Modeling in Frankfurt / Germany: Questions and answers

Today we wanted to give all young models in Frankfurt a little insight into the work of a model agency in Frankfurt. Did you know most jobs don’t even take place in Frankfurt! But let’s start with the basic questions about modeling. Becoming a model is quite demanding because you start at school. So you not only have to focus on good grades, but also on keeping your qualifications and improving yourself. Basically, however, the question always arises first:

How old do I have to be to start modeling?

If you want to be represented and managed as a model in an international model agency like ours, you should be at least 15 years old. As a modeling agency, we recommend that you concentrate fully on school first.

Full concentration on school

Good grades and a good basic education will help you a lot in your job later on. After all, the better you get, you have to take flights, you have to reach hotels on time, that in constantly new cities, in which you have to find your way around again and again. Sometimes you have to show some spontaneity for small advertising jobs or moderations. After the shootings or during the breaks, there are little small talks. If you have a magazine shooting and can’t talk to the others off the set, who have usually already seen a lot of the world, you shine less than with good general knowledge. But the closer you get to the end of your school time, the more often you will receive booking requests from your model agency for Berlin or cities outside of Berlin. In addition, there are often days of travel, so you will be on the road for two or three days. The better your grades, the more likely it is that your school is willing to give this freedom.

Legal requirements and labor law

The second important point in the minimum age of 15 years are the work laws and regulations that exist in Germany. With 15 years you can work much more freely, under 15 years you need special permission, e.g. from the youth welfare office but also from a specialist. In an international model agency like ours you work a lot with fashion and products for a target group that is also only over 16 years old. That’s why international modeling agencies are focusing on models aged 15, 16.

International Jobs and Clients

The third important point, if you want to work internationally, you need time to travel. Such a stay abroad usually lasts at least 45 days, but usually even 60 days. The only time students really have for such a long stay including travel are the summer holidays. During the summer holidays, however, there are general rest periods, not only in Germany but also abroad. Families go on holiday and less is produced. Of course there are then also considerably fewer jobs for models. Some agencies, in Paris or Milan, even close down the agency completely for a week or two during this time. The high season for such a stay is then again September to December and then from February to July.

In which cities are the most jobs for models?

If you want to start your career from Frankfurt, you will first focus on Germany and the larger cities near you. These include above all Cologne but also Düsseldorf. The simple basic rule says that the more people live in a city, the more jobs, more advertising agencies, more manufacturing companies but also more service providers and more advertising opportunities in the city centre there are. The location of the city plays the two factor, e.g. there is a clear Top 10 in Germany. You can get most jobs as a model in Berlin and Hamburg. Especially in Berlin there are many international productions, in Hamburg there are many media agencies and therefore also many offers for models. Then come Munich, Cologne and shortly afterwards Frankfurt am Main, Hanover and Düsseldorf.

In Frankfurt am Main, it is definitely best to look in the direction of Cologne and Düsseldorf. But you can also do some interesting and exciting jobs in Frankfurt.

What jobs are there in Frankfurt? Of course you can do a wide range of jobs in Frankfurt. For example, you can work for fashion designers in Frankfurt city centre and present fashion to customers from all over the world. Showrooms are closed events, usually only the fashion designers, someone from marketing and two representatives of the customer are present. You present fashion on the body. It’s called a showroom model. In Frankfurt you will also be doing many jobs in showrooms at the beginning of your modeling career. Besides you will do your first photo shootings as a model in Frankfurt. Probably most for Instagram and with growing experience also for the first Frankfurt online shops. No matter if it’s about fashion, products from the technology industry or sports. The better you get and the more diverse you are, the higher the chances that customers will book you for jobs in Frankfurt.

With increasing experience, the size of productions also increases. If you are first class, you will make it to the first commercials, as well as here for Opel, produced with three of our models near Frankfurt! With a production team of over 50 people, a helicopter, over ten cars that can be seen in the spot alone and a whole production team behind it. Here you can see the finished commercial of Opel.

How do I apply to a Frankfurt model agency?

You don’t need much for your application in Frankfurt, the experienced eyes of the model agency see the requirements for models at a glance. All we need from you as a model agency are three to four photos. Important, you don’t have to book a professional photographer to improve your model portfolio. At the beginning, with the application, very simple mobile phone photos are enough for us as an agency. The important thing is that you can be seen in daylight. You should not wear makeup or styling so that nothing distracts from you as a person. After all, naturalness is also the most important thing for customers later on. When you later negotiate with customers or send models abroad, many decisions are made on the basis of Polaroids. Polaroids are just such simple shots. Without styling, makeup, special outfit, nothing distracts from you. The background is a simple concrete wall, you are standing in front of the camera, looking into the lens, without posing and emotions. Naturalness is the A&O.

If you really want to become a model, you should avoid any unnatural influences in advance. In addition belong simple gel nails in addition, the course in the Solarium, hair extensions, spraying lips on, do without everything! Because you are beautiful as you are!

In the following you simply send your pictorial material to model agency, in addition a few dates as well as your contact, your name, residence in addition, the most important measures as well as your body and ready-made size. If a model agency is interested in you, they will get back to you relatively quickly, most likely within five days. So the process doesn’t take that long, if you don’t get any feedback from the modeling agencies, you didn’t like the look. Don’t ask questions because every model agency has limited capacity and wants to take care of the models completely. If you were in an agency tomorrow, you’d want all the attention. If you don’t fit, you should accept this and try your luck in another agency.

How big do I have to be as a model in Frankfurt?

Body height plays a decisive factor, even if there is no completely uniform scale of measurements, the fashion world in women in particular focuses on a minimum body height of 175cm. You should not be taller than 181cm. This is the perfect size for pre-cut garments as well as for fashion shows in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, when applying as a male model, you should be at least 185 cm tall and no more than 191 cm. So you fit perfectly to the female cast, even if they wear high heels. It is important that you are not too well trained as a man, you should have a defined body, not be a muscle pack.

These are the prerequisites for models who want to enter the fashion industry. Of course measurements can also deviate, models with 170 cm can also have success, however, it becomes purely statistically less. But if you try hard, show full commitment, who knows! You can also be more trained as a man, e.g. if you want to become a sports or fitness model. In an international agency like ours, however, you should usually meet the requirements.

The clothing size for women should be between 32 and 36. Curvy Models are usually available in sizes from 42, for men the ideal size at the beginning of their career is 48 to 52, if you want to become even more of a minimum size, then take a look at the requirements for models here.

What happens after my agency admission in Frankfurt am Main?

The following steps are very different from your age or the time you will spend at school. For example, if you still have two years of school ahead of you, the first two years will focus on building up your model portfolio and preparing it for the national and international markets. Your agency will arrange appointments with good photographers who can help you with your portfolio. It is important for you to always pay attention to the quality, it is better to have few good photos than a mass of reasonably good ones. Because at the latest when you are competing as a model, e.g. for jobs in other cities such as Hamburg or Berlin, you need a strong portfolio in which the customer recognizes how good you are with just a few moments.

After the first year it starts slowly with the first jobs, it takes a little while, because you first have to build a model book and you have to have good performance in school, so that you also get free, most productions, almost all, are during the week. If there is a day of travel and a day for the return journey, and the booking is for 2 days, you are quickly out for a week. That’s why you will work even less during your school time, first doing smaller jobs and the aforementioned showrooms in Frankfurt city centre or for Frankfurt online shops or social media channels such as Instagram photo shootings.

If you are already at the end of your schooling with the agency admission, it is sometimes already about placement abroad. As a model you should go further and further, from Frankfurt to Berlin, from Berlin to London and from London to Milan, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo. This is exactly the plan of an international model agency and the reason why you play here in the professional league. This requires special commitment, self-interest and of course a constant will to improve oneself. A model’s job is very demanding!

Become more about models and modeling?

If you want to become a model full of conviction, then you can read through many interesting tips on the subject of modeling here in our blog. We not only have exciting information for models from Frankfurt but also for your career in other cities and abroad. Read interesting interviews from our models from Milan, Paris or cities like Istanbul. Read more about becoming a model here.

If you want to apply directly to our model agency as a Frankfurt model, you can find all the information and the application form here, Model Application.