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About Creating Models Out of Ordinary People

A lot of people start doubting or questioning themselves when a scouter approaches them whether modeling might actually work for them. We talk a little bit about the work of scouters and offer some tips on how to get scouted.

Scouting performance equates directly to the industry performance

Modeling is a diverse industry ranging from kid to senior talents. All different types of sizes, heights and looks are sought after. There isn’t a fixed requirement (other than fashion or supermodel ranges) that a potential model needs to fit in most cases. The lack of fixed standard means scouters have to go both by experience and instinct in most cases.

Tyra Banks, for example, was rejected by six agencies before she got her first job, and faced many challenges in her path. Imagine if a very beautiful person lacks the confidence and initial push; they might not even think about being a model. That is why scouters are ever so important! They identify a talent and give them encouragement to pursue a line of work they may not even have considered. How well the modeling industry performs is directly dependent on the way a scouter lures new talent.

Scouting is a tiring job and one that requires good knowledge of the industry

With great power, comes great responsibility appropriately applies to scouters. Clients and the overall industry expect the best candidate and many fresh faces all the time. Scouters need to be strongly knowledgeable in this field and sign the aspirant, who will perform up to expectations. They also have to be good at marketing their own agency well enough to convince models of their potential opportunities and growth. This process can be mean researching on key hot spots such as concerts, events, and central urban areas, fashion shows, where there will be higher chances of spotting good talents. They can literally be on their 2 feet all day in search of a star, with maximum uncertainty. Even thinking about it can make one tired; imagine the scouters who have to be at their best on a daily basis.

How to get scouted?

Thankfully these days we have good social media and online advantages. All you need to do is to apply to the agencies you like with the information on their website. You have the ability to do thorough research and choose the agency which suits you the best. However another thing you can do is to go down to fashion shows and festivals and gain exposure to various different kind of people influential in the fashion industry and you may even catch the eye of a scouter. You can also have an attractive profile on platforms such as Instagram. With the use of appropriate hashtags and getting a good number of followers and keeping loyal fans, you are bound to be noticed by modeling agencies.

Hope you attain a clearer picture on modeling after this, and next time a ‘scouter’ approaches you, you know what their importance is to modeling.

Tips To Be A Model

If you only have a gut feeling about becoming a model and you aren’t very sure, the question becomes, where do I start? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in thinking as such. Many of the best models in the world, even up to the ranks of popular Victoria’s Secret runway models, started with as much uncertainty as you. We reveal some of the important steps to take on how to start getting model job.

Find out what type of modeling fits you

Everyone has the potential to be a model, but not everyone can be a fashion model. You have to find out what modeling type your body sizes and dimensions will fit in best. If you are tall (above 165cm) you may be suited for fashion runways and editorials, but if you are short (below 160cm) commercial and print modeling will suit you better. There are ambiguous cases, such as model Kate Moss, where shorter models can become a good runway model. However, such cases are rarer and at least for a start, you will have to be realistic and recognize categories that your looks fit in suitably.

Choosing the agency that develops your style

Different agencies have different specializations. Some agencies accept and groom all types of models, some others stick to one. You now have to do your homework and make a list of agencies and the different types of model jobs they offer. Are you willing to try a variety of modeling job types or you want to focus on a specific area of modeling? Choose the agency appropriate to your ability and interests.

While checking your preferred agency, watch out for other important information that assures the agency is genuine and has a good reputation. Narrow down your options to a select the important few agencies that are best for you.

Applying into the agency

Any excellent agency will have frequent casting calls and readily book interview appointments for aspiring models. Search their social media and websites for information on upcoming casting calls and if you fit the female model requirements immediately apply for it. You can also apply through their website or call them directly and book an appointment. Calling is the most recommended way as you can clear your doubts easily and be more aware of what the agency expects from you.

Take a few Snapshots and a Proper resume

Some basic documents an agency expects at the start are your resume and a few basic snapshots of your face and body. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your photos; a few simple smartphone photos will see you through. The agency itself will be taking professional shots for your portfolio, and your photos are just for them to have a rough sense of how you look on camera. Your resume should show that you are more than a pretty face, who is committed and talented. This impresses the agency and improves your chances of getting accepted.

Now all you need is your patience to wait out for the agency to respond. If your looks satisfy the agency they won’t ignore your application and give you a response in a reasonable amount of time. Sometimes if they have too many models they might ask you to apply at a later date. Note down all their responses and keep following up with them.

Even top models like Tyra Banks had to face multiple rejections before their first chance. Be patient and opportunities will come your way. Principally, don’t let fear or being shy prevent you from trying. We wish you all the best in your modeling career.

Important Terms For All Every Model

Any aspiring model has a need or responsibility to know and be familiar with the day-to-day terms and Jargons of the industry.

Agency

This refers to the model agency you have signed up for. Modeling agencies are responsible for their model’s safety, overall job experience, payment and every other aspect of their job.

Bookers

They are also known as model managers and are the main point of contact for models and clients. Bookers have an important responsibility of acquiring clients, selecting the right models and rate of payment for each job. They also have to inform relevant models of job opportunities and every other relevant detail.

Casting Call

Casting calls are different from agency interviews, and specific to clients and the jobs you are applying for as a model. Agency interviews ask general questions and want to find out more about you as person and to see what type of modeling job would suit you best as a model. Casting call met out specific requirements requested by clients, such as specific age, ethnicity, gender that potential clients are expecting.

Client

Client refers to the person or organization that seeks a modeling agency to hire models for their specific project or job need. In general there are 2 categories, commercial and fashion clients. Commercial projects, such as television commercials or print advertisements need people of various types and most models are eligible for these jobs. Another is fashion, whereby clients are usually from editorials, runway modeling etcetera.

Comp card

Short for composite card is a business card for models that is given to clients as well. It contains headshots on the front, and body shots on the back of the card usually. It also contains a model’s vital statistics.

Close-up shot

Another term for headshot or portrait photo where the model’s neck and face are focused upon in the photo (can sometimes include shoulders). Facial features and emotional expressions thus take high importance in these shots.

Portfolio

Contains comp card, test shoots, other project photos and all the important details and information about a model. If a client is interested in a model, a portfolio of that model is presented to the client for their consideration.

Scouters

Sometimes known as a Scouting agent, is the person who is responsible for finding and attracting new and potential models into the agency. They go to city centers and other high profile events such as beach parties to seek for talent, and offer them opportunities to join the agency. Scouters are trained to be aware of the industry needs and are required to be professional in their engagement with the public.

Vital Statistics

These are important numbers that indicate what category of modeling you will belong to. This helps narrow down and place you in jobs that suit your body type. The 3 numbers that consist of your vital stats are the bust, waist and hip size.

With the above important terms, we hope that you will be able to use this knowledge effectively to communicate better as a model.

This Free Inspiration

Supposing you could make whatever you wanted, what would it be? This is one of the most challenging topics for a starting young sculptor. You’re not quite sure yet of your own abilities, what is important, what gives you energy. What creation will provide enough curiosity to keep you going for years to come? In what way will that contribute to your own improvement in the area of shape and composition?

My predominant subject is Being Human. The way people feel, interact, what they do to each other both in a positive and a negative way intrigues me and I have no doubt it always will. We may try to escape Greek tragedies and fierce emotions or look the other way. But they do exist in the same harsh and unpleasant way as centuries ago. When, in ancient times, Greek mythology was born with all its’ love, revenge, blood, cruelty, conspiracy and mystery. That is after all what mythology consists of.

I may well never stop studying shape and composition. It’s an experience I have with every portrait I make. Each portrait is new, each face is different from the one before. I always start with a shapeless chunk of clay that needs to be modelled into the exact shape and expression that will capture the other person’s soul. And I still find that hard repeatedly. Each time anew I have to seek, fight, swear, make mistakes and amend, let go and hold on.

Observing the patterns of nature is also a great way to acquire more insight into shape and composition. Just look at the world around you and detect an indefinite amount of forms, rhythms, arrangements, constructions and composition. Nature is diversified and abundant whereas people tend to construct nothing but boxes and squares. Look at the stem of a horsetail herb. It is round with ridges and as it goes up you can see sprigs, tiny leaves and small brown rims in a regular pattern. Stems come in all shapes, square, triangular, round, with five sides. It is possible for a tree trunk to grow spiralling upwards. Tree bark comes in a profusion of miscellaneous varieties. Cork-oak is simply amazing but even the more modest species will be able to astonish you. Just use your eyes!

Nature also surprises us with the most unpredictable colour combinations. Behold the beak and head of a pelican. You will detect yellow, red and blue in small blotches and stripes, quite remarkable. Observation of your surroundings simply provides you with a source of beauty at an arm’s reach. Obviously not all things are exquisite and fortunately you’re not required to commemorate it all. But do make a note of the extra special things. In your head, in a notebook or in your phone. You may never use it in your work, not straightaway at least. But it will contribute to the improvement of your own sense of beauty, your own awareness of composition, rhythm and skin. It will dig itself into your being and that is nice. A wonderful, never-ending tutor and all you have to do is open your eyes!