How to Become a Model in the Philippines

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Becoming a model in any country is difficult, and it is no different in the Philippines. There are many different routes into modeling and it is up to you which route you take, and what type of modeling you do. Unless you are over 5 foot 7 inches, it is not worth trying to be a runway model, as this is the minimum height requirement. Catalogue models, glamour models and models used at PR events can still make a lot of money. But, be aware, it is a fiercely competitive business.

Things You'll Need

  • Photographer
  • Portfolio
  • Agent
Fashion model at a car show in Manila
Fashion model at a car show in Manila (Image: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Type of Modeling

Step 1

Decide what type of modeling you want to go into. Be realistic. Many Filipinos do not meet the 5 foot 7 inches height requirement to be a runway model. If you do, it is a route worth considering as much of your competition is barred from entering.

Runway fashion in Manila
Runway fashion in Manila (Image: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Step 2

Read fashion magazines, such as the popular Philippines' fashion publication, "Mega." Watch celebrities on TV. Get an idea of what is fashionable and begin to develop your own style. You do not have to spend a fortune on clothes and make-up. Aim to start trends rather than follow them.

Stack of magazines
Stack of magazines (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 3

Consider getting professional training. Modeling schools such as John Robert Powers have franchises in Alabang, Manila and Quezon City. Many of the top agencies will not consider models that have not had professional training. This is especially true for runway models.

Many of the top agencies will not consider models that have not had professional training
Many of the top agencies will not consider models that have not had professional training (Image: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Step 4

Get a portfolio done. Ideally, these photos should be done in a professional studio. Professional training academies will provide a portfolio as part of their package. Otherwise, search for local photographers online. If hiring a professional photographer is too expensive, ask a friend with a digital camera to take photos of you.

Prepping for a portfolio photo shoot
Prepping for a portfolio photo shoot (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 5

Send off your photos to modeling agencies in the Philippines. To land top modeling gigs you need to have an agent. Modelo Philipinas and Model Shop Casting Studio Philippines are two of the biggest modeling agencies in the country.

Send off your photos to modeling agencies in the Philippines
Send off your photos to modeling agencies in the Philippines (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 6

Go to auditions. Meet casting directors and listen to what they say. These are the people who will be giving you your first break into modeling. If they turn you down for a job, ask them why. There is nothing wrong with doing this as long as you ask politely.

Models wait their turn at a casting call
Models wait their turn at a casting call (Image: Gaye Gerard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Step 7

Move to Manila, or another big city. Most of the top modeling jobs will be in the capital. It is advisable to wait until you have been signed by a modeling agency before moving to Manila, though. Capital cities can be tough to survive in if you do not know anybody and have no work lined up.

Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines (Image: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Step 8

Go along to big fashion events, such as Philippines Fashion Week, held every year in late May. Many of the top modeling agencies have scouts at these events looking for new talent. Network with up-and-coming designers. The Fashion Institute of the Philippines, in Manila, is one of the best-known training schools for fashion designers. Offer your services to these designers, for free. After all, these might be the superstar designers of tomorrow.

Fashion Week Manila, May 2013
Fashion Week Manila, May 2013 (Image: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Step 9

Keep building your portfolio. When you do land a job, make sure to get copies of the pictures and add them to your portfolio. Don't rely on an agency to do everything for you. If you feel you are not getting enough work, apply to other agencies. Persevere and, with a bit of luck, you will make it as a model in the Philippines.

When you do land a job, make sure to get copies of the pictures and add them to your portfolio
When you do land a job, make sure to get copies of the pictures and add them to your portfolio (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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