's your choice to get the photographer
you want. Pay the photographer for the photo shoots not the
agency/coordinator. The agency/coordinator provides you with
safe working environment and looks after legalities of the paper
work for the job. They provide their clients with "Professional"
models. Keep copies of all-important papers, such as contracts
etc. You may need these if you have a dispute with the agency/coordinator.
It is wise to choose the agency/coordinator carefully so you
can stay with that them. Constantly changing them gives you
a reputation of being flighty and unprofessional
- How to find an
Since in India there is no system for accrediting Modelling
Agencies. It would be best advised for you to look up our
coordinator section. If you are outside India, please check
out the INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY of MODEL and TALENT agencies
& schools, a book with phone and address of all agencies across
the world. Printed by Peter Glenn Publications, ltd.
How to approach an agency / coordinator?
The oldest way to go about it is to visit them. Book an appointment
ahead of time by phone. Bring at least 2 pictures. They don't
have to be professional pictures. A head shot, natural and clear.
Also a full length shot that somewhat reveals your figure, a
clingy dress , swimsuit, figure flattering clothes or other
tight fittings garments should be worn. Forget about baggy clothes!
It will tip off viewers that you have something to hide. Ask
lots of questions. Ask to see what work their models are currently
doing? Ask for names and phone number of clients and call them
to verify the information, be concerned if they promise you
work right away or promise you high salaries. If they don't
allow you time to think about it or if they use pressure techniques
to sign the contract, be concerned. They should not ask for
money up-front for classes or training. Be concerned if the
they claim to be looking for ordinary people. Reputed agencies/coordinators
might have open interviews during the week, give them a call
and find out. Also you can send your photo and resume as mentioned
- Portfolio: What
It's a collection
of your modeling pictures. How many pictures you need varies.
You should only keep strong pictures; you are only as good as
your worst picture! Models should aim for quality not quantity!
Avoid using 2 pictures of the same shoot (same look) Black and
White is the favourite of the industry. 9 by 12 inches are the
standard size. Your agency will require you to buy an 11 by
14 inches for their book (portfolio). A basic but versatile
portfolio would have a casual head shot, styled head shot, body
shot (conservative swimsuit or lingerie), a fashion shot (sexy),
action shot, an editorial shot and even a catalogue shot. As
you gain experience replace the older pictures with newer one.
Keep your best picture at the end to leave a lasting impression!
Do not wear Jewellery for those prints; it takes the attention
away from you. The wrong choice of undergarments may show panty
line or bra straps and will distract the viewer (on the job,
or in interviews it can mean the difference between looking
professional or not). Tailor your portfolio for your strengths
and the type of modelling you are doing.
- What is a Comp
card (not applicable in India)?
Comp card is a card with a few pictures on it. It also has the
information on how to reach modeling agency. It contains your
statistic and measurements. They cost between US$ 200 to 300
for 200 cards. The model pays for them and your agency will
tell you how many you need to get started
- Tips on how to
choose a photographer
Avoid "portrait photographer" they often don't understand the
need of the fashion industry. See the photographer's portfolio.
Do you like it? Does it represent the style and format your
looking for? Commercial photographers might be a good source
of work! Keep that in mind. Be concerned about photographers
who seek to take nude pictures of you or claims to be working
on a swimsuit calendar. Photographers should be professional
and respectful and you should bring a friend along. Always be
cheerful, you never know when you might get a free shoot or
a free picture or an extra roll done at no extra cost! If you
bring your own clothes to the shoot, always bring extra. If
the photographer for example like your look and decides to do
an extra roll you will be ready to benefit from it. Keep an
open mind photographers love to do editorial shots.
Always remember good beginning means half work done.
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