We live at the time of social media, easily accessible exposure, and instant insights to other people’s lives. I believe this is one of the reasons why probably every other adolescent girl dreams of becoming a model more than ever. As a model, myself, I can’t say I have anything against this, but I feel there are things young girls should be aware of.
Firstly, I wish to express the beauty of this job. The experience a model gets through modeling, constant traveling, meeting and working with new people all the time is immeasurable. Imagine having your office some place new every week… from beaches of exotic islands to being surrounded by beautiful mountains covered in snow… exciting, right? But there’s something else you should know.
The most important thing, I cannot stress enough, is that modeling is a real job. It’s not a hobby, it’s not something you do for fun or only if you feel like it. It’s a REAL JOB. You get paid from clients, through an agency, you have to be on time (usually very early) you make sure to do the job in the best possible way, whether you like it or not. It’s not just a fun afternoon after which you will walk out of that studio wearing amazing hair and make up, looking all dolled up, ready to hit the town. The money you make working as a model you definitely earn. There are many examples of girls that are not really models and can’t make their living from modeling being confused with real professional full-time models. If you are serious about modeling, you should consider that there’s more to it than merely posting a cute picture of yourself on Instagram.
Another thing that is a lot more important than it seems, is that sometimes the product (in most cases the clothes which is the client’s product) could be something you would never wear, or it could be just something you hate. You will be wearing your hair the way client or/and hair dresser wants it, no matter how you feel about it. Sometimes it could be beautiful, but also sometimes it could make it really hard for you to bring your best. There’s a lot to do with skill and energy to go around these obstacles, but it takes time to get there.
Same goes for the makeup: could be great and could be everything but great. As a professional model you can’t really say something about it since you are a MODEL and your job is to MODEL and make the things your advertising and also the look they chosen for you amazing, even though they necessarily won’t be amazing or you won’t find them amazing. So imagine just walking in to a shoot, having a tough luck with makeup, hair and clothes, standing in front of the camera, feeling really bad, where you are expected from everyone to make all of it look fantastic… doesn’t sound like fun, right?
I remember once talking to a girl who’s been modeling for a long time telling me that when she hates her makeup, she does not look at herself in the mirror and pretends that she has the makeup she loves. We are all human beings and nobody’s perfect…Maybe you don’t like your smile, but the shooting you are booked to do is actually making all day smiling pictures. You are expected to do it like a professional. You might not even like the picture but, since that is your job, that picture will be published for other people to see it. You have to be ok with it.
These are just examples of various situations and small things that can make you feel uncomfortable. Small frustrations that can’t show on your face or in the photo. I have talked to a lot of girls that are models and the thing is that usually those girls, even though they are beautiful, are much more aware of their flaws then other women since they are confronted to it on daily bases, oppose to women who might never see themselves in looks they don’t find flattering to them, since they don’t have to.
Another important thing is, of course, weight. Some girls are blessed with lean figures and can eat and do whatever they like and still maintain the same look, and some are not. If that’s the case, there will be a lot of giving up and dieting which after many years can become very frustrating. As a model you are always out there, standing in front of everyone to see you at your best or sometimes at your worst. Models take a lot of criticism and it’s just the way it is, since they are always in front of the camera they are much more exposed to the criticism then any other professional working on that shoot behind the camera.
So, there you have it… something about modeling you might haven’t heard before… it comes pretty handy to have these things in mind when deciding about pursuing career of a model. Good luck!