The eye of casting scouts and agents just
never cease. Their amazing pizzazz to find fresh and capable faces
to grace catwalks, magazines covers, commercials, and editorials always
impress; and teenagers through time have always been a part of these
As early as the moments
of bodily heyday, many teens have been giving the world of modeling
If you consider yourself
one of those, ask yourself: Are you really of model type?
For teenagers to be eligible
to model for fashion shows the least, you must have the right height.
In teenage modeling, the dimensions are almost always based on those
of adults’, but there is always a compromise. For girls, 5’8 to around
6’0, and for guys, 6’0 to 6’2 are the usual conventions. Fret not,
for if you don’t meet the height requirements, accentuation of your
other features could more than make up for it. Along with this, proper
weight also counts. The biggest factor that could mean all the difference
is your ability to ‘market’ yourself. Remember, in the world of modeling,
everybody is looking at you. You must be able to look back with poise
If you are serious about
becoming the next young Tyson Ballou or Jacquetta Weller, then you need
to make yourself known. Don’t expect a scout from a big name agency
come at your doorstep one Saturday morning and tell you they want you
to be on the cover of Vogue.
Many could use the Internet
as means of getting discovered. Sites, like urbanmodels, allow for
free posting of pictures in which agencies signed to the website browse
the talents, check for information, and contact them even if interested.
The good thing about the Internet is, online portfolios are sorted according
age. So teen aspirants are rated alongside other potential teen aspirants,
and not along older ones.
Your community or a city
near where you live at times organize fashion shows, or at the for the
most part hold an open call for new talents to be recognized. Most
of these are held for free, so nothing could hinder potential models
from joining, money matters or otherwise. And that could also help
to increase your chances of getting discovered.
If at times they indeed
ask for a fee for joining, take these with reservation. Unless they
are a very well known agency, they might not be worth the dough you
might otherwise have used to get more pictures, or treat your friends
to McDonalds if you make it to the business.
then, almost all big-name agencies hold calls without charging a cent.
These require pictures
from you. After all, they can’t contact a prospective client if they
themselves do not have an idea as to how they look. Remember that they
require nothing more than good polaroids. Sure, you may be tempted
to go to the neighborhood photo studio and spend $50.00 and up for “professional”
pictures, but you don’t need it. Besides, agents know how to see through
these types of pictures, and check for the qualities of the model themselves.
DAY OF RECKONING
Several days before the
actual day of casting, confirm the organizers whether the call would
push through. If it would, then make yourself set for it.
Get a good night’s rest.
Sleep like a baby even. Looking tired and sleep-deprived would reduce
your chances of getting picked out of the potentials by almost 75%.
They are after all using first impressions to select.
Dress to impress, but
don’t overdo it. Donning designer outfits or overly-accessorized ones
won’t help in increasing your chances, so leave them instead for your
next highschool party.
Make-up is applied very
lightly. You should use them only to even out your complexion and cover
blemishes and other skin imperfections, other than that, leave your
skin as is. The judges to see your beauty in its most natural, not
the shade of your CoverGirl compact.
On many calls, especially
if the potential talents are teenagers, the screening covers two aspects:
Model Walk and Model Talk. Model Walk involves them rating you as
to how much you could gracefully grace the runway. Tip: Pause 4 times,
as you emerge from the back, right in front of the catwalk, then walk
back till the middle and give them a sort of profile, and at the back
for a final pose. Don’t overdo the way you walk. Walk naturally, but
with posture and glam. Don’t do it fast, but don’t take up too much
Model talk is the interview.
Here, they measure how you would react to different things that come
if you would be accepted to the world of modeling. Don’t sound as though
your life would cease to exist if you don’t get the part. Clients hate
people with lack of self-esteem. Proper attitude is the way to go on
these. Tell them that you are indeed giving it a shot, and that your
likelihood of getting selected is the same as others’. And don’t make
it a one question-one answer deal.
Something like: “How
can you convince us to pick you out of the 100?”
say: “Please, please, please?”
“Because I have a fabulous sense of style, I go through things with
a sense of professionalism, etc. etc.”
After the whole thing, thank the judges,
and gracefully leave the place. Breathe deep, because you now have
If you then would get
the opportunity, congratulate yourself. Because you could become the
next young Tyson Ballou or Jacquetta Weller after all.
For a fashion show: although this usually
is only a one-time deal, enjoy yourself, mingle with the people backstage,
and know what you can about runway attitude. Sounding interested on
these could have organizers recruiting you again for the next show.
For a modeling contract: This involves
a much longer process. A contract would be given to you by the agency
to begin the deal. Read and make sure you understand every part of
the agreement. Bring your parent or at most, a family lawyer to go
through it with you. If parts of it sound peculiar, don’t be afraid
to ask if you could have more time to look it over.
everything is clear with both parties, then you can sign. And you’re
off to the world of modeling.
Scams in the form of
organizers, agents, and photographers are commonplace in a business
like this. They take advantage of teens that would do practically anything
just to make it. Negotiating with them won’t help you the least bit.
Usually, they approach you and go “you
know what, you have the potential to become a model. How about working
for me? BUT you have to pay me $1000 to cover start-up fees and the
like. Plus an additional $250 for pictures in your portfolio…” stay
clear from these, you only need to let go of your money when you are
already booked on assignments with the agency that is representing you.
A TEEN TO ANOTHER TEEN, A NOTE
All these things are
pretty basic; they offer a first-hand idea on how teens could also become
models, alongside some of the best in the industry. You don’t necessarily
have to follow everything here step by step. Like the chances one gets
to make it in the business, there is always room for exceptions. Remember,
you alone could decide how long you would be able to stay in the business,
so make it the best.