When you’re starting out, have portraits taken for your portfolio, including professional headshots, a body shot, and profile shots. Make sure you keep track of your measurements and clothing sizes to provide agencies with updated information. When you’ve had some professional photos taken, make appointments to discuss signing with a professional agency that will help you find work as a model.
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Be healthy inside. Eat and drink healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Having a healthy body will help you look your best.
Fitness is important. Consider working with a trainer who works specifically with models. Tell him about your modeling goals and how you want to look, and ask for a tailored exercise regimen that will support those goals.
Eat right. Contrary to what some people tell you, you should eat healthy foods, as well as healthy amounts of food. Veggies, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins should make up the basics of your diet. Sugars, starches, empty carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats should be avoided as much as possible.
Be sure to drink a lot of water. Avoid sodas (even diet sodas) and minimize your alcohol intake.
Maintain your appearance. Take care to make yourself look healthy and well-groomed. What you wear and how you carry yourself are important as well, but you should have a routine that supports the health of your skin and hair.
Focus on keeping your skin clear and glowing. Wash your face in the morning and at night, exfoliate once a week, and remember to wash your makeup off before you go to sleep.
Keep your hair shiny and healthy. Some agencies and managers prefer the “natural greasy look,” so it may be okay if you prefer to minimally shower.
Do not be shy. You will have to promote yourself and look for opportunities to step up and prove your abilities. Standing back and being “polite” will not get you where you are going. Be yourself, let your personality shine, and have a confident attitude. If you don’t feel confident, fake it; modeling often requires acting skill as well!