How to Be a Face Model


Whether you've been told all your life you've had a picture-perfect face or you are interested in pursuing a new career, becoming a face model can be easily done if you follow the correct procedures. Face models can enjoy working for a wide variety of clients, such as magazines, industrials, brochures and online companies. Like any talent in the entertainment industry, becoming a face model requires a small investment in photographs and patience, because finding work can be time-consuming.

Things You'll Need

  • Photographer
  • Portfolio
  • 8 x 10 inch modeling photographs
  • Composite cards
  • Find a modeling photographer within your city to create your portfolio. Photographers range in price based on their experience. While you may not have hundreds of dollars to spend on a photo session, you will want to carefully select a photographer, because the images captured during this process will help determine your success in finding a modeling agency.

  • Schedule a photo session with the photographer of your choice. Inform the photographer prior to your meeting that your goal is to be a face model, thus the pictures should highlight your face and its versatility. Ask whether or not the photographer offers a professional makeup artist for the photo shoot; however, be aware that using a makeup artist at the photo session will increase the amount of money you will spend.

  • Arrive at the photo shoot at least 15 minutes early to speak with the photographer and to outline the shots you wish to receive. Don't be afraid to ask questions and suggest various angles throughout the photo shoot.

  • Review the images of your photo session before ordering prints for your portfolio. Have several friends and family members review these photographs before making your decision. Purchase a model portfolio, which is a solid bound book that features transparent picture holders. A portfolio can be purchased online as well as in art supply retail stores.

  • Order at least five different shots for your portfolio from a professional photo reproduction company that specializes in actor/model photographs, such as Reproductions West or East. These images should be printed on glossy 8 x 10 inch paper. Along with ordering photographs for your portfolio, place an order for composite cards, which are normally 4 x 6 inch glossy cards that feature three to five of your best images along with your contact information.

  • Contact talent or modeling agencies within your city to inquire about model submissions (see Resources for list). If you live in a metropolitan area, you will normally have several agencies to choose from; however, if you live in a smaller town, your choices may be limited.

  • Submit your composite cards according to the submission guidelines provided by the modeling agency or attend an open call, which is when an agency allows potential models to audition in person for an agent. Bring your portfolio and at least 10 composite cards with you to an open call, and be prepared to take snapshots at the agency. Expect to hear an answer from a talent agency within six months after submitting your composite card through the mail; however, if you attended an open call, you will normally be informed within two months after your visit whether or not you have been accepted into the agency.

  • Sign the talent agency contract if you were accepted into the agency. Modeling agencies use either a non-exclusive or exclusive agreement when representing talent. If you sign exclusively to an agency, you cannot have another agent; however, if the agency offers a non-exclusive contract, you are free to sign with other modeling agencies. A legitimate modeling agency will only charge a commission up to 20 percent of your earnings; anything more is a scam.

  • Give your modeling agency a total of 100 composite cards after you have signed the contract and expect to be sent on go-see's, which are auditions for models to be considered for face modeling jobs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not contact a talent/modeling agency if you live more than 100 miles away from the agency.
  • Always dress your best when visiting a talent agency.
  • You can freelance as a face model, but if you want to work for major clients, you must be represented by a talent agent.
  • By not taking your time in selecting the right photographer for face modeling, you may end up with lackluster photographs.
  • Never pay a fee for a talent or modeling agency to represent you. Agents only make money if they find you work.

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