What does it take to become a model?

  • gjoseph

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    Dec 20, 2008 1:15 AM GMT
    Hey guys I've been contemplating of becoming a model specifically underwear...I absolutely love strutting around in my undies lol the only problem is my height I'm so short when it comes for your average model I'm only 5"5.
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    Dec 20, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    I've been watching those Top Model shows. The most important thing is that you can complain about how difficult it is to wear clothes and walk. Keep practising your complaining, and you're golden!
  • gjoseph

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    Dec 20, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    Thank You so much Terra22 you're very helpful =)

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    Dec 20, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    Just remember there are different types of models, not just underwear and supermodels. Find something that will work for you.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 20, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    I might add a couple of things to what Terra and the others have said......

    I think it would be very important to approach it as professionally as possible, even as a rookie. We all get rejected. I would do your homework before you do anything. Check out several agencies, ask questions and
    get input on the best approach to marketing yourself. You say you like underwear. I would say do what makes you the most confident and proceed.

    While modeling was never my focus, I had several interesting experiences while in college and law school. After being elected the football homecoming King in college, I was ask to participate in several local marketing efforts. I really enjoyed it.
  • gjoseph

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    Dec 20, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    Yes, I totally understand the array of specialties the modeling industry has. I was thinking of hand modeling lol but once I get out of school and into college I'm going to look into creating a portfolio and see what comes up. I definitely do not want to do pornography though (Sean Cody, Corbinfisher, etc.) no offense if anyone here has done porn!

    Just not my cup of tea.....
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    Dec 20, 2008 4:03 AM GMT
    I also have modeled for a couple of years now. I started doing open calls and booked a few hairshows (which are extremely fun!) and then moved on to printwork for hair salons and then some photography studios. I've done some runway work as well, it's my favorite out of all the venues of modeling. I'm moving to New York City next year for college so I hope to broaden my horizons there.

    I started by going to several different photographers and ended up doing some trade-offs in which the photographers photograph you for free in exchange for experience. Which is a really good deal considering I paid a lot intially for my beginning shots. I ended up doing these 'trade-offs' about 5 or 6 times and now my portfolio is filled. I have shots in water, haute couture, gothic-inspired, underwater, sports action running/spiking a volleyball, headshots and a lot more. It shows veratility which is what agencies and clients are looking for.

    I wish you the best of luck and who knows, maybe we'll see eachother on the catwalk in fashion week sometime icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    For underwear modeling you'll be fine if you have a nice body. Even if youre not tall they most of the time take a picture showing just your upperbody and half of your legs.

    The best part is that underwear modeling pays a lot more. I've modeled underwear twice just for fun cause I needed some money, all it took me was to get some pictures of my upper body and legs wearing speedos or briefs and then go to the internet, find some applications and send my files.

    There's a problem with underwear modeling though, please ask them to give you all details about the process you'll go through in the photo shoot if they decide to hire you. This is really important cause the photographers and designers might ask you some specific things that probably you wont care about it but probably you will and then it'll be a problem. For instance they might ask you to use a cock ring the day of the photo shoot to make your package look even bigger and hold it firmly. I remember some guys didn't like that at all.

    Also the underwear will determine how much they'll pay to you, briefs, speedos, hip briefs might not pay as much as jock straps and thongs. But even if you go for one of the last 2, they pay you good money for just showing your body but they might pay you twice that money if you are willing to show your face as well. Also modeling some specific lines will pay more, such us see through fabric.

    Go for it, decide what you'll feel comfortable modeling and just go for it. I think you'll do great.
  • gjoseph

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    Dec 20, 2008 4:45 AM GMT
    Thanks you guys...I've always wanted to strut down the runway but since height is a factor I'm cool with photo-shoots. I'd love to model and then eventually attend Law School lol =)
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:13 AM GMT
    5'5 and modelling?

    You'd have a better chance as a fitness model if you were willing to pack on some mass, but even then, there's very little work in that area unless you're really good, and even then, not much work. Fitness modeling is about the only way you'd land yourself in an underwear magazine.

    The only way you can really model is if you're "What we're looking for", which is the very root of the industry's shallow nature.

    I'd recommend starting off with some reasonable career goals for yourself because modeling is clearly not a good option.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:25 AM GMT
    Here's a test for you. Post your pictures and profile on hotornot.com and facethejury.com. Watch the results. If you score below an eight, perhaps you should consider another pursuit. Nothing like some brutal honesty to help a guy realize his callings. (E.g., I'm never gonna' play in the NBA.)

    Understand the world of modeling is beyond shallow. It's manipulative, fussy, and just really weird. To get a really good gig, be prepared, as well, to be putting your ankles around someone's neck. It's often a prerequisite of the occupation.

    Many men delude themselves with regard to their looks. Going through the rating process can be a brutally honest reality check. I suggest you put yourself through the paces to see how you fair, and make, at a minimum, an informed decision.

    Perhaps you need to ponder whether you can compete with this:
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    You need to be realistic about how much of an audience there is for someone 5'5" and 135 pounds, and how you can compete in a meat market. You need to be prepared for rejection in a very tough arena. You may wish to reconsider.

    For the sake of discussion...here's my hotornot.com rating.

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    Dec 20, 2008 5:28 AM GMT
    chuckystud3 saidUnderstand the world of modeling is beyond shallow. It's manipulative, fussy, and just really weird. To get a really good gig, be prepared, as well, to be putting your ankles around someone's neck. It's often a prerequisite of the occupation.


    Porn's always an option icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    terra22 saidI've modelled for 8 years, and it's extremely hard work. It's not just fame and fortune. But I mean you already know that. It's an extremely shallow industry. But i'm sure you knew that too.

    Being a male, 5'5" won't get you anywhere near the runway. A female needs to be 5' 7" to get there. A male needs to be 6', or MAYBE 5'11" for it.


    That means your left with print/commercial work. Which is fun, but you need to be very VERY all-around very good looking. The body doesn't count as much as the face, despite what most people think. You can have no muscle but if you have an amazingly cute face/structured face, you'll get SOME work.

    If your asking us about your looks, it's subjective. A client/photographer might hate your look but another might love it. We're all acquired tastes in the modelling industry somebody once told me. But I definitely know you can't do runway.

    Now, what does it take? Well first off, you need to get out there and get photos taken. It's a lot of money to get started, but if you're that committed then go find photographers who want to photograph you for free. It's called TFCD.Time For CD. So they can fix up the photos you take and then send them to you, but also keep them for themselves for free. Or they might just charge you. It depends. This part isn't that hard. It's just very financial.

    You're going to want a variety of photographs to put in your portfolio. Agencies will check and see if you are versatile enough to work for them. This means headshots, themes, body shots, commercial, head and body, high-fashion and anything else. If you can't get all these, it's ok. But the more you get, the better chance you have at getting into an agency/booked for a job.

    THEN you want to find an agency that has a lot of clients to your liking. Go to them at an open call, show them your portfolio. If they don't like you (which is completely normal for first-timers) they'll say you're just not right for them. If they do like you, congratulations! The hard work is done. Now you just have to wait until a client contacts you through the agency. That can take a very long time. It depends what client likes you (like I said)

    WHEW!! Ok! I hope all this information helps you! It's very hard work but it's also fun. You meet a lot of cool people and you feel a damn great rush.


    Think i might fit any of that criteria? I've always thought of going into that but i wouldn't know how to actually go about it. Is good hair a plus? i always get compliments on it. of course i cut it shorter recently at a whim but my hair seems to grow pretty fast and it still looks nice.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    terra22 said
    flex89 said
    chuckystud3 saidUnderstand the world of modeling is beyond shallow. It's manipulative, fussy, and just really weird. To get a really good gig, be prepared, as well, to be putting your ankles around someone's neck. It's often a prerequisite of the occupation.


    Porn's always an option icon_biggrin.gif


    That's the quitters way to model! lol.

    Anybody can do porn in my eyes. No matter what you look like. Just the matter of fame and pay is what's at stake there.


    And perfect examples of that are sites like "felched.com" and "barebacked.com" which feature twinks who thought they were getting a chance to fly down the runway.

    (If you look closely, you can see none of them are really having a good time LOL)
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    chuckystud3 said

    For the sake of discussion...here's my hotornot.com rating.

    hotornot_rating.jpg


    DAMN you used to be TINY!! LOL
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    Oh, stop it (limp wrist).
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    You very berry berry bad, flex89. ROFL
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    I've wanted to model too.. Maybe i'll make a go of it in the new year. 6'0 aswell, just need to work on the body.. and trust me, Christmas is not helping.

    I'm sure if you're just looking for photo work you'll be ok.. but runway might be a problem.

    Good luck man!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    Quite simply, get discovered!!! And BUST YOUR ASS!!!!
  • trl_

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    Oct 29, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    terra22 saidI've modelled for 8 years, and it's extremely hard work. It's not just fame and fortune. But I mean you already know that. It's an extremely shallow industry. But i'm sure you knew that too.

    Being a male, 5'5" won't get you anywhere near the runway. A female needs to be 5' 7" to get there. A male needs to be 6', or MAYBE 5'11" for it.


    That means your left with print/commercial work. Which is fun, but you need to be very VERY all-around very good looking. The body doesn't count as much as the face, despite what most people think. You can have no muscle but if you have an amazingly cute face/structured face, you'll get SOME work.

    If your asking us about your looks, it's subjective. A client/photographer might hate your look but another might love it. We're all acquired tastes in the modelling industry somebody once told me. But I definitely know you can't do runway.

    Now, what does it take? Well first off, you need to get out there and get photos taken. It's a lot of money to get started, but if you're that committed then go find photographers who want to photograph you for free. It's called TFCD.Time For CD. So they can fix up the photos you take and then send them to you, but also keep them for themselves for free. Or they might just charge you. It depends. This part isn't that hard. It's just very financial.

    You're going to want a variety of photographs to put in your portfolio. Agencies will check and see if you are versatile enough to work for them. This means headshots, themes, body shots, commercial, head and body, high-fashion and anything else. If you can't get all these, it's ok. But the more you get, the better chance you have at getting into an agency/booked for a job.

    THEN you want to find an agency that has a lot of clients to your liking. Go to them at an open call, show them your portfolio. If they don't like you (which is completely normal for first-timers) they'll say you're just not right for them. If they do like you, congratulations! The hard work is done. Now you just have to wait until a client contacts you through the agency. That can take a very long time. It depends what client likes you (like I said)

    WHEW!! Ok! I hope all this information helps you! It's very hard work but it's also fun. You meet a lot of cool people and you feel a damn great rush.


    Three cheers for this post! I was going to mention the height thing, but he took care of it icon_smile.gif I was told I should consider high fashion since I'm skin and bones which I was told is the "in" look for men right now on the runway. I'm getting my polaroids taken to be sent in. The only thing I'm worried about though is the fact that I'm 5'11" which is just pushing it. : /
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    Oct 29, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Go some place like new york. "Fashion Capital of the world"
  • JP85257

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    Oct 29, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    Its always fun to know things about people.
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    Oct 29, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    This thread is almost 1 year old.........
  • JP85257

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    Oct 29, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    charlitos saidThis thread is almost 1 year old.........

    I noticed that, but I still stand by my statement. ;)