The Model Book: Become a Model with Tips & Insights!

The Model Book: Become a Model – Handwritten over many months, with detailed research, simple steps and many insider tips for models! Everything about “modeling” and “becoming a model”. Maybe the new standard work. In THE MODEL BOOK you will learn in different chapters, step by step, one after the other, the entire advertising industry and its special features. As a model, especially as a young model, you have to pay attention to many details at the beginning of your career. What do you mean, you don’t know? Who accepts the wrong jobs, does not find the right agency or builds up his buck in the wrong direction, can quickly build up a bigger career. Models also have only a few years to reach the important steps. The better prepared you are as New Face for this time, the easier it will be for you to gain a foothold in the industry and earn money as a model. In the Model Book you will therefore learn chapter by chapter and step by step how to prepare yourself for the start of your modeling career.

The Model Book: Overview of models

In the first chapter you will learn all about the indispensable mental strengths of a model. What requirements do you have to meet, quite apart from the often perfect measurements, in order to convince as a model at photo shootings and advertising video shootings?

Self-confidence and organization: The A&O for models

For you, the most important thing here is your own self-confidence, four personal initiatives and self-organisation. As a model, you will be sent on journeys at an early age. Sei is at the age of 15 years in the next big city, by plane from Frankfurt to Hamburg or just a few months and years later across Europe and the world. As a model, especially in the high fashion world and in skin couture, the international path is always open. If you take your chances early enough and I prepare perfectly for them myself, you can go far. Quite different from television, real top models are less about the story, drama and self-production. For models it’s about absolute willpower and belief in yourself (yourself!). As you will learn in the next chapters of the book, as a model you will have to face many exams! Absolute trust is an absolute priority for your modeling agent and your modeling agency.

The perfect model agency for New Faces

Mother agencies, model agencies, fashion agents, boutique agencies and bookers – What?!

Before it goes to the big topic of model castings, the first showrooms and jobs, the book deals with the search for the perfect agency. Each model agency has its own portfolio and clientele. Often model agencies are very specialized in a certain area (advertising, high fashion, etc.). Also the size of agencies is different. There are some Modelbookers who hardly know anybody, but who have the best contacts and only work with 5-15 models. There are small agencies, large agencies with hundreds of employees and huge international model agencies such as IMG or ELITE.

In general, you can distinguish model agencies like this: There are international agencies, national agencies and regional model agencies. The more international a model agency is, the stricter are the requirements for your measurements, but also the higher are the requirements to be accepted as a model by this model agency (experience, pictures, etc.). With national agencies, advertising (supermarkets, insurance companies, etc.) is very often the issue, here it is not too important to have a perfect figure, with perfect proportions and exact body size. The measures in national markets therefore differ from those of the international standard. For models who work in regional areas, the dimensions count even less. This is often about smaller jobs and smaller fairs (hostess). As an international high fashion model, you naturally want to join the big brands, but of course you have to prepare yourself perfectly!

Serious model agencies: agency search and model application

In order to find the best agency for you and your requirements, you will learn in the book what a perfect model agency application looks like and how to find the best model agency for you! Many questions are also answered here, for example, whether you need a lot of photo material for your application The simple answer is: No, you just need Polaroids. The Model Scouts in agencies have a very trained view and can recognize by their experience of many years, already by simple Polaroids whether you have potential for the agency or not. Polaroids are super simple photos with the smartphone, in daylight. That’s it. If you want to know how to make perfect Polaroids for your application, read more here: Become a model. For your application you don’t need a long cover letter or to describe how motivated you are! There’s just a little bit of key information. These are usually your name, your place of residence, your contact details and three to four photos. You also write down your measurements: your body size, hips, waist, bottom and shoe size.

Your model folder: The best photos for castings & jobs

Once you have found the perfect model agency for you, you can start with the first test shootings with photographers! Of course your model agency will help you a lot to get only the best photographers. Your agency will also see to it that you get a wide range of material for your model portfolio. Many make the mistake of focusing purely on “fashion photos”. Especially when there’s no agency in the background to advise you as a model. My tip: As a model you should always make sure that your model portfolio is as multi-faceted as possible. Not every customer can directly imagine what one can make of you as a guy. The photos help the customer to make his decision. The more extensive your photo portfolio is in the model folder, the more likely it is that customers will be able to make bookings.

Someday your book will be so full, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Which photo do I put in the folder, which one not? With professional models, the folder is so strong at some point that they are booked more and more often directly. Direct bookings are very good because you don’t have to attend a casting and are not in a pre-selection. You don’t have to keep days off (“Option”), you will be booked directly by the customer for an appointment!

Test shootings with photographers: build up model portfolio and win jobs

So that you can build up your model portfolio perfectly, you’ll also learn in the book how to get your own test shoots (also called TFP shoots in Germany) from photographers. As a modeling agent, I have to deal with test shootings for our models on a daily basis, so here are a few valuable tips on how you should ideally write to photographers. What’s the matter with you? With the right cover letter, your chances of getting good test shoots will increase. There are some little tricks I’ll tell you in the book. In principle, it can be said that you should briefly deal with the photographer instead of “just” writing to him or her. You should also create a suitable moodboard. The more interesting the shooting is for the photographer of your choice, the more time-saving the shooting is, the higher is your chance for the test shooting! So take a good look at what the photographer has already done and what not.

You shouldn’t do too much with the test shoot, though. If I post a new photographer on Facebook and Instagram every day, your market value may drop quickly. Why should a big customer still pay a lot of money if “every” photographer is allowed to photograph you for free? With a professional modeling agency behind you, you will of course get direct tips and the best contacts so that you are as exclusive as possible!

If you take care of yourself and his portfolio, you should make sure that you want the photographer to expand your portfolio. If you already have five photo series with “Fashion”, maybe you should try something new! To help you do this, you’ll get all the tips you need to write the perfect letter to photographers.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Welcome to the Model World

Daily business. We did it! You have prepared yourself well for being a model, written a good application, found a serious agency, built up and expanded your model portfolio, you get the first castings and voila: The first jobs! The tasks are then very extensive and varied. Unlike normal office life, you don’t have to deal with the same tasks every day. You won’t be working every day either. Sometimes you have free time, sometimes you will travel, sometimes you are already one day earlier on site for the fitting. In between, many young models study, so you’ll soon have a full-time job! Especially when you go abroad.

First you will start your career with small jobs for online shootings, you will work on showrooms, maybe do some online shops and get your first commercials. When you’re ready, you’ll earn enough money to get to professional photographers and to bring your model portfolio to an even higher level with new photo series from top photographers! With new photos you will get better jobs again. At some point it will be time and if your model portfolio is full enough, your agency can also suggest you for abroad in its partner agencies. So even as a young model you can quickly get to the international metropolises, Milan, Paris and New York. Many models now also go to Asia, Shanghai and Hong Kong. But some also go to large production facilities such as Istanbul. But the Big Four remain the dream of all models: London, Paris, Milan and New York.

After the job: healthy life and beauty

A model’s job is really exhausting! So there is another chapter that deals only with how you eat healthily and how you live healthily. You will also get great beauty tips on how to take care of yourself, your skin and your hair even during strenuous jobs and many days of travel. You have many shootings, many appointments and often don’t find the time to cook something fresh for yourself. Then you have to go on to the next shooting and maybe you still have overtime. After eleven hours of shooting and “smiling”, you are absolutely knocked out back to the hotel. You’ll find the best tips on how to keep fit anyway in the book! The book not only shows you how to become a model and what you will experience as a model, you also get practical tips for the time after the jobs.

After you can keep yourself fit in the hard everyday life of a model and eat a healthy diet, we go one step further: Networking! When you’re out and about at fashion shows or photo shoots, there are often people with a taste for fashion. Therefore it is good and important if you know a little about the absolute basics. Small talk is always important! Whether at the Fashion Week or in your model agency. Therefore, an entire chapter is devoted to the theme of fashion. Where does fashion come from, why does it actually exist? Is fashion just clothes or is fashion more? How do trends influence us? Who sets trends? It also deals with the two important parts of fashion: haute couture and pret-a-porter. Both fashion styles are very important for designers, as well as for models and the entire advertising industry and production behind fashion.

Fashion changes at any time. That’s why the Fashion Week in the fashion metropolises doesn’t just take place once a year. In Paris, Milan and New York there are more often big fashion events! “Spring/Summer”, “Autumn/Winter”, “Prefall”, “Fashion Week Mens”, and so on. New collections of fashion designers are constantly being presented. Meanwhile, backstage before, during and after the shows, you’ll be coming back to fashion again and again. So you know what it’s like to be a model in haute couture and pret-a-porter.
show the book in the chapter about trends and fashions!

Modeling abroad: Perfect dimensions, hard work and diligence

Now you have learned everything to make it in Germany as a model! For the best of the best it goes on now, abroad! Here you will get to know the big model world. At first quite small, with other models in a large model WG. Later, when you have convinced the first agencies of yourself and are booked again for the following season, also get to know new agencies and your schedule gets fuller and fuller, you have done it. Now you can get to know the world, travel and meet interesting people on jobs every day. This is the dream of all young models. Everybody wants to go to the big media circus when they say “I want to be a top model!”

The way there is long and as described in chapter 1, success is mainly connected with the mental power of a model. You have to be true to yourself, you have to believe in yourself! Not just for a few weeks, but for years. Even the biggest top models in the world and supermodels of Victoria’s Secret shows have taken a few years to really succeed and become famous. They started very early, were partly discovered very early by scouts and worked their way up for years, first beside school, then full time, to the “superstars” they are today for many.

The Model Book for everyone: The Model Book

Not every model will follow the path of high fashion and international advertising. The book also gives models on national markets a very informative insight, so that you as a “commercial” model can also take a lot of important things with you. You will learn a lot about the agency search, how to set up and expand your modelbook, how to find the perfect photographers, what jobs to expect and what opportunities you have to make a career as a model! I wrote the book for several months and met interesting people for it, as well as fashion photographer Oliver Rudolph. Part of the work was also created in collaboration with Michelle Hamacher. I thank you very much and look forward to further cooperation! With this book we give young, new models a realistic insight into the fashion industry and wish each one of you much success and the very best for your individual way!

Book Recommendations from Models

Agency recommendations

In the new edition you will not only find all topics but also more than fifty recommendations for model agencies in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne/Düsseldorf and Munich.

Author: Stephan M. Czaja, owner and model agent at CM

After many publications about media, THE MODEL BOOK is my first work for models. It’s about being a model, but it’s also about your media coverage. Self-marketing takes up a large part, including the correct, first handling of media. In the model agency many questions reach us daily. The book is intended to give young models and new faces a good and optimal start, with good agencies and good jobs.

Fashion trends for men, Michalsky’s new book and Justin Bieber’s latest Instagram posting

Today it’s all about the men. Michael Michalskys is known mainly from Germany’s Next Top Model, but the juror and designer has just released his own book ‘Let’s talk about style’, matching the latest trend in men’s fashion in 2018. And what’s up with Justin Bieber? He postpated a edited image of himself as a woman, matching a skirt and bag. Look at these headlines and more.

  1. Men’s Fashion 2018: Casual
  2. Michael Michalsky: Let’s talk about style
  3. Justin Bieber posts himself as a woman on Instagram

Michael Michalsky’s new book, Men’s Fashion 2018 and Justin Bieber

Men’s Fashion 2018: Casual

Men’s fashion 2018, trendsetters and bloggers like Jeremy Fragrance make it on YouTube, style, outfit, that they all combine perfectly. The own style is very individual and with the right tips you can quickly improve yourself to earn more points in the job or even getting to know each other (because the summer is just around the corner). That’s why in Fashion Insider there is a very close look at men’s fashion 2018, what’s in and what’s out? Later we will talk about the new book by Michael Michalsky. Also from him there are practical recommendations, which he gave to the book presentation on the breakfast television. In any case, Michael Michalsky recommends that men wear round-necked shirts and, in cooler summer days, pullovers for men. Absolute No-Go: V excerpts! What the man should do without altogether this year are sandals and flip-flops. Michael Michalsky sees her as an absolute no-go! The fashion insider also wanted to know something more about the men’s fashion 2018 and has dealt in detail with the new looks and clothing for the man, this year.

Michael Michalsky: Let’s talk about Style

Today, FIV Magazine is about the new book by Michael Michalsky. Germany’s Next Topmodel juror is not just a TV star, he has almost single-handedly made Adidas “young and modern” again, his fashion label MICHALSKY takes him around the world and now Michael Michalsky is also a book author. His new book, “Let’s talk about style,” is not just about clothing. Michalsky is about everything, the whole life. Our breakfast as a start to the day, but also the right service to feel good, the furnishings in the bathroom, after all, we spend a lot of time every day, clothes, leisure, … the whole life! So if you ever wanted to talk to Michael Michalsky about style, you can now order his new book. More in FIV Magazine Michael Michalsky: Let’s Talk About Style .

Justin Bieber Posts As A Woman on Instagram

Just in time for today’s men’s day, Justin Bieber has come up with something very special, he has posted himself as a woman on Instagram! Justin Bieber is in the headlines and celebrity news every day, whether it’s about his new Lamborghini, his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, or his new music, which is increasingly turning in a Christian direction. Justin surprised us once again with his new posting on Instagram, we could not hide that from you!

Y’all need to meet my sister Rachel Bieber

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Fashion Week! All fashion news collectively

Check out the most recent news about fashion!

Wonderland

The recent headlines of Wonderland are “Take five designers, two photographers, one fashion week…” and “To Harlem for romance designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele: a preview.”. Read more about the recent news:

Elle

This are the most recent headlines of Elle like “The Supreme Lacoste Collab Is Even Better This Time Around” and “It’s Alive: Awakening My Internal Goth”. You like to read more about them? Check the agencies recent blog posts:

Cosmopolitan

This week Cosmopolitan shows new “17 High-Waisted Swimsuits That Will Make You Look Incredibly Sexy” and “Meghan Markle In This White, Striped Dress Is Just Plain MAJOR”. The recent headlines:

Vogue

This are the most recent headlines of Vogue like “Watch Out, Kim! Kourtney Kardashian May Have the Best Swimwear Game of All” and “Emily Ratajkowski Gives Her Signature Midriff-Baring Style a Red Carpet Makeover”. Headlines and news of the week:

Harper’s Bazaar

The most newest agency Harper’s Bazaar writes about “The Dress All the It Girls are Wearing” also “Exclusive: Net-A-Porter Just Launched a Fine Jewelry & Watches Shop You’re Going to Love”. More headlines:

L’Officiel

Here are the most recent news for L’Officiel like “Shayne Oliver Teams up with Longchamp” and “Is Rihanna Launching a Lingerie Line?”. Read more about the news:

StyleCaster

New by StyleCaster, this week “Weather Any Storm in These Wildly Chic Raincoats” and “Exciting Celebrity Fashion Lines We Can’t Wait to Shop”. More new topics of the blog:

V Magazine

New blog posts by V Magazine we found today are “Watch the Trailer for the New Alexander McQueen Documentary” and “Kristen In Racing Stripes”. Read more about the recent news:

Shape

This are the most recent headlines of Shape like “The Best Sports Bras for Big Boobs” and “15 Gym Bags for the Sweaty But Stylish”. More headlines:

FIV Magazine

Headlines and stories of FIV Magazine this week are “Selling self made products: How to start a new career” and “Weddings, sports bras, sustainability and new designs | FIV Fashion Week”. Recent posts and trends:

Flare

News by Flare are “Meghan Markle Just Stepped Out in a Canadian Designer *Again*” right now and “You Need to Read Canadian Designer Hayley Elsaesser’s Epic Takedown of Karl Lagerfeld”. More new topics of the blog:

Esquire

Main topics of this week from Esquire was “There Was Actually Some Decent Style at Coachella Last Weekend” and “James Comey’s ’20/20′ Interview Was Meh—But His Boots Were Very Good”. Discover more headlines of the blog:

Dior Store Opening Berlin, Cardi B with fashion line and Kardashian x Calvin Klein campaign

Dior opens its new flagship store in Berlin (at Kurfürstendamm). US rapper Cardi B starts her own fashion line! Music star, 3 million youtube fans: Cardi B is a real power woman! Also, Calvin Klein’s family will be familiar with the Kardashian-Jenner sisters Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie in the spring campaign, as well as A $ AP Rocky and many more. Here you come directly to all Fashion News.

Fashion News! Calvin Klein + Dior and Cardi B

L’Officiel on the new Calvin Klein campaign with the Kardashian-Jenners

Calvin Klein and family? Most of you know the fashion brand Calvin Klein as a fashion label away from the classic family. CK for the chic party, casual but chic at work or as a comfortable underwear. In terms of “for the whole family” CK was less known. Nevertheless, the new spring campaign of the fashion label relies on family values, more precisely, CK relies on the best-known family in the world. The Kardashian-Jenner sisters Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie as well as A $ AP Rocky and his crew are also present.

Fashion Insider to the Flagshipstore Opening of Dior

Finally a Dior store in Berlin-Mitte! Fashion Insider Magazine is about Dior’s flagship store opening today. Dior is known worldwide as one of the big high fashion labels. Designers break jobs, but fashion magazines and stylists love the brand. Of course you also like to wear Berlin-Mitte Pieces by Dior! The store managers have recognized this and are opening the new flagship store on Kurfürstendamm this week. This makes Berlin’s most popular shopping street another attraction for fashion victims. The flagship store is of course befitting exclusive.

Harper’s Bazaar on Cardi B – The First Line

When I first saw Cardi B , I immediately thought, Lady Gaga in hip hop. Extremely crazy, strong songs and above all extremely extraordinary videos. Cardi B has been successful in everything so far. On YouTube, she has nearly three million fans. Now brings out the lively musician or first own clothing line. Of course she knows her way around fashion perfectly. It is already a real style icon today – for many. Harper’s Bazaar reports even more extensively on Cardi B and her collection: Cardi B is Designing Her Own Fashion Nova Line.

Elle with trends for the summer

In Elle, there are 15 practical tips for cheap beach bags this week. In the summer you have little clothes, so it is all the more on the right accessory! Finding the right handbag for the beach, certainly not an easy task. The season is relatively short and the offers are only briefly available. The bag should not only be stylish, but also offer plenty of space! Make up, your favorite magazine, your own mobile phone, sunscreen and much more. All this must have room when it goes to the beach. Therefore, today there is a complete style check for your first beach visit! All 15 models can now be found here in the article: 15 Under $ 50 Beach Bags That Will Make Your Summer.

Superior to the show by Vanessa Schindler S / S 2018

This week, Superior magazine is all about new fashion shows and a retrospective of Berlin. With a view of the most important cities but also of Berlin and the new collection of Vanessa Schindler. In the online magazine you can now find all photos of the catwalk and other highlights of the fashion weeks. Not only in Berlin has been a lot going on, in Riyadh, the Fashion Week is currently taking place.

Fashion Week! All fashion news collectively

Check out the most recent news about fashion!

Wonderland magazine today

The recent headlines of Wonderland are “Take five designers, two photographers, one fashion week…” and “To Harlem for romance designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele: a preview.”. Read more about the recent news:

Elle about the beach bags you have to know this summer

This are the most recent headlines of Elle like “15 Under $50-Beach Bags That Will Make Your Summer” and “Cardi B is Getting Her Own Collection With Fashion Nova”. You like to read more about them? Check the agencies recent blog posts:

Cosmopolitan about Kyle Jenner

This week Cosmopolitan shows new “This Pic of Emrata in a See-Through, Plastic Trench and NOTHING ELSE Is Really Quite Something” and “Kylie Jenner Channeled the Peach Emoji in This Skintight Velvet Onesie”. The recent headlines:

Vogue talks about Cardi B as well today

This are the most recent headlines of Vogue like “How Cardi B and Her Stylist Hid Her Baby Bump For 3 Months” and “This Is How Rihanna Does Denim on Denim”. Headlines and news of the week:

Harper’s Bazaar about Cardi B fashion line

The most newest agency Harper’s Bazaar writes about “Your Spring Wardrobe Needs Shay Mitchell’s Under $100 Blazer Dress” also “Cardi B is Designing Her Own Fashion Nova Line”. More headlines:

L’Officiel about #GucciHallucination

Here are the most recent news for L’Officiel like “Editorial: Wild Things” and “The #GucciHallucination Collection Is Out Now”. Read more about the news:

StyleCaster

New by StyleCaster, this week “What to Wear to Every Wedding This Season” and “3 Rules for Finding Your Signature Accessory”. More new topics of the blog:

V Magazine prepares you for the festival season 2018

New blog posts by V Magazine we found today are “Editors’ Picks: The Items You Need to Survive Coachella” and “The Boldly Hued Mascaras That Are Anything But Basic”. Read more about the recent news:

FIV Magazine about making money on Instagram

Headlines and stories of FIV Magazine this week are “Weddings, sports bras, sustainability and new designs | FIV Fashion Week” and “Make Money on Instagram: This is the worth of your account!” . Recent posts and trends:

Shape delivers great sport tips this week

This are the most recent headlines of Shape like “The Best Sports Bras for Big Boobs” and “15 Gym Bags for the Sweaty But Stylish”. More headlines:

Superior about Fashion Week Berlin S/S 2018

Headlines and stories of Superior this week are “VLADIMIR KARALEEV fashion show at MBFWB S/S 2018” and “FRANZISKA MICHAEL fashion show at MBFWB S/S 2018”. Recent posts and trends:

Flare writes about 2018’s top prom trends

News by Flare are “Graduating This Year? Peep 2018’s Top Prom Corsage Trends” right now and “Tessa Virtue Just Taught Us the Perfect Way to Remix Pieces You Already Have in Your Closet”. More new topics of the blog:

Esquire about THE tracksuit

Main topics of this week from Esquire was “Nick Jonas’ Workout Gear Is Stylish and Super Affordable” and “It’s Time for You to Wear a Tracksuit. Specifically, This Tracksuit.”. Discover more headlines of the blog:

How to become a model in USA – Measurements, agencys and the competition

Every country has its modelling hotspots. In USA it is definitely New York and Los Angeles. It is always good to live in one of those cities because it is easier for the clients to book a model who is nearby. But everybody know models are always travelling, so for good jobs it will be no problem for a client to book a model who does not live in one of those hotspots. Also we as a Europe based agency always look for models in the U.S.A.

If you want to become a Model in the U.S, you have to have the right Measurements. Especially in the big markets they are very strict when it comes to height and measurements.

Measurements

For women in Los Angeles / New York / Chicago / …

  • Height: 174-181cm
  • Slim figure
  • You have to be a special type

For men in Los Angeles / New York / …

  • Height: 185-195 cm
  • Slim to athletic figure

If you are ready to become a model, apply now! The United States and cites like New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are the biggest model markets in the U.S. Big brands have their office in LA, NY and on. We have a little guide to help you understand what it takes to become a model in one of the biggest markets in the modeling industry.

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest. More about: Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs.

Why are model dimensions so important to get jobs?

Why are the measurements so important for models? You always have to imagine, there are many models. Whether a designer has his presentation in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Cape Town or even New York and Berlin, fashion collections are cut to a certain size, especially if they have been tailored for the next season and initially only on a few sample pieces to customers Fashion shows or showrooms are shown. These collection pieces are usually cut to a standard size, this standard size corresponds z.b. in high fashion a height of female models of 178 cm and usually a clothing size of 34 or 34, 36 (EU). Women should not be taller than 181 cm. For men, it is especially important that your body should not be over-trained. Why? So normal men can identify less with you. Men’s models should have a minimum size of 185 cm and a maximum height of 195 cm. If female models then wear high heels, the biggest differences are not too extreme. At a fashion show, all models are about the same size and nothing distracts from the fashion pieces.

The same is of course true for online shops, especially when it comes to the first parts of a collection, standard sizes are published. Whether it’s clothing, size S or M (US) or women’s footwear with a standard size of 36 to 38 (EU) for women and 42 and 43 (EU) for men.

Measurements for models for advertising

Those who only want to work in advertising, that is not in the field of high fashion fashion, for the dimensions are no longer so crucial. Here women can also succeed with a height of 170 cm or with a height of 183 cm. Even for men models, the dimensions are more flexible, advertising no longer requires the “absolute ideal dimensions” and the figure may also differ a little.

Requirements for Plus Size Models

Plus Size Models are really trendy. More and more fashion designers and creative arts directors are turning to curvy women in advertising. There is still a small difference between Plus Size Models and Curvy Models. Plus Size Models are models that are a little above the “normal” fashion model sizes, ie Plus Size Model are women who have a dress size of 38 or 40 (EU). Plus Size Models are great at working because more women can identify with them than they do with high fashion models. As a plus size model you can not only work for fashion customers, but also in advertising. This makes the job opportunities varied and so you can earn good money as a plus size model in the industry. You want to become a Plus Size Model? Then send us your application!

Curvy Models: Measurements and confection

Curvy models in women with a dress size between 42 and 44. Also, the cup size is much larger and can quite go to a G-Cup. Curvy models are just as popular as Plus Size Models because they appeal the most to the average woman. The average woman in Europe has a clothing size of 44. This means that even Curvy Models are only in average cut with an average dress size of 42 to 44. Even as a curvy model, we are very pleased about your application in our modeling agency.

People Models

The last section of the model revolves around those who have very special features. Extremely wild hair, tattoos, best agers and many more. As a People Model, you work mainly in the field of advertising, whether it is for a cereal commercial or for a comfortable mattress. People Models correspond to the normal look of everyday people. They have a special tooth gap, especially many curls or a striking and distinctive nose. Anyone who wants to work as a people model should not apply to a modeling agency, but to a special people agency. Where is the difference? People agencies work in advertising as well, the only thing they use less is fashion. As a People Mode you can also get hold of jobs in advertising, for online shops or classic advertising materials such as image brochures and catalogs.

Model measurements are as diverse as the job. There is a suitable agency for each area.

Competition! Advantages and Disadvantages for Models in the U.S.A

Advantages of a Big Markets:

  1. Exposure
    You simply will not receive the same degree of exposure to other prospective future employers in a small market. Generally, smaller markets only offer commercial modeling opportunities. If you want to make a name for yourself, your only real option is to work in a big market.
  2. Opportunity
    This one is fairly intuitive. A larger market has a larger demand for the same services. Working in a big market will simply provide more job opportunities in gross. The sheer number of advertising, editorial, and other marketing or content producing agencies in a big market create a larger demand for models.
  3. Money
    This follows the previous two. Now, keep in mind, there are plenty of low-paying modeling gigs at every level and market. However, with so much demand and wider-reaching platforms, big markets are likely to have the biggest compensating jobs available.

Disadvantages of a Big Market:

  1. Competition
    Not only will you have to compete for the same jobs with more people, many of them will have traveled to big markets for the same reason as you—better modeling gigs. This means that not only is the number of competition inflated, the QUALITY of the competition is also tougher as well.
  2. Scams
    In smaller markets, where there are fewer opportunities for models to find work, there are subsequently fewer scams. Moreover, once an organization is discovered to be a scam, it is far harder to hide that fact in a small market. Unfortunately, with so many opportunities abound, it is easier for scammers to hide amongst the bustle and target naïve or new potential models.
  3. Criteria
    With a glut of potential models, employers in big markets are able to have their “pick of the litter,” so to speak. This means that the standards for potential models become inflated with the inclusion of more competition. Thus, someone who may be a great candidate for modeling in a small market may not find the same opportunity in a bigger one.

If you want to know more about becoming a model check out our blog > Modeling – Become a Model and Steps to becoming a Model in Big Markets.

Modeling worldwide: USA to Europe and Asia

How to become a model at 14 years: School first!

If you want to become a model at 14, that is quite a good age to start. Normally at this age you are still in school, so you have 3-4 years to take a look in to the model world and do smaller jobs on the weekend or during your holidays. You have enough time to see if this is really the right thing for you and if you can imagin to continue modelling after school. At the time you are about 17-18, you will be ready to work as a professional model and will already have a model book, with great pictures. Most of the best Models all over the world started in the age of 14-16. Not every “normal” agency takes models with the age of 14, most of them start to take models with the age of 15+. If so you can apply in a children modelling agency or just take a year to take care of yourself, try somethings and practise for your future modelling jobs. If you want to know more about modeling, check out become a model or the blog: become a model.

You want to become a model at 14?

Plaintext. Become a model with 14 years

To become a model at the age of 14 is actually very difficult. Especially because you still have to concentrate on the school. Having good grades will help you in your entire life, even if you later have to calculate your fees as a model and z.b. Once you understand the exchange rate between the euro and the dollar. In addition there are many other questions, as well as a good language training, so that you also in commercials, with speech, fits perfectly. It is also about foreign languages ​​but also geographic knowledge. Do you want to be in a small talk with a customer “stupid” or ignorant? Assuming you speak about Asia and cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo, then it would be perfect if you can say a little bit about it as well. That’s why the school is so important to you, whether it’s your own language, a foreign language, math or geography. So you are perfectly prepared to work internationally as a model later.

Dream job modeling: build-up phase at a young age

If you still want to apply in a modeling agency, then you should make sure that they talk to your parents first. You should always be aware of your plans, because at the latest the agency wants to talk to your parents when you are only 14 years old. Being a model means more than just waiting for jobs, first you have to build up your model portfolio. In other words, you will have many test shoots with photographers to help you gradually collect footage. It does not depend on the amount of photos but on the quality of the photographer. If you apply for a good modeling agency at the age of 14, from the beginning you will only get to the best photographers in your city and in your state.

After the first model castings and jobs comes

After your model kit is set up, you will get the first jobs. Here’s the next sticking point, if you want to be a model at the age of 14, you’ll need to take off from school. Here we come back to the good grades, the better you are in school, the sooner your school and your teacher is ready to give you free.

Too often you can not afford the luxury, because there are always new exams to you. So if you want to be a model early, you should definitely have a lot of patience for your setup. You will not be able to do most of the jobs. For many customer requests, you must first give an option. An option means you are free this day. Will you be booked then, the job starts. However, if another model is booked, the day is free again and you do not have the job. If you have to get rid of the school every time, but only get one in four jobs, the school will eventually stop playing – understandably. That’s why you need a professional and experienced modeling agency, she knows exactly which jobs she plays for you and which not.

You see, becoming a model at the age of 14 is not that easy, so be sure to be patient! It is best to wait until you are 15 or 16 years old, then the school will be over in the foreseeable future and you can concentrate fully on modeling.

Minimum measurements for models

As you can read in our article requirements for models, minimum dimensions, you should bring as a model a height of 174cm. If you want to work internationally as a female model, you should even be 178 cm tall. Your height should not exceed 181 cm, male models start at 185cm. If you are wearing high-heeled shoes as a woman, you would already tower over the first men, but with 181cm you are already very tall. For male models applies as I said a minimum size of 185cm. The maximum size should not exceed 195 cm. Whether male or female model, you should have a slim figure, pay attention to your diet and do sports. And sure, there are always exceptions.

Models and Sports: Defining instead of hardcore training

With sport, you should not overdo it as a model, your muscles grow too much, you do not fit in the standard sizes. As a woman you should train in a very defined way, but as a man you should also make sure that your muscles do not get too big. Why is that? For one thing, you just do not fit into the standard sizes of fashion designers as just described. On the other hand, in the field of advertising, models are ultimately elements of advertising, so that people can identify with the person (you). If your body or your proportions are too standard, fewer people will be able to identify with you and ultimately fewer people will buy your customer’s product. So a lot of ambition and a bit of psychology or knowledge of human nature is part of the topic of modeling. Would you have thought that?

Apply in modeling agencies at the age of 14 years

If you still want to try your luck now, then send us your photos! All our model agency needs from you are two very simple photos you can do with your phone. Make sure that you stand in the daylight and that you send a portrait and a full body photo. In addition you send us still your most important measures and your contact data. With this you have taken the first step! Send us your model application now.

More tips for modeling

If you ever want to read through the most important tips for fashion shows, your first photo shoot or tips for your model portfolio and the first photo shoots with photographers, then check out our model blog, here you can get insider tips from our model agents, you help prepare your career well.

Supermodels who started with the age of 14 or younger

There are a few supermodels who started with the age of 14 or even younger. Below you can find some of the world most famous models who started with this age.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss was 13 years old when a Scout discovered her in St.Louis, her first time on a Plane.

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha was discovered while a Dancebattle with the age of 14.

Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington was horse riding in Florida when she was 14, a photographer discovered her and only one year later she started her model carrere in Paris.

Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen was only 14 years old when she was discovered while eating a burger in Sao Paolo.

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest. More about: Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs.

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How to become a model at 13 years: Modeling kids

As you can read in our detailed article on modeling at the age 14, it is very important that you have time to model. As long as you’re still in school, you’re distracted by many other important things and you still can not concentrate on modeling. Our recommendation as a modeling agency, patience! Try to get good grades and be diligent at school. Because the more diligent you are and the better your grades are, the more freedom you get from your school when it’s time to graduate. As a model, you sometimes have to travel and spend a day or two on the road. Of course you can not go to school during this time, so it is very important that you have a good relationship with your school and your teachers. If you want to know more about modeling, check out become a model or the blog: become a model.

Wait until you are 14, 15 or 16 years old

Wait another year and then you can send your first model application. Depending on how long your school is, it’s best not to apply to an agency until the school is over 2 years old. During these two years, you can build your model portfolio in peace with test shoots by professional photographers. Test shoots are important to make your portfolio as diverse as possible. Ideally, you can show different facets of yourself so customers can introduce themselves to you in their clothing. At some point you will also do your first sports shoot, your first family shoot and your first fashion movie. With each step you become more professional. However, since the construction takes a lot of time, you should think well about when you start in a modeling agency. If you start early and then have no time or have to cancel frequently, it will not be very positive for your model agent and sooner or later he will prefer other models. So that does not happen, you should only go to a modeling agency when you are 14 or 15 years old and the school is over at.

What measures do you need as a model?

The dimensions for models differ depending on whether it is a job in advertising or in fashion. When it comes to fashion, the fashion designers are much stricter, here are fashion collections cut to a certain size and you should have this large in the ideal case. For women that means a minimum height of 174cm, even better 177 or 178cm. For men, a minimum size of 185cm, so they are on average ten centimeters larger than the women. More about dimensions for models.

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest. More about: Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs.

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Los Angeles: Designers You definitely Need to Know

Los Angeles is most famous for the Hollywood sign, the walk of fame and of course the countless celebrities walking around. It is definitely a place to be but it does not count to the big 4 fashion capitals worldwide. Even though, you will find all the big designers on the “Pretty Woman” famous “Rodeo Drive”. But Los Angeles has a couple designers you need to know, from crazy Leo prints to classic menswear, Los Angeles got a lot to offer. Read more

Casting Types For Modeling Jobs

For models, castings are the most natural thing on earth. For runway shows, commercials or online shops. But overall for big clients and campaigns, clients require them. At castings, people involved like photographers or managers, marketing and sales can evaluate who fits perfectly into the look of the campaign. For bigger castings, there are casting agencies hired. One of the most famous casting agency in United States would be Rolf Scheider. He is known from the TV show “United States’s Next Topmodel“and many other television appearances. One of the important persons of the fashion world, you might get to meet when making it to the bigger castings.

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Castings! Your daily business in cities like NY, Paris, London and Shanghai

Dates for castings will be done in two ways. Either way that as many models as possible can attend or that only a selected number of models may attend. The bigger the job, and the more exclusive and small the pre selection is. The best jobs are only booked by the best agencies, when casting agencies are sure that only the best professional models will attend the casting.

In general castings will always take place centrally. In the United States, a lot of castings are in Los Angeles and New York. This is also where the big agencies are located. And therefore, it makes sense for models to move to these cities at a certain stage. Appointments can be really time consuming and castings may take a couple of hours. And if there are thirty models ahead of you, you have to get used to spending time with your smartphone. Be patient and wait. Lots of models even learn for school or university while waiting at castings or jobs. E-castings are more comfortable and easier. They are also done for bigger jobs.

So, let’s have a look at the different types of castings:

Types of castings

In general, you can differentiate between two categories: live castings and e-castings. Selected models send a self-made video for an e-casting, which has to comply certain requirements. That saves traveling, expenses, and organization. Live castings are more challenging. At model castings’, usually lots of different types are on location, not only models but also the team. Bigger castings are also full of helping hands and editors of magazines. You have to deliver what they ask, if it is a text you had to learn, dancing or acting. Gosees are the shortest form of castings. It doesn’t matter which casting you attend: every model wants the job and every model has a great book. You have to keep your self-confidence and charisma and doing all this without being nervous is really a challenge for younger models.

Gosee: The short type of castings

At gosees you have to capture the people with only a little effort. At castings, it is always about showing a natural image of you. You should not wear any makeup or too much styling when attending a casting. At gosees it comes down to your look and your measurements. You only get a few seconds to convince them. Even though you might bring your book or sedcard, at gosees that doesn’t really matter because there is not time to have a look at them. Therefore, it is important to be perfectly prepared. From being on time at the location to perfect clothing. And of course, never forget to be friendly and smile when introducing yourself. If you are meeting several people at the same time, look for one person that is standing towards you. Many models focus on one person in the jury that is directed towards them.

If somebody likes you and smiles at you and others might not be interested, just focus on the person that likes you.

Note > if you are standing in front of the jury: never greet them by handshaking. Nobody likes to shake the hand of forty of fifty people.

Castings are mass events. In particular for new faces, castings are always a reality check. From twenty to two hundred models – castings are a real competition. You feel as model yourself, that they are very attractive, have a perfect body, are talented and are nice models. So, if you are not getting the fitting or job after a gosee, don’t be so hard on yourself or sad. Gosees are mostly for runway jobs and agency model castings. It is a chance to compare a high number of models within a short period of time and to get a quick result. For clients and jobs, castings are better. At live castings, you will have to play scenes with other models and at e-castings you will l have to say some lines for a commercial.

Live casting: It’s up to you

If you are invited from your agency to a live casting, you have good chances of getting the job. You have already been recommended as model and the client has already made a selection. With this invitation, you have already passed the pre-selection. Live castings consume time and money, and only models that have convinced the clients with their pictures will be invited. The clients now want to see you live. At live castings, you get the chance to show more of yourself. Usually it is your acting that they want to see, whether it is for photoshoots, of you playing a role with other models, for commercials and even saying some lines. Maybe a shoe company wants you to speak about the shoe for two minutes and tell them about your day. Another wants to see some sporty posing. Another casting would be you at a party, having fun, dancing although it is early in the morning. You have to be able to deliver all that when requested at all times.

E-casting: Do it yourself

If you participate in an e-casting it is mostly about campaigns that are big. For example, an international company is looking for new faces and that is why they do castings worldwide. Usually within the capitals of the respective countries in Europe, but also worldwide. You will get clear instructions by your agency on how to prepare the video and how to make it.

The quality of the video is not so important here. Perfect light is more important than an expensive camera. You might have to make videos in the short-term or between jobs. You have to introduce yourself by name and as already mentioned describe your acting talent. The video will be sent to the client as onetake (without any editing) and he/she will make a pre-selection. E-castings are for bigger and/or international campaigns, but also commercials, shootings etc. With e-castings both sides save money and time. The final selection will then be booked or invited to a regular casting.

Preparation for your next model casting

How can you prepare yourself for a model casting? With gosees or live castings it is about convincing them of you – fast in order to get to the next round or fitting. For gosees or live castings a basic preparation is enough. Before we look at the details of your casting you should pay attention to these 9 bases and know them: simple clothing, no styling. For women a white top, black heels, simple jeans and bikini or nude underwear. Clothing has to be fit and tight so that the jury will see your body directly. That includes high heels, which you will put on before the casting. No make-up or styling. Men wear black pants, white shirts, and also no styling for our male models here. Bring your sedcard and model book with you. If you already had your first photoshoot your agency might have already printed sedcards and you should bring them. If you are standing in front of the jury you can leave your sedcard with them. When doing the selection later they will easily remember your face with the sedcard. Of course your book is also a pro, so bring it with you! You might not get the chance at every casting to show it to them (especially with gosees), but usually the clients take at least a few seconds to look at some pages of your book, at least the first ones. Read our checklist for the next casting: 9 important things for your next casting.

Briefing and dates: Make a checklist

Before you leave for your casting you will get an address from your agency. So always plan your travel in advance and you will not experience any bad surprises on the way and be on time. Again, we are getting back to being on time, like at the beginning of this book. Professional models always make a route planning. Clients and agency will expect you to be on time and trust is that is always paying off for you as model. Go to bed early enough so that you are fit and awake the next day. Grab a little snack before the casting so you are full of energy.

So now you know what to expect from a gosee or casting. With the right and proper preparation, you will increase your chances of getting the job. Which means, being fit and well rested, prepared, on time and bringing all the necessary stuff with you: clothing, sedcards and modelbook. The procedure is always the same. You will enter the room, there will be a jury sitting somewhere, you introduce yourself and wait for instructions. At the end, you leave your sedcard, say thank you and leave the room. The more castings you do, the higher the chances of getting the jobs for photoshoots, campaigns and so on. In the next chapter, we will take a look behind the scenes of a modeling agency. How are enquiries handled? How is a selection made? Enquires, scouting and booking: here you will see again how important it is to work well and to collaborate!

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Become a model: Step by step

  1. Modeling: Reality vs dream in New York, Paris and worldwide
  2. Requirements of modeling: Height, age and measurement
  3. Male Model: How to become a model as a man?
  4. Competition and criticism: Understand photographers and clients as a model
  5. Become a model! Professionalism, good notes and self-confidence
  6. Application basics: Agencies, scouts and a checkliste
  7. Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs
  8. Casting types for modeling jobs

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Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs

How can you take your own measurements and make snaps yourself? You will learn this within a few seconds. With regards to an application at an agency and looking for an agency it comes down to your self-assessment. The awareness, which agency you fit in as type. If you want to be in one of the top agencies in order to work internationally top measurements (as already mentioned) are a must. If these measurements vary too much and the proportions do not fit the agency you should not apply there. You save yourself and the model scout time. Just apply at agencies in which you fit in and where you have a chance of being accepted. Which models work with the agency? You will find out by looking at the model board. In the model board you will directly see which types of models the agency represents and which measurements they have. Once you have found the perfect agency for yourself you just need one more thing: perfect pictures.

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Agency standards: Snaps + measurements for models

Many models are asking: “How many photo shoots do I have to do in order to apply at an agency?” The answer is simple: none. As a new face you don’t need any pictures for your application at an agency. Model scouts and agencies are very well trained in their job. Their eye is very sharp and they only need some natural snaps from you.

Polaroids are easy to take. No posing, no styling, no extras. What you can make of a model with stylists and make up artists, the agency knows. It is more important to them to get a natural impression of you when you apply. Polaroids are not only important for your application. These snaps will accompany you throughout your entire career. They are the most important factor for a booking. You need polaroids for your agency and future jobs. That is why I dedicate polaroids an entire chapter of this book. So you know what is important if you are taking your fist snaps. How should you take snaps for your application? We will go through this step by step.

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest.

How to take your own polaroids?

Your first thought about snaps should always be: as simple as possible! For good snaps you only need your cell phone with a camera. Professional models usually take some snaps for the next job in their hotel room or even short clips for e-castings after a job or in breaks. This shows how “easy” and simple they are. Polaroids are clean pictures of your face and body showing different angles and facets, to give the agency an impression of you. You can take them yourself or with the help of a friend or your family.

Polaroids should be taken in front of a clean background with daylight, so that nothing can distract you. Try not to have any shade. This works very well if it is a bit overcast. No make up, simple clothes, tight like skinny jeans or leggings, and a clean top or t-shirt. Women should also wear high heels. One snap should also be taken in bikini or underwear. Same for men. So snaps in jeans and shirt, and underwear in order to show your figure. On one picture you should smile, and on the other you need a more clean expression. Very important: no over posing! The snaps should be simple and natural.

  1. Polaroids – in short:
  2. Light, clean background (ideal)
  3. Daylight, no shades (if possible)
  4. No make up
  5. Simple, tight clothing
  6. High heels for women
  7. Portrait and full body picture (also bikini/underwear)

Polaroids set: Be who you are!

A set is a recommendation. It is important though that you are shown in a natural way for the agency. From different angles and perspectives with daylight as you will see on the following pages. You should not pose too much on your polaroids. For the scout it is important to see you as natural as possible. Just imagine yourself standing in front of the scout life. You would also not pose then. Just be yourself, natural, look straight into the camera with a neutral expression. Modelling agencies will need following snaps from you:

  1. Snap of your face (front)
  2. Snap of your profile
  3. Full body snap (front)
  4. Full body snap (side)
  5. Full body snap back (to show the length of your hair)

If you are taking them with a friend you will not need more than twenty minutes. No styling no make up, just dark jeans with a white shirt (you have that in your closet for sure). Now you only need to take your measurements.

Taking measurements yourself

You have never taken measurements yourself before?

For your career up to date, measurements are just as important as polaroids. Your measurements are simply taken with a usual measuring tape. If you are unsure let somebody help you. Ideally, you only take your measurements in underwear, as they cannot be falsified in doing so. Every modelling agency needs four measurements form you: height, bust, waist and hips.
Height – stand tall with your back at a wall and mark the exact height. Fastest way would be with a friend and a book or cellphone and pencil. After you have marked the height, you only have to measure the distance to the floor.

Bust measurement

In order to take the measurement of your bust you need to put the measuring tape at the widest point and around your bust with tension. If you are wearing a bra, for the girls, take 1cm off the amount you measured (for a push up bra at least 2cm off).

Waist measurement

Measuring your waist is putting the measuring tape at the tiniest place and then around your waist.

Hips measurement

Again put your measuring tape at the widest point for your hip and then around your hip and back. Perfect modelling measurements for women are 90-60-90 (a reference).

More about: Become a model

Become a model: Step by step

  1. Modeling: Reality vs dream in New York, Paris and worldwide
  2. Requirements of modeling: Height, age and measurement
  3. Male Model: How to become a model as a man?
  4. Competition and criticism: Understand photographers and clients as a model
  5. Become a model! Professionalism, good notes and self-confidence
  6. Application basics: Agencies, scouts and a checkliste
  7. Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs
  8. Casting types for modeling jobs

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Application basics: Agencies, scouts and a checklist

From the basics to the first steps of your application at a modelling agency: how can you prepare yourself perfectly for the application at an agency? We will now have a look at how you can apply at an agency. As a model you always have to consider that bigger agencies Read more

Become a model! Professionalism, good notes and self-confidence

Professionalism is the base for models as it is for celebrities or sport stars. The perception of others will define your value as a model in jobs and in your daily life. Professionalism means trust in ability, being on time and improving steadily. And as already said, professionalism Read more

Male Model: How to become a model as a man?

How does a male model standout from the crowd? Sure thing: by the unique look and character! Customers are making their decision on whether buying or not buying based on the “special something” just like casting directors and advertising agencies, who decide which model gets booked. A great shape and symmetric face are requirements for well booked male models, who want to make it in the model business. At first it will be your look and it will be ideally younger, later more manly and athletic. As male model you should try to keep your younger look as long as you can. But in order to be successful and get booked a lot, you also have to make a positive appearance at your agency, at photo shoots, at casting or with your client. This can have different facets, like the spark in your eyes, edgy and unique facial expressions, or for example a little tooth gap, that makes your laugh so “special”.

Emotions are playing a vital role at photo shoots and commercial sets. If you are able to show emotions as model you are also able to show certain feelings towards the client, on the picture or in the video. Not only direct impressions but also indirect ones are making a male model successful. I will later tell you how you can affect your image as a male model by driving a sports car. It is important to the designers that their collections are being presented and convey the “certain feeling” for the customers.

Yes, “lifestyle” sells, as a lot of models are idols for customers. Male models have time to work out, travel a lot and eat healthy. With an increase of your fame, the selling of a “lifestyle” will become more important if you wish to work with high-end brands and international clients. This just shows how important it is for a model to develop an own individuality. Uniqueness is paying of within the course of your career. But you can also train a lot as male model. Certain walks, posing and a lot more. In every part of these subjects, there is something special for you. Your walk has to be very different to the women’s walk. Whilst they tend to walk sexy and move their hips, you have to walk more cool and stiff. Just one out of many differences. Pleasant charisma is the base of the modelling industry. A warm smile is also more important for male models than a six-pack.

Become a model: Step by step

  1. Modeling: Reality vs dream in New York, Paris and worldwide
  2. Requirements of modeling: Height, age and measurement
  3. Male Model: How to become a model as a man?
  4. Competition and criticism: Understand photographers and clients as a model
  5. Become a model! Professionalism, good notes and self-confidence
  6. Application basics: Agencies, scouts and a checkliste
  7. Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs
  8. Casting types for modeling jobs

Supermodels: More than a model

Guarantee of success? Yes. Whenever advertising agencies plan new campaigns and involve a big name they are also buying the trust of their fans. They profit not only from the model as a commercial face but also as an influencer. Campaigns double their range Read more

Modeling: Reality vs dream in New York, Paris and worldwide

It is the dream of many young girls, women, boys and men all over the world: to become a model! Living the glamorous life, wearing expensive designer clothes, travelling to the most beautiful places of the world, knowing important people and looking extremely beautiful.

Become a model: Who would not want that?

But a modelling career is so much more than just being “pretty”. As a model you are also a businesswoman or businessman. There will be a time when you will have to think about accounting, buyouts, travel expenses and organising your schedule as well. Of course there is a chapter for that, in which you will learn how to register as a self-employed model and how to do your accounting and taxes. But let’s get back to the basics again! As in any other profession, it is the same in modelling – ninety per cent work, and ten percent looks and talent. Luck? Well, the famous timing and luck will evolve from your commitment. The more you offer and work, the more you will get back from it. Nothing will just come by itself. Nobody was born as a model (we are excluding children and celebrities from this statement). In the end, modelling is a full-time job, hard work, requiring discipline and passion. At best, a portion of cleverness and being smart. But most of all, a great body and steady improvement. Between the dream of being a model and reality of being a model, there are many years of hard work, but you get the chance of adding glamour to your life!

Which requirements do you need to fulfill as a model?

Those are the questions, which I will answer in the first chapter of this book in a very detailed way. For you, it is important to know which agencies suit your requirements and where you will fit in. By choosing the right agency, you will be able to find the right clients for you with your book. On your way to becoming a model, it is mainly about your mental skills, body requirements, knowledge about the different modelling agencies, the perfect application, high quality images, castings, jobs, fashion and much more. Now you will learn how to properly assess yourself.

What do you have to be in order to be successful?

Inner strength and belief will be vital on your journey. As a model, it is important to be strong and self-confident, even though you had a long flight the day before and checked in late at your hotel last night. Tiredness, stress, time pressure? Nobody should notice all these things when you are at a casting.

Yes – modeling is a job that demands lots of commitment and self-confidence. Motivation and ambition will define you as model for clients and agencies. You have to be communicative, be able to organize all your appointments, take care of yourself (your look and body), be able to be versatile at photo shoots, timely flexible and be able to take last minute jobs. Your character is as important as your physical appearance – both will define your success.

A model always has to show discipline, strength and persistence. Jobs are quite often exhausting and long. Even when not all scenes are done by the end of the day and you will have to stay longer. Tiredness and stress should not be noticed when you are a professional model. If you are able to prove all these skills, many more agencies and clients will continue to book you for jobs. Continuous bookings are important for the model and agency if you want to entirely focus on your job.

Models are under constant pressure regarding their competition. At live or at e-castings, competition is right there. Usually more than one hundred models are being casted. If you are committed and make it to the fashion capitals of Europe, the US and Asia, you will be sent to castings on a daily basis. You will get your list in the morning for the entire day, and in the evening you will have to work out in a fitness studio and get to sleep, living in a model apartment. You will be tired in the evening. If everything goes well for you, you will not only attend important castings, but also walk some fashion shows. As I already said – all this demands you trusting your skills and a lot of energy!

If you are starting as a model in Europe, United States or worldwide, good for you because you are already in one of the best countries for modeling at the beginning for your career. Everything is highly regulated and clear. Working hours are set between clients and agencies, and are often limited. You will not only get paid for the working hours, but also for any overtime you do. Your payment is quite high from the very beginning, because they are set by the agency. Additionally, you will receive buyouts. Buyouts are extra payments for usage rights, for example, if a commercial is shown for more than a year on TV or in other countries. A lot of booking details are in your favor if you are staring your career in Germany. Luxury in our country is also at the set you are working at. Production teams are very friendly and usually take care of the models and make you feel comfortable. It starts with friendly greetings throughout to healthy and great catering. You will experience a very regulated and nice atmosphere.

Modeling worldwide: USA to Europe and Asia

As a model: Be thankful for that all the time!

If you are working as a model in Asian cities, many agencies will charge a higher commission (in Germany it is usually twenty percent, in Asia fifty), which is almost three times more than in Germany. The same goes for fashion capitals including Istanbul, where the conditions are worse at the beginning. Jobs are not paid that well, working hours might be ten to twelve hours, and instead of taking pictures of thirty looks, you will have to change into ninety different outfits.

Mental strength and charisma in major cities like New York

Clients want to sell their products and services via commercials to their customers, and in doing so they are using models. It is a mix of perfect portraying of emotions and the range of the commercial and the model itself. Emotions come to life by the charisma of the model. Therefore, it is important that you arrive at a set self-confident. It will show in your charisma. By loving what you are doing, the respective result will be achieved. Hence, for modeling agencies and agents, it is important that female and male models feel well in their skin. As a model, you have to be able to switch roles at sets in order to sell the customer the product or service. Read more about New York:

All about New York

Some tips for the first time as a model in New York:

Keeping it real and natural are the two magic words. These will attract the customers and the concept will be successful. Models “sell” commercials better. Therefore, jobs within commercials are very versatile: billboards, cinema spots, image films, online shops or social networks. All media comes alive because of models. Classic print media like magazines, image brochures, or interior design of stores in cities also take advantage of models and their attractive appearance. For all these media, it is vital that you are versatile likewise: facial expressions, gestures and your entire appearance. In short: clients and partners of the modeling agencies will look for an expressive face, convincing looks, great posture and coordination.

Self-confidence, reliability and being able to switch roles are three important skills for you to make your way into the fashion industry. Same applies to online shops, where you will have to smile constantly, or very demanding clients who expect perfection and pay for it. Especially with high fashion labels!

Self-confidence and strength

Many models start when they are young. Whilst others go shopping in the city after school, as a model, you will be at photo shoots, planning your next journey and have a lot of responsibility. You will see that later in your book. On set, you are working with different people, characters, and languages. You will travel a lot; have to find your way in foreign cities and most of the time, you will be by yourself.

Commitment and initiative

You will be asked a lot, and that is exactly the reason why you have to show initiative. It does not matter if it’s a job or a test shoot with a photographer. You have to bring commitment when planning your shoot, working on your book, doing your homework, meeting friends and engaging on social media. Test shoots and photo shoots will be done alongside with photographers and makeup artists in order to build your portfolio. They are unpaid and all people involved profit from the results.

Discipline and ambition

This actually includes a lot: regular sleep, no parties before important jobs/shoots, being on time and body care. You will also have to do a number of workouts regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

Charisma and effect

Your charisma is what makes you “unique”. People like you just for who you are. Be positive and open towards people, engage them at set with your energy and communicative manners just when the timing is right. As Buddha says: “Start each day with a smile!” This total package of measurements, looks, motivation and ambition will form the charisma of a model. Charisma will make you successful in the long run. Agencies, agents and clients will not only remember you for that beautiful smile, but also because you were friendly, sweet, easy going and were able to motivate the entire production team at the job. Charisma will always be your great help and make people love you, as well as add that extra spark to your pictures and videos. In a nutshell – your “daily business” as a professional model.

  1. Why does advertising need models?
  2. How many commercials do you see each day?

Advertisement always reinvents itself in order to stay interesting. Fashion, trends and ideas change every day. New ideas, new networks conquer the world via social networks like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Faster than ever! Hence, advertisement has to redefine itself because with all this amount of information it has to stand out. With every new collection, new season and technical innovations, new products will be shot, lookbooks printed, commercials produced, and campaigns done. Productions and producers need fresh faces for the presentation of creations. Even products that have been on the market for decades get a new commercial, new designs and new features each year. Therefore, as a successful model, having worked for a while now, you have to know what you are doing and be great at it. If it goes well for you, you will make it from new face to full-time professional model.

Become a model: Step by step

  1. Modeling: Reality vs dream in New York, Paris and worldwide
  2. Requirements of modeling: Height, age and measurement
  3. Male Model: How to become a model as a man?
  4. Competition and criticism: Understand photographers and clients as a model
  5. Become a model! Professionalism, good notes and self-confidence
  6. Application basics: Agencies, scouts and a checkliste
  7. Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs
  8. Casting types for modeling jobs

Cover! Lisa NG for FIV Magazine + exclusiv interview: Leas American Dream in LA

New publication in FIV Magazine for our models Janine and Lisa. We ware very proud to see you on the #2 Cover of the new magazine, which is available in USA, UK and Germany as well. If you like to see the full photo series, follow this link to FIV Magazine #2 Read more

How to become a model at 16: Modeling agency, measurements and jobs

If you want to become a model at 16, that is exacly the rigth age. Normally at this age you are still in school, so you have about 2 years to take a look in to the model world and do smaller jobs on the weekend or during your holidays. You have enough time to see if this is really the right thing for you and if you can imagin to continue modelling after school. At the time you are about 17-18, you will be ready to work as a professional model and will already have a model book, with great pictures. Most of the best Models all over the world started in the age of 14-16. If you want to know more about modeling, check out become a model or the blog: become a model.

You want to become a model at 16?

Modeling worldwide: USA to Europe and Asia

Modeling with 16 years: All you need to know

If you want to be a model at the age of 16, then you have the perfect age to start in a modeling agency. Modeling agencies specialize in building talented youngsters, and you’re probably about to graduate at the age of 16. If you have graduated from school, then you have enough time to work as a model! Because it’s not just about jobs, as we wrote in the blog post about Model at the age of 15, you will also need a lot of time if you want to work abroad as an international model. Our modeling agency works together with many partners abroad and can therefore help you with an international modeling career, an unbeatable advantage compared to many modeling agencies. We work with renowned partners in New York, Paris, Milan but also in Asia in Tokyo and Shanghai. But for an international modeling career you need a lot of time, as just described. An ordinary stay with a partner agency abroad takes 45 to 60 days for you. During this time you work completely for the partner agency and for their customers. What is the advantage of working abroad?

International picture material for your model portfolio

If you work as a model abroad, you will come to photographers who have different styles and see pictures with a different eye. When you are back in your own country, these pictures will pop out of your model portfolio and you will see that you have international experience.

Also, it will come at some point, the better you are as a model, the higher your demands on photographers. At some point you will only work with the best photographers from your city, that’s not many, maybe 5 or 50, depending on whether you work in a German city like Berlin or in an international megametropolis like London. Most models do not come from an international megacity, but from smaller cities with 50,000 inhabitants or 100,000 inhabitants. There is not a single photographer with an international level here, so you need a modeling agency that can represent you nationally but also internationally. That’s the only way you can safely go the way that leads you to a profitable career.

You can already see how demanding the job of a model can be. We did not even talk about castings or test shoots or jobs with customers. Not only do you take care that you have a lot of ambition and motivation, you still have to make sure that you continue your education yourself. That’s why the school is so important to you! If you are ever in the small talk with international clients, photographers, make-up artists or stylists, then you should be able to keep up. What is happening in the US, what is happening in Asia? If you want to work as a model, then you definitely have to think outside the box and I also deal with other topics. At some point, maybe a shoot in the automotive industry or a moderation at a trade fair will be out of fashion for you. Then you have to be able to adjust spontaneously and flexibly to a new situation and a new topic.

Since you are 16 at the end of your school, you have the perfect age to start as a model. Last year, you can once again focus on building your model portfolio with local photographers. You can do first jobs as a model and gain experience first. If you have practiced for one or two years or have also done your first practical jobs, you are ready for foreign countries! Especially at a young age models are in demand abroad, because the faces are new and customers are interested in new faces. Who is new, is interesting! If you are an interesting guy, then apply to us at Cocaine Models!

Models who started with the age of 16+

16 is a really good age to start your model carrere. Below you can find some famous models who also started with the age of 16-18.

Candice Swanpoel

Candice Swanpoel the beautiful model from South Africa has been discovered by strolling over a flea market. At that time she was 16 years old. Before she had collected first model experiences in Paris.

Doutzen Kroes

When Doutzen Kroes was 18 years old she sended her pictures to some Agencies, just to earn some extra money. After her first try she had her model contract. Her name got famous when Star photographer Steven Meisel shooted her for the Cover of the italian “Vogue”.

Behati Prinsloo

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest. More about: Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs.

Shooting with Pascal Heimlicher (Los Angeles) and lovely Sandra Hunke / Marie Dahmen / Johanna Vorrath

Today our models meet with Mister Pascal Andrew Heimlich from Los Angeles for a sedcard shoot! Our models Sandra Hunke, Marie Dahmen and Johanna Vorrath have been with our modeling agency for a long time and they already worked for many well-known brands, but also for campaigns Read more

The perfect Model-Polaroids – How to take polaroid pictures

Photos are the most important thing for your application by a model agency. How you could make your perfect Polaroids at home, you can find out here.

Location and outfit for your model polaroids

Stand in front of a white wall. Important is clear daylight. Your outfit should be a black trousers, a white thight shirt and high heels. Please don’t were Make-Up.

Poses /How to: perfect Model Polaroids

The agency needs the following pictures of you:

  • Full body picture (from the front)
  • Full body picture (side)
  • Full body picture (back)
  • Portrait
  • Profile picture

Lets go! Shot the pictures with a friend or your parents!

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Top 10 Model Blogs you have to know

Since the importance of social Media rise so fast, a lot of Model use a blog for communicating with their fans. We searched and found the most stylish and informative Model-Blogs! You like to see more influencer? Read our ranking about 15 Best Fashion Bloggers in New York.

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Los Angeles – Top 10 Places to visit

Los Angeles – the home of pretty and rich people. If you are in LA for a modelling agency job: take some time and visit a couple of attractions. It’s woth it! Our modelling angency support models in Los Angeles as well!
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Helpful Model Tips you have to know

Are you a Model or do you want to be one? We found the most readable and interesting article about being a model and becoming a model.

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