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Beginners Guide: How To Become A Model in 2018

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How to become a model

Are you wondering how to become a model but not sure where to start?

The traditional way is still to go with a reputable modeling agency.

“Reputable” is the key word here. Do some research. Don’t take a chance on someone who is just starting out in the business.

The best agencies in the world are universal and you can look them up at

Most agencies offer the ability to submit photos online and will also ask for your vital statistics such as age, weight, height etc.

You don’t need to spend money on getting professional photos, just be yourself. Wearing a simple t-shirt and pair of jeans with not a lot of makeup is perfect.

Do not be deceptive. The worst thing you can do is be dishonest about any aspect of your appearance. Remember, this is a business with professional Scouters who have the ability to spot liars.

Modeling agencies receive thousands of photos every week so you need to be patient. If you don’t get a response in 2-3 weeks then it’s probably because you don’t have the look they are after.

But some people get into modeling with no experience and without an agent. How? Because they rock it on social media.

Instagram famous, the term began somewhat as a joke, but today being Instagram famous is very much a reality.

Most agencies have now turned to Instagram in order to scout for new talent that can bring along a notable following.

Clothing brands and agencies will become interested in an Instagram user when he/she has more than 100,000 followers and it’s not unusual for them asking you to post something to influence your followers.

Fashion modeling and model photography accounts are the most lucrative with most users charging over $1000 per post. Fitness models, food and dog-related accounts can earn around $600-$800 per photo.

How to become a model on Instagram

The most common way to become an Instagram model is to build up your following using hashtags when posting a photo. It’s also important to post regularly. Your followers want consistency so try to post at least once every few days.

#MondayMotivation or #MotivationMonday is the perfect hashtag to start the week for those wanting to get into fitness modeling.

#TransformationTuesday, #WorkoutWednesday, #WellnessWednesday, #ThrowbackThursday, and #FeelGoodFriday are also popular.

For those wanting to get into the runway modeling or catalog modeling, try using:

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#Thursdate, #Fridaynight, #FashionFriday, #SaturdaySwag.

Once you have passed the 100,000 mark, it’s then time to get noticed by a modeling agency.

The best way to do this is hashtag your latest (and most beautiful) selfie with an agencies official hashtag.

For example, #WLYG is the hashtag of IMG Models for girls. Use that along with other hashtags that modeling agencies use to scout on Instagram.

The 3 main hashtags agencies use to search for potential models are:

#scoutme #getscouted #becomeamodel

An important thing to remember is to make sure you have a few more photos of yourself on your profile and always check if the person or agency has reached out to you after seeing your photos.

The same method applies to those wanting to get into plus size modeling and male modeling.

If it works, big money jobs will come rolling in. If it doesn’t, don’t force it. Modeling might not be the career that brings you happiness, but something else will, so keep searching for it. 🙂

How to be a male model

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Are you a man and wondering how to become a model but not sure if it’s worth the try?

From a social perspective, women have more opportunity in the modeling industry and are paid as much as 75% more than men.

With the male model industry being smaller, there are also advantages.

Guys have a much longer career potential than girls. The Instagram users that make the most from male modeling are in their 30’s and 40’s, while female models are often considered washed up by 30.

IMG Models also has a scouting platform for men where aspiring male models can tag photos with the hashtag #thelookout to get noticed.

Good luck!