To start out let's state the obvious: a person has to be attractive to model. Clients will not pay $1500 a day for someone that will not attract the attention and desire of their customers.
Count yourself out if you have:
- A bad complexion (hopefully this is obvious)
- Are balding prematurely
- Some unusual facial feature
- A spiked multi-colored Mohawk hairstyle
- One eye is half closed at all times
- Double or triple chin
- Blood shot eyes
- Bad teeth
- Ears like a bat (we like bats)
- A beard or mustache if you're a woman
- Jet black hair and have the face of a 65 year old (this does not look right)
- Have flabby sections of your body (we hate to put it this way)
- Unpleasant personality that yells at everybody for no apparent reason
Can I become just a "face" or body part model such as hands,
feet, or legs?
The answer is generally no. The vast majority of agencies simply
use their regular models for these types of assignments. Some models
have two composite cards, one for "body parts" and the
other for their regular print work.
How old do I have to be to start?:
Kids or Children
This category is from infants to 12 years old.
There is no hard and fast rule if and when a girl in the Kids
category goes over to the Womens category. This is obvious when
you consider that there are girls who are 13 years old, 5’10”,
and look like high fashion models, and, others who are 13, 5’3”
and look like a little kid. It simply does not make sense to market
them in the same way.
If a person's goal is to be developed as a High Fashion Print model
in one of the top modeling capitols of the world such as New York,
LA, London, Paris, Tokyo, and others, then they should start applying
to the big agencies when they get
to be a teen and are around 5’6” and are expected
to grow taller. If a girl has been applying in her teen years
and gets to be 20 and still has not been signed by a major agency,
then her chances are really quite small that she is going to do
any High Fashion Print modeling in the major markets. We really
hate to tell you this but in this business anyone over 20 is considered
“over the hill” for high fashion print development.
If a person's goal is to model in their hometown or region then
the requirements are much more relaxed. Most broad based agencies
accept submissions from persons of all ages even if they have
had little or no experience.
It is the nature of our society that while there is a large market
for women in their teens it somehow does not translate to a similar
market for men in their teens. Therefore men generally can start
in their 20s and 30s. If they live a market large enough they
can apply even into their senior years.
The Bottom Line
If you have the general requirements to model: height, age, body proportions, and nothing that would rule you out (see above) then there is no reason you should not submit your pictures to an agency to see if they want you.
There are many different types of modeling today - you might be just what they are looking for!