Modeling Success: RESEARCH
By UdoR Fotografie in surrealities of udor (Files) ·
Whatever your body proportions (height & weight) are, or your "openness" to nudity, etc.: if you want to be successful, research the market/industry and see where you fit in and research the crap out of it!
Don't try to "change the industry" to your own specifications if you are starting out and have NO NAME... it will NOT work!
Find a segment that you fit the general criteria and get in contact with those "players" who are representing that industry and become the best you can be.
If you are under 5'8" in height and a size 6+, don't try to make Haute Couture your livelihood!
You may be able to do commercial gigs with ease and make a decent living with it, but if you pout and try to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week for a major designer while being 5'5" and 165lbs... I am sorry to say, no matter how cute your boyfriend or mom thinks you are... it ain't happening! (Unless you are a major celebrity!)
However, if you do your own research and find what industry is using your body specifications and let THEM know that you exist... your chances of making it there are much greater.
Yet, if you are not fitting any of the "mainstream" requirements, you may want to see what segment of the industry is hiring "your type".
One of the best resources on the internet regarding the real life modeling industry was written by the former owner of the largest and oldest commercial print agency in New York... it covers pretty much everything, check it out at http://www.newmodels.com
The former MM member aka TXPhotog aka Emeritus aka Roger Tulley, wrote a book based on that website: "A Professional's Guide to Modelling" and is available via Amazon etc.
I am not certain if those who read this post understand what I am trying to convey... but I just shot close to 10,000 images of high fashion models at Couture Fashion Week and Olympus Fashion Week's Spring 2007 Collection, and see the threads on Model Mayhem and other boards, written by those who don't "qualify" and hope that some understand my tips the right way and try to utilize what the creator gave them.
Lastly... modeling is a privilege and not a right... bear that in mind!