Fitness Models (advice needed)

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    May 02, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    So, basically I'm just curious if anybody has any information or any tips on how to get into fitness modeling. I realize I'm probably not at the level I need to be yet and I'm not even sure if me being 5'8 would a big issue like other types of modeling. If anybody has any experiances in this field or advice I would really appreciate hearing it. Thanks icon_smile.gif
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    May 02, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    5'8" thats going to be a problem dude.
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    May 02, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    well It's my understanding, that most runway/ clothing models need to be 6 feet or more because clothes just look better on them I guess. But would the same apply for someone who wasn't modeling clothes? especially since it's hard to judge a person's height from a picture due to the lack of perspective.
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    May 02, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    YoungJock4 saidwell It's my understanding, that most runway/ clothing models need to be 6 feet or more because clothes just look better on them I guess. But would the same apply for someone who wasn't modeling clothes? especially since it's hard to judge a person's height from a picture due to the lack of perspective.


    For the kind of work you are talking about, height is NOT nearly as much of an issue as it is for fashion.
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    May 02, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    Simon78928 said5'8" thats going to be a problem dude.


    Only if he's planning on doing runway... Magazines/photographs really know how to "fix" someone's shortcomings.
    I took a call with someone that was about 5'7"-5'8" and he "modeled" sportswear- appeared in calendars- etc.
    It's possible.
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    May 02, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Being 5ft 8 will be super tough.. it just means that you have to be flawless to make up for the height, but it can be done... case in point... Isabeli Fontana from the women's side of modeling. Being a fitness model however can be easier to get into for shorter men. Take polaroids and send them untouched to agencies directly. Avoid going to "Scout Talent Shows" and such.. They are a ripoff and only steal your money away.

    The first thing though is to show your face. If you want to be a fitness model, of course you cannot be afraid of showing your face..Start on here OP.
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    May 02, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidBeing 5ft 8 will be super tough.. it just means that you have to be flawless to make up for the height, but it can be done... case in point... Isabeli Fontana from the women's side of modeling. Being a fitness model however can be easier to get into for shorter men. Take polaroids and send them untouched to agencies directly. Avoid going to "Scout Talent Shows" and such.. They are a ripoff and only steal your money away.

    The first thing though is to show your face. If you want to be a fitness model, of course you cannot be afraid of showing your face..Start on here OP.


    haha, well I'm not afraid to show my face. I just don't do so on here for privacy reasons. I knew the scout shows were kind of bogus, but is there any other ways to get involved other than just sending pics to an agency? I wouldn't even know which agencies would be the best for what I'm looking to do. :/
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    May 02, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidBeing 5ft 8 will be super tough.. it just means that you have to be flawless to make up for the height, but it can be done... case in point... Isabeli Fontana from the women's side of modeling. Being a fitness model however can be easier to get into for shorter men. Take polaroids and send them untouched to agencies directly. Avoid going to "Scout Talent Shows" and such.. They are a ripoff and only steal your money away.

    The first thing though is to show your face. If you want to be a fitness model, of course you cannot be afraid of showing your face..Start on here OP.


    Isabeli is Fashion - that is not what the OP is looking to get into.

    You are absolutely correct about flawlessness however. The demands on a male fitness model can be excruciating - more so even than the runway boys.

    You are also absolutely correct about showing one's face - even here!icon_wink.gif
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    May 02, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
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    Aggieboy saidBeing 5ft 8 will be super tough.. it just means that you have to be flawless to make up for the height, but it can be done... case in point... Isabeli Fontana from the women's side of modeling. Being a fitness model however can be easier to get into for shorter men. Take polaroids and send them untouched to agencies directly. Avoid going to "Scout Talent Shows" and such.. They are a ripoff and only steal your money away.

    The first thing though is to show your face. If you want to be a fitness model, of course you cannot be afraid of showing your face..Start on here OP.


    haha, well I'm not afraid to show my face. I just don't do so on here for privacy reasons. I knew the scout shows were kind of bogus, but is there any other ways to get involved other than just sending pics to an agency? I wouldn't even know which agencies would be the best for what I'm looking to do. :/


    What other ways do you think there could possibly be to get into the modeling industry? It is a very basic process - made simpler by the fact that either you photograph well and have the "look" or you don't. It's not like studying harder to become a better lawyer. It is really cut and dry.

    Do a Google search on model agencies. Call Men's Health, Men's Fitness etc ask for the cover editor or the models editor. You will most likely get an assistant or intern but just ask what agenciesthey use. Basic info is easier to get than you may think.
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    May 02, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
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    Aggieboy saidBeing 5ft 8 will be super tough.. it just means that you have to be flawless to make up for the height, but it can be done... case in point... Isabeli Fontana from the women's side of modeling. Being a fitness model however can be easier to get into for shorter men. Take polaroids and send them untouched to agencies directly. Avoid going to "Scout Talent Shows" and such.. They are a ripoff and only steal your money away.

    The first thing though is to show your face. If you want to be a fitness model, of course you cannot be afraid of showing your face..Start on here OP.


    Isabeli is Fashion - that is not what the OP is looking to get into.

    You are absolutely correct about flawlessness however. The demands on a male fitness model can be excruciating - more so even than the runway boys.

    You are also absolutely correct about showing one's face - even here!icon_wink.gif




    I threw out Isabeli to prove a point. Well I believe the first thing the OP has to do is get over this privacy issue thing he's talking about. There is no such thing as private modeling..

    And the fitness modeling umbrella is quite big so exactly what kind of fitness modeling are you trying to get into?
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    May 02, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    He doesn't want to show his face because he's worried skykey might use those pictures against him- as "physical proof-" when he (skykey) calls his (YoungJock4) parents to out him.
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    May 02, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]Cash said[/cite Call Men's Health, Men's Fitness etc ask for the cover editor or the models editor. You will most likely get an assistant or intern but just ask what agenciesthey use. Basic info is easier to get than you may think.[/quote]


    Companies like that are usually not allowed to give out information on what agencies they use.

    The lady who cuts my hair begged me to call American Crew to see if they'd use me, so I did, and they told me they were not allowed to give out that information.

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    May 02, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    A1EX saidHe doesn't want to show his face because he's worried skykey might use those pictures against him- as "physical proof-" when he (skykey) calls his (YoungJock4) parents to out him.


    haha, I just read that thread icon_razz.gif but let's stay on topic... I don't show my face here because I'm not out... I have absolutely no problem showing my face if I were to do any kind of modeling, obviously I would have to or that would be impossible. Also, I'm really not picky about what type of work, if any, that I could get. So pretty much anything is what I'm interested in.
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    May 02, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    One bigger issue is your face and the fact that we cannot see it
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    May 02, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    YoungJock4 said
    A1EX saidHe doesn't want to show his face because he's worried skykey might use those pictures against him- as "physical proof-" when he (skykey) calls his (YoungJock4) parents to out him.


    haha, I just read that thread icon_razz.gif but let's stay on topic... I don't show my face here because I'm not out... I have absolutely no problem showing my face if I were to do any kind of modeling, obviously I would have to or that would be impossible. Also, I'm really not picky about what type of work, if any, that I could get. So pretty much anything is what I'm interested in.



    I would also suggest studying alittle about this industry. Your response is a bit ambivalent.. when asked what kind of modeling you want to do, you should have a quick and reassuring response. OP if you have any more questions, message me.. ill lay it to you straight.
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    May 02, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    Brando said[quote][cite]Cash said[/cite Call Men's Health, Men's Fitness etc ask for the cover editor or the models editor. You will most likely get an assistant or intern but just ask what agenciesthey use. Basic info is easier to get than you may think.



    Companies like that are usually not allowed to give out information on what agencies they use.

    The lady who cuts my hair begged me to call American Crew to see if they'd use me, so I did, and they told me they were not allowed to give out that information.

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    You would have to contact the ad-agency for American Crew. The receptionist at American Crew is not going to be in a position to answer. It is traditionally a way for ad people to prevent being contacted by irate consumers. If anything you would be tossed over to the PR dept, given a verbal handjob and promptly forgotten about.

    Contacting the Editorial Dept at a mag and asking to be pointed in the right direction is not so random - especially at Men's Health. As long as you don't sound like a stalker looking to hunt models, it really shouldn't be a problem.

    Every Company will have it's own policy however.

    A google search on "Men's-Fitness-Model-Agency" should be reasonable place to start!
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    May 02, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Embrace your heigth! You're fine and you'll book things, if you have a nice face...
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    May 02, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    You need much more definition and muscularity for fitness modeling; and you need to live in an area where you can find work.
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    May 02, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    it takes alot of work, even more patience, and a phenomenal physique. I used to talk to a guy at my gym who had it all: looks, charm, and an unbelievable body. He was 5'8" and struggled to get the contracts for many different reasons. Every once in awhile I will google him to see how he's doing and it looks like he's just getting his career in full swing. Based on a youtube video, he's going to be on the cover of a major fitness magazine soon, so his work and positive attitude have paid off.
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    May 02, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    I've seen pics that show his face and he's very cute...that won't be a problem for him.
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    May 02, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    you dont need to be over 6 to be a fitness model
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    May 02, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    DCguy1999 saidI've seen pics that show his face and he's very cute...that won't be a problem for him.


    Well thanks man icon_smile.gif

    Seriously though, is there anybody out there who has any personal experience in this though? I appreciate all the advice and opinions, but pretty much all I have gotten out of this is "google it" :/
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    May 02, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    ^Dude, seriously, take the advice to google resources. There are plenty of photographers who maintain websites for guys just like you who are trying to break into the industry, but aren't yet to the point of being represented by a professional agent. But at the end of the day, it's going to require alot of hard work, follow up, patience, and thick skin. Don't look to a forum like this for your magic answer.

    Try modelmayhem.com. A friend has photos posted on there (by a professional photographer) and it might help get you some exposure. From some of the comments i've read there, it seems that agencies peruse that site. Google something like "photography fitness" for your specific city/area/region. I used to live in Sacramento, and there is a site there called NorCalBodz that is a great resource for amateurs. I'm sure there's got to be something similar in your area.

    Good luck
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    May 02, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said^Dude, seriously, take the advice to google resources. There are plenty of photographers who maintain websites for guys just like you who are trying to break into the industry, but aren't yet to the point of being represented by a professional agent. But at the end of the day, it's going to require alot of hard work, follow up, patience, and thick skin. Don't look to a forum like this for your magic answer.

    Try modelmayhem.com. A friend has photos posted on there (by a professional photographer) and it might help get you some exposure. From some of the comments i've read there, it seems that agencies peruse that site. Google something like "photography fitness" for your specific city/area/region. I used to live in Sacramento, and there is a site there called NorCalBodz that is a great resource for amateurs. I'm sure there's got to be something similar in your area.

    Good luck


    Thanks man, I appreciate the tip icon_smile.gif
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    May 02, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    I agree with some of the above. I am a skinny 56yo 6'0" guy who will never be a fitness model or a fashion model or a porn star, but I do model for art classes all the time. Get paid for it, have your images hanging in people's homes and art galleries... plus you don't have to worry about showing your face because you will pretty much be unrecognizable in the finished product, unless it is photography.

    Check out www.ModelMayhem.com and www.BodyBuilding.com for more info.

    Don't forget though, Tom Cruise is short too... but he is a Scientologist. Ick.