tips on modeling.
ESSENTUALE is not a modeling agency though we can give you some basic
might promote you for free, scroll past the 'how to' to see how.
fitness, swimwear, lingerie, and print model,
fitness and Pilates instructor
and more, shares advice on how to be a model, how to succeed as a model,
shares her lovely outlook on
life, and is a true friend of ESSENTUALE.
become a model you first need to have photos of yourself.
photos you show anyone should be professional, represent the type of work you are seeking
and how you wish to be perceived.
people get started with just a few good photos.
photos typically include a photo of your face (head shot) similar to the
photo above, a photo cut at the waist, and a full body (head to toe)
people start with a professional photographer while others have talented
friends or relatives take these first photos for them.
to get your first photos:
other photos of models you admire.
This will help you decide what types of
photos you need to have, how to pose, your expression, what to wear, and
the location you wish to be photographed in.
Normally the best photos
feature you against a background that does not detract from you.
models are photographed in front of plain or blurred backgrounds so they
become the predominant feature of the shot. Many also use black and
white photos since they are often more flattering and less costly to
a friend or relative take your photos.
If you do this, we suggest you use
outdoor lighting since it is easier and you get better results.
lighting is best in the early to mid-morning and mid-afternoon to dusk.
Avoid mid-day since it casts shadows under your eyes making dark circles. You should have
the Sun behind the photographer and an assistant to hold a reflector
a reflector card.
A reflector card is any card approximately 4' x 4' (some are smaller) that is white,
metallic (silver or gold) and reflects sunlight. It is used to 'bounce'
light from the Sun on you to hide shadows or, in photographer's terms,
Angling the reflector just right will give you a second 'light'
from the Sun.
The assistant holds this
reflector card in the position that will
fill in shadows. If it is held beneath your face and angles properly it
will bounce light up. If held to the side it can be angled to fill the
side of you that is away from the Sun.
Typically it is used to 'light'
shadows under your eyes but can be angled to 'light' any portion that is
too dark or unflattering.
If you've ever seen a model being photographed
you have probably seen an assistant holding a white disk outside of the
view of the camera. That disk is the reflector card though any white
card will do.
When you are being
photographed lighting is everything. Have the photographer and assistant
try to 'paint' light into your face and body.
thoughts that produce the 'look' you desire.
The thoughts running through your mind will show through in your
First of all, relax and have fun. This too will show in the
Good photographers, and even friends or relatives, can help you
look your best and capture that 'special moment'.
If you have a friend
or relative shoot you, take plenty of film. Even professional
photographers will shoot 48-72 pictures just to be able to have the
choice and find a few that are really great. You should do this as well.
might interest a professional photographer in you.
Some will charge for this while others, if they like your 'look' and
feel you would be good for their own portfolio, might do this for
free or for the cost of film and processing.
Others will charge their
normal rate. Be sure to choose a reputable photographer and see his or
her work before you select them. The work should be impressive.
might also check the photographer's references.
What you are looking for
is a commercial photographer who specializes in people shots. One great
photo is better than ten 'average' or 'mediocre' photos.
how you get your first photos they should look professional - and be
appropriate for the type of modeling or acting assignments you are
For some tips on posing and digital photography we recommend you see
you have your photos:
You create a portfolio to show others.
Your portfolio of pictures is also know as your book.
Aside from placing
photos in your book, you may also wish to have your photos scanned so you can attach them in
e-mails or place them on web Sites (unless they are already in digital
You can use a digital camera to shoot your photos (though
cheaper digital cameras will not produce photos you can later print on a
commercial printing press).
If you email your photos, always make sure
you know who you are sending them to and do not provide your phone
number for your own protection (let people contact you by email
Zed or Comp card. See her bio
wishing to be professional models ultimately create a printed card of
their best photo (or photos) and/or have multiple 8x10 photo prints made
that can be mailed.
Normally they have their name imprinted on the card
or photo. On the back of this card or photo you place height, clothing
size, hair color, eye color, and measurements.
Many of these cards or
photos are black and white though some are color. Color costs more to
print. If you have experience you also create a bio or resume.
hardest part of getting any new job is starting without experience.
models get started by modeling for no charge in exchange for the
This means they can then show others they have modeled before
and are featured either on a web Site, in print, or (if very lucky) on
There are numerous modeling schools and photographers though
we urge caution that you carefully assess them to make sure they are
honest and reputable.
The same caution should be taken when selecting a
photographer. With all, ask for references and see the work they do
you will need an Agent.
Agencies are bombarded by people that
want to be models every day, especially the good ones.
You need to have
great photos, be persistent and not be discouraged if you find it
difficult to see an Agent, have them respond to you, or be signed with one.
It's a very competitive
business and often certain looks are in vogue at a certain time.
How to get an Agent.
Every Agency has their own rules. Be sure to follow them.
They may have certain days and times they see Talent (models are also
known as Talent). The Agency also may have certain procedures for
submitting which you also must carefully follow.
When I get an Agent, what will be expected of
Being reliable and on time to Interviews is most important. You will
have to have a flexible schedule. This is because, if the Agency is
good, they will expect you to go on Interviews, Casting Calls, or
an Interview, Casting Call, or 'Go-See'?
When a Client contacts an Agency with an assignment, the Client
typically asks to see Zed or Comp cards (described above) of a number of
From these Zed or Comp cards, the Client then typically asks to
see the Models the Client is interested in considering.
There are normally a number Interviews for one job.
The first is where
an Art Director, Casting Director, or similar has many Models come to
the Client's offices, a Photographer's studio, or other public location.
Typically the Interviews go quickly - maybe ten minutes - and you will
have a specific time to be there.
If you are
asked back for a second Interview, you have 'made the cut' and are being
considered for the assignment. Typically fewer other Models will be at
the second Interview.
There may be a third Interview. If invited to the
third Interview, you are very seriously being considered and may well
get the assignment.
do I know what to wear?
Agent should provide information about the assignment. Try to wear
clothing that is appropriate to the Client and the type of assignment.
You might even bring along a few changes of clothing.
do I know what the Client is looking for?
That's the trick. Typically the Client has a very specific age, look,
and type in mind.
Don't be discouraged if you are not selected. Many
Models go on 100 or more Interviews to get that one great Modeling
Your schedule must be flexible, you have to understand
Modeling is a business, and since it is, you can't be easily hurt by
all models beautiful?
Not at all. Watch TV or see other media and you'll notice that there are many types of models... some are
beautiful high fashion, others are exotic while others are people-next-door
types or 'character' models and actors.
where you live important?
Unfortunately it is. Living near a major metropolitan area
Because you need to attend auditions. It's not impossible to
become a model outside of a major metro area, but you have to resign
yourself to traveling.
modeling a full time career?
For most it's not. A choice few can model all their lives and
generate enough income from it, those that's a rare case.
those featured on ESSENTUALE, have other talents.
They may be fitness
and nutrition experts, authors, or other. These other talents give them
both 'range' and most important, another reliable source of income!
advice is to always have a 'back up' plan and another way to earn a
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provides free exposure for certain models.
We seek healthy,
vibrant models who represent the ESSENTUALE lifestyle.
The models we feature are 'role models' meaning that they are not simply
attractive faces but role models as well.
If interested, please be at least 25 years
of age and understand that our primary interest is in models, male and
female, who are over the age of 30, live healthy, positive lifestyles
that are motivational and inspirational to visitors to the ESSENTUALE
Site. Under certain circumstances we will consider models under 25.
have photos, an interesting lifestyle, and wish to be considered to be featured on the
ESSENTUALE Site and/or in our social media and perhaps printed materials for exposure (sorry we do not
compensate our models), please email a brief note to Rob
letting us know your age, location, a little about yourself and what
makes you exceptional, and attach a photo.
In many cases we use photos you provide us and
add the ESSENTUALE logo and some text. We'll certainly give you model
credits and if contacted have agents or qualified interested parties
contact you directly.
from the association with ESSENTUALE, an organization of sincere,
genuine 100% goodness, and potential opportunities from the free
exposure we provide you and/or your cause. ESSENTUALE benefits from
showing and associating with real people who like ESSENTUALE rather than
models paid to appear as if they like the brand.
selected we will forward a simple modeling release to you.
Please don't be discouraged if we do not
select you. As with most assignments in modeling, we too are looking for
a certain type and look.
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