Careers: Modeling/regarding modelling

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sir I want to ask you that... I am a college student and I want to became a model... so what should I do first, from where I'll get modelling jobs... and sir I didn't have enough money to spend on these... or make my portfolio... so sir what should i do.. or whom should I met...
and thank you sir

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Hello Sanjeev.

Unfortunately, your question is not a simple one to answer. Their are many factors you should consider before pursuing modeling as a hobby or career. First thing you need to do is take a realistic look at yourself and see if you really have what it takes to be a model. Modeling goes well beyond just someone smile or their body. Their personality needs to come out in every photo. You will need to be friendly, open minded, able to follow directions without complaining, hold poses, not look stiff, and not give up you if you don't get a job. If you feel you have what it takes, then you must define the modeling genres you want to pursue. Here are some typical modeling genres:

Artistic Nude Bodypaint, Boudoir, Cosplay, Editorial, Erotic, Fashion, Fetish, Fitness, Glamour, Lifestyle, Lingerie/Underwear, Pinup, Runway, and Swimwear.

From your name, I am not certain if you are a man or a woman, so you will need to determine which genres fit you.

Next you need to develop a model. This will consist of a variety of photos from each modeling genre, including Polaroids, which are natural snapshots intended to show an agency or client what the model currently looks like with no makeup or hair done. Since you do not have money to spend on making a portfolio, you will need to find a local photographer willing to trade their time for prints. You will both own the copyright to the photos and the only cost might be a splitting the cost to rent a studio or other expenses. If the photographer shoots outdoors or already has a studio, you may not have to pay anything. The limitation is, if the photographer does not need photos of your genre, then they will probably not shoot for free. Also, offer to edit the photos yourself as photo editing takes a lot of the photographers time.

Okay, so let's say you found a photographer and now you have photos to send to an agent or agency, now what do you do. Without experience and depending on your modeling genres (modeling nude will make you the most money and get you the most job opportunities) you need to start by marketing yourself first through free online modeling portfolio web sites like Model Mayhem, Model Desire, Broken Doll Models, iStudio and so forth. They are very easy to find through a Google search. Facebook is also a great place to market yourself. Just make sure you create a public Figure page and not a personal facebook page or no one will take you seriously.

Research modeling agency's near where you live and find out their requirements. DO NOT start with a large agency or you will waste your time. Most allow you to apply online. Look for local photographers who need models for their project. You can also do a Google search for model castings also called "go-see" auditions in your area.

Best of luck and I hope I have been helpful,


KGR Photography
kgrphoto@gmail.com

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I can answer questions about modeling from both a male model and photographers perspective such as: * How old or young can someone be to get into modeling? * What is the best age to get into modeling? * Is modeling just for the very tall and thin girls or muscular guys? * How do you know if you have what it takes to become a model? * What do photographers look for in a model? * How do you learn to pose? * What is body awareness and how important is it to becoming a successful model? * How do you prepare for a photoshoot? * Selecting modeling genres that are right for you? From the business side, I can answer questions related to: * How to get started in modeling? * Freelance modeling and self representation versus signing with an agency. * How to find auditions and other modeling opportunities. * Finding and building a free online modeling profile sites and networking groups/events. * Developing your own free or subscription modeling website?

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I started out as a male model when I was 15 and modeled for several photographers, artists and figure drawing classes until I was 22 years old. Today, I'm a published and agency recommended professional freelance photographer from Southern California. I have over 10 years specializing in fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, editorial, actor headshots, swimwear, glamour, boudoir, lingerie, artistic, nude, erotic and theme specific photography. I'm also experienced in model portfolio and web site development, model tear sheets, posters, calendars and other model promotional items.

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I model freelance part time and studied at the Los Angeles School of Photography. I host bi-monthly workshops (which include a photoshoot) for amateur models of ALL ages.

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