The model ego always craves attention. The disappointing thing about the ego is that cravings are never quite satisfied, the ego always needs more. How does that make you feel? If you are a model, it’s not likely that you feel much positivity in the course of your work. The reason is that being a model is based on vanity, which always breeds insecurity.
The simple fact is thousands of girls that look just like you want the same job. There’s more to getting a real job in the entertainment or modeling industry than good looks alone.
The best advice an aspiring model or actress will ever be told is to have a backup plan! Go to college, earn a degree, attend a trade school, take a workshop to help hone your skills and build your talent. Become more than just another pretty face, because there is always a better looking and a more qualified person than you. Intelligence and real talent afford you security and stock in trade to leverage in the marketplace for whatever your career choice may be.
We live in an era of Internet fame! Thousands of videos are posted every day on websites like YouTube. Then there are the internet scam websites praying on hopeful models and actors. They cater to your vanity and claim they can make you a model or an entertainer. Majority of these websites charge monthly fees for membership, photo posting, connections and “upgraded services,” to provide you a photo hosting platform.
A couple of the most misleading model-oriented websites on the internet are called Model Mayhem (MM) and One Model Place (OMP). You should know and please beware they are examples of websites, where model hopefuls create a “portfolio” to be seen by other members of the site ranging from photographers to Photoshop wizards. What is interesting is that they do not offer opportunities for petite models that are 5’5″ and shorter.
One Model Place executives admit that they will only use tall models in their programming on Fashion One and their CEO verbally stated “he doesn’t believe in the use of petite models,” while looking at an issue of Bella Petite Magazine.
Interestingly both MM and OMP still charge fees to petite models while knowingly not offering petite models any real chance at being on their filmed programs, or featured in modeling campaigns or utilized on the runway. One might assume that they would disclose on the websites terms and agreements contract that they do not use petite models, nor do their “advertisers,” so you wouldn’t pay them a subscription fee in hopes you may have modeling opportunities. But then they wouldn’t make money off of petite models, and that is quite lucrative for them when you consider their database is primarily filled with petite model hopefuls. Though this may sound like a reasonable way to make your mark in the modeling industry as a petite model, it’s not.
These websites are simply an “entertainment medium” that takes advantage of those hoping to break into the modeling and entertainment industry through enticing subscribers with free and paid memberships to see your photos. Purportedly, the websites are breeding an atmosphere of men and women picking up on each other.
Who are these so-called important people viewing your graphics? What you need to know about Model Mayhem and One Model Place is that they don’t allow casting directors, publishers, model and talent agents or advertising agencies to join. Those are the individuals you need to be seen by to get real work as a model, so why pay them?
If you read the fine print, you will find out it states that they are for “entertainment purposes only!” Oh, how entertaining it is. There are plenty of amateur photographers and models posting sexually graphic content on a daily basis.
A prominent fashion photographer familiar with both sites says, “Model Mayhem and One Model Place has destroyed the meaning of what a real model is. They make every girl feel like she can be a model because her pictures are posted on a page for the public to view”. This photographer goes on to say, “these sites are known dating websites. They are sexual predators dream where they can easily entice women to take their clothes off, all in the pursuit of becoming a model.” Don’t be mislead for vanity and ego-sake.
Both the photographer and model sources of this article wish to remain anonymous because reportedly the websites administrators (and subscribers) harass and threaten those who speak negatively about their experiences with the websites. It is a disturbing reality to see and experience what they have done and said in public forums as a reprisal to Bella Petite Magazine. (Source links available upon request.)
Nonetheless, “what is real modeling work?” Having a book comprised of tear sheets, not random photographs. Sure, you need a few random professional photos to get you started (such as a headshot, full body, and 3/4 length shot), but a model’s job is not ONLY about taking pretty pictures. A model’s job is to sell a product.
A Working model (Angela) offers the following advice and example of her modeling experiences:
“For example, of what to expect when from a client when you are hired for a modeling job. Recently, Angela earned a tear sheet from the clothing line Nuvula. They hired her to shoot for their E-commerce site to increase internet sales (not to play dress up in their clothes and take pretty pictures). Soon, she will have more tear sheets through Nuvula, since they have asked her to shoot for their next catalogue. If you are asked back by a client it is because they had success with your image, which helps to increase sales in their catalogue.
Now, the only reason Nuvula hired Angela, to begin with, is because they saw tear sheets of real work that she’s done for other companies, not because of her 50 unprofessional, or just pretty professional pictures on Model Mayhem, or One Model Place websites. Once you have earned several tearsheets you should be able to be paid scale wages. If you don’t have an agent you will have to negotiate the fee with your client. Often you will be paid with the clothing you are modeling and tearsheets for payment. This is normally the case if you don’t have tearsheets in your portfolio.
Also, they wouldn’t have rehired Angela to shoot their next catalog, if she would have been anything, but professional after the first shoot!
What does professional mean for a model? It means knowing that if you are shooting for an E commerce site you are trying to show off and sell the clothes not yourself!
It also means being on time, with a great attitude, without a tag along, ready to put in hours of hard work, with lights in your face, clothes being pinned on you, and nailing the shots quickly, so you do not cost the company more money by slowing down the process. You need to know that the shoot isn’t about you, it is about the product!
Most work comes through recommendation, which Angela know would not be possible if she possessed a diva attitude, refused to wear certain makeup colors or didn’t know the difference in how to pose for fashion versus glamour.
In other words, if you forget your “model ego” and be the best that you can be, your pictures will shine and you may be hired for a job!
Written by: Editor-in-Chief Ann Lauren
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