Are you interested in a career in modelling? Have people been telling you that you’ve got what it takes? Maybe you have just been accepted to join a model agency and are not quite sure what to do now?
Having the opportunity to work as a model can be such a great way to be part of the fashion industry, to be creative, to travel, and to connect with interesting people. It really can be such a rewarding and exciting job!
It’s good to realise that becoming an in-demand and successful model is not something that happens by fluke. This article sheds light on how to be a successful model, in what can sometimes feel like a rather mysterious career path.
The idea of being randomly discovered by a model agency or fashion brand to be the next big thing in modelling is, in reality, usually just a fairy tale notion. For most people, the pathway to becoming a successful model requires tenacity, discipline, skill development and a really positive mindset. To get started you will need the confidence to approach agencies, an understanding of the industry, images that show your look and a great attitude.
Sometimes people think that modelling is really easy and not too difficult to master. Yet, the reality can be quite different from this. Knowing how to pose, walk, talk to camera and how to prepare for castings are all part of a model’s skill set that needs to be learned and developed. Building up experience in a safe and friendly environment is one of the key reasons why aspiring and seasoned models attend the Suzan Johnston Modelling Course. Our trainers are all experienced models who aim to help you to develop your modelling skills and become the best version of yourself.
When you become a model, you will have a booking agent. Agents work with you – your success is their success. Each time you are booked for a job, they also get paid. Like anything in life, if you are professional, reliable and friendly to deal with, your agent will remember that. No one likes to work with difficult people! It’s really paramount to find an agency that has the right ‘fit’ for you; the professional relationship should feel comfortable and supportive.
In essence, as a model your job is to advertise products and services and represent a brand. Using your eyes, face and body to convey a brand message or feel is a very powerful mode of advertising. The models’ job (along with the other creatives such as hair, make-up, photographers, directors, etc.) is to work to a creative brief and create that brand message or feel. Learning how to pose and use your face and eyes to create powerful dynamic images are skills that can be developed. At Suzan Johnston, we spend a great deal of time devoted to the art of posing and catwalk training within our Modelling Course.
Everyday modelling can include in-house fashion shows, fit modelling, catalogue work and television commercials – all of which can be really fun. There’s never a day that’s the same as the last in the modelling industry!
Professional models need to look and be the best possible versions of themselves. Even natural beauty requires a positive and active approach. Ample sleep, healthy nutrition, regular exercise and being active to increase your self-esteem and confidence are all essential aspects. Our Health and Wellness subject, as part of our Modelling Course, covers this topic and more in great detail. We offer practical suggestions and support to empower you on your modelling journey.
Every model will tell you that knockbacks are part of the game. You simply cannot take a knock-back personally. If you do, you’re in the wrong career! Did you know that Gisele Bündchen was knocked back 42 times and told she would never be on the cover of a magazine? She went on to become the highest-paid supermodel in the world. Knock-backs occur for a multitude of reasons. Clients will have a creative brief to work to when casting models. It’s not always the ‘prettiest’ that gets the job. In some cases, the client may be looking for a more ‘edgy’ look.
To be a successful model requires a sense of professionalism, an attitude of continuous self-development and skill development, and a healthy and confident approach to living. Modelling can be such a rewarding career that can provide diverse and exciting opportunities.
If you are keen to learn more, please get in touch! Suzan Johnston has been teaching the art of modelling for over 60 years. We are at the forefront of model training in Australia and we just love to help new and seasoned models to hone their craft.