What being on set really feels like for a model

Your first modelling job will be an event to remember – and your first time on set will be a memory to cherish.

Yes, of course you will feel nervous as the day approaches and, of course, you will be worried about how it will go and quite what it will be like.

But please, please be reassured that we will do everything we can to make sure that you know what to expect and are well prepared.

You will also be under the direction of a team of people – probably a production crew – who know exactly what they are doing too and are used to working with new models.

No two modelling jobs are ever the same and each time you step out on a set there is likely to be something that is different, but broadly this is what to expect:

1 Once you have accepted the assignment your point of contact within our highly experienced team will brief you on the job and give you as much information as possible about what to expect.

2 As the booking approaches, you can check in with them regularly if you have questions and they will update you if they find out more about the job.

3 On the day itself you will be welcomed by your point of contact for the film or photo shoot. This might be the client’s photographer or it could be the production co-ordinator, director or another member of the team overseeing the shoot.

4 They will give you the running order of the assignment, telling you where you need to be and when.

5 They will also tell you if they need you to be dressed in a certain way for a particular shot, whether you need to have an outfit fitted or your hair done and where you should go to relax between the times you are required.

6 They will tell you if there is catering or refreshments, transport to a different location at any point and when they are hoping to be wrapped up by.

7 The set itself will vary greatly depending on the job. You may be in an outdoor, daytime location with no lighting or you might be in a studio or taking part in a night shoot where lights are required.

8 There may also be sound engineers on site if filming is involved and there may be people on hand who will be dressing the set or dealing with props.

9 You need to be aware there may be cables, tripods and lighting equipment around – so it will be important to take extreme care and keep an eye on where you are walking.

10 It will be important to listen carefully to whoever is directing the shoot; to follow their instructions and to be quiet when you are not supposed to be speaking.

Being on set for the first time is great fun and we ask all our models to take behind the scenes photos and footage if they are able to do so without disrupting the shoot.

This is not only a wonderful reminder of the day for our models, but it also helps give other new people an idea of what to expect.

Remember, being on set is your chance to shine.

This is what you have been waiting for and we know you can do it, otherwise we would not have chosen you to join us here at Models Direct.

But why not find out more about how other models found their first experience of an assignment and being on set by reading some of our reviews.

Here are just a few to give you a flavour…

For example, Lukas said:

“The recent shoot with Greene King for the Six Nations Rugby was my first shoot.

“It was a really welcoming and entertaining environment with loads going on.

“From hair styling to outfit direction, it was all organised and well prepared for. I met loads of new people wanting the same career in modelling as I aspire to have.

“All in all it was a great experience and a good laugh, and I can’t wait for my next shoot!”

Ahmed took part in the same shoot and he told us:

“I recently attended a photo shoot in Manchester for Greene King – Six Nations – and I absolutely loved it. I fully enjoyed every aspect of the shoot.

“I didn’t know what to expect but once I was in I felt comfortable: the directors and my colleagues were great.

“We started off with a few stills then went on to video.

“All in all, I’d definitely return and would definitely recommend it to anyone.”

Ellie took part in a shoot on a smaller set. She said:

“Today’s experience was at a family-run dental practice for photos and video testimonials.

“The client was so welcoming and gave such clear and simple direction it made everything feel so natural and easier to deliver.

“I was grateful for the lovely and fun experience.”