Category: The Modeling “Business”
A) Prepare a resume slanted toward modeling assignments. This
resume should stress your education and experience in
performing and in people-related activities. It should
stress skills (ballroom dancing, writing, counseling),
rather than titles (dorm-leader, yearbook editor, drag-
racer), and should end with three personal references who
know you are interested in modeling. If possible, at least
one of these people should be an artist with whom you have
worked as a model.
After you have started modeling, ask artists, photographers, and
students whose work you particularly like to let you keep one or two
of the studies they make. Put these studies together in a large
portfolio, and bring them with you to modeling interviews. A couple
of professional photographs should also be included, even if you do
not model for photographs. Credit the artists. Many artists will be
pleased to have you include their work in your portfolio.
It is usually wise to arrange an interview, at least by phone,
when you are preparing to work with an individual or a group. This
will initiate personal contact, and provide time for negotiating
details regarding a session. If the interview is direct, be sure to
bring your resume and portfolio, once you have them prepared. Make
sure that you become familiar with the scope of your particular
A) The easiest way to become a model is to make an appointment with deans or directors of art schools. Bring with you a resume and portfolio, if you have them prepared. If you already know other models, or know artists who work with models, ask them to recommend you.
B) Look in the Yellow Pages for listings under “Art Instruction
and Schools”. Send your resume addressed to “director” with
a cover letter explaining that you do figure modeling,
For two reasons, it is good to keep track of income and expenses
related to modeling assignments.
A) To make sure that records are straight for tax purposes.
B) To make sure that your modeling assignments produce more
for you than they cost. Income is simply what you get paid
per session (including transportation money, if that is part
of the agreement) . Expenses should include phone bills,