Fitness Modeling

  • Puma84

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    Jan 16, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    Hi!

    I apologize if this is a repeat topic, but I didn't see it listed anywhere. I would like to possibly pursue fitness modeling, but all of the websites I have been able to find seemed to be geared more towards commercial or runway modeling. Is anyone on here currently a fashion model, and/or are there tips on how to get started in this field?

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 16, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Create a profile on Model Mayhem. That would probably be your best place to start networking.
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    Jan 16, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    Hire the best photographer you can afford and create your own modeling portfolio. That's the first step, and it's worth your investment. That being said, you will probably get some comments from guys on RJ who will tell you that you're short for modeling, etc. That's nonsense and don't listen to them. There are all kinds of modeling and, unless you're shooting for runway jobs (which typically require 6 feet and above), there are all kinds of modeling opportunities, e.g., print, commercial, catalog, etc. You should know that it's a very tough industry, however.
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    Jan 16, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    Model Mayhem is the bomb. It is an awesome place to get seen. Also, you will find photographers who want to have models work with them to build a portfolio. I love it!
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    I do some hand modeling on the side. Let me know if you need any tips...


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    Jan 17, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI do some hand modeling on the side. Let me know if you need any tips...


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    Is that Jennifer Lopez? I love her!!

    Have you worked with Jennifer Lopez?
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    Jan 17, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle said
    jmusmc85 saidI do some hand modeling on the side. Let me know if you need any tips...


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    Is that Jennifer Lopez? I love her!!

    Have you worked with Jennifer Lopez?


    Yes. We worked together in the "Taco Flavored Kisses" music video....
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    Jan 17, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Puma84 saidHi!

    I apologize if this is a repeat topic, but I didn't see it listed anywhere. I would like to possibly pursue fitness modeling, but all of the websites I have been able to find seemed to be geared more towards commercial or runway modeling. Is anyone on here currently a fashion model, and/or are there tips on how to get started in this field?

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you! icon_smile.gif


    Wait so you are seeking help w fashion modeling after all as opposed to fitness modeling? Just wanna get this straight before I open my mouth.
    Modeling world is very niche oriented so you really need to hone in on exactly what kind of modeling you want.

    First thing is first though you need to get the heck out of black meadows my friend.
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Aggieboy said Modeling world is very niche oriented so you really need to hone in on exactly what kind of modeling you want.


    Unless you're an established, celebrity-level model (the like what, 10 of those in the world?) agencies in today's economy hire new faces with whom they can do the most versatile work. If they can only do one thing with you they're most likely not to hire you (unless they see the potential for you becoming the absolute most marketable in that one area over other current working models).
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    http://www.silvermodels.com/

    It is in NYC. I just googled it in less than 5 minutes so I am sure if you do a little research you can find more modelling agency that fit you niche but you have to be in a big city like NYC or L.A if you want a career in modelling.

    Also, this is off topic but you if you are worried about moving to a big city without a job or anything, you may realize you are wasting time. Life is a book you gotta move on to the next page.
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 said
    Alpha_Muscle said
    jmusmc85 saidI do some hand modeling on the side. Let me know if you need any tips...


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    Is that Jennifer Lopez? I love her!!

    Have you worked with Jennifer Lopez?


    Yes. We worked together in the "Taco Flavored Kisses" music video....


    Taco flavoured kisses is my favourite song of hers!!!! Such a TUNE!!!

    #fulfill all your wishes with my taco flavoured kisses!!!#
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I dunno... I've been dating a guy off and on for the last few years... people just walk up to him on the street and ask him to model for their agency. He must be magnetic or something.
  • chaotic1

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    Jan 25, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I'd suggest asking an established model to tell you how they got started.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    chaotic1 saidI'd suggest asking an established model to tell you how they got started.


    Lol this is not rocket science. There are two ways to get into modeling..

    You get plucked out of obscurity by a model scout, photographer, designer, or agency...

    The other you submit your portfolio to agencies, designers, and attend go sees...
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    It's a tough biz to get into. A friend of mine has been trying for many years to really take off. He has an amazing body. an amazing face. A great attitude. But for years, he would only get a gig here or there, nothing special.

    It wasn't until this past year or two that he really took off. He's now been in numerous magazines, one of the more popular ones was a spread in Iron Man Magazine recently.

    The key is to surround yourself with the right people. Model Mayhem can help, but there are literally thousands of guys on there, and the likelihood of someone just picking you out of a crowd like that may be unlikely.

    To surround yourself with the right people, you should really get yourself into tip top shape and compete in local fitness competitions. There are many physique/fitness competitions for men, now, and even the IFBB has a whole division for it. Those local fitness competitions have scouts and such all the time, but success in those shows gets people's attention. Local competitions can lead to national competitions, which means more attention.

    Also, being an active person in the fitness industry is key. And I don't mean by just going to the gym. You need to be a presence, either as a trainer, nutritionist, or whatever. If you read the bios of most fitness models today, they are all (for the most part) very active in the industry. They may not have been before they got into shape, but once they were in shape, they began to make connections in the industry by being in the industry.

  • Puma84

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    Jan 25, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of your replies. I didn't see most of them until now, but apppreciate your feedback!

    I actually live just outside of Chicago, so I have no apprehension about living in a big city...and I am also not too worried about rejection. I have my "real" 9-5 job, but this was always just something that interested me. If nothing comes of it, that's ok - I would just kick myself later if I didn't give it a go!

    Within the past week or so, I actually found an agency within the city that I signed on with (they're on the up and up, don't worry - I took contract law in college, ha ha). Until my page is up on their website though, not sure if I should say anything. I will let you know if I gain any traction in the field - thanks again for all of your feedback! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 25, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Puma84 said
    Within the past week or so, I actually found an agency within the city that I signed on with (they're on the up and up, don't worry - I took contract law in college, ha ha).


    Just make sure you never give single dime to an agency. Any reputable agency ONLY makes money when you get work. If they ask you to even put in a single penny for promoting you, photography, sites costs, etc. that's an immediate sign it's a scam
  • Puma84

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    Jan 26, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Yes, I made sure that their only payment was based on my booking of work. I have heard many horror stories of people paying for "start up fees", which is not a game I want to play. icon_smile.gif