The world of high fashion, fantastic clothes, fabulous locations, and celebrity parties. Actually modeling is all about hard work, and often the right attitude. If you think you could be the next Naomi Campbell, or Jourdan Dunn, then read more below for a guide to becoming a model.
Before you start, take a good look at yourself; be realistic! If your not, the model agency representatives will be. Be prepared for rejection, there will be lots more castings, and above all work hard. If high fashion is not your game, there are other agencies specialising in specific body parts (hands, feet etc), petite and plus size.
• Try to get a closer look at modeling world. Flip through magazines, watch fashion show reports study and practice being a model by working on their expressions, posing, runway walking, hair styling, make up, working in front of a camera, and how the business works.
• Don’t start paying for a full portfolio to be taken. This will be expensive and may lead nowhere. Take a few simple shots of yourself, and contact an agency for further advice.
• Modeling schools, model searches, internet listing services, modeling contests and conventions, will take money from anyone who decides to participate. These experiences rarely lead to serious modeling work.
• Don’t be fooled by just anyone saying they are a ‘model scout’, get a business card, and call the office.
•Contact a few agencies and find out when they can see new talent. Most ‘fashion’ agencies are constantly looking for new faces.
• Once you have made contact with an agency, try not to change your look too dramatically whilst creating your new portfolio, unless they request it specifically.
• Make sure you keep a positive attitude, it is a hard business, and nobody wants to work with a difficult model.
There are different types of work for models including editorials and covers for fashion magazines to commercial advertising campaigns for brands. Whether you are looking for an agency specialising in fashion, petite and plus size, below is a selection from London and around the country.
Confidence Models – Modeling agency for African Caribbean faces. http://www.confidencemodels.com/
Base Models are a leading commercial and fashion modelling agency.
27A Pembridge Villas, London. W11 3EP Tel:020 7221 2603
BMA Modelling Agency
One of London’s leading commercial and fashion agencies.
Bmamodels.com Tel:020 7385 2234
Candi Models helps point you in the right direction to get the most out of your modelling career.
Charles and Ko Models – provide models for music videos commercials and magazine photo shoot.
Specialising in Actors and models for T.V commercials
Studio 21, Truman Brewery Building, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QB Tel:020 7053 2128
Evolution Model and Talent Management
122 Brompton Road, London. SW3 1JD Tel:020 7225 1355
FAB Casting Agency
M&P Model Management
3-4 Bentinck Street, London, W1U 2EE Tel:020 7224 0560
Mahogany Model Management
Rivington House 82 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JF T: 0845 388 7249
Mentor Model Management
Top Fashion Modeling Agencies
Bentinck House, 3 – 8 Bolsover Street, London. W1W 6AA Tel:020 7580 5885
12 Macklin Street, London. WC2B 5SZ T:020 7025 4900
Premier Model Management
42 Parker Street, London. WC2B 5PH Tel:020 7333 0888
17 Ferdinand Street, London. NW1 8EU Tel:020 7284 5611
So Dam Tuff
136 Westbridge Road, London. SW11 3PF Tel:020 7223 7377
Storm Model Management
5 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD Tel:0207-352-2278