Q&A: I am thinking of getting head shots done, but where do I go from there to pursue Modeling?

Question by IvA: I am thinking of getting head shots done, but where do I go from there to pursue Modeling?
I have been researching information about getting head shots done because I would like to pursue modeling. I have very little prior experience, only one photo shoot when I was very young, and I would have no way of contacting those people for reference.
If I get head shots taken, and write up a resume, where do I go from there?
All advice is greatly appreciated.

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Answer by θηλή φωτογράφος
send your portfolio (head shots) to modeling agencies

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5 thoughts on “Q&A: I am thinking of getting head shots done, but where do I go from there to pursue Modeling?”

  1. Send a pic of your face and full body doesnt even have to be professional alot of the time if you read the agency site they want a plain pic with a plain background and that you can do at home. Since you have no experience modeling a resume would be pointless. also send your measurements and contact information as well as anything else they request to know about you

    dont send them your whole life story if they want to know theyll ask and its very uprofessional to wrire a long essay of this and that.

    Keep resending dont give up the first few times they get tons of emails everyday and they dont read them all to be honest with you.

  2. a shoot you did years ago is of no use to you now; you look completely different and they dont care about references. also, to be a model you do not get “headshots” done- thats for actors. models must first of all have the height, body and face to even send in submissions to agencies- meaning if youre not a size 2 or 4, 5’9″ or taller, and have an amazing, symmetrical face with perfect skin and teeth, its not going to happen. you also dont HAVE a resume, so you cant write one. if you have all the physical attributes i listed (sorry to say tyra banks is wrong when she says she thinks short girls can be fashion models- meaning any model who is signed by an agency), then you can submit simple snapshots and your height/size/shoe size/measurements (which have to be extremely specific) and inseam (you have to have very long legs in proportion to your body as well) to ever agency in YOUR area- only agencies where you live can consider you- agencies over 1/2 hour away will not, even if they love your look and body. it sounds like youre getting modeling confused with acting, and the two are nothing alike, so if you dont have the physical traits required to model, maybe you can try acting if you are really good at it and like it. i started modeling walking down the street at 14 and being approached by an elite agent who signed me a week later- this rarely ever happens now. ive been working since then, and have a solid career now, but ive never even LIKED modeling; theres very little TO like. you are called fat constantly (even though no modles are even close to being overweight), stand around on set for hours and hours, have to work with other models who are often catty and have very little personality, and are told bluntly whats “wrong” with you in front of a room full of people. if you still want to do it and have what it takes physically, start googling agencies in your area, and then google each one that comes up along with “scam”; if any complaints pop up, its a scam, period. real agencies are really only located in the top fashion cities: los angeles, nyc, chicago and miami. its extremely difficult to impossible to find modeling work anywhere else. if you dont have the height and size, dont bother sending in pics though; they get annoyed when people dont pay attention to their requirements listed plainly ontheir websites

  3. Best “education” on how to get into modeling & the modeling world: http://www.newmodels.com or http://www.exploremodeling.com. Both sites explain how the modeling world REALLY works and how to get into modeling. Educate yourself so you don’t get scammed. Also, check out http://www.modelingscams.org.

    FYI – you don’t need a portfolio in order to send photos to an agency. Any agency who wants you will know exactly what kinds of photos they want in order to promote you. Do NOT listen to anyone who says you need a portfolio in order to get started! I had nothing when my agency accepted me. When they signed me, they told me what types of photos they needed (“Commercial/lifestyle”), gave me a list of photographers in the area who did that type of photography, and I had to get photos taken for my comp card (model’s business card which has photos on it). I didn’t have to use any of the photographers on the list, I was free to go to any photographer I wanted as long as they knew how to do commercial photography. If an “agency” sends you to use their in-house photographer & don’t give you the option to shop around for a different photographer, then it is a scam.

    And keep in mind that if you are under 18, you will need parental consent before any agency will sign you. So get your parents involved in your decision and have them look at those sites above too so they know what you are doing is legit.

    And lastly, modeling is a lot of hard work & you can’t always do what you want. As a model, I have to make sure I get a lot of sleep, eat the right nutritious foods, and take good care of myself. Sometimes I can’t go out with my friends because I have rehearsals for a show or fittings. You sometimes have to wait around for hours for a rehearsal or maybe at a photoshoot and you have to be very patient. Some models take their homework with them to shoots or rehearsals because they have no other time to do it. Modeling isn’t all about lying around looking beautiful. The glamorous photos don’t show how much work this really is. I don’t say this to turn you off, I say it because people are often surprised about how much work a photoshoot is. Holding poses is tough and it sometimes reminds me of yoga because some of the poses aren’t very comfortable at all but you have to try to stay relaxed and *look” comfortable. It’s hard. Having said that, if you truly love to model, you won’t mind the work involved.

    To find agencies, do a google search on “modeling agency” + the state where you live. Avoid places like John Casablancas or Barbizon; those are “modeling schools” not agencies. An agency will not charge you for representation. Most legit agencies have sites online that tell you how to submit photos or when their open call days are where you can walk in with your photos & meet the agents.

    Best of luck!!! 🙂

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