Has anyone ever told you that you could be a model? Sure, you were flattered, but how do you get into this career for real? Saying you could be a model is different from being a model.
While you can try to model for an agency, some people prefer the life of being a freelance model. There are plenty of freelance model jobs out there, but breaking into the industry is challenging. After all, how many people want to use their looks for money?
We want to set you on the right track so you can try your hand at becoming a freelance part-time model and earning some money on the side.
Keep reading for our top tips.
As a freelance model, you aren’t restrained by the physical and aesthetic requirements of your modeling agency. That said, this means that you have to pay more attention to your look and make your own decisions.
If you want to model as a certain body type you need to be the best form of that body type.
Aiming for fitness? Get those abs popping. More interested in fashion? Remember that you’re the hanger for the outfit.
You should also make sure that your hair is healthy and well-styled and your teeth are sparkly and white.
Agency models are limited niche-wise. As a freelancer, you have more flexibility. What niche do you fit into?
If you have tattoos and piercings that keep you away from agencies you’ll be a perfect fit for alternative modeling. Alternative models work well in alternative fashion or modeling for piercing jewelry companies.
If you want to focus on modeling as a “plus-sized” person, target your self-marketing to that niche.
Not everyone can be a high-fashion model. Find the modeling type that works for you.
In 2020, social media is non-negotiable. As a model, you’re selling your appearance and trying to find new clients at all times. You don’t have a marketer to support you yet!
Instagram is the best choice for models. Make sure you use your hashtags wisely so you turn up in the tags for your chosen niche.
While you may be taking a lot of these photos on your own, you should keep yourself photographer-ready at all times. These photos should be polished and show off the best side of you.
Many “Insta-models” find a lot of success using Instagram and finding supporters!
There are freelance photographers out there who are looking for freelance models to collab with. You can be that model.
Not only does this get you involved in your local art community, but it also gives you a portfolio of photos and potentially a bit of pay. Not all collaborations are paid, so make sure that you’re comfortable with whatever the exchange entails.
Becoming a freelance model isn’t easy, but with the rise of social media and digital communication, there are more opportunities now than ever.
Remember, keep an open mind and remember that you’re in charge of your own modeling destiny. Market yourself as though you’re the best model in town and people will believe it.
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