Have you always wanted to become a model? But the stereotypes that you need to weigh 100 pounds with giraffe-like height kept you from considering the business? No question that models need a distinguishing, attractive look, but it’s not always so cut and dry. I’ve been in the modeling business on and off for the past nine years now. I started modeling in 2003 doing work for H&M in Germany as well as other companies. I have experience with the European modeling scene along with the U.S. and I’ll share the inside scoop.
First, the modeling industry faces many stereotypes. Often times, people outside of the industry may view modeling as an easy, glamorous job. Depending on the location and requirements, the ease of the work can vary greatly. Imagine your assignment requires that you act like you are hot and sexy on the beach in your swimsuit when it is really only a brisk forty degrees Fahrenheit outside. And then you have to take a dip in the water on top of it! Not always easy, fun and glamorous. At the end of the day, modeling needs to be your passion. Your enthusiasm and passion shows up on the camera or video. If you lack passion, you probably won’t get many jobs.
Another stereotype is that models make big money. Don’t look at modeling as easy money with little work. Modeling is highly competitive and requires self-funded expenses like your portfolio of images. Most models need a flexible part-time or full-time job to supplement their modeling income.
Lastly, a final stereotype about models is they are one size fits all – from weight, height, age and look. Companies who want to sell their products look for ways to advertise. These companies often chose models in their advertisements that represent their target market as well as their brand. Clearly there isn’t one size to fit all products and services in the market and therefore models can come in many varieties.
Stay tuned for my next article that will discuss the various categories of modeling and how to determine which category fits you best.
About the writer: Payam Harandi was born in Tehran Iran. At an early age he showed an interest in art. Instead of going to high school, he graduated from the prestigious Art School of Seda Sima in Iran. After finishing Art School, Payam moved to Germany where he got into modeling and acting. He played in a few movies for Persian channels and he also modeled for companies like H&M. In 2003, Payam moved to the U.S. and continued his modeling career with local Atlanta modeling agencies and photographers such as Element Model Management and Julie Hunter Photography.
Liked this article? Please share with your friends and “like” us on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events, weight loss calculator, 3D body mass index, food calorie counter, and exercise calorie calculator.
- Power of color in fashion and beauty
- Mirror, mirror on the wall: Balance between self-esteem and narcissism
- Are you the last on your list? Sexy starts first with you