Have Your Modelling Portfolio Ready to Go.
Just like you need to bring a resume to any job interview, you will need to bring a modelling portfolio to your casting. Agencies will use your photos to see if you’re the best fit for their brand, so a good portfolio can increase your chances of scoring that coveted modelling job tenfold. If you’re unsure on how to build your portfolio, here are some tips from us to get you started.
Start Searching for an Agency to Support You.
Regardless of your modelling prowess, finding work without the backing of a reputable agency can be difficult. Once signed to an agency, they can help you book modelling jobs by presenting your portfolio to designers, photographers and brands. They are there to look after you and take care of the business side of things, so you can keep your focus on modelling. A good agency will make sure that you are being booked for credible jobs, being paid properly and on time.
Always Do Your Research.
While Australia has a tonne of modelling agencies, unfortunately not all of them are reputable. In order to discern whether or not an agency is credible, we recommend doing as much research as possible. Check out their reviews, the models they already have on their books and what brands they have worked with in the past. Similarly, each agency specializes in different types of modelling, so it’s important to do your research on which agency is the best fit for you. Have a look at The Photo Studio’s model directories for Melbourne and Sydney as a guide to get you started.
Be Persistent with Applying.
Once you have your portfolio, you can apply to your chosen agencies digitally. While many models have been signed through this method, don’t get too disheartened if you don’t receive a response or are knocked back. Agencies can receive dozens of submissions per day, so it’s easy to get lost in the mix. A really good way to get noticed is to visit the agency in person. Most agencies have open call days which are listed on their website, so it’s worth heading in with your portfolio.
Maintain a Strong Social Media Presence.
With an increasingly large amount of models being scouted on Instagram, it’s important to make sure you’ve got a solid online presence. Your instagram feed can act as a mini-portfolio, so make sure that your profile is public and your feed showcases your best features and angles. Some modelling agencies even have their own hashtag that they use to search for potential talent (Chadwicks for example, uses #scoutmechadwick), so keep an eye out for hashtags to include in your captions!
The modelling industry is notoriously difficult to get into, so it’s important that you don’t let rejection deter you. Every agency and brand has their own qualities that they look for in a model, so just because you’ve been knocked back by a couple doesn’t necessarily mean that this industry isn’t for you. Through using these tips and making sure that you’re always determined, the right job could be just around the corner!