Want To Become A Model? DON'T....

Lighthouse Fashion Model Portfolio Advice

Becoming a professional model can be the dream job. After all, who wouldn't want to get dressed in fabulous outfits and travel to exotic locations? So you've read our advice on the importance of having a professional modelling portfolio, and you've finally had yours done. Congrats!

In order to increase your chances of becoming a successful model, we've compiled some 'DON'T's' below of common mistakes aspiring models make that can drastically affect your modelling opportunities:


- DON'T Use A Silly Fake Name!

Most models stick with their real names, however for some either due to privacy, difficulty in pronunciation etc decide to use a different name to model. This is absolutely fine; what isn't cool is using ridiculous names that could only be seen as a joke (e.g Barbie!) No serious model booker will consider having a barbie or similar fictitious names on their books. SO AVOID!


- DON'T Choose Body Parts As Your Profile Picture!

For models who decide to work freelance and not rely solely on agencies getting them work; having your profile on modelling sites such as  Model Mayhem, Purpleport etc can be a great way to get work. However, you must choose your profile picture diligently. Competition is stiff and first impressions matter a lot on these sites. No bum shots as your profile picture unless you are JLo or a bum model (and yes bum models do exist) instead, use a creative headshot!


- DON'T Be Contactless!

Still on the subject of models who work freelance; don't have a profile without your contact details! Would you book a plumber without his/her contact details?? How difficult is it these days to set up a email address? Yes, you probably don't want to put your main email address for junk/misuse reasons but seriously, it isn't that difficult to set up a diverted email address. Simply create a new email address for modelling and divert it's content to your main one which probably is connected to your mobile phone. This way, if contacted for work you can respond more efficiently. NO point applying for a job casting, several weeks after you were contacted! Also, don't rely on the email system on those modelling sites, majority have limited number of emails that can be sent over a given period. Alternative contact methods may include Facebook & a work mobile no.


- DON'T Get Tattoos!

A very tricky subject indeed. Tattoos or no tattoos? The answer is simple, unless you want to become an alternative model, meaning your body is designed as a 'walking art' then it's a no! 'It's my body after all and I can do what ever I want' - Yes, that's very true and you surely can; just don't feel too sorry for yourself when you get turned down for every casting you apply for. Inconspicuous or hidden tattoos are a good way of getting away with this.


- DON'T Be A Diva!

The truth of the matter is, a bit of 'divaness' is good if you were Kate Moss or Cara Delevingne but it is highly unlikely you are. At this stage of your career, you want to be loved not despised in order to get some good recommendations and repeated work, No one booking you right now expects a diva but a true professional with great working ethics. So no diva demands, lateness or rudeness. Get your job done well, get paid and get out! But don't forget to always keep in touch.


This article was written by our fashion photographer - Michael Ilori.  For more advice,  follow him on Facebook or @ thefashionphotographer.co.uk
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