Don’t let these common mistakes derail your modeling career!
Going to castings wearing an inappropriate attire
During your casting, a poor choice of attire can make you lose points. Don’t come dressed in formal attire or otherwise jogging. Sometimes you will be asked to bring leggings and a pair of heels to pass the casting. In any case, come in an outfit that puts you in value but still relatively neutral.
Don’t over-accessorize; pick one unusual piece that gives your outfit personality.
The hashtags runneth over
Hashtags. We have a lot of feelings about hashtags. Using a dozen hashtags and tagging modeling agencies in your selfies are not good ways to get noticed; in fact, it does the opposite and can be seen as desperation. Hashtag use should seem natural: “Had a great day at the beach with my best friends! #girlsquad #summer” sounds a lot better than “Had a great day at the beach with my best friends! #girlsquad #summer #girl #model #vogue #IMGmodelspleasefindme #leg #arms #face #water.
Taking Rejection Personally
It is difficult for anyone to hear that their “look” isn’t right on a daily basis. Whatever an agent or client thinks of your particular look never has anything to do with who you are as a person. Models are chosen and rejected based on a multitude of factors; a client may not book a model simply because they look exactly like another model booked for the shoot, or that they have too many blondes and need a brunette. Please don’t internalize these messages. The fact that you have been asked to audition for a job or meet with an agent means they like you, and that’s always a good thing.
Do not publicly share photos that are unprofessional. Go ahead and get practice in front of the camera and help your friends out with their art projects, but a bad photo (regardless of how great your abs look) could strongly turn off a potential agent or client who Googles you. For reference, take a look at top agency boards to get a feel for what kind of photos they look for and their style.
Giving Up Too Soon
Many of today’s supermodels were turned down numerous times before they were signed to an agency. Becoming a model is a process. It takes time, patience and perseverance. So, if becoming a model is your dream then keep at it, you never know, you could be the next Piggy Chops!