Petite Model Tips ‘How To Become a Model’ Invest in Yourself

By on December 27, 2012

A Few Simple Tips: How to Prepare and What To Do To Become a Model.

1. What’s your look?

Establish what your range of looks are.  Look at current fashion magazine advertisements and replicate what you see.  Don’t just take a glamour shot or pageant picture for a headshot.  You need what’s referred to as a “beauty shot”… nothing overdone, less is more.

Your full body shots should be comprised of the type of work you want to do and refer to current advertisements featuring women’s accessories, such as shoes, handbags, jewelry, cosmetic, skin care and hair care ads. Commercial print campaigns should be a strong focus in your book, such as everyday product advertisements (household products, automotive, health and fitness). Free to subscribe to Bella Petite

This advice is key to obtaining work in magazine editorials, retailer advertisements and obtaining an agent. The decision makers need to see you’re doing what they’re clients want.

Also, parts modeling is an option, but is limited, not much money in it and the majority of the time unfortunately most of those jobs go to the taller models, because they are agency represented.

2. Locate Professional Photographers:

Call your local model and talent agencies to obtain a listing of professional photographers, however, it will cost to shoot with them. Free sources can be photography magazines and local modeling schools to find amateur photographers willing to shoot for free and begin building your book.

Online you may try model portfolio hosting and entertainment websites like OneModelPlace or ModelMayhem to find photographers that may shoot you for (TFP) time for print. If you are participating in the Bella Petite Model search let the photographer know that his work will be published and that he will receive proper photo credit. Photographers want tear sheets for their book. Most importantly, you need to learn how to pose in front of the camera and build a solid book. Free to subscribe to Bella Petite

3. Composite Card:

This card is your business card to find work and agency representation.  Generally it should have a great headshot on the front and three different full body looks on the backside, with a listing of your information, including: name, age, height, weight, eye color, hair, body measurements, contact number or email optional. There are plenty of cheap sources on the internet for printing purposes.

4. Regional Work:

Find out what local work is available in your area. Submit to your local city magazine, as well as lifestyle, fitness and health related magazines for their editorial campaigns to earn tearsheets.

Also, submit to local model and talent agencies if they allow women 5’5″ and under (98% do not). Don’t submit to an agency outside of your state.  Generally agents only work with local talent.

Most magazines look for local talent, unless you’re willing to pay your travel and extraneous expenses. Keep in mind that in the modeling industry per diem and all expenses are normally only paid to the “supermodels.”  

5. The Internet:

Use it to find local agencies, local tradeshows, events and photographers.   The internet is a useful research and resource tool and it offers innovative ways to find real work. You will want to be listed on Bella Petite in our petite model profiles. You many also want to be listed on check them out, they seem to have decent resources and do charge a small fee. Take note that portfolio hosting websites like OneModelPlace and ModelMayhem their disclaimer says “for entertainment purposes.” You should be skeptical of answering classified internet and newspaper ads, normally they are scams and most of the times they are predators, so always meet in a highly public place bring a friend with you.

6.  Avoiding SCAMS:

Don’t ever pay for agency representation because it’s a “photo mill” scam.   A modeling school is not necessary to be a working model.  Modeling schools don’t find you agents or get you work. They are useful to learn proper etiquette, charm and styling you. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as an online model and talent agency. Individuals may not represent talent across state lines and countries.

You’ve just learned the basic steps of how to get into the business give it a go!  Take the first step here and enter the Bella Petite Model search.


You should always have a back up plan in case a career in modeling doesn’t work out for you.  The odds are against you, and, as we know, there are only a handful of highly paid models.  Expand your horizons and know what work is available for a petite model.  

Bella Petite is here to elevate the petite model and provide opportunities not historically available.

Approach this career with caution and reasonable expectations, because you can make some money as a “petite model,” but it’s rarely a lasting career.

Go to school and learn a trade and or earn a degree in something you are interested in as fall back.

After all, life is about a lot more than just your looks! Written By Ann Lauren  Free to subscribe to Bella Petite

This is the final installment of a three part series: Click here for Part One or Part Two


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