Fashion Models – Launch Your Motors
How to Promote Yourself as a Freelance Model
If you want to promote yourself …
Some models will rather promote themselves instead of listing through an agency. Nothing wrong with this, but it requires more work on your part.
If you are signed with an agency, they promote the business, they talk to the customers on your behalf, they set the shooting dates, they take the heat if you do not make it to the session.
But there are many models that are “loners” in the model of modeling and want them to have full control over who they work and why.
If you are one of these models, read on …
There are several ways to promote yourself. I will try to name you a few ways to promote your modeling talent and a step by step format.
First things first.
In self-promotion, the first step is to compile a professional portfolio.
As soon as you follow the portfolio guidelines from above, it’s a good idea to make compact cards and business cards.
- A) Business cards – Your business card must have so much information about it. It is not expensive to list additional words, and you can include other things than the name and phone number.
For the best results and with just a little extra cost, I suggest placing your photo (preferably a header photo) on the map. People do not tend to throw away photos as quickly as they only do cards. Below the picture (or on your card if you do not want to include the photo) you must list the list.
Your name, contact phone number, email and do not forget to place your web address on the map.
You can also bullet your characteristics (ie height and weight), special skills and the type of modeling you are specializing in (your modeling strength area).
- B) Composite Cards – You definitely want composite cards to have potential customers / agents and to leave with customers or photographers with whom you work. A companion card is one of the smallest pieces of promotional material, but takes a big punch by saying, ‘I’m a professional model. ‘
Here’s a basic layout of a compact card.
Front – Photo over the front of the card (I put a good, strong headline here) with your name in bold letters.
Back – From four to six photos with different appearance (inside and outside) in a variety of outfits with at least one good body shot (swimming suit or sturdy clothes).
The back of the card will include important information about you and your statistics, including …
Contact Information (Who To Contact, Phone, Email, Web, etc.)
AddressBreast Size / Cup Size
Hair Length (Short, Shoulder Length, Long)
Preferred(s) of Modeling Work (eg Commercial, Fashion Show, Catalogs, Promotion, etc.).
No need to get overwhelmed with the details to get your compact card ready. There are many companies online like CompCard.Com which have versions and templates online that will help you every step of the way.
Also, remember that there are many different versions of comp cards, so it’s all about personal preference about what style you choose.
- C) Modeling Websites – If it comes to websites, I may write full chapters on the subject, but I will try to simplify this section as much as possible.
Your website – Pay or free?
Do you have to pay to create your own website or go online with one of the free online dating services? Your choice in the type of web promotion you do depends on your level of experience and the amount of budget you have to work with.
In fact, if you are an eccentric millionaire and continue to be bored, you need to handle a professional web designer, starting from scratch to build a website that will be in fear of other models! But even if you go this route there are the promotional costs and time to think. time that can be used better to improve your modeling capabilities and to connect with customers you need for their photo projects.
I personally feel it’s better to get started, but to use some of the online services (paid and free) to get your name there. You can do a search and find many listings, but two sites that look very similar at the time of this writing.
One Model Location & Model Mayhem
Both of these sites offer a basic free package or a paid premium package. In any case, it’s a cheaper way to wet your feet and find out if you have a look in demand.
word of warning about making your model photos online
Remember to stay safe when you place your photos online . Do not provide too much personal information about yourself or place before thoroughly checking the person you contact.
If you are under the age of 18, you must indicate your parents’ e-mail address in the contact section and handle any incoming offers.
Never never meet a photographer or potential customer alone. Take a parent or friend (preferably male) with you until you are completely satisfied that you are in a safe environment. I can not emphasize it enough !!
There are other ways to promote yourself on or from the Internet, such as local, exclusive clothes or shops for fashion to contact. shows or catalog work, jewelry as you hand models, hair salons, etc. offer.
It’s your starting point to become a true model. See if you can come up with more creative ways to promote yourself as a professional model.
Remember, you can have the most beautiful beauty and talent in the world, but if nobody knows where to find you, it will be in vain! So, get out of your back and go to work !!