5 essential modeling must haves
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Models need to have an understanding of the business to which they are integral. They need to have a clear appreciation of the reason for the shoot and the company for which they are working. Having this information will help you to prepare and to provide the best possible service. However there are eight other essentials that will make you stand out above the rest.
Many modeling assignments require a model of a specific size, height or ability. It may be tempting to exaggerate the truth to gain as much work as possible, but doing so is most likely to lead to the opposite result. If your measurements or experience are requested prior to a casting at Bubblegum casting it is not so you can be negatively judged. It is so that the right model can be cast for the right job and everyone saves on time, money and disappointment.
2. Willingness to learn
Every model was new once; each had to face those first day nerves at some point. Nerves are expected, it is how you deal with them that will set you apart from the crowd. Turn up to shoots in good time and spend this additional time talking to people involved in the shoot. It is also a good idea to talk to other models and learn from their experience. The more experienced models will have tricks of the trade that will help you to become more confident in front of the camera and therefore get more work.
3. A try anything once attitude
Modeling isn't just about standing in front of camera in a quiet warm studio. Shoots happen in all types of places and all types of weathers. You could find yourself floating in a swimming pool one day and sitting in a tree the next. Refusing to at least attempt a shot is not likely to lead to much further work. However, do keep your safety in mind and if you are asked to swing from a tree by your knees make sure it has been well thought though first.
4. An emergency kit
As modeling shots can take place anywhere it is always a good idea to go prepared. It is particularly a good idea if your modeling brief was lacking in details about location or expectations. A few of the things you might want to keep in your emergency kit include:
• Change of shoes
• Black / nude underwear and spare stockings
• Cleansing wipes
• Safety pins
• Drink and snacks (don't forget the straw for the drink)
• Make-up repair kit and hairspray
• Accessories relevant to the shoot
5. A sense of fun
Modeling is of course a serious business, but that does not mean that you cannot enjoy your work. If you are supposed be enjoying yourself in a finished photo, it helps if you are actually having fun. The key to enjoying a modeling assignment is to relax, listen to the photographer and put your heart into the shoot.
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