Modeling is an intensely competitive industry to break into, and introducing yourself to a modeling agency can be complicated and intimidating. Getting your first interview will be challenging, as you need to find creative ways to make yourself stand out while still staying authentic. Once you have an interview, you will have a limited amount of time to show the agency representatives that you are worth the investment of their time and money.
Here are three tips for introducing yourself to modeling agencies.
1. Choose classic styles
When going into modeling, you may be tempted to present yourself in the latest trends, style-wise. The problem with that approach is that trends change so rapidly, so you will find yourself continuously updating your portfolio. Additionally, you want to present yourself as a blank slate, so that potential clients can envision you in their designs, as opposed to the designs of another designer. The best approach is to create a portfolio utilizing primarily classic styles that may change slightly, but are otherwise timeless. For example, wearing a sheath dress creates a classic look and allows you to dress it up or down depending on the shoes and accessories you choose to go with it. A sheath dress is such a staple that you can create multiple diverse looks wearing the same dress. Don’t be afraid to use bold colors.
A pencil skirt is another classic style that can be dressed up or down with shoes and accessories. A pencil skirt can also create a dramatically different look depending on the top or blouse you wear with it. White House Black Market is a women’s clothing boutique that carries a vast array of classic styles and elements for your wardrobe. Basic colors paired with bright or dramatic jewelry and classic makeup will allow you to create a great impression while also allowing others to envision you in a variety of different campaigns.
2. Be prepared with a professional presentation
When introducing yourself to a modeling agency, it is vital to present yourself professionally. While your unique look, beauty, and style are all essential elements, the agency wants to see that you are serious about your work, and you will treat each client seriously. One way to do that is to invest in professional photo books. The days of putting photos together in a three-ring binder with sheet protectors are over. Walking in with a professionally bound photo book portfolio will demonstrate your commitment and willingness to invest in your professional development.
Filling your portfolio with professional quality photos is also a vital element. While the growing popularity of selfie-style images may seem appealing, you want the modeling agency to know you are willing to invest time and money into working with professionals to present your best self. Utilizing professional photographers will also allow you to show versatility in the looks you can provide. All of the photographs should be carefully chosen to create a beautiful book that showcases you.
3. Intensify the confidence
Meeting with an agency representative for the first time can be nerve-wracking, but bashfulness, insecurity, or embarrassment are not endearing qualities to an agency. You need to set aside any self-doubt or fear before walking in the room and show nothing but confidence throughout the entire process. It is equally important to understand the line between confidence and arrogance. An agency is not going to want to invest in someone they believe will start drama, or be too high-maintenance. Focus on confidence and believing in yourself. Be authentic and assertive when answering questions, and know without a doubt that everything happens for a reason, so even if you don’t get signed by the first agency you visit, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a future in modeling.