“My modeling dream is gone. I am short, have a petite figure and not attractive enough. No modeling agency will sign me.” Or is it?
There are numerous models out there that are considered too short by agency standards but still managed to have a career doing freelance modeling, part-time or pursuing other categories of modeling, like commercial and advertising modeling. If you are willing to put in the effort and make some alterations to yourself, you never know what will happen.
Want to appear on the big screen, but you are constantly demoralized by the ever extravagant Victoria’s Secret models or the charismatic Abercrombie and Fitch hunks? Do not fret because here are some tips on how to become a commercial or fashion model.
- Get out of your couch
The deafening shrieks and cheers when professional models amble down the runway creates a magnificent atmosphere and you want to be part of that modeling team, instead of watching behind the television screen. Those defined and rock solid abs, those slim legs and figures and those confident movements are just so eye-catching, and there you are, hugging your pillow, sitting on the couch and both feet on a stool.
If you want to join the world of modeling, get your body fit, get your figure ready, and get your attitude right. You cannot change the fact that you are born short; you cannot change the features of your face unless you go under the knife, which charge exorbitant fees, but you can change your body figure, your attitude and physical expression. Get motivated, hit the gym, tone up and slim down, watch clips on how to have a better figure, practice your physical expression and a good body posture.
- Find out how to look better in photos
You are almost always amazed and astounded by how professional models look in a photo-shoot, be it their gaze, their style or their pose, and there you are, trying your luck in front of the mirror as you twist and turn, and then finishing everything off with an awkward chuckle. Come on, Rome was not built in one day. You have to practice, practice and practice. There is a Chinese proverb that translates to “Three minutes on stage takes ten years of hard work.” Of course there is a slight exaggeration here, but you know what it means.
Do not hesitate to take a few snapshots of yourself and see how your expressions are portrayed in the photos. Practice different expressions, project different emotions by changing the gaze of your eyes and find out which angle suits you best. Only you can change yourself. Also, practice different poses that can bring out the best in you, experiment with different sets and combinations of your clothes, create your own style, be unique and do not forget to ask around for opinion because those feedbacks are critical as to how you are perceived by others based on your style.
- Follow the footsteps of those who succeed despite being short
Who says that you cannot be a model if you are short? Forget about Kendall Jenner, forget about Brad Kroenig, look at Devon Aoki, and look at Kate Moss. There are actually people that despite having a small frame, yet make it successful in this market. So let these people be your motivation, never give up on yourself, work hard, set a right mind, and really, you never know what will happen.
- Expose yourself to potential agencies
Once you are prepared by following tips number one to three, it is time to present yourself. Get the pictures ready, get the emails ready, and off you go. Send the pictures of yourself to the agencies; do not feel dejected if you got rejected, send to many different agencies and wait patiently. Meanwhile, head out to the town areas, places full of youths and people because that is where top agencies will scout for suitors to be part of their projects. One day, it could be you.
At the end of the day, it is not about how you think others will perceive you, it is about how you portray and perceive yourself, if you do not work hard and constantly improve yourself, you will definitely be stuck in a vicious cycle, whereby all the negative energy surrounds. Of course, the tips above are definitely not THE way to become a model, but at least positioning you at the right path so that the gap between you and becoming a model can be bridged.