VIP Management Modeling 2018 TIPS
A professional attitude toward yourself and your work is
extremely important. There are few other professions where you
are so completely representing the marketable product (in this
case you) in total. The client, your agency, the photographers
and even the stylists will be looking and remembering. You
need to be remembered for that next job and future jobs. It is
of paramount importance that you are remembered for being a
pleasure to work within every way.
You can never be late to a go-see or an actual job. This is an
unforgivable transgression. It keeps an entire group of people
(who are getting paid) waiting, and you may never see another
job through your agency again. Everyone has a schedule to
meet, and your major responsibility is to get there on time.
Excuses are unacceptable in this trade. If you are genuinely
ill or there is a real crisis, you are expected to call your
agency at the earliest moment so that the fewest number of
people will be inconvenience by a change in the schedule.
Learn to manage your money. Modeling is not a job that you
will have for the rest of your life. Many models’ careers are
over before the age of 35, and though the money may be good,
you may have long periods with no work. Also, learn to keep an
appointment. Sometimes, the demands for a model’s time can be
very hectic and you need to stay organized.
Respect the client. You should always speak favorably of the
client and the client’s products or services. Never criticize
or ridicule the art director’s concept or the clothing you are
asked to wear. Remember, you want the client happy with your
performance and attitude so you can continue to work for them
Respect the photographer. You should always work with the
photographer to create the necessary images. The
photographer’s reputation is on the line and you should not
contradict the photographer’s plans. Some photographer’s do
appreciate your insights into their work and welcome your
input. Others do not, so you should establish which type is
photographing your session.
Respect the session. Try to accomplish what the client and
photographer want with as little direction as possible. This
means that you must keep a keen mind that is focused only on
your modeling. Never let your thoughts roam or you will lose
track of what position you were in last and need more
direction to get back into it. At the end of the session (and
during, if possible) you should clean up any messes you make.
This included hanging clothes back on hangers, removing safety
pins from clothing, and putting things back where they belong.
And never take anything that doesn’t belong to you. If you
accidentally leave with something that is not yours (usually
earrings) you should return them immediately. Never let the
client think you stole something; thieves are quickly
A professional model should always be prepared. One way to
prepare is to put together and bring a professional modeling
kit to the job. Make certain that you appear fresh and clean.
This includes your teeth, nails, hair, clothing, and makeup if
required. You should also take care that you have shaved
carefully prior to the session (both men and women). You are
being paid to be a model and you should look like a model,
whether it is for a go-see or an actual job.
Finally, you should be fresh, healthy, energetic, and upbeat
any time you meet with a client, photographer, or other
professionals. Never show up with a hang over and always get
plenty of rest prior to any engagement. To always be cheerful
requires a lot of energy and if you are going to be successful
you will have to lead a healthy lifestyle, which means
absolutely no drugs, minimal drinking, good diet and a
consistent exercise program.
You should always maintain a professional attitude at every
session, and you should expect the others around you to be
professional also. If you ever have a session in which the
others are not acting professionally (especially if a
photographer or other is coming onto you) you should leave
immediately and report them to your agency so they can stop
sending their models to them. This is exactly what the
photographer or client will do with unprofessional models.
The stress can be intense, the hours brutal, the positions
difficult, the travel wearing, and the weather trying for
outdoor work. If you don’t feel in top notch shape, you’re
simply not going to last as long as you’re required to, and
exhaustion will cost everyone from your agency to the client.
You must keep a consistent weight, build, and all-around look.
Your diet and exercise regimen must be strictly followed, and
eight hours of sleep is critical for you to look and perform
well. Also, without the necessary discipline travel can be
extremely difficult as you will be required to be away from
loved ones for extended periods of time.
You will need patience every time you have an interview, a
go-see, or a session. Sometimes there are delays and hitches
that make you want to scream. Keep calm. Hysterics will make
you an instantly unpopular model, and the others who can hold
up under pressure will be the ones asked for return
Enthusiasm makes the really great models. Sprightly young
models are the mainstays of the business and promote
everything from foods to bobby pins, with an effervescent
quality that often appears to be genuine. It has been said by
agents that the person with the greatest charm, sparkle, and
passion can compete successfully with the greater natural
beauty who lacks fire.
You will have to be able to deal properly with agents, clients
and others, and, in a session, you must remember that everyone
there is ready to work. It is very difficult for some to
realize that this is an atmosphere of serious and hard
endeavor. You must not get carried away with being a star, but
realize that this is primarily work and that if you let
yourself slip into an unhealthy frame of mind, it could have
some serious repercussions.
You must keep yourself organized, this means being fully
prepared for every job promptly, enthusiastically, and
professionally. You can never be late to a go-see or an actual
job! That is an unforgivable transgression. It keeps an entire
group of people (who are getting paid) waiting, and you may
never see another job through your agency again. Everyone has
a schedule to meet, and your major responsibility is to get
there on time! Excuses are unacceptable in this trade.
Posing is a unique science that professional photographers’
spend years learning and these photographers will help to
guide the model into poses that work. Amateur models should
rely on the experience of a quality photographer who will take
the effort to guide you through flattering poses. However, as
a model, you should work to develop an extensive repertoire of
poses which you can gracefully move through in a series. This
guide has been prepared to help you develop these poses.
Your first step should usually be to look at pictures in
magazines and learn what makes the poses work. Where are the
model’s hands? Where are their feet? Is there eye contact?
What is the mood of the photograph? Why? Do the clothes work
with or against the pose? What could the model have done, to
make the picture better? (Finding these mistakes will help you
develop a critical eye for your own photos.) Is the photograph
dramatic, humorous, ordinary, or cliché? Clip out the poses
you like and keep them in a special folder that you use to
provide inspiration. You can even take this to a photographer
who can help you take pictures with a similar feeling or mood.
Next, you should practice in front of a mirror or a video
camera on a tripod. Yes, you will probably feel very silly
doing this, but there is simply no other way to do it. Try
different poses from your folder or design your own poses. You
will constantly work to develop poses that take best advantage
of your best features while minimizing your weaker features.
(Yes, everyone has weak points; smart models learn to overcome
these limitations.) You should also pay close attention to
your facial expressions. A great model should be able to move
through a wide range of facial expressions as well as bodily
poses. Once you have the fundamentals down, you should begin
to develop graceful movements; this is the mark of a
professional model. Learn to create transitions from one pose
to the next, without any choppy or clumsy movements. The
difference between a good model and a great model is an
understanding of flow and movement.
The clever model will also want to create new poses unique to
them. Some photographers would say this is an impossible idea,
saying that every pose has already been done. This may be
true, but it does not mean you have seen it! So you should at
least try to develop new poses. To do this properly, you
should have an understanding of body language. Perhaps the
easiest way to learn this is to watch your television with the
sound turned off. What are the people on TV feeling and how
are they conveying it? If you aren’t sure, assume the same
position and ask yourself how it make you feel.
There are no absolute rules for posing, no perfect position
that you should always use nor any angle that you should never
use. If there ever were such rules, they were quickly broken;
that’s what modeling is about. You will learn what works for
you, but don’t become too bothered by the poses that don’t
work. Many models have learned that a pose that didn’t work
for them worked successfully when photographed by a
professional. These professional photographers have learned to
take advantage of camera tricks that make the shots work. For
this reason, you should work with the photographer and not
insist that a pose just doesn’t work for you. You should
realize that what you see is not always what the photographer
Now, understanding the above, there are a number of tips which
generally produce pleasing results. For example, women have
been wearing high heels for many years, but there is a reason.
When you wear high heels, your posture is altered with a more
dramatic curve of the spine which causes the buttocks and
calves to appear more rounded, the bust to protrude and the
hips have an exaggerated sway. Obviously, these are good
things for most models.
You can simulate high heels even when you aren’t wearing them
by simply pointing your foot. Take advantage of this. Below
are some other tips to keep in mind:
Don’t lock your joints, especially when they are under weight.
When you lean back or forward onto your hand don’t lock your
elbow, wrist or fingers. Any awkward bends should be avoided.
Keep your fingers separate and avoid clumping fingers
together. This is something that you usually won’t notice with
real people, but in photographs it can make your fingers look
deformed or missing.
Relax. This is often difficult for a beginning model. However,
it is essential that you develop a relaxed and casual attitude
in front of a camera.
Tilt your head to give a little life and intimacy to the
Learn to discipline your blinking. This takes a bit of effort,
but will help you immensely.
Don’t move while the photographer is adjusting equipment. This
may require you to remain motionless for a long time while
lights and props are adjusted around you. Be patient, there is
usually a purpose for all this trouble and if you move from
your mark the photographer (and you) may have to do it all
Keep your makeup fresh (don’t rub it off) and keep your lips
wet. If you think you’ve messed up your makeup check it or ask
someone to check it for you.
Learn to accentuate your features:
Emphasize your bust by arching your shoulders backward.
Narrow your waist by turning at the waist.
Flatten your stomach by pulling in your stomach.
Slim your lower body by crossing your legs.
Shape and lengthen legs by pointing your feet.
All of these poses should, of course, appear natural and
graceful even if, sometimes, they may be difficult for the
model. Remember, the ultimate answer lies in the finished
product not the process which produced them. Happy modeling!
These people are hired by agencies or directly by the company
whose products they are expected to wear or demonstrate. The
hourly wage is set by the employer, and it could range from
around fifteen dollars per hour in the smaller cities to
several hundred dollars per hour in major cities, depending on
the actual product and the prestige of the promotion. In some
cities there are constant promotions that call for live models
who are able to explain or sell a product. So verbal skills
and a pleasant voice are requirements for many promotional
High Fashion Modeling
This is the type of modeling that most people are familiar
with. This includes all the major supermodels who grave our
lives every day. This is a very small portion of the modeling
industry and is extremely difficult to get into.
Runway models are usually quite stunning. Their main purpose
is to look absolutely flawless to the naked eye. The model is
selected to show off the garment to its best. She must make
the beholder believe that the garment is elegant, feminine,
chic, unique, alluring, a show stopper, and expensive. Her
presentation of the clothing is what modeling is all about. As
an observer looks at the model, that potential customer’s
desire to be glamorous must be paramount. Very few women are
nearly six feet tall and weigh less than 120 pounds. The trick
here is to make the buyer think that she will look as great as
the model does, and this does work.
Photographic models are supposed to be the envy of every man
and woman. The aura of this work is based on the premise that
these are the chosen, the beautiful people. The psychology of
modeling is sometimes a barrier difficult to surmount. Many
people handle the job as just that; others are put off by its
artificiality and as a result cannot sell themselves. As in
any field, you must know yourself, what it is that will
fulfill you, and where you are headed
A professional model should have a kit that is taken to every
session. This kit should include an appointment book which you
use to organize all your appointment, go-sees and sessions.
You should also keep addresses and phone numbers of all the
contacts you make along the way. Every photographer, makeup
artist, or client could be a source of future work. Also, if
your agency uses a voucher book, it should be in your kit. The
following items belong in a professional model’s kit:
1 Moisture stick
2 Bases or tinted moisturizers
2 Blushes (one pink, one red)
3 Eye shadows
2 Eyeliner pencils
2 Eyebrow pencils
2 Lipsticks (one pink/mauve, one coral/red)
1 Colorless gloss
1 Compact powder
1 Brow brush
1 Nail file
1 Pair of tweezers
Styling gel or mousse
Panty hose – several pairs in a few colors.
Underwear – light and dark colored (maybe push up bra).
First aid kit – a small one with bandages and burn cream.
Music – something you like (just in case).
Clothes pin – to resize the clients clothing.
Safety pins – can repair almost anything.
Zed cards or composites – just in case you meet someone.
The most important preparation will not go in your kit. You
absolutely must have a good night’s sleep before you go in for
the session. Do not party all night and show up with a hang
over or stay up too late. You must look fresh and cheerful at
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