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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.

Your first model application: Your first step to modeling

Have you decided to become a model or would you like to give your model career more seriousness and work more professionally? Then the first step is to find the right agency. You already have an appointment at an agency? Read how to prepare for your interview here!

Become a model – Application and interview

If you want to apply to us, you will find everything you need to know about the topic here:

Why do you need a model agency for modeling?

An agency is very important for a model, because it supports and protects you as a model. She helps you find photographers and jobs. No matter if you are booked as a model for shootings or catwalks, the agency will show you in the best light. The bookers know how to present yourself optimally with your book. As “New Face” you will be supported by your agency in setting up your book and your setcard. One very important point: an agency protects you from dubious customers and dubious job enquiries. Usually dubious customers already shy away when they learn that a model is represented by an agency. This is particularly important for an international modeling career, because models abroad are often underpaid and exploited. A reputable model agency ensures that you do not work unpaid overtime, that you do not take dubious pictures of yourself, that you are adequately paid and accommodated. In addition, the agency will determine in advance whether the job is of high quality and whether you can be associated with the customer as a model without your image suffering as a result. At best, every job should prove your model qualities and positively underline your image.

Photomodel Lookbook (Cocaine Models Management)

How do you find the best model agency as a newcomer?

There are now plenty of model agencies. But how do I even find a suitable model agency? And when is a modeling agency serious? Your search starts on the Internet. It’s convenient if your agency is within your radius. That’s why you should simply enter “Model agency + your city” in Google and browse the results. Since it is generally important for a model to be represented in the larger “Mode & Medien-Städten” in Germany, you should search for “Modelagenturen + Hamburg/ Berlin/ München/ Köln/ Düsseldorf/ Frankfurt”. You’ll get some results. The next hurdle: Now how do you know which of the agencies are even serious? One possibility is that there are already ready-made model agency lists on the Internet that are constantly updated, for example the Vogue list. With this you can assume that only well-known and serious agencies are listed. However, as a dedicated model you should take a closer look at your selected agencies yourself before applying.

Criteria for serious model agencies in Germany

In order to find out for yourself which agency is serious, you should go through different steps.

  • Step 1: The Agency’s website. Very important: A serious model agency has a serious website. A simple, clear design, a high quality board and information about the agency team.
  • Step 2: The level of the models. Take a look at the model board and determine the level of the models yourself. The following criteria will help you here: Do the models have optimal model dimensions and an impressive face? Are the pictures of the models high quality?
  • Step 3: Does the agency work with serious clients? You can easily research this on the agency’s website or on the agency’s social media platforms. In general, you can easily measure the seriousness of your customers according to their degree of recognition. Also the “likes” on Facebook or “Follwer” on Instagram show how well known and popular a model agency is.
  • Step 4: Search the Internet for reports from other models or clients of the agency. Note that not every comment is true. In order to get a better picture of the agency you should read enough testimonials and reviews of the agency. To say it in addition is: See these evaluations rather than references, make you nevertheless own picture.

Find your perfect model agency – Summary:

Recognize reputable model agencies:

  • serious customers (for example, well-known brands through advertising)
  • serious models (appearance, dimensions)
  • fixed admission criteria
  • serious website
  • Transparency regarding the agency team (for example through website)

Agency is not serious if:

  • No/untransparent website (no naming of agency headquarters or agency teams)
  • simple agency admission without preconditions and interview
  • no cooperation with serious customers
  • Admission fees will be charged

The model application

You have now found a suitable, reputable model agency and would like to apply as a model. What’s the best way to apply? Nowadays, applications are usually sent by e-mail, which means that you can find an e-mail address and a contact person to whom you can send your application via the agency’s website.

What must be in your application?

Most agencies publish their admission criteria on their websites. In general, you should state your measurements in your mail, i.e. chest, waist and hip circumference. You should attach great importance to the accuracy and timeliness of your measurement data, because an agency does not like it at all if you make false statements. You’ve never taken measurements yourself? No problem. No problem.

Take and measure measurements yourself

You simply measure your measurements with a normal tape measure. If you’re unsure, get someone you can trust to help you. To determine the exact circumference of your chest, the tape measure must be placed at the widest point of the chest and pulled to tension. Important for women: If you wear a bra when measuring, pull off approx. 1 cm, for push-up bras at least 2 cm. To determine the circumference of your waist, place the tape measure at the narrowest point and pull it tight. You measure the hip circumference at the widest point of your hip or bottom. The optimal model measurements for a woman (as a guideline) are 90-60-90.

In addition to your measurements, you should include pictures in your application. You should make a selection that shows you in different facets, i.e. commercial, fashion and beauty pictures from your book as well as simple Polaroids. You don’t have a book yet and no Polaroids? No problem. No problem.

Picture selection for your model folder

Some agencies prefer models who already have a certain selection of pictures. So you should start looking for different, good photographers. The easiest way to do this is via the Internet. Do the same as your agency search, i.e. search for professional photographers in your area, check their websites, look at their pictures and search for ratings of the photographers by other models. Important: Make a conscious choice. It is of little use to you if you thoughtlessly select numerous photographers who take similar pictures of you (for example, only fashion pictures). Rather, you should choose a few photographers who take different pictures of you in different “directions”, i.e. fashion, commercial and beauty pictures. Here applies: Invest rather a little more money, so that the pictures become qualitatively high-quality and convince. Only those who invest will benefit.

Polaroids for Models – Fast, clean photos

At some agencies even simple Polaroid pictures are sufficient for the application. You can do this yourself or get support from a friend or family member. Polaroids are clean pictures that show your body and face in different facets and give the agency a first impression of you. Polaroids show you in front of a white wall, a good exposure, without make-up, in plain, tight-fitting clothes (skinny jeans or leggings & simple top or T-shirt) and with women preferably in high shoes. One picture should be taken of you in underwear, on one picture you should laugh, on the other one you should look rather expressionless into the camera. Important: No big posing! The pictures should be simple and natural.

checklist for models

  • Optimal & exact dimensions
  • Optically neat look
  • Naturalness
  • The special something (For example, strikingly beautiful eyes/lips, small features such as a tooth gap or a mothers meal, long & undyed hair, a special radiance)
  • self-conscious, present & friendly appearance

If you meet all the criteria of the model agency and the bookers find you interesting, you will be invited to a personal interview at the agency.

Model agency from 30 – Become a model at 30+ years of age

You are looking for a modeling agency from 30 years? With us and other agencies you will also find your home as a model over 30 years old. The big difference is the previous experience, have you already worked as a model and have you knowledge, references and customers to show or do you start completely new?

Modeling from 30 with previous experience

If you have already gained experience as a model at photo shoots, commercials or fashion shows, it is of course much easier for you to join the model agency. Many agencies, including ourselves, are looking for good models from the age of 30. On the way from the first catwalk at the age of 16 or 17, not everyone stays in a model agency but studies, works in a media agency or becomes a doctor or physician in a completely different way. So not everyone stays the same, which is why it is so important for model agencies to find good models from the age of 30. Because in advertising we need you! For new fashion collections, presentations at fashion shows, but also photo shoots for online shops, Instagram to video shoots for YouTube or TV commercials or spots for cinemas. You can already see how diverse the range of possible jobs is that you can do as a model at the age of 30.

Modeling from 30 without previous knowledge and experience

If you want to become a model at the age of 30 and have no previous experience or knowledge of the industry, it will be a bit more difficult! But this is quite normal and with young models completely the same, because of course there are substantially more models without experience who would like to realize their dream. It is therefore worthwhile for you to prepare well for this application.

What are the optimal conditions for models from 30?

The most important thing is that you have a job where you can take flexible time off. For example, if you spontaneously get a job for the next week and have to go to Paris on Tuesday, you might have to tear it down on Monday evening. Could you spontaneously take today off for next week? This is one of the first important questions, your time flexibility for job enquiries and customers.

If you can answer yes to this question, the next step is to go to your place of residence. Ideally, you should live close to your agency or potential client in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Düsseldorf and Cologne. This way you can be relatively flexible on the jobs and you can also be spontaneous on castings, e.g. in Berlin Mitte. If your place of residence is 3 hours away from the nearest big city, it will be relatively difficult for you to take advantage of such opportunities. This of course reduces your chances of getting a job compared to the competition.

The third important point that you must answer in advance with a yes is motivation.

  • Do you really have the ambition to concentrate on building your own model book over the months and years?
  • Would you invest time and money to independently get new photo galleries, how to improve your book?
  • Would you invest time and money to be able to go to a casting for example, you would do the same for 10 castings?
  • When a job calls abroad, would you accept it?

You have to answer all these questions and even more, because modeling in one of the big and renowned modeling agencies means full commitment in the booking case.

Model application

If you can answer all these questions with a clear yes, then we are looking forward to your model application. Send us your contact information and your photos, we are very happy. All information can be found here:

Find a Model Agency

Find the perfect model agency? That can be difficult! Ideally you should rely on ratings, recommendations and experiences from other models. Through their opinions and statements you can already learn a lot about a model agency. But before you decide on a specific model agency, the first step is the search! So let’s look for the perfect model agency!

Reputation and Website: Search and Find with Google

Pretty much everyone will start their search either on Google or on Instagram. Probably Google! Search engines are already an extremely good indicator, because they show you who is making an effort for his media appearance. Search engines like Google try hard to show you as a user only the content that might be really interesting for you. Apart from the advertisements you will usually only find the recommended model agencies at Google & Co.

Start your search regionally

Before you look for a model agency in Milan or New York, look for a good agency in Germany that can represent you for all important cities. In which city your model agency is located is not significant. Large agencies work for the entire German market. You should focus on getting into one of the best German agencies! Start your search with the keyword model agency and the name of the closest largest city with at least one million inhabitants. Exceptions may be Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, otherwise you should always orient yourself to the nearest, larger city. Then search for

  • Model Agency Berlin
  • Model agency Hamburg
  • Model agency Cologne
  • Model agency Munich

References and news on the website

On the website of every model agency you should find references, but also news. Here the agencies write about new jobs, commercials and photo shoots. If you don’t find any updates about new jobs on the agency page, this is not advantageous. Always check to see if you can find references and customers. Here you can get an idea of the customers the agency works for and thus you can find your perfect target group. In the last step, check the model board. How many models does the agency represent? Is it 500 or only 50 selected models? Every job planning and every travel planning costs time and money. The more models an agency represents, the less time it can invest in a single model. So take a look at how meaningful the portfolios are and compare different model agencies with each other. That way you can make the best impression on yourself! Let’s summarize again which points you should check on the websites of model agencies:

  • News, Blog and Job Postings
  • Customers and References
  • Number of models
  • Compare different modelboards

Rating on Google, Facebook and other portals

In the next step you can look at reviews on the different portals. Two important clues: Watch how many ratings model agencies have. Is it just two or are there 20 reviews? The more ratings, the better you can get a meaningful picture. What you should also pay attention to is the average number of stars. Is the number above 3.5 or below? If the agency has over 3.5, you can usually expect it to do a good job. When the agency creates 4 stars, you can assume that it does very good work. Individual negative comments should be checked, because model agencies often receive negative ratings from models that have not been accepted. With 50 applications that a model agency receives every day, not every model gets a feedback and therefore there are sometimes negative reviews without a real reason. Don’t let single negative reviews dissuade you from a model agency if the majority of the reviews are good. You usually get the most objective reviews from Google and Facebook. Many millions of German users are registered here and therefore the potential to have a meaningful amount of ratings is greatest. Besides the evaluation portals you should always take a look at the social networks!

Find model agency on Instagram and YouTube

Of course, model agencies are not only represented on Instagram and YouTube. Nevertheless, it is usually the most important networks for model agencies to find young models. Here you can look exactly the same as in the Blog of the agency whether the agency represents good customers, offers various jobs and strives for regular Postings.

You will find most model agencies on Instagram, because Instagram is made for model agencies! Photo, photo and sometimes a video! In any case, take a look at the social media channels of model agencies, because here you can also judge whether a model agency makes an effort or whether it does something without passion.

These were our tips to help you find your perfect modeling agency. We wish you every success!

Apply for Cocaine Models

If you want to apply in our model agency, then maybe you have already found the right agency for you! All information can be found here:

  • Model Application

Write to a model agency – Your perfect application looks like this

How do I correctly write a model agency? The model agency is very short, although many think that you need previous experience or professional photo shoots. In reality, you don’t need much, two photos and a few dates. Let’s have a look at what the perfect model agency looks like.

Fact: Model agencies have little time

The most important rule is keep your letter very short. Because in a renowned and good model agency, sometimes 50 to 100 applications arrive daily. If there is only one scout in the agency, he has only a few seconds for each application, besides the actual agency work. That’s why you have to score by your photo, not by a long cover letter.

Write to model agency: Contact Details and Dimensions

Your e-mail or letter should contain the following information:

  • Name and first name
  • age
  • Residence
  • E-Mail address
  • Phone number
  • body size
  • fabrication

This basic information should be written to your model agency.

References and Social Media Accounts

Additionally you can add some more information. e.g.

  • Instagram Channel URL
  • YouTube Channel URL if you have more than 5,000 followers
  • Experiences, if you already had jobs or references and customers
  • Reference Links to YouTube or Vimeo for commercials

More information should definitely not be written to your model agency. Now we come to the actually important step, your photo! That’s right, the singular, photo. You don’t need an expensive photo shoot, no professional photographer, just you and a friend or a girlfriend, gladly also your mum or dad, who takes a good photo of you in the daylight. That’s it.

Application Photo for your cover letter

As described above, if you are looking for new faces, the model scouts have little time. 50 to 100 applications reach a good model agency on average per day. This means that the model scout only has a few seconds for each application and each individual review of the application documents. In addition to scouting new faces, his work also includes making new contracts, planning the first shootings and presenting the model to the team. So what matters is your photo! In principle, your application should not contain more than a maximum of four photos, but basically one photo or two is sufficient.

  • Portraitfoto
  • full body photo

In combination with your height, clothing and age, the scout has all the important information for himself. The decision then only takes a few seconds. How can you make your photos too perfect?

Perfect Environment for Application photos

For your application photos you should definitely pay attention to daylight, here you have the best lighting conditions and also absolutely natural radiation. Light emitted by lamps does not have the natural warmth and of course the light source is directly in the room, which can also be seen in the shadows. Therefore you should always make sure in the first step that you take your photo in daylight. You should absolutely do without make-up, any styling that distracts from you and your skin, your hair, your facial features, your proportions is too much! That’s why you should completely do without make-up and styling. Clothes should not distract from you either, so you should wear black trousers and a black top as a woman or a black shirt as a man. With the shoes you should keep it the same, plain and unobtrusive. Let’s sum it up again:

  • photos in daylight
  • Good smartphone camera is enough
  • No make-up
  • No styling
  • Black trousers, black top, plain shoes

These are the most important facts for your application photos. So you have the two perfect pictures, portrait and full body. Make sure that you don’t laugh at either photo, be absolutely unemotional and just look into the camera. Like I said, nothing should distract from your person, even gestures or facial expressions. If you have both your photos, you are welcome to take a photo with a smile and a photo of the page so that you can also see yourself in the profile. That would give you four photos and the perfect basis for your model agency to write!

Model Application at Cocaine Models

If you want to apply in our model agency, then we are looking forward to your application! You have now learned everything you need to write for your application or model agency. If you have already taken your photos, then you can apply here as Model!

Writing to a Model Agency – Application and Preparation

How do I correctly write a model agency? The model agency is very short, although many think that you need previous experience or professional photo shoots. In reality, you don’t need much, two photos and a few dates. Let’s have a look at what the perfect model agency looks like.

Fact: Model agencies have little time

The most important rule is keep your letter very short. Because in a renowned and good model agency, sometimes 50 to 100 applications arrive daily. If there is only one scout in the agency, he has only a few seconds for each application, besides the actual agency work. That’s why you have to score by your photo, not by a long cover letter.

Write to model agency: Contact Details and Dimensions

Your e-mail or letter should contain the following information:

  • Name and first name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • E-Mail address
  • Phone number
  • Body size
  • Fabrication

This basic information should be written to your model agency.

References and Social Media Accounts

Additionally you can add some more information. e.g.

  • Instagram Channel URL
  • YouTube Channel URL if you have more than 5,000 followers
  • Experiences, if you already had jobs or references and customers
  • Reference Links to YouTube or Vimeo for commercials

More information should definitely not be written to your model agency. Now we come to the actually important step, your photo! That’s right, the singular, photo. You don’t need an expensive photo shoot, no professional photographer, just you and a friend or a girlfriend, gladly also your mum or dad, who takes a good photo of you in the daylight. That’s it.

Application Photo for your Letter

As described above, if you are looking for new faces, the model scouts have little time. 50 to 100 applications reach a good model agency on average per day. This means that the model scout only has a few seconds for each application and each individual review of the application documents. In addition to scouting new faces, his work also includes making new contracts, planning the first shootings and presenting the model to the team. So what matters is your photo! In principle, your application should not contain more than a maximum of four photos, but basically one photo or two is sufficient.

  • Portraitfoto
  • Full body photo

In combination with your height, clothing and age, the scout has all the important information for himself. The decision then only takes a few seconds. How can you make your photos too perfect?

Perfect Environment for Application photos

For your application photos you should definitely pay attention to daylight, here you have the best lighting conditions and also absolutely natural radiation. Light emitted by lamps does not have the natural warmth and of course the light source is directly in the room, which can also be seen in the shadows. Therefore you should always make sure in the first step that you take your photo in daylight. You should absolutely do without make-up, any styling that distracts from you and your skin, your hair, your facial features, your proportions is too much! That’s why you should completely do without make-up and styling. Clothes should not distract from you either, so you should wear black trousers and as a woman a black top or as a man a black shirt. With the shoes you should keep it the same, plain and unobtrusive. Let’s sum it up again:

  • Photos in daylight
  • Good smartphone camera is enough
  • No make-up
  • No styling
  • Black trousers, black top, plain shoes

These are the most important facts for your application photos. So you have the two perfect pictures, portrait and full body. Make sure that you don’t laugh at either photo, be absolutely unemotional and just look into the camera. Like I said, nothing should distract from your person, even gestures or facial expressions. If you have both your photos, you are welcome to take a photo with a laugh and a photo of the page so that you can also see yourself in the profile. That would give you four photos and the perfect basis for your model agency to write!

Model Application at Cocaine Models

If you want to apply in our model agency, then we are looking forward to your application! You have now learned everything you need to write for your application or model agency. If you have already taken your photos, then you can apply as model!

Model Agency Baby

You’re looking for a modeling agency for your baby? Our model agency represents models only from the age of 15 years or already preparing at the age of 14 years. If you want to register your child early in an agency, then you should contact a special children’s model agency. Children’s model agencies have a special focus on working with kids and parents. Due to special legislation for minors and babies as well as a higher degree of care, one should always contact a renowned children’s model agency.

Children’s Model Agency Recommendations

In the following list you will find recommendations for Kindermodelagentur all over Germany. Have a look at the different offers here and decide if it is the right step already and which of the reputable agencies you choose. You can find the complete list here:

Model agency from 40

Become a model at the age of 40? Even at the age of 40 you can still join a model agency. However, it is a great advantage if you have already gained experience. E.g. because you already work as a make-up artist or in an advertising agency and sometimes even stood in front of the camera. If you want to professionalize yourself, do more jobs and build up your own model portfolio, then it is worth applying to a model agency.

Models over 40 years for photo shootings and advertising

There are extremely many products and accordingly many customers for 40 year old models. Whether it’s beauty products, advertising spots for real estate portals or food or even fashion online shops. The possibilities of jobs are very varied and accordingly one can also build up and establish oneself as a model at an advanced age. Especially due to the demographic change, the market for older models is getting bigger and bigger, so who prepares himself at the age of 40, so to speak, can get hold of Thomas later and win many different customers for himself.

Anyone who has already gained experience and has been active in model agencies before will of course have many advantages, precisely because of the demographic change that has just been mentioned. More and more commercials and more and more advertising campaigns are designed for an older audience or target group.

If you want to apply in our model agency, then we are looking forward to your application! Here you can find all information about the model application.

Model Johanna in Athens: Greece – modeling, living and working abroad

Going abroad as a model – a constant theme for many models, both New Comers and professionals. With a stay abroad, some plans come your way, you will be rewarded with plenty of experiences – no matter where in the world you are. Many young models are concerned about whether they can cope independently abroad, what exactly awaits them and which country or city is the right choice. Johanna von Cocaine Models is currently on the road as a model in Athens. I spoke to her about her stay abroad in the Greek capital.

Model Johanna – modeling in relaxed Athens

CM: Johanna, you are a model in Athens until the end of February, how did you get there?

I was already working here in November 2014 for one month, now my agency asked if I am available again and I came back. My agency in Cologne has put me in touch with the agency here in Athens.

CM: Why Athens of all places? What attracted you to Athens as a model?

I didn’t choose Athens directly, it turned out rather like this. But it is a beautiful city with a relaxed working atmosphere & the weather is wonderful.

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CM: Would you recommend Athens as a model city?

I would recommend Athens as a model city so far away that you can get good pictures here. Most models come to Athens to take good pictures and gain experience, not to earn the big money, because the payment is rather meagre. But to make contacts and get good pictures Athens is absolutely recommendable.

Modeling Experience Athens – Preparations & Experiences

CM: How did you prepare for your trip there?

Actually one does not have to prepare oneself really great, the hotel is booked before by the agency for the model and one must actually only book his flight and fly off. It is important to plan your meals on site before your trip, as not all apartments have kitchens and you are often on the road the whole day. I always take a few plastic cans and plastic cutlery with me so that I can cook my food on the spot and take it with me during the day.

CM: What are your experiences as a model in Athens so far?

Firstly, the people in Athens are mostly very friendly. Everything is very relaxed! On the other hand, there is always work here. There are many good photographers in Athens and clients are loyal and book you back when they are satisfied with you.

CM: How would you describe the model target group in Greece, which model types are in demand?

Blond and brown-haired models are the absolute favorite here, Asian and dark-skinned models have it rather hard here. Besides, the Greeks don’t like “too skinny” girls that much. One of my friends was even cheated a few centimetres more on her hip for her sedcard.

CM: Which castings should you attend and which jobs did you get during your time in Greece?

There are castings every day for the most different jobs, there is everything. You go to castings for fashion shows, TV commercials, online shops, magazines, editorials or campaigns. Anything you can imagine. I did some shootings for online shops, for example for sunglasses or clothes, such shootings are enough for every model here, two campaigns +TV spot, web campaigns, editorial for a magazine and more.

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Johanna between Castings & Jobs – Breakfast, Coffee, Castings

CM: What is your daily modeling life in Athens like?

Get up, make breakfast, then on the way to the castings or bookings get a coffee, which is super cheap here, then it goes with the metro, the bus, the trolley or on foot to the casting. There you are usually five to 10 minutes and then you go on to the next casting. Bookings, on the other hand, are more relaxed. The model has a given arrival time, as a model you are usually on time and then wait an hour for the client or the make-up artists. Then, on average, eight hours or more are worked.

CM: How did you live and how did you get it?

Each agency has its own apartments/hotels for the models, in which you are automatically accommodated. I stayed at the hotel last time, too. There you share the room with another girl and if you are lucky you will find the bathroom in the room, otherwise you have to share the bathroom in the hallway with the other hotel occupants. There is also a small kitchen where you can make yourself something to eat. Accommodation in a hotel costs 17 Euro per night and will be deducted from the money you receive. But this time I live with friends, it’s cheaper and you have more space.

CM: How did you spend your time in Athens away from modeling?

In the evenings you often go out, have fun and have a drink. Otherwise you can of course visit the Acropolis and other sights. I also spend a lot of time in the shopping streets and when I have a day off I go to the sea.

Athens – Highlights & Recommendations

CM: What are your personal Athens highlights?

The Acropolis in any case, one should go up there once, alone to enjoy the view! This is completely free of charge for European students. Another highlight are of course the new friends and the hours together. An insider tip: The spinach feta pie which you can buy here in all bakeries is great and should be plastered on every visit to Athens.

CM: What do you recommend to other models who go to Athens for a while?

Calmness! Even if you are a young model who is a little panicked for the first few days, you are never too late in Greece. Furthermore, I can only recommend a good contact to the local agency. I have seen that if you visit the agency more often and maintain a good relationship, you get a lot of help and the agency gives you some opportunities. Always take sunscreen with you, because I even got a little sunburn in February!

CM: What does the modeling industry in Athens and Greece look like?

She’s definitely big! There are many jobs, albeit for less money. Due to Greece’s financial situation, one can certainly imagine how people have to struggle with it to pay enough. Nevertheless, there is work for every willing to work! I haven’t met anyone here who hasn’t worked. Nevertheless, the market for Male Models is very narrow, because there are enough Greek boys on site.

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CM: Is a stay in Athens worthwhile for models?

Not necessarily to make big money, but for good pictures and a lot of experiences that really take you further. You can also earn money, but it may well be that in the end there is not so much jumping around when I look at the payment here.

CM: What did you notice positively in Athens, what rather negatively?

The friendly people are positive! Absolutely negative is chronic lateness.

CM: Are there any cultural differences that a German visitor should take into account?

One thing is very unusual: You can order coffee at the bakeries and it will be delivered to you wherever you want! this is super practical! Another big difference and for many probably a big change: Smoking is going on everywhere inside, whether at the shooting, in the restaurant, in the club or at the casting.

Johanna: “Now I’m a pro in posing”

CM: What do you take with you to Germany from your time as a model in Athens?

Many new friends and experiences. Also some pictures, which I can use for my book and fortunately also my earned money. I also take many new contacts with me, which I will certainly be able to use when I come back. One thing I can say for sure: After your stay in Athens you will be a professional in posing for online shop shootings! That’s something every model here takes with them.

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CM: For which models with what ambitions do you recommend Athens?

I think Athens is something for models with experience as well as for newcomers. Of course you should have a reasonably good book, but you don’t have to work so much to get a foothold here. You shouldn’t be shy either, because you are rather small for a model, because there are rather less fashion shows taking place here.

CM: Dear Johanna, thank you for your interview!

Modeling Abroad: Malia in Cape Town – Jobs, Castings and Models in South Africa

Going abroad as a model – a constant theme for many models, both New Comers and professionals. With a stay abroad, some plans come your way, you will be rewarded with plenty of experiences – no matter where in the world you are. Many young models are concerned about whether they can cope independently abroad, what exactly awaits them and which country or city is the right choice. Malia von Cocaine Models is currently on the road as a model in Cape Town. I talked to her about her stay abroad in the South African dream city.

Model Malia: “Cape Town was a coincidence”

CM: Malia, you’ve been modeling in South Africa for several weeks/months. What have you experienced there as a model?

Here you experience a lot – from shootings, sight seeing, surfing to shark diving. Cape Town is extremely diverse in every respect.

CM: How did you discover South Africa/ Cape Town in particular?

I’m honest, Cape Town was more of a coincidence. My friend wanted to spend a semester abroad at the university and I thought I could just come along and model there. Since we went on holiday a year ago and had an agency there, it was very easy to implement the plan then.

CM: How did you prepare for your stay in advance?

In the end you don’t have to prepare for Cape Town, the only difficult or “long” one is the work visa, so you should plan about 2-3 weeks until you have all documents together and drive to the embassy in Berlin. It’s also important what clothes you take with you. I say this quite explicitly because Cape Town does not offer good or high-quality shopping opportunities (in terms of shootings). So if you plan to test, you should bring some clothes.

Malia about the possibilities as a model in Cape Town

CM: What are your experiences in Cape Town as a model so far?

There is a lot of competition on the road, casting can be longer than you want and direct booking unfortunately doesn’t exist. The jobs are great and you have opportunities you wouldn’t have in Germany and the tests are great.

CM: From your experience: Which models are particularly in demand in South Africa?

Ü30 models with blond short hair. Also male models.

CM: What does the modeling industry in Cape Town look like?

There are extremely many agencies and in the summer (German winter) the customers make a pilgrimage to Cape Town and produce there, due to the low costs. Yes, the model fees are also about half as good as in comparison to Germany. You feel like in a German village, because there are extremely many German models/photographers/MUAs on site.

CM: What jobs have you done in Cape Town so far? How did they go off?

Sport jobs, a lot is produced there in this respect, but also TV commercials. The process is no different than in Germany, perhaps one difference: after the casting there is always a callback, i.e. a second casting. If you are taken then there is one day only for fitting and then it is only produced. The days are long because you start shooting very early (because of the light). People rarely work over lunchtime because the light is too hard and it usually doesn’t continue until the afternoon.

CM: What are your typical daily routines in South Africa as a model?

The agencies communicate via SMS and send you the casting. Then you go to the different casting studios and hope that not 100 other people are waiting for the same casting. Waiting times vary from 10 minutes to 4 hours per casting.

There are normal castings (here the waiting times are 1-4 hours) and “requested” castings (there you are specially requested, have an appointment and usually come directly to it). Requested castings are always the ones where you have the best chances, because the customer has already selected you based on his pictures and wants to see you.

CM: How do you live and how did you get your place? What do you recommend?

The agencies help or provide accommodation. But I’m not a fan of model apartments and that’s why we chose Airbnb for our own accommodation. This was not directly in Cape Town City, but only 15 minutes away, cheaper and on the beach – which I personally like better. If you are an independent person and like to organize yourself, I can only recommend such a thing. If you are perhaps unsure, you should seek the help of the agency.

Malias Cape Town Highlights

CM: What are your personal Cape Town highlights?

My highlight was one of my last test shootings with the photographer Jacques Weyers (photographed for Elle Southafrica and World of Swimsuits among others). We shot an editorial, which was very important to me personally and in which I could find myself very well. Besides, I was the only model Jacques tested with, which was like a little knighthood for me.

CM: Which model hot spots would you recommend to other models?

The Food Markets in Cape Town are amazing, and I’m also a fan of some restaurants: Kloofstreet House, Cafe Paradiso, Simply Asia, Beluga and Black Sheep. Osumo makes the best smoothies and to celebrate: Era, Tschin Tschin Rooftopbar, Shimmy Beachclub.

CM: What do you like about modeling in Cape Town? What is more problematic?

I find the locations in Cape Town fantastic. If you want to do tests, you can have extremely many settings and improve your book very much.

Another problem is that the fees are unfortunately not so good and you have to be careful about the crime in Cape Town.

CM: What does a model have to pay special attention to in South Africa? (rules, customs, differences to Germany etc.)

Cape Town is very Western/European, but yes there are townships and crime is high. In the evening when it gets dark you should not go out alone or to the beach, you should not carry too many valuables around with you, carry too expensive clothes, get involved in conversations in the street or just go with people. You should just pay attention to what’s going on around you. When you rent a car, you have to expect people to drive extremely badly and uncoordinated. We had a little accident because someone drove into our car (only fender damage) and my credit card was stolen from the machine. You just have to be aware of these things when you are there and plan to fly there. Nevertheless, you don’t have to be afraid on the spot, because if you just pay attention to these things you are safe.

Cape Town for the Model-Book – Germany for the Model-Gage

CM: What do you take with you from your stay in South Africa to Germany?

Cape Town is good for the book and for the experience, however, one simply has to say that one is “on paid vacation” there and that Plus Minus Null will return to Germany.

CM: Would you recommend South Africa, especially Cape Town, to other models? Why?

I think for Newfaces Cape Town is great, you can build your book with great photographers, especially in terms of commercials. Then I also think that Cape Town is very good for models Ü30, because the market there is very versatile and as a model you can work there very well even in old age. If you fall into this grid or simply want to gain experience abroad I can recommend Cape Town, but if you think you will make the big money there I have to say, unfortunately, stay in Germany.

CM: Dear Malia, thank you for the interview!

That’s it – Successful model casting in Cologne

Catwalk. Posing. Recall. On Sunday the big, open Cocaine Models model casting took place in Cologne. The team was highly motivated, the location casting-fairly up-behaved and the demand for model applicants enormous. Michelle has captured the formative impressions for you and summarized them briefly.

Casting start – Large rush in the Mediapark

Sunday morning 12 o’clock – the gates of our Cocaine Models agency open. Numerous model applicants have already gathered outside the door. The line at the reception is getting longer by the minute. Each applicant registers on a list and receives a number. Time passes and there is a certain tension in the air. Our Polaroid assistant Celia takes care of the Polaroid photos, which are taken before the jury’s assessment. The model applicants observe the competition or give each other the last tips for a perfect appearance. Meanwhile, our social media representative Hanna Jung is working diligently on interesting “Behind-the Szenes” shots.
First impressions count: Models in casting

The jury’s eyes wander curiously to the door of the casting room. Every new face is carefully received. The model candidates try to convince the jurors of their personality, their experiences and a short test walk. Critical glances eye every step and every movement. Our Cocaine Models jury, consisting of model-booker Regina Steinpress, model-booker Marcel Matt, photographer Oliver Rudolph and two of our agency models as guest jurors, are busy taking notes. Thanks to years of experience in the modeling business, our team always agrees quickly which candidates have a chance of being recalled.

The Recall – the second round of interviews

The number of model applicants shrinks from 54 to 25 candidates in round 2, the “recall”. The selection is difficult: Many talented young models fight for a place in the Cocaine Models Model file. In the recall, the chosen one is felt closer to the tooth, or rather to the shoe. The candidates prove themselves to the direct competition in small groups. They show their catwalk style, as well as different posing styles according to photographer’s instructions. Especially the challenge “dynamic posing” shows which of the model candidates have a solid self-confidence: A jump. A twist. YES the girls also on high heels! The view is directed towards the camera. After a short expert consultation, each model receives direct and constructive feedback.

The jury’s verdict

Congratulations: We welcome 16 new faces to our agency! Besides six new male models, 10 new female models adorn our model portfolio. We are enthusiastic and proudly welcome our new agency. SAY HELLO! After 7 pm we deserve some rest and toast to a successful casting day. To our team, to our models, to Cocaine models!

Model Booking: How do I book a model for photos and advertising?

Models are booked for different jobs under different conditions and expectations. The respective customer has certain ideas and criteria according to which he selects a model. He informs the model agency concerned of his criteria and usually sends a mood board, which tells the agency more about the context of the assignment. There are basically two options for model bookings: Either a customer has browsed the model file of the model agency concerned and already selected one or more models, which he would like to invite either to the Casting or book directly. However, it is also common to ask the model agency to select models according to the criteria and send the client a selection of models.

Prerequisites for models in commercials and commercials

In order to become a successful model in a serious model agency, a model must have different requirements. For a model agency it counts whether a model is well booked. Oaks of carcasses are regularly sorted out. A model must have a very good figure, means slim, taut, the right measurements. Of course, the optimal sizes differ more closely between male and female models. Male models can do more exercise than female models. Their main aim is to have a firm and fit body, i.e. cardio training and light muscle training are sufficient. Too much muscle and weight training makes the muscles in a female model become too wide and the assumed measurements are no longer optimal.

The optimal measurements for men and women?

Female Models: The Prerequisites

Female models should be at least 174 cm tall. Smaller models can be successful, but the chance is very small. Therefore the size is a decisive criterion for a model agency to include a model. The optimal measurements for female models are 90-60-90.

Male Models: The Prerequisites

A male model must have a slim and defined body. The minimum size is 184 cm. Especially tall men can have problems in the model industry as well as men who are too small, as they do not fit into the designer’s collections. The maximum size of a male model is 194 cm.

Character & Strength are strong attributes for advertising models

Besides the physical requirements, the mental requirements and the character of a model also count. A model has to prove strength, discipline and endurance. Jobs are often strenuous and time-consuming. A good model should not feel tired or stressed. Motivation and ambition distinguish an experienced model, the customer likes to book such models again, this is very important for a model and the model agency. Furthermore, a healthy self-confidence and the changeability of a model are decisive selection criteria. From this total package the charisma of a model is formed. A customer tries to convey his products and services to consumers through a model. This succeeds through an optimal mediation of emotions. Emotions are aroused by the charisma of a model, including facial expressions and gestures. A model must be able to slip into different roles in order to “sell” the product/service to the consumer. Authenticity and naturalness are the magic words to captivate consumers so that the customer’s concept works.

Character? That’s Chand from Stockholm!

Modeling! Job opportunities in the advertising industry: online shop, showroom and TV spots

There are many job opportunities for a model. The body is the tool of a model and therefore the capital. A model advertises a customer’s products and services. This can be done via various carrier media. A model can be booked for poster advertising, magazine editorials or covers, online presence, TV commercials or similar. On the catwalk a model presents fashion collections or beauty and styling products/services. The body is the screen for the catwalk appearance, but in the commercial area (advertising) also counts the facial expressions and gestures of the model, which leads to the sales promotion of the products/services.

Modelagenturen – Agency for photo shooting and construction of models

A serious and good model agency is very important for a model. Although a model can work without an agency, the risk of a model being exploited is enormous, especially abroad. The tasks of a model agency include the placement of good (for serious, well-known customers, a good salary) jobs. The model agency ensures that a model is not underpaid, especially abroad models are often enormously underpaid. In addition, the model agency ensures a good image of the model. A serious model agency takes a model’s uncertainties and supports the model with questions. A model can have several modeling agencies. We recommend a parent agency and a good agency in each major city, such as Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne / Düsseldorf or abroad, e.g. in London, New York, Paris or Milan. Customers all over Germany and all over the world can book a model, for example a model book Hamburg, model book Berlin or model book London.

Model Guru Lutz Marquardt about model agency and mother agency

What is the difference between a model agency and a parent agency? Model agencies are exclusively responsible for the mediation, a parent agency, on the other hand, builds models, arranges photo shoots with good photographers and later places models abroad with large and renowned agencies in Milan, Paris, London or Shanghai and New York.

Book model: prices and agency commission in Germany

The payment of a model is managed by the model agency concerned. The model agency issues an invoice for the client and negotiates the prices with him. New Faces are generally cheaper than experienced models. With the experience and the level of awareness of a model also the price of a model increases.

In Germany, the agency usually charges 20 percent commission for referrals to customers once the model has completed its job. Abroad this agency commission can vary and also amount to up to 50 percent. In addition to paying the model, the agency usually requires a so-called AP from the client.

Find with us your perfect model for the next job

At Cocaine Models you will find experienced models, as well as New Faces for strong photo shoots or advertising campaigns. Through exclusive model-coaching our CM-models are regularly optimally trained for the commercial sector as well as for the catwalk. We support our models for a perfect placement and a satisfactory result from the customer’s point of view. Our wide range of models makes our Cologne model agency interesting and attractive for clients from the advertising and fashion sectors. Models book NRW and all over Germany.

Are you looking for a suitable model for your campaign? Then contact our agency. Cocaine Models is looking forward to your request.

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.

Modeling in Hamburg! Between castings, magazines and advertising agencies

Modeling in Hamburg? If you’re wondering if it’s better to move to Berlin or Hamburg, then you’re asking yourself the right question! Because you have chosen the two most important cities in Germany, in Hamburg and in Berlin there are most castings but also most jobs for models. Why is that? Hamburg is a beautiful city, not only many models attract, also media companies, celebrities like actors and musicians but also international companies and productions. This special mix makes Hamburg a special hotspot for models. Here you’ll find every kind of job, from catalogue shootings to online shops, production and TV commercials, but also shootings for instagra and productions with influencers for YouTube.

Unlike many other cities, Hamburg is a real highlight not only for many Germans due to its beautiful corners. Many international visitors also come to Hamburg when they visit Germany. The more interesting people and the more companies that work with media in a city, the more jobs there are for models! That’s why it’s worth it if you meet all the minimum dimensions in Hamburg to become a model. Today we want to show you what is important if you want to become a model in Hamburg and what requirements you have to meet.

+ Berlin + Munich + Cologne | Model Castings in February 2019

Prerequisites for Models in Hamburg

The competition is great! Many who live in the countryside try their luck in Hamburg. Maybe you live in the countryside, in a village or in a small town, or maybe in the middle of Hamburg, Altona or HafenCity. However, the same requirements apply to all of them, e.g. when it comes to body size, clothing, but also the measurements around chest, hips and waist. But the measurements are only a part of the requirements, as well as a healthy diet, body care but also pay attention to figure, hair, nails,… many details that most people don’t think about when they talk about how easy or difficult it is to become a model. Once all the basic requirements have been met, however, the model’s own character and personality are particularly important. The cooperation with the management is very important, at the beginning it is less intensive but the longer you work as a model the more intensive the cooperation becomes.

  • General good appearance and neat appearance
  • Healthy nutrition and regular sports
  • Professional collaboration with management and customers
  • Embition and commitment to the job as a model

Models & School? First castings and jobs

If, for example, you are still in school at the beginning and have two or three years ahead of you, you will do fewer jobs at the beginning. This is quite normal, since you should concentrate on school and your education! But as soon as it approaches the end of the school, you will ideally start the first international planning. If you can’t do it internationally, you can still look forward to many more jobs! Because as a student you are often tied up, between the different exams, the vacation, enjoy the leisure time! As soon as you have the time, you can travel, you can plan days of travel, you are flexible and you have a good school-leaving certificate in your pocket. For example, as a model it is important that you can express yourself well, many customers speak English, so it is very important that you have a good command of English! But there is also a bit of mathematics, for example when it comes to calculating your own travel expenses. The more successful you are as a model, the more you will invest in a photographer. Especially in Hamburg there are many good photographers. Of course, you no longer have to work with everyone. That’s why good photographers in Hamburg also cost money. But as soon as you earn money in your first jobs, you will also invest in the first photographers to improve your model portfolio!

Live Casting – A look behind the scenes

You haven’t seen a model casting live yet? Here is a small example from our Youtube Channel!

Application in a model agency as a Hamburger

If you want to apply in a model agency in Hamburg, you don’t need a professional photo shooting. All your modeling agency wants to see in Hamburg is Polaroids. Polaroids are super easy to create, all you need is a good friend, a mobile phone and daylight! You’ll also have to get the right outfit in the city centre, black trousers, a black top, black or white, plain shoes. Your underwear should be black as well. As a woman, you should also buy a bikini and high heels. If you are still new in Hamburg, then we have a few recommendations for you: Fashion Boutiques Hamburg. For your modeling agency, you then grab good daylight and a relatively simple wall. The background of your photo should be as bad as possible so that nothing distracts from you! You don’t need makeup or styling. All your modeling agency wants to see is you!

take measurements yourself: Measure hips, waist and chest

Here you see all important points on the body to take your measurements yourself. Make sure that you wear as little clothing as possible when measuring and be honest with yourself when measuring! You can find more information about minimum sizes and proportions for models here: Model Dimensions.

We hope that you have learned a little and have summarized here once again the most important articles for you on the subject Model become!

Model Coachings – runway training, acting & more

Send photos: Professional shooting or simply with your mobile phone?

In the next step you take a full body photo, a portrait and another portrait with a laugh. First in normal outfit, black jeans, black top and shoes. If you are over 16 years old, you can also send Polaroid bikinis or Polaroids in underwear. If you’re under the age of 16, you shouldn’t do this! It is important that you are seen with your whole body, once your face in the portrait and another photo has a smile. Why is laughing so important? As a model you work for many jobs in advertising. Advertising sells through friendliness, emotions that you as a model can arouse in you, better than any other! That’s why there should be a laughing portrait of you.

After the recording: Patience is a virtue – also in Hamburg!

Before you send your application to a model agency, you should definitely talk to your parents and of course you should also think about the head gasket you are going to use as a model. You want to build a professional career. This can only be achieved with the support of a management team and the network that comes with it. So you always have to be prepared that no success comes overnight. The best Youtubers took years. The greatest Hollywood actors took years. No star is born overnight. Therefore, you should always stay professional, you should take the time for your education, that is for your school, and you should give yourself and your career time. If you develop step by step, build up your model book over the first years, then do bigger and bigger jobs or even go abroad for a few months or years, that’s the right way! A serious model agency like ours supports you with professional management and accompaniment so that you develop your model portfolio perfectly and build up for the ideal market, for your requirements. If you have taken your photos for your first model application in Hamburg, all you need is your contact details and the most important measurements, as well as your body size, shoes or even the clothing size. That’s all a good modeling agency needs from you! The Model Scouts in the agency have a lot of experience and a very professional view to judge applications from Hamburg.

Media city Hamburg: Photographers, advertising agencies and publishers

Who wants to try himself as a model in Hamburg, he should already at the beginning of his career, on good contacts in the advertising and media industry set. Especially in Hamburg there is of course a lot of competition among models. The biggest media and advertising agencies are at home here, from Altona to the harbour and the city. While in other large German cities, such as Cologne or Munich, life is rather quieter. Only Berlin is comparable to Hafencity! What’s the problem? Over the decades, Hamburg has developed into an absolute media metropolis. Here are not only the big advertising agencies at home, in which you as a model naturally have excellent chances to get castings and jobs. More, even big publishers and magazines. In this article we want to tell you a bit about Hamburg castings and jobs as New Face!

Special magazines attract models automatically. No matter if it’s the High Fashion Magazine or other categories, as well as Lifestyle and Interior. For models, especially photos taken in magazines are an absolute reference. Especially in fashion magazines, of course. These photos show that the models have good contacts or a good model agency. As a model you have to pass the preselection before the shooting date. Your luck! As a model in Hamburg, the way is not far to make the leap into the magazines. Even if you travel to Hamburg as a model, you will quickly arrive at the agencies or photo studios. Mostly directly from Hamburger Bahnhof or Airport.

Advertising finances you as a model

The “most money” for you as a model lies in advertising productions – for magazines you rarely get paid. Most tracks in magazines are even created without payment. The photos are then used for their own portfolio (model, photographer, visa, etc.). However, your income comes mainly from advertising or “commercial” jobs. When we talk about the German market, in particular advertising spots, photo shoots for online shops or classic catalogues and image brochures for companies. It is not only about fashion, of course many other brands and companies also book models for your advertising. In Hamburg, for example, this includes insurance and food. Especially big chains (no matter if fashion or food) produce new tracks almost weekly in their studios or those of the photographers and production teams. In doing so, we are always looking for new models to sell the new products of the week optimally in the respective brochures. If you find your regular customers, you’ll make a good living as a model.

Jobs in Hamburg: Online Shops, Social Media & TV Advertising

When you start modeling, your first jobs are to do showrooms. Such a showroom in Hamburg is a small, internal event in which designers, marketing managers or sales staff meet with the customer to select parts of the new collection. These new fashion pieces should of course be shown to you as a model! How are the seams processed, what is the texture of the materials, how does the jeans or jacket fit? In order for the designer, sales manager or marketing manager to have a model directly on site, young models in particular are booked for this type of job. You usually work in Hamburg’s city centre, where designers meet their customers. Once you’ve gained your first experience and upgraded your model portfolio through test shootings with photographers, you’ll get your first jobs for social media shootings or online shops!

Start: Shootings, Social Media, Online Shop and Image

There are always new fashion collections or new products. Exactly, it doesn’t always have to be about fashion trends! Just look at smartphones, there is always a new iPhone or a new mobile phone from Samsung Galaxy to HTC. There are also many new models, new commercials and photo shoots in the automotive industry. Models are needed for every new brand and for every new model. Also for new seasons but also for different seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter! Each emotional set needs its individual composition of photo models, production team but also advertising agency, which creates the creative concept. There are always new jobs in Hamburg! If you work hard and also show your model agency or management that you are professional on jobs and on time, the customers are satisfied with you, then you will get your first commercials sometime!

Next Level: Jobs for commercials and TV commercials in Hamburg

The word TV is nowadays of course often equated with broadcasting, e.g. through YouTube advertising. Advertising in video format, be it the advertising film for upstream YouTube videos, the advertising film for TV and cinema or even influencer marketing with videos on YouTube, this is where you as a model have the greatest potential. Since the production of commercials by media agencies is quite complex, the productions are not only used in Germany. Unlike regional brands that use your photos in the Hamburg area, for example, such TV commercials are often broadcast throughout German-speaking countries, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Many commercials are also shown throughout Europe or even internationally, in America and Asia. Hamburg offers great potential for you as a model!

Dailies campaign with Marie, Hannes & Johanna

Pantene Pro V (worldwide) with Lisa

Local agency or international agency?

If you want to get started as a model in the field of media and advertising, then you have the best agencies with a management to get jobs not only in Hamburg but also in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf. If you want to work as a fulltime model and professional, then you need not only jobs here but also in other cities. Therefore it is important for you as a young model to choose an international model agency that offers the best perspectives not only for Hamburg but also for Germany and for the international stage, ideally!

Sequence bookings for models in Hamburg

In a career, it is important for every entrepreneur (you are also an entrepreneur) to acquire satisfied, returning customers. If you have customers who are satisfied with you and your performance, the chance increases that you will book yourself again when there are new jobs. Especially showrooms and fashion shows bring you directly to the decision makers in the companies. If you are convinced here, you may soon be booked for an entire Lookbook campaign. Then you not only get the clothes of the customer to present them, you get a whole photo shoot with a big team, in a big studio and with great certainty also a beautiful video, which you can use afterwards for your model portfolio and his portfolio.

Model agencies in Hamburg for serious castings & jobs

There are model agencies in Hamburg, like the proverbial “sand by the sea”. In Hamburg there are not only the classic model agencies, but also many individual model bookers or agents. Their names are often not as well known as the big agencies, but they also have very good contacts in the advertising industry. They often used to work in an advertising agency themselves and then moved into the world of fashion and models. Now they have a good network to certain companies and they are placing these jobs. There are also mother agencies. Mother agencies are so to speak the biggest form of the agency, they not only represent you as a model in Germany but also try to actively bring you to their partner agencies all over the world. As a model, you can also work in the absolute top cities such as New York, London, Paris or Milan. Every model’s dream when it comes to becoming a model!

The big leap is usually only possible with one of the big agencies! They have the necessary personnel and the necessary financial means, which you need as a model, if you want to continue and for example also work abroad. This is not only about the work itself, but also about airline tickets, hotels and contracts that you make with the respective partner agencies prior to each stay abroad. From the Hamburg airport it goes off then into the whole world. USA, South Korea, Greece, France. A big risk, which is why contracts and a reputable model agency in Hamburg are also important. This ensures that everything runs smoothly for you and that you arrive safely in the new country from the very first moment.

You work abroad as a model 45-6o days

As a model you usually work 45 to 60 days abroad. The agencies take over all your investments, so that you can fully concentrate on your job. At the end of your stay the income will be deducted from the expenses and the remaining surplus will be divided among one party. As a model you get at least half of your winnings paid out. Since you had no costs, it is an incredibly great opportunity to expand your model portfolio, get to know new people and above all to make new contacts all over the world.

Reposting of agencies from Cape Town & Co.

If you are convinced of showrooms and fashion shows in Hamburg and Germany, there is a good chance that one of your customers will book you again for a larger campaign or photo shoot. It’s the same with agencies. Once you’ve worked abroad and the model agency has got to know you, appreciated your work and had good experiences with you, they’ll ask you if you don’t want to visit them next season. By working in different countries you gain a lot of experience and your model portfolio becomes more and more diverse.

The big customers and jobs are abroad!

If you go abroad as a model, you have the great chance of more campaigns and much more expensive photo material. While productions in a country like Germany are very expensive, productions in many other European countries or even in an international comparison are much cheaper. In Madrid or Barcelona you will already get much bigger information, if you should go as a model sometime to Asia, it can also be that you have a helicopter, an elephant or something else with you. These photos are of course absolutely great for your portfolio and show that you also exist in larger productions as a model and bring your performance.

Luxury in Hamburg: Models and High Fashion

Who wants to create in Hamburg the jump into the far world, can that! Hamburg is not only well-known for its numerous media, Hamburg is well-known also for its VIPs, prominent ones and its probably well-to-do inhabitants in many districts. Of course you won’t find a luxury boutique in the Schanzenviertel but in the city! Because in every city where luxury is concentrated, there are of course many satellites around the brands. These are companies that accumulate around a certain industry. In the high fashion and world of haute couture, for example, these are fashion boutiques and showrooms of the various fashion designers. Here in Hamburg they present the latest fashion of the season to their customers, directly on the model. The customer can then decide on the spot which pieces to purchase for his fashion chain.

Fashion boutique, exclusive wholesalers and showrooms

Numerous big brands are in Hamburg. Models are booked quite often by them for the new collections. If you were still like on a showroom, imagine it as a very, very small fashion show. As a model you present the new pieces of the designer. In front of you sits a selected audience, but not more than 100 people as in a fashion show, as a rule there are only a few people here. For example, they represent larger fashion houses and brands and are looking for new trends for their stores. That’s why they visit the designers, it’s about trends and novelties! Your job is the presentation and if they like a garment about you, you also present the workmanship and materials. As a model and sales talent, you’ll help the designer bring his fashion to the world!

Specially young models often work in Hamburg showrooms. With this you can earn your first living as a model and then concentrate full time on modeling. Jobs on showrooms are also an excellent exercise, as you have direct contact with the marketing department, maybe even the customer, so fashion designer himself. Here you can not only learn how to present yourself, but also how to present your customers’ products and garments convincingly and authentically. The better you become as a model and the more convincing you are with the customer, the higher is the chance of follow-up bookings.

Models & Model will be in the Harbor City

If you consistently follow your path as a model, you can build a great career as a model in Hamburg. If your career runs smoothly, you can also stay in your (!) city forever, if you like! Through your model agency you have got good contacts in Germany and customers who like to book you frequently. You’ve been abroad, you’ve expanded a folder and now you get new requests from Italy or South Africa every year. If you follow this path for years and stick to it consistently, you can manage to live from modeling and also find your home in Hamburg. The city is beautiful, not only to work but also to spend one’s life here. In the city, at the port or in the various multicultures quarter at the edge.

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What is a photo model? The definition of a model

A photo model is a person who advertises products or services by using his body, i.e. visually. This can be on TV, on posters, face-to-face, in magazines, online or similar. Models are also booked for demonstrating and presenting fashion collections or beauty and styling products. For the optimal model figure, a model must exercise regularly and should pay strict attention to nutrition. Even if the body as canvas is in the foreground when modeling, gestures, facial expressions, an intensive look into the camera, posing and charisma also play an important role in a photo model. Emotions are very important for advertising, because sales promotion works through emotions. Emotions are generated by the disciplines mentioned above, such as facial expressions or gestures. A model must train hard in order to be able to implement the disciplines authentically at the push of a button. At catwalk shows, for the presentation of fashion collections, the models must also know the different running styles and present a choreography on the catwalk, as a pure photo model this is usually not necessary.

There are already small tips that help. Set up a few moods for the posing in front of every photographer shooting or before every single set. For example, there are small, very effective facial expressions, for women among others:

  1. Sink your head down. Then look up and focus the camera.
  2. Games with the lips.
  3. Similar to step 1, but then the view from (left or right) outside goes to the camera
  4. You can close your eyes and’feel’
  5. Now you can seem’tender’, look or even’lovely’
  6. Sweet looks, then smile
  7. And don’t forget: Also move your body

difference: photo model & catwalk model

In the past, a strict distinction was made between the term photo model and catwalk model (also called mannequine). Today both fall under the generic term model. Thus, a model can stand in front of the camera for advertising shoots as well as make a good figure on the catwalk for designers. Of course there are different “model types”, i.e. if a model has a good figure, a great face and a unique charisma, but is generally too small for the catwalk, then it can still work as a photo model, but is rather less booked for the catwalk.

Photo modeling agencies – serious modeling agencies

Models can work with and without photo modeling agency. A contract with a good model agency is always recommendable. First, a modeling agency will make sure that you get good jobs, the emphasis is on good! The quality of a customer and an order counts. The model agency makes sure that you only work with serious customers and presents you in the best light. Especially if a model works abroad, a model agency is important as security, because no customer can use the model by underpayment or the like. If you have questions, she supports you as a model and shows you the deficits you have to work on. In Germany, the agency usually charges 20 percent commission for referrals to customers once the model has completed its job. Abroad this agency commission can vary and also amount to up to 50 percent. In addition to paying the model, the agency usually requires a so-called AP from the client.

Become a photo model – The requirements for models

An optimized body, i.e. a slim, slightly sporty figure, is the basic requirement for a photo model and a catwalk model. A distinction is made between male and female models. While the male models are allowed to do more sports, the female models should be only slightly muscular. You should make sure that your body is taut and you are fit, really visible muscles should be avoided as much as possible, otherwise they are not flexible. Furthermore, the character and the charisma of a model is of course decisive! It is not enough just to meet the visual requirements to become a successful model. The character, the changeability, the self-confidence and the resulting charisma are immensely important to succeed in the model business in the long run. In addition, a model should have a great deal of motivation and ambition, because a model has to work on himself permanently. Jobs can be very strenuous and lengthy, but a model should not show signs of fatigue, stress or frustration. An actor’s talent is a great benefit to a model, so she can not only slip into the different roles better, but also overplay the current feelings.

Model dimensions for women and men

Of course, a distinction is also made between female and male models.

Prerequisites for Men Models

A male model should have a defined, slim body. The minimum size for a male model is 184 cm. A male model should not be larger than 194 cm in order to be flexible.

Prerequisites for Female Models

In principle, a female model should not be smaller than 174 cm to achieve real success in the modeling business. Smaller models can work as photo models, but often do not fit into the fashion collections and are not popular with designers, especially for the catwalk. The perfect model sizes for women are 90-60-90 (90 cm hip, 60 cm waist, 90 cm chest circumference.)

Models wanted!- How to become a photo model at CM?

Cocaine Models is a model agency, headquartered in Cologne, which mediates models in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and surroundings. If you are interested in modeling, are motivated and meet the above requirements, then apply online at Cocaine Models. Our Cocaine Models team is always looking for new and interesting faces. We are looking for male and female models.

This is how you apply:

You apply online with your (honest) measurements and Polaroid images. Polaroid photos should be clean, not artificial. No make-up, plain and figure-hugging clothes and a natural light. If we find you interesting, one of our Model Booker will contact you within 14 days and invite you to a personal meeting at our model agency. You should think about your experiences, goals as a model, your mobility and availability in advance. In the agency we will take your exact measurements (which hopefully don’t differ too much from your stated measurements) and make a small test shoot to see how you present yourself in front of the camera. You should also appear clean for this: plain, figure-hugging clothes, white T-shirt, dark trousers, skin-coloured underwear. All female models should think of bikini and high heels. No Make-Up, because also your real skin is important for the mediation to customers!