Modeling

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    Jun 16, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    So a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    After laughing at each one of them repeatedly, I got to wondering... How do you even get started in a business like that? Seems like you would have to have money in order to start.
    I'm telling you what, with the way this economy is going, I'm always lookin for work, even if it is as far fetched as modeling.
    Anybody got some ideas on how to get into this business or have any experience? Do tell...
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    Jun 17, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    Allathlete saidSo a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    Brutal honesty, you'll never make it with that as a reason for getting into it. You will be laughed at by the ones who can help you the most.

    If you really want to make it a career or 2nd income, you must approach it from a business standpoint. You need to know what genre you want to work in, and you need to know the requirements of that genre for your location. The only way to do that for sure is to contact local agencies. If you want an alternative genre that does not use agencies, be ready to network your ass off to get work...and be damn good at posing and facial/body expressions.

    Otherwise you'll just end up with a few nice pictures from photographers who'll work TF* with you just because you're hot.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
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    Allathlete saidSo a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    Brutal honesty, you'll never make it with that as a reason for getting into it. You will be laughed at by the ones who can help you the most.

    If you really want to make it a career or 2nd income, you must approach it from a business standpoint. You need to know what genre you want to work in, and you need to know the requirements of that genre for your location. The only way to do that for sure is to contact local agencies. If you want an alternative genre that does not use agencies, be ready to network your ass off to get work...and be damn good at posing and facial/body expressions.

    Otherwise you'll just end up with a few nice pictures from photographers who'll work TF* with you just because you're hot.



    uhmmmm whaaat wasnt brad pitt discovered in a chicken costume selling popeye's somwhere?

    OP, sleep with as many photographers as possible theyre all gay despite the wife thing. theyll put you on Next or something
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    Allathlete saidSo a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    After laughing at each one of them repeatedly, I got to wondering... How do you even get started in a business like that? Seems like you would have to have money in order to start.
    I'm telling you what, with the way this economy is going, I'm always lookin for work, even if it is as far fetched as modeling.
    Anybody got some ideas on how to get into this business or have any experience? Do tell...





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    Jun 17, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    Hillie said
    Allathlete saidSo a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    After laughing at each one of them repeatedly, I got to wondering... How do you even get started in a business like that? Seems like you would have to have money in order to start.
    I'm telling you what, with the way this economy is going, I'm always lookin for work, even if it is as far fetched as modeling.
    Anybody got some ideas on how to get into this business or have any experience? Do tell...





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    Don't use a pimp they take 80% of your hard earned mula
    And don't go for the broke ass fuckers in the Sunbirds. Go for the "generous" guys in the Bentleys and Mercedes, and preferably the ones with private jets and yachts. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Allathlete saidSo a couple of my friends have come up to me over the years and said that I could be a model.
    Brutal honesty, you'll never make it with that as a reason for getting into it. You will be laughed at by the ones who can help you the most.

    If you really want to make it a career or 2nd income, you must approach it from a business standpoint. You need to know what genre you want to work in, and you need to know the requirements of that genre for your location. The only way to do that for sure is to contact local agencies. If you want an alternative genre that does not use agencies, be ready to network your ass off to get work...and be damn good at posing and facial/body expressions.

    Otherwise you'll just end up with a few nice pictures from photographers who'll work TF* with you just because you're hot.


    Everything he just said is true.

    All I've got is good pictures, but I'm not steady enough in my personal life to network as much as possible.
  • NyRuinz

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    I think you have potential, but I would recommend you work on your body, because a fit body is essential for a male model (a working one). If interested in doing fashion contact some good fashion photographers and see if they are willing to do some free test shoots with you. Then send your photos to some real agencies in New York (ex. Q, Request, Major, New York etc.) and see if they respond back

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    Jun 17, 2010 6:29 AM GMT
    This topic was more for others to share their experiences rather than to question my potential. But by all means, humor me.
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    Jun 17, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    You've got a nice look--I've worked ad-hoc for several major brands and distributors, mostly action sports retailers (zumiez, utility board shop, ninestar, etc.)...the best (and pretty much only way) to get into the "biz"is to pair up with a Ivery good photographer.

    As far as rates, most professional photographers have over 20,000 worth of camera equipment, so your best bet is an art school...modelmayhem.com is somewhat helpful, but i don't use it.

    Here's some of my work (I'm red-green color blind so almost all of my stuff is in black and white) that's been run:

    The first three photos are all of the same model--a lot of times it really comes down to what your photographer and graphic editor can do for you.

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    1.)Hire a photographer to take some pictures of you. Make sure it's a photog that actually knows what he is doing. If he/she has a portfolio (whether it be online or in person) flip through it and see if the person is worth your time.

    2.) Make an account on model mayhem(it's a networking site) and up load your photos.

    3.) Since you are just starting out you'll be working for photos for awhile and probably won't get paid until you have a good portfolio which can take awhile.

    4.) Try to collab with Photographers,Makeup artist,Hairstylists,other Models,Wardrobe stylist and set up a TFP shoot (time for photo's which mean you'll be working for pics,not cash). Sometimes not everyone is willing to work for free (usually the more experienced people) but you get what you pay for. Once you are done with your project everyone goes home with thier photo(usually take time though before you get a photo).

    I highly recomend reading the forums on MM (model mayhem) to get a better understanding on things.





  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 17, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    I'm no expert, but I've come across -- yes, I have stories -- several models. They all seemed to get started by putting together a portfolio of different looks. Perhaps you could find a nearby photographer who is looking to increase his body of work and is willing to work with you for free.

    You might consider growing out your hair so that it can be styled in different ways. Longer hair can be made to look shorter; shorter hair can't be made to look longer.

    Once you've put together a portfolio, I would ask every person you know to ask every person they know whether anyone knows anyone who works at a modeling agency.

    You could also monitor whether Bravo is going to produce another season of "Make Me a Supermodel". Keep checking here:

    http://www.bravotv.com/Casting

    Good luck!
  • Timbales

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    Jun 17, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    My is a commercial photographer and used to have his own studio. There is a wide variety of work available for different types of models, ranging from runway to editorial to catalog work. To get your foot in the door at an agency, you should have some professional head shots. If you are on a budget, you can try to find a photographer that will do some work for trade, where you get the shots and they get to use your shots for their own portfolio.

    The other thing you may want to try to do is find a friend with a decent digital camera who would be willing to be you photographer as practice. You need to know how you look on camera, what angles work best, how to give the right expressions, how to hold your body, etc. Part of being a good model is how you take direction and knowing what you look like on camera.

    If you can get near a window on a bright sunny day and position a piece of white cardboard opposite the window to bounce light back, you might get some good shots.
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    Jun 22, 2010 10:05 AM GMT
    I dont know, I was offered a modeling job once, just like that, wasnt my thing, I'm too self-conscious
  • GQjock

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    Jun 22, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    You wanna try Modeling? Go 'Head
    I think you have potential
    Looking at the pictures you posted you have what the agencies are looking for
    That A&F fresh faced look
    Modeling in the beginning is all PR work
    Get yourself a map .... go to agency to agency
    They'll critique you ... and they'll be brutally honest
    Agencies are always looking for new faces so if they see something there they will point you in the right direction