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How do I start off in my modeling career?

Because I've dreamed of being a model all my life, and want to pursue this career to better myself. #fashion #modeling


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Abhilash’s Answer

To start: good for you for wanting to pursue your dream! I see you're in Texas - I've never been to Irving, but I assume there must be something there so you can at least get started. I have a little experience with this, but I have a few friends who are models and I'm basing my answer on what I know about it from them. I hope this is helpful.
First and foremost: get a good "head shot" done by a professional photographer. Call a few photographers and see if you can find someone who actually has been involved with photographing models in the past: that person might help you get connected. Be prepared to spend a few hundred on this shoot: but also let them do your makeup (if they do it) and LET THEM coach you through how to stand, walk, wear your hair, etc.
Second, if you have never taken a class in how to wear makeup, find one and take it. Again, see if you can find a professional makeup artist and get that person to teach you how to make decisions for makeup and hair based on your physical features. Ask both the photographer and the makeup artist if they have any contacts in the modeling industry to help you get started.
Third: you might actually be able to find local modeling gigs for department and clothing stores, etc. They sometimes have local fashion shows, and this can be good experience. You may be working for free for a while: don't worry about it. Just get experience!

Okay - LAST BUT NOT LEAST: BEWARE of the bad guys! There are people in this business who want to exploit you. NEVER agree to do a photo shoot that you don't want to do. There are TONS of people in this business who promise to give you a lot of money in return for you working for them forever - you DON'T want to get involved with people like this! There are a lot of people who will scam you, who will try to convince you to get plastic surgery to enhance your career, and that your body isn't pretty enough: don't listen to them. There is a place for every "look." Trust yourself, but be wary of trusting anyone who is promising you the moon. Good luck.

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Ld’s Answer

Hi Eboni - great question!
To start: good for you for wanting to pursue your dream! I see you're in Texas - I've never been to Irving, but I assume there must be something there so you can at least get started. I have a little experience with this, but I have a few friends who are models and I'm basing my answer on what I know about it from them. I hope this is helpful.
First and foremost: get a good "head shot" done by a professional photographer. Call a few photographers and see if you can find someone who actually has been involved with photographing models in the past: that person might help you get connected. Be prepared to spend a few hundred on this shoot: but also let them do your makeup (if they do it) and LET THEM coach you through how to stand, walk, wear your hair, etc.
Second, if you have never taken a class in how to wear makeup, find one and take it. Again, see if you can find a professional makeup artist and get that person to teach you how to make decisions for makeup and hair based on your physical features. Ask both the photographer and the makeup artist if they have any contacts in the modeling industry to help you get started.
Third: you might actually be able to find local modeling gigs for department and clothing stores, etc. They sometimes have local fashion shows, and this can be good experience. You may be working for free for a while: don't worry about it. Just get experience!

Okay - LAST BUT NOT LEAST: BEWARE of the bad guys! There are people in this business who want to exploit you. NEVER agree to do a photo shoot that you don't want to do. There are TONS of people in this business who promise to give you a lot of money in return for you working for them forever - you DON'T want to get involved with people like this! There are a lot of people who will scam you, who will try to convince you to get plastic surgery to enhance your career, and that your body isn't pretty enough: don't listen to them. There is a place for every "look." Trust yourself, but be wary of trusting anyone who is promising you the moon. Good luck.

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