It hurts doesn’t it – not having a job?
Whereas once you feasted heartily on Duchy Originals’ Organic Stem Ginger All Butter Shortbread Melts every day, your snack diet now comprises of little more than bumper packs of broken pink wafers from the local cash and carry store.
Fear not however, because help is at hand. You may have been out of work for so long that the letters C and V now refer to an old Citroen car model that was popular in the 70s and 80s in your mind rather than a posh word for your employment history, but we believe we have a tonic for your recent run of bad luck in the job market.
Have you considered becoming a Supermodel?
The pay is pretty good and rather than taking selfies every day for no money at all, people will actually pay you so that they can take pictures of you themselves.
If looking like a shaggable heroin addict and going out with Pete Doherty sounds like it could be fun, here’s what you’ll need to do in order to become successful:
1. Be healthy
Even if you look like Helen of Troy, you won’t get very far in the modelling world if the rest of you isn’t in good shape as well. You’ll need to eat and drink lots of healthy foods and also do plenty of exercise. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins should make up the basics of your diet and you should also drink a lot…………of water – obviously!
2. Stay well groomed
The health of your skin and hair are very important if you want a career as a model – we’re sure you’ll agree that people with clumps of hair falling out and skin flaking off might not be the best brand ambassadors to front a campaign for the latest moisturiser. Make sure you wash your face in the morning and late at night before you go to bed and also exfoliate once a week. Some agencies and managers don’t mind the “natural greasy look,” which means our current work experience kid here at The W1nners’ Club should be a dead cert to make the cover of Vogue at some point.
3. Match your body type to a specific type of modelling
Here is a list of the different types of model you can be. Have a look and see which best fits your body type:
Plus-Sized modelling: Ideal for people that are built for comfort rather than speed.
Runway Modelling: Unfortunately this has nothing whatsoever to do with aviation. Most women on the catwalk are at least 5’8 in height and are usually small-breasted. Men tend to be between 5’11 and 6’2 and also have small breasts.
Print Modelling: No – this does not involve having lots of pictures taken being stood next to the latest Cannon MG2950 and holding a cyan toner cartridge. It involves doing work specifically tailored for magazines and most editorial female models are at least 5’7. A beautiful face with great personality are the most important features for print models, so you’ll need to be a head turner rather than somebody that makes people want to turn onto the next page.
Underwear Modelling: Women require large breasts but small hips for this genre and men require broad shoulders and slim waists. It also helps if you don’t mind being photographed in suspenders and yes – we’re referring to the women!
Alternative Modelling: Some agencies hire models who don’t conform to the industry “standards” of beauty, height, and weight – meaning there’s hope for pretty much everyone that works here at The W1nners’ Club.
Other Types of Modelling: If you don’t fit any of the face or body requirements, perhaps you can be a foot, hair, or hand model? Although please note that having a, ‘great face for radio,’ is usually considered an insult by most people.
4. Get some industry education
Reading quality articles and books will help you improve important skills like posing and posture and will also help you to better understand how the industry works. We did say, ‘quality’ articles so perhaps you should do a few more Google searches after reading this……
5. Get some professional looking photos taken
This doesn’t mean simply picking out the least embarrassing holiday snaps from your Instagram account. Even though professional photography can be quite expensive, it can make the difference between being passed over for work and getting interviews. Think of it as a worthwhile investment in your future career!
6. Take down your particulars
………no – that’s a different type of modelling to the one we’re discussing. We’re referring to your need to know all your basic measurements off the top of your head so that you appear professional when speaking to agencies and clients. Stuff like height, weight, and shoe size as well as clothing measurements such as dress size, hip, waist, chest/bust, etc. Your personal stats also include information such as hair, eye and skin tone – so if you turn up to an audition not knowing what colour you are, people might think you’re not quite up to the job!
7. Attend modelling agency ‘open calls’
This is where agencies open their doors in search of new talent. You may be required to walk or pose for a headshot or other photos during open call interviews. If you get rejected, don’t be too disheartened. Bear in mind that agencies are often looking for a diverse set of models, so it may be that you simply don’t fit what they’re looking for at the moment (at least – this is what our Publisher Darcus White was told when he sent a portfolio in to an agency talent scout once).
8. Be honest about your measurements
It’s no good turning up to a photoshoot with the stylist expecting to dress Goldie Hawn, but instead has to find clothes for a person that’s the same size as The Matterhorn. If you’re 4ft. tall with size 12 feet then that’s what you should say you are or you’ll soon get found out.
9. Always be professional
Always show up on time to appointments. If you get a reputation for being late or rude, your career will be over in no time as nobody will want to work with you. You should also strive to be organized. Models often get called to places at the last minute so you’ll need to be on top of things if you want to succeed. Avoid shying away from developing professional relationships with photographers as well. Their job is to help you look great so be sure to treat photographers with the respect they deserve (yes – we know it’s not a proper job).
10. Be prepared for a tough road ahead
Unfortunately, simply being good looking is not enough to succeed in modelling. The modelling business is about so much more than just looking great as you have to fit the needs of a specific job to have even the remotest chance of success. There are so many people trying to become models these days and it’s very tough to get into the industry. In the end, success will only come with patience and perseverance, but if you do happen to get spotted by a talent scout whilst eating a burger in McDonalds, feel free to send us an invite to your first fashion show.