Teen Modeling Tips
As the parent of a model, I can tell you that the journey to teen modeling success is a long and arduous one. There are so many pitfalls out there, for both teens and parents alike. Many parents try to talk their children out of modeling as a job because of things they’ve heard about the business and because they are afraid of the rejection they will, or their children will, be subject to. However, if you’re willing to put in a lot of effort and aren’t afraid of rejection in its many forms, modeling may be a fun way to make a little cash, and if you’re lucky, maybe even stardom.
Teen Modeling Tips
While I did mention stardom, it shouldn’t be the only reason that you’re getting into the modeling business. Very few models become the so-called Super Models. In this day and age it is hard to think of any current models that have reached this particular status, probably because photos can be digitally enhanced, making anyone, even those who weren’t born practically perfect, a top print model. While you don’t have to look perfect for print modeling, you should be physically fit. When I say this I mean that you should have a good muscle tone, even if you’re a plus size model.
What is the right size for a model? The right size is right for the type of model that you are aspiring to. That means you should be trim if you’re a petite model, above average in height for runway modeling and a size 16 or larger for plus-sized models.
Will acne mean you can’t model? It depends on how bad your acne is in terms of current break outs. Everyone has a few breakouts from time to time, especially when they’re nervous about a modeling gig. The best thing to do if you’re prone to breakouts is to find a skin care regimen that works for you and stick to it. In addition, a healthy diet can also help control those breakouts. If you have acne scars, that’s okay too since there are many makeup brands that can cover them easily. If you’re doing print modeling, airbrush is the word.
Where do you find modeling jobs? Get yourself an agent and save yourself a lot of aggravation. Look for agents in your local phone book or through the Yellow Pages online. Look under talent or modeling agents to find local listings. Remember, you don’t need to go to modeling schools to become a model either! A legitimate agent will take you on as a client and not charge you a thing up front. They get paid a percentage when you get paid for a modeling job. If the agent wants to make money, they need to get you booked in lots of modeling jobs.
What about a modeling portfolio?Sure, you’ll need one eventually, but that is something that you can work on while you’re building your modeling skills with your agent. All you need to get an agent is a few good photos, not expensive ones. You can get these photos from a Wal-Mart or similar photo studio for under $50. In addition, many new professional photographers will take photos of you and give you copies of them for you to use in your portfolio at no charge- a win-win situation for both of you.
Parental consent? Yes, if you're a teen in the United States you're going to need your parent's consent before you sign any contracts. If you're under 18 (unless you're emancipated and living on your own), you're going to have to include your parents in your decision to get an agent and model.
Teen Modeling Scams
Both parents and teens should be aware of scam artists parading around as modeling agents. Some warning signs are:
- Asking you to pay them in order to be on their roster of models
- Making you pay for an expensive portfolio by a photographer they tell you to use
- Telling you that you need to take modeling classes in order to get modeling jobs
- Making you sign with them with a stipulation you cannot be represented by anyone else and/or asking for a long term contract. You can be represented by more than one agent if you choose to- and as a new model, it may be a good idea to have more than one agent as it increases the number of jobs you may land (unless you’re being represented by a big name modeling agency!).
If you’re unsure about an agent, ask around to find out if they’re legitimate. They should be able to show you recent jobs that their models have worked and give you references to check. Don’t be afraid to check up on their claims either. If they’re legitimate, they’ll have nothing to hide and will encourage you to do a little background investigating.
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