The Type of Modelling Suited for You

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Models walk the runway during the Rebecca Taylor show finale at Center 548 on September 7, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)

Welcome to the UK Models blog. In this article you may find what type of modelling you are best suited for you, which can be a difficult task. There are, however, a number of great resources available to assist with the process and with UK models wanted all over the country, it makes sense to hone in on what specialism you will pursue, so take a look at the following examples and see what appeals.

Body parts – most commonly associated with hand and foot work, this type of modelling requires features to be as perfect as possible so that close ups will be flawless.

Glamour – certainly not for everyone, glamour work will require you to be at least 18 years old and to be aware of exactly what you are agreeing to. Thorough research into legitimate and respected agencies is a necessity. You will be expected to have a great physique, often with a toned and athletic look.

High fashion – most commonly linked to catwalk work, models in this arena are required to be exceptionally slim, at least 5’9” tall. An ‘interesting’ look can help to set you apart in this highly competitive industry. To see examples of high fashion styling, follow the UK Models Snapchat account for modelling inspiration.

Catalogue – due to the diversity of catalogue work available, the requirements are far less stringent than those of high fashion jobs. As long as you are well presented and professional, you are likely to find work in the catalogue sector.

Commercial – the majority of models seek to break into commercial modelling as it is a respected genre of work that offers diversity of jobs. With no specific height or size requirements, those who are unsuccessful in the high fashion world can do very well in the commercial sector.

Whatever specialism you decide to pursue, be sure to sign up to be part of the UK Models email list to receive regular industry updates and news.

Tips on Becoming a Model

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Thanks to celebrity models, such as Kendall Jenner, more and more people are keen to see if they have what it takes to be a model. Read any articles on the subject, such as those on the UK Models blog and it quickly becomes apparent that a pretty face and slim physique is not enough to get ahead in this incredibly competitive industry.

For anyone wanting to break into modelling, the first step is to put together a portfolio with a mixture of head shots and full-length images. The kinds of pictures that would be acceptable for inclusion into a portfolio can be seen on the UK Models Instagram feed, a must follow account for any aspiring catwalk superstar that needs some posing inspiration.

With a diverse portfolio completed, signing with a modelling agency is the next step on the road to modelling success. Many top agencies expect potential new sign ups to be fully conversant with social media and to have a good presence on all of the major platforms. With this in mind, agencies often announce open casting calls via Facebook and Twitter, so following the right accounts, such as the UK Models Twitter profile, will not only make sure that potential models are up to date with all relevant industry news, it could be the start of a lucrative career.

Attending casting calls or photo shoots requires aspiring models to be punctual, persistent and professional. Without these attributes, they will not be signed to a reputable agency, let alone hired for paid work. By proving themselves to be reliable, models can expect to be promoted by their chosen agency, through a variety of mediums. The UK Models Facebook page is a great example of this process, with picture galleries in place to showcase represented models to everyone that chooses to follow the company page. This kind of exposure can lead to paid work and contribute to a fantastic professional reputation within the modelling industry.

Meeting with modelling agencies | UK models

Before you begin to search for a modelling agency to work with, it’s vital to make sure that you look your best. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, using the right skincare for your complexion and getting enough sleep. No matter how impressive your photos are, if you walk into an agency looking tired and unhealthy, they will not accept you.

UK ModelsWhen you arrange a meeting with an agency, they will expect you to bring along some photos. If you explain to them beforehand that you’re new to modelling, this shouldn’t be an issue. Agencies don’t usually mind if new UK models don’t have professional portfolios. However, you will need to bring along two or three clear, high resolution photographs of yourself, with at least one headshot, and one full length shot. The former should show off your facial features and bone structure. Ideally, you should not be wearing make-up in this image, as the agency will want to see your natural beauty. In regards to the latter, you should be wearing something that shows off your figure, such as a fitted t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans or a skirt.

On the day of the meeting, you should wear a simple, but chic outfit, along with minimal make-up. Avoid loose-fitting clothes, or excessive amounts of make-up, as this might make the agency staff think that you are trying to hide something about your face or your body. During this initial meeting, the modelling agency will want to get to know a little bit more about your background and your experience. They might take some test shots, and will ask about your measurements and height as well. It’s best to treat this meeting as an interview; be polite, friendly, and professional.

If the agency rejects you, do not allow this setback to deter you from becoming a model. Many successful UK models experienced rejection during the early stages of their career. Remember, there are hundreds of modelling agencies and you only need one of them to accept you. If an agency decides not to take you on as a model however, make sure that you ask them for feedback, as there might be something which you can do to improve your chances of being accepted by another agency in the future. Most modelling agencies are quite happy to offer constructive criticism and advice on this subject.

A guide to online modelling agencies | UK models

Online modelling agencies have become increasingly popular in recent years; however, if you’re looking for an agent to represent you, it’s important to understand that an online agency works very differently to a conventional one. The primary role of an online agency is to store UK models portfolios. Essentially, they provide a space on the net for you to display your images. But unlike a traditional modelling agency, they won’t actively seek out modelling jobs for you.

UK ModelsMost online modelling agencies will offer a simple e-portfolio free of charge, and will provide more sophisticated options for a small fee. One of the main benefits of working with this kind of agency is that your portfolio will be seen by people all around the world. Anyone with an internet connection can view your work, and this in turn, increases the likelihood that you will be hired. But of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to securing work via an online agency. Most UK models that use these online services view them as just one method of getting their portfolio out into the world, and normally try to market themselves in other ways, in addition to this.

It’s important to be careful when selecting an online modelling agency; although the vast majority are legitimate, there will always be a few unscrupulous companies that try to get UK models to pay excessive fees. One telltale sign that an online agency is not trustworthy, is if they promise you work. It’s extremely difficult to secure jobs in the modelling industry, and there is no such thing as guaranteed work. No honest agency (traditional or online) will make this type of claim.

If you’re having trouble deciding which online agency is right for you, take a look at the other portfolios on the site. Do the photos in these portfolios suggest that the models are hoping to do the same kind of modelling work as you? If they do, this is usually an indication that the agency is a good fit for your needs. However, if the website is crowded with portfolios containing low-quality, amateur photographs, it’s probably best to look elsewhere, as even if your own images are of a very high standard, putting them on this type of site could have a detrimental effect on your professional reputation as a model.