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What should I do after highschool? I want to be a model but I don't know if I should go to school for it or not

Just a little advice please.

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Emily’s Answer

Hello,

Pursue your dreams and aspirations if that's what truly matters to you! Earning a college degree can be incredibly beneficial, and ultimately, if you choose to explore a different career direction, you'll always have that degree as a solid foundation to rely on!
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Arun’s Answer

Hey Zoey! The entertainment industry is quite competitive, but don't worry, a college degree can really help you succeed. Attending college will lay the groundwork for achieving your long-term goals. Some well-liked majors include fashion design and creative arts and design. Keep going, you've got this!
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Rana’s Answer

Some of the most famous and successful models have super impressive degrees, I remember seeing a StackOverFlow account for a VS model who turned out to have a Software Engineering degree! Formal education is a great opportunity to gain exposure to problem-solving, communication, leadership, and many soft skills besides the obvious academic "hard" skills, and every skill you learn you're going to use. You can pursue modeling with a school lined up, a backup plan is always a good option!

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Benjamin’s Answer

I would say follow your dreams! Having said that, always have a back up plan in case it does not work out (which can happen doing anything). Learn a trade or skill you can fall back on if needed, or something that provides value to an employer, no matter what it may be.
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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Zoey! Best thing to do is find a trade or a job that you can have on your resume to show work experience. Even if it's something part time, it will give you the skills you need for any future position. As for modeling school, follow your dream and go for it but also have something on the side that allows you to have multiple skills and experiences.
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Soyoung’s Answer

Hey Zoey! I studied fashion design with the goal of becoming a fashion designer, but later switched to accounting when I realized a degree isn't necessary for a fashion career, and I could return to it whenever I want. To address your question - Is a degree required to be a model? Definitely not. Attending school can provide training and networking opportunities through professors or classmates, but it doesn't guarantee a job, and there are numerous other ways to network. Capture quality photos and videos of yourself, start by modeling for small businesses or assisting friends who need models, and build your portfolio. Reach out to modeling agencies with your portfolio and see if you can achieve your goals sooner than college application time if that's your passion.

As an alternative suggestion, consider discovering a second interest that offers financial stability. Models often retire at relatively young ages compared to other careers, many don't receive adequate pay, and they frequently need to search for jobs due to contract-based work. These concerns won't be an issue if you become a successful model, but realistically, it's wise to have a backup job and attend college for it (you can still pursue modeling with a different major)!
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