Modeling is a job that requires a lot of commitment and self-confidence
All articles are handwritten and researched, so you have a guide! We have researched for you the most important technical terms and packed in small articles. Here you will find all the important terms, from the model booker in the agency, to the close-up at the photo shoot, to the direct booking or information on sedcard and stylist. See Important Terms – For Job, Casting & Shooting. In this step of the CM Models Guide you get the most important names of the fashion industry simply and clearly packed. Whether it is the ten largest fashion magazines, the top fashion designers or international top models. No matter how and where, with the new Model Guide you are perfectly prepared for your next casting in an agency or with a client. After the first modeling jobs, travel comes. If you need to quickly find good addresses for new outfits, you will find recommendations and tips for every major German city. So you’re perfectly prepared for every shoot and every shopping trip.
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Model Life: Three days with Chand Smith
From the airport to the hotel, shoot, sport, sleep, good food and back to the airport! Modeling can be really challenging as you pursue your dream purposefully. At the last shoot we accompanied our Swedish model Chand, three days in Germany. He talks about his way to modeling, modeling abroad and how to live as a model in the jet set. Find more on our Youtube Channel!
Our Model Guide will help you get started in the fashion world. Here you will find many articles, handwritten on “Modeling“. Here you will learn the first basics, for example how to register your trade. We’ll show you the first steps for the catwalk and we’ll take you to the fashion metropolises for Fashion Week in New York, Paris, London, Berlin and Milan. Here you will learn all Bascis as a model and men’s model – It’s about the perfect model application, but also about the fashion capitals of the world, fashion weeks, health and nutrition, exercise, and much more. In addition, there are tips for the catwalk, your first fashion show and interesting things, such as the difference between Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter. You will also find videos that show you how to move as a model in front of the camera or to build up your model portfolio. Many have the dream of life as a top model. The dream of traveling the world, getting to know interesting people and having good jobs for well-known companies and brands. Particularly in the modeling industry, the ascent can be very fast. Anyone who has international dimensions as a model and that certain something, gets to know the world from Berlin to Cape Town. Similar to professional sports careers start very early. The media world is constantly creating new trends that are being quickly spread by many.
Mental requirements for models and new faces
In addition to the physical requirements for models such as the dimensions, also includes the mental requirements and the character of a model. A model always has to prove strength, discipline and stamina. Jobs are often exhausting and time-stretched. Fatigue or stress should not be noticeable to a good model. Motivation and ambition characterize an experienced model for customers and model agencies. Agencies and customers like to book models with these characteristics.
Recurring bookings are very important for you as a model and the model agency. In addition, a healthy self-confidence and the changeability of a model are decisive selection criteria. As a model you will compete in casting for jobs with twenty, fifty or a hundred models. There are already more than one hundred models for e-casting. If you are diligent and make it to the fashion capitals of Europe, America and Asia, you will be sent daily from casting to casting. If everything goes well also from fashion show to fashion show and from photo shoot to photo shoot. That requires a lot of self-confidence and a lot of energy from you! From this overall package of dimensions, appearance, motivation and ambition forms the charisma of a model.
Model requirements: women, men, weight and height
The requirements for models are very different. The more international the agency, the closer the scope for measures. Especially in model agencies, the requirements are very high. It depends on a few centimeters. Female models should pay attention to a slim figure, beautiful skin, teeth, hair, every detail. For men, the criteria are just a little easier. As a male model you should also pay attention to a well-groomed appearance, from the hairstyle to the nails. Of course there are still quantitative limitations to the look. In international model management:
Body size for Fashion: 176 – 180cm / International
Body size for advertising: 172 – 181cm / Germany
Slim figure, usually and long hair
Body size for Fashion: 186 – 190cm / International
Body size for advertising: 184 – 194cm / Germany
Slim or slightly sporty figure
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More than a model
Serious and good modeling agencies
The way through a reputable modeling agency or a model agent or model booker is always the best for you. This path has been established. Because a modeling agency makes sure your career is going well. Right from the beginning, she takes care that you get good contacts to photographers and the possibility of good test shootings, ideally magazine releases. So you can set up your own model portfolio specifically at the beginning. But a good modeling agency will also get you first good contacts to customers for casting and jobs.
Why do customers book models for jobs?
Customers try to communicate customers through models of products and services. This is achieved through the perfect communication of emotions, through the advertising campaign and the model. As a model, you have to be able to slip into different roles on the shooting set in order to sell the product or service to the consumer. Authenticity and naturalness are the magic words in order to captivate the consumer so that the customer’s concept works. Model “sell” advertising even more profitable!
Emotions are aroused by the radiance of a model, facial expressions and gestures included. Not only advertising, but also many corporate appearances such as image films, online shops and social media live from models. Even classic media such as the image brochure or the interior design in the store need models for the optimum effect. Self-confidence is always reflected in the charisma. For modeling agencies and model agents, it is therefore very important that women and men models feel comfortable in their bodies. Only those who live out the job of the model with joy and conviction, can retrieve the corresponding performance. Customers and partners of modeling agencies pay attention to an expressive face, convincing looks, good posture and coordination. Self-confidence, reliability and the ability to easily slip into different roles are three important skills to prevail in the modeling industry. For online shop shoots where you have to smile for hours or demanding customers who expect perfection.
Sedcards, test shoots with photographers and video clips
Good agencies invest in you and your career. With test shoots from the top photographer for your model portfolio and in video productions for Instagram, online sedcards and Youtube. This allows you to see customers in different facets. What a test shoot looks like, you can see a bit here in the video (Backstage Preview). A guest was Yulffi from Madrid / Barcelona, flown in from Bangkok for a campaign shoot in Munich with a subsequent test in Cologne with Robin Platte. Spontaneously, two of our female models (Lea & Janine) and New Face Johnson for a first test.
During tests in the studio arise among other such slow motions for our models. Here you can see as a customer very nice the different looks of our models in focus.
What does a modeling agency actually do?
Model Manager takes care of his career
Especially for junior models, it is important to have a serious model management in the back. They not only give you first contacts with good photographers who help you build your model portfolio, they also show you the first steps. Its the little things like your first business registration or your first catwalk coaching. With a reputable model management, you’ll find the way to the industry a lot easier. Here you also have the chance to travel later and discover the world. Especially for young models there is a quick chance to get to know foreign countries. With the contacts in a good management, the way is always open to you.
Model managers build you and your wallet
In the first few months, it is often tempting for models to take many photo shoots with many photographers. For real? But here it is important to pay attention to quality, with tips and recommendations from your model management, you have at the beginning of a good selection of photographers and a good industry overview. It will also tell you what to look out for, not just in shoots, but also on trips or customers.
x Lea & Paulina
Model managers take you further
Model managers help you with good contacts. It’s like just mentioned photographers or even the first fashion show. This is all about Fashion Weeks. Only the best agencies receive invitations to the castings. Your Model Management will always help you to go new ways and get to know new things! It’s not just about the classic photo shoots. You are planning to spend time abroad, flights and placements in other agencies, in New York, Paris and Los Angeles.
Model managers acquire customers
Not only flights, but also things like rights of use are always carefully considered by your model management. This is not just about individual photo shoots, but also about the distribution and use of the material. Photos are only needed for 3 months in a fashion online shop or five years make up a complete branding of a brand. Of course, depending on different conditions. Your model manager will take care of it!
Commercials or photo shoot: Modeling is varied
As a diligent model, you can make it into many areas of the presentation. Discipline is an important element but also a little bit of drama is required, a lot of desire to travel and, of course, fun at the job. How to make it into international productions:
x Mark and Janine for Henkell (sparkling wine)
Modeling abroad – big cities guarantee casting and jobs
The dream of modeling is followed by many around the world. However, you will always have the best chance of finding jobs in larger cities. That’s why it attracts all the top models in megacities, like New York. Here sit the big customers, the big agencies, the big budgets. Who wants to create as a model, sooner or later has to leave the small town. Whoever manages it, will see and experience a lot for it! From beautiful shooting locations to unique scenes in film sets. There are also many interesting people from all over the world. That’s the dream of modeling! In our blog you will find some testimonials from our models from New York & Miami, Istanbul, Athens and Cape Town.
The agency vouches for you as a model with her good name, but at the beginning of your career you have chances for interesting jobs! Your management will help you with all organizational matters, be it the tax settlement or the organizational planning of travel and stays abroad. For many models, sooner or later it will go abroad. The most famous portals for models are Cape Town and New York. But also Paris, Hong Kong, London and Shanghai attracts many. A good and serious model management will help you, if the conditions are right, to gain a foothold abroad. The most important job of an agency is to guide you along the way, to do a lot of work on organization and planning, to save you a lot of time in acquiring new clients and new assignments, so that you can concentrate fully on To become a model.
More blog posts about modeling in the US and Europe
- Modeling: Reality vs dream
in New York, Paris and worldwide
- How to become a model in the US
tips for American models
- Become a model in New York
tips for the city of dreams
- Become a model in Europe
tips for European models
- How to become a model in Germany
tips for German models
- How to become a model in London
tips for London models
The End: dream job, dream travel and many memories
Anyone who has made it as a model can travel to beautiful places, knows many interesting people in Europe and worldwide. Modeling was a dream job and it is. With patience and ambition you can do it!
Technical terms for models
Important terms for model casting and job
Modeling: Become a modelScroll down to see some videos about modeling or read more about how to become a model:
- Catalogue jobs
- Direct booking
- Down Days
- Exclusive contract
- Facial expression
- Final rehearsal
- Go & See
- Internet model agency
- Introduction video
- Mother Agency
- New faces
- Plus size
- Point Of Sale (POS)
- Post Production Meeting (PPM)
- To be announced (TBA)