Getting Started as a Model

Modelling can be a fantastically exciting and well-paid profession for the right person. It can provide the opportunity to express yourself creatively, to travel all over the world, and to be exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities.

In fashion modelling, girls should be at least 5ft 8ins tall (1.73cms) and more or less 34-24-34(86cm-61cm-86cm). A male model should be at least 6ft tall (1.83cms), chest 40 (suit regular), and inside leg 33ins (84cm). You should have clear skin, good hands, nails and teeth, healthy hair and regular features.

As importantly, models need to have the right attitude for this type of work: a model must be alert, intelligent, resourceful, reliable, good-natured and must also have a great deal of common sense and a good sense of humour!

If you are tempted to join an agency, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I really cut out for this?
  2. Who does the agency represent and how much work do they get?
  3. Who are the agency’s clients?
  4. Is the agent an AMA member?
  5. Is the agency asking for money upfront or are they confident enough to invest money in me?
  6. Do they have a proper office or are they just using a mobile phone number?
  7. Did the agency advertise and if so did they stipulate any special requirements?

Those who do fit the bill must then go on to learn the various skills models need to survive and thrive in a business with high running costs and high expectations.

But do take no for an answer! There are hundreds of so-called model agencies (see the Beware Rogues section for more on this) out there who make money by charging upfront fees (useless photographs, model courses, etc) rather than finding work for hopeful would-be models.

Believe us, if you fit these critieria and are capable of making a decent living as a model, good model agents will be beating a path to your door. They certainly won’t turn you away. Why would they?