How to Be a Model: A Beginner’s Guide to the Modelling World

Thinking about becoming a model but need more insight into what it takes to become one?

Here’s all you need to know in our must-read guide…

Do you love walking through malls like you’re strutting down a Milan runway? Or have you found yourself walking past every fashion house billboard imagining yourself as the face of their campaign? If you answered yes, then modelling may be calling out to you. 

The world of modelling is full of generously open opportunities. It’s not restrictive as it might’ve once been, only calling out for tall, super thin and flawless-looking people. That’s all changed now. There are many niches and categories – which you can explore on our site. Everyone will be able to find themselves at least one area that fits their look perfectly so there’s a lot that this profession can offer prospective models. 

Modelling is interesting and fun, but it’s also known for being competitive, so a strong sense of character and drive are great attributes to have. There are some other characteristics you might already have or certainly can develop, as life is all about learning and progressing. These could include: 

 • Oozing self-confidence

Having confidence in yourself and self-esteem are good features to have regardless of whether you’re looking to become a model or not. Believing in yourself and having a positive outlook on life is an excellent way to start anything off. If you’re comfortable in your own skin and within yourself, this will translate externally and on camera (which photographers, casting directors, clients and consumers will love!). So, go ahead and give yourself TLC with positive affirmations and thoughts. Do the things you enjoy the most in life and surround yourself with people who make you feel good and give you positive energy. 

 • Determination (even in the face of rejection)

Hey, we know it happens. Rejection isn’t something we enjoy feeling but sometimes it comes with the package of not only being a model but life in general. That doesn’t mean to say it’s any less disheartening, but we say chin up, stay focused and remain determined should any rejections happen along the way. It’s easy to say, “try not to take it personally” …so we won’t!

One door closes and another opens. Modelling offers a plethora of wonderful opportunities whilst building strong networking links. You never know who you may bump into on a photoshoot or a set, and remember if one client doesn’t require your look, another will. 

 • Develop and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle 

Be the best you can be and take care of yourself inside and out through healthy lifestyle changes and a clean diet so that this radiates through your skin and hair through to your physique. Maintaining this will not only be good for your health but also your career as a model so begin a regime to help you get closer to becoming a model.

What type of model do you want to be? 

Many people approach us and ask, ‘how can I be a model?’ to which we reply the above question. At Models Direct, we believe that modelling comes in all shapes, sizes, ages and walks of life. We get asked for a wide range of models on a daily basis, from fitness to plus-size, and baby to hand models. Find out what type of model you are by reading the Model Types section. Once you choose which specialty you see yourself fitting into, get in touch with our professional team. It could be that you fit into many other categories than you initially thought, so your scope for being selected for a modelling assignment could increase!

Sign up with a reputable agency like Models Direct

We’re Europe’s number one modelling employment agency, so we’ve got a wealth of experience behind us. Models Direct have been successfully placing many men, women, child and baby models in paid, part-time modelling work for 30 years. When you sign up with us you’ll benefit from our experience and expertise within this fast-paced sector and receive more insider tips on how to be a model. 

Be professional

In the modelling world, word of mouth goes a long way. If you’re known for being difficult to work with, such as turning up late to photoshoots or being rude to photographers, people are less likely to hire you again. That’s a given. However, if you’re calm, relaxed, confident, keen to learn, polite and efficient, you can build a good reputation in the modelling industry by leaving a positive lasting impression where more work could follow! Be professional always, you’ll have yourself to thank.

So, if you think you’ve got all the qualities mentioned then you may have what it takes to be a model. Why not apply to Models Direct. Our collaborative and resourceful team of modelling experts are here to help every step of the way.