What Models Do & Becoming a Model

We have provided he information below to help you understand what models are expected to and how to become a model.


What Models Do

Models pose for artists, photographers, or customers in order to help advertise a variety ofproducts, including clothing, cosmetics, food, and appliances.

Duties

Models typically do the following:

  • Pose for workers taking photos or creating paintings or sculptures
  • Promote products in commercials
  • Display clothing, such as dresses, coats, underclothing, swimwear, and suits, for a variety of audiences and in various media.
  • Model accessories, such as handbags, shoes, and jewelry, and promotoe beauty products, including fragrances and cosmetics
  • Work closely with photographer, hairand clothing stylists, makeup artists, and clients to produce a desired look
  • Wear designers' clothing for runway fashion shows
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of their work
  • Travel to meet and interview with potential clients
  • Conduct research on the product being promoted - for example, the designer or type of fabric of a particular article of clothing

How to Become a Model

No formal education is required andtraining is limited.  Specific requirements depend on the client, but most models must be within certain ranges for height, weight, and clothing size to meet the needs of fashion designers, photographers, and advertisers.

Education

Some aspiring models attend modeling schools that provide training in posing, walking, applying makeup, and other basic tasks.  Attending such schools, however, does not necessarily lead to job opportunities.  Some models are discovered when agents scout for "fresh faces" at modeling schools, but most agencies have "open calls" and allow applicants to e-mail photos directly to the agency.  Models who are well liked are then invited to be interviewed and seen  by an agent. Some agencies sponsor modeling contests and searches.

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