So your teenager tells you he or she wants to be a model. Not just any model, mind you. He or she wants to be the next big supermodel. The next Kate Upton. Assuming you approve of this career goal, are willing to reach out to modelling agencies and put in the extraordinary effort and huge block of time that breaking into the modelling world will entail, how do you go about it? Where do you start?
Like everyone who has ever been in the modeling business, you start at the beginning with a few basic facts and some serious reality checks. Some of these points may not be easy for a teenager to accept, but as parents we need to help our children face the realities of the world, even the realities that they may not like. Here’s the basic steps
that could help your child land their first modelling job, the one that could make or break their modelling aspirations.
1. Create a Plan B
The first rule is there must be a Plan B. If modelling is the dream, then go for it! But if it doesn’t work out, your child needs to have a backup plan ready. Be sure he or she stays in school and studies to get the grades. Not only will completing high school and college put your child in a better position to succeed in an alternate career, it will show potential modelling employers that your child will complete what he or she starts. No one wants to hire a model that quits when the work gets hard.
2. Practise, Practise, Practise
Work with your teen to practice modelling, from posing to runway walking. If he or she is uncomfortable letting you watch them model, then they may not be the best candidate for a modelling career. Study the work of other models and help your teen develop his or her own style. Enroll your teen in local modelling classes if you’re living in a large city. The more practice your teen has, the more naturally he or she will look in front of a camera.
3. Build that Portfolio
Take a selection of clear, well-lit photos that are close up and full length. Don’t worry about getting professional photos, as looks do change.
4. Prepare for Open Calls and modelling Contests
Open calls are the times when modelling agencies allow new models to come in and present their portfolios. When your teen goes to an open call or modelling contest, he or she must always be polite and professional. Your teen must dress for success when meeting with a possible employer. Designers and photographers want to see modern, flattering clothing so they know your teen keeps up with current fashion trends.
5. Be Ready for Rejection
Make sure your teen knows that rejection isn’t personal. Those who have succeeded in modelling have heard plenty of no’s in their careers, even Kate Upton. Be persistent and don’t give up.