Page Parkes-Eveleth, talent agent and co-star of the E! channel’s modeling show “Scouted,” says the best way to determine what kind of modeling you are best cut out for is to get an evaluation of your potential by a professional. At her Texas agencies, the first step is an in-person interview to assess an aspiring model’s appearance and recommend any training necessary to prepare for visiting clients. After a successful audition for agency representation, models are placed in age groups, such as young girls, teens and adults.
Female print and runway models generally range in weight from 100 to 125 pounds, and wear between a size 0 and size 4 dress. Ranging between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet, female runway models do tend to be slightly taller than print models. Demand for muscular models is low, since added bulk can tug on seams affecting the overall look of a garment. Petite-size models call for women of a shorter stature -- between 5 feet and 5 feet 5 inches -- and the plus-size market has opened a niche for women between sizes 10 and 18.
A clean complexion, healthy hair and attractive teeth are prerequisites for all modeling opportunities. Commercial models are often sought for symmetrical, pretty faces, whereas high fashion models are frequently more edgy with prominent bone structure and angular faces.
Whether the modeling assignment is for a commercial, high fashion, runway, print or as a spokesperson, your looks and strengths in front of the camera will be weighed against the particular demands of your area. Los Angeles-based Sam Russell, a former male model who is now a celebrity wardrobe stylist, says current trends in your city will also play a role in dictating what type of modeling is best for you.
According to Russell, you should be wary of companies that try to charge a lot of money up front to get you started in the modeling business. With the exception of an optional model training program, the only money you should invest in the beginning is for head shots, your first few test shoots and travel expenses that aren’t picked up by the client.
Tips & Warnings
- Most agencies will make exceptions to the rule for models who have a great look that they can't turn down.
- Be realistic in choosing which type of modeling you can do. If you'll never be tall, don't waste time hoping you'll grow and instead go for modeling that caters to shorter gals.
- Once you know where you fit in, start looking into modeling agencies that represent the type of modeling that you want to do.
- Modeling agencies are very picky about the models they choose to sign so be prepared for the possibility of harsh critcism.
- It takes more than just meeting the above requirements to be a model. There are more factors including personality, determination, being photogenic, etc.
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