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What is your action plan? Have you thought carefully and thoroughly about your plan in advance about your plan to become a model? Or is it just a vague dream and not really a well thought out plan?
Start putting your plan on paper. This is easy for yourself, to get your thoughts straight, but also for future contact with potential agencies or photographers.
I have experienced it easily and have prepared a few questions that you can think about. These questions are useful in practice.
You will soon come up against such questions. For example, do you want to travel, be a model for the tobacco industry or do you want to pose for a lingerie company or maybe even naked?
Answer the questions for yourself, and your plan of approach is getting better and more clearly defined.
Also write down some thoughts for yourself and form a clear picture of your future as a model. Whether it will all be feasible will have to look into it. But first think carefully and be better when you actually set out to become a model!
As a 40 plus model it is no longer just about fashion, it is mainly about commercial and stockphotography, or maybe photography based on TFP, and you prefer to stay hobby-model. Or do you, for example, want to be a model for a certain brand, or do you not like it at all (socially or politically)?
It ain't easy but it is worth to mention a few lines.
Start by writing down you motivation.
Sure you have some experience...
What's your plan? Do you have (full time) time? Time-frame?
Are you willing to travel?
Are you willing to change your looks?
Do you have a certain life-style, vision or religion?
As you see, start writing and your plan will get more vision and possibilities.
Think before you act. Create a clear vision on what you want and what you really do NOT want. It is in everybody interest to be loud and clear upfront before you get a contract, a job or a career.
Do you need to travel for a shoot?
If you are booked for a photoshoot it is written in your contract LOUD and CLEAR: to be somewhere on time! You are not a famous super model yet, so you cannot afford diva behavior.
But imagine that you are booked in a different city, or even country, than where you live. You can leave very early in the morning from home, but there is a high risk that you will get stuck in traffic or that something else happens unexpectedly.
In this case it is useful to leave the night before, to book a cheap hotel or a bed and breakfast.
What's an: overstay or hosting-service?
You may also be offered an overnight stay. In this case, check whether everything is correct. There is always a model on a forum that has worked with the photographer or agency in question.
But, do not assume people will host you unless you did not asked or you are unknown to them. You have a build a good reputation, as in: not-smoking, no drugs, normal behavior. If you are already know, it might be easier to invite yourself for an overnight stay to save costs for hotel.
In other countries, than Europe, it is more common to be ‘hosted’ by other. It means you can stay for the time being and you will get your room for the nights. It is also called: over-staying.
Adresses are to be find on:
couchsurfing.org or airbnb.com, but those are good sites. It offers alternate ways to stay in a city without paying for a more likely expensive hotel. Craigslist.org is also a good source in some areas. Worst case, have enough in an emergency savings to cover travel home.
Travel for a one-day shoot:
It is however more likely to travel for a one-day shoot.
As said, think about whats more important: to travel the day before, have a good night sleep in a hotel and to save yourself a lot of stress, or to be an early bird and have a lot of stress in case of traffic jams or other disaster.
I always prefer the first. It might be a good idea to talk about it with the modelagency or the photographer as well. They probably see the advantage of you being early and fresh at the shoot, in stead of stressed and already tired. The amount of money for a hotel or bed and breakfast can be split-ed or you can ask for a small compensation. The money, for a hotel, can always be negotiable in the contract.
Be sure to bring the clothes, accessories and shoes which are required for the shoot, but try to travel as light as possible.
Sometimes a modelagency has written in the papers for the shoot: bring 5 different sets of clothes. That's a lot of luggage to bring with you. But think carefully, make sets of combinations and limit your shoes. It is really crazy to bring your whole closet. Be clever and focus on travel-clothes. Non-ironing clothes which will work for the day of the shoot. Try them all upfront and be sure it fits well.
Be creative and keep your focus on smart combinations. In the end there are probably a lot of clothes which are nit used for the shoot and just a few pieces of your garment which really works well!
List of travel-must-haves:
Always be prepared for the strangest things which might happen.
Because surely they will happen. I once stood somewhere on a forest trail waiting for the whole shooting-team. The team was on the bus that broke down. The photographer-assistent called me but I spent many hours waiting in the forest until they finally arrived.
And what about photoshoots in old vacant buildings, practically inaccessible industrial sites or studios in the heart of a city that was completely inaccurate in terms of address details?
Travel easy = planning ahead
Never assume anything. Plan carefully, view google maps. Plan your trip and make it not only the best, but also a pleasant, stress-free experience.
Fashion photography is bot only about the clothes, the light, the setting...
but also about posing !!!
Read all about posing
What is a SEDCARD and why is it so important to have a sedcard as a model? Is any picture good enough for a sedcard or should you book a photoshoot to get specific 'sedcard' pictures?
Read all about: Sedcard Photography
Nude colors are always daring on pictures.
Especially when your skin is pale white.
But you can do it!
Some tips & trics:
Nude colors can be amazing on pictures, but they are not the most 'easy-going' colors for a sedcard picture for a model. But with a lot of help of the photographer and a little bit of help of photoshop, you can rock it!
A close-ups is a photograph taken at close range and showing the subject on a large scale. They are not the favorite of Bestagers models. why? Because it shows a lot of your (older) skin. Skin-imperfections are standard, and difficult to hide on close-ups.
Model- and casting-agencies
Why should you bother to make close-ups ? Well mostly the agencies are asking for a nearby portrait of a close-up. To see your skin, so watch your expressions more closer. It also shows you wrinkles and if you are a big fan of retouching your face until perfect, with a close-up it will not be possible, or at least it shows immediately. A close-up is a certain reality check.
To smile or not to smile?
Sometimes model- and castings-agencies are asking specifically for a smiling pictures, showing your smile and teeth. Do not be afraid to smile. Everybody gets more wrinkles while smiling, or even the eyes get smaller. And nobody has perfect teeth. A smile shows your expression and a bit of your character. Smile like you never smiled before and the close-up will probably very nice.
Tips & Tricks
Close-ups are necessary for your portfolio. Do not avoid to have them in your portofolio or on your website. Just go for it and just one or two will be more than enough.
Read Tips & Tricks from two models. How to prepare, how to have fun and how to keep it relaxed and honest for the horses. We have great tips for you.
The article is in the Dutch language, but Google translations will surely help.
For a model is outdoor-shooting a real challenge. The weather is never ideal: rain, cold or too hot. How to prepare yourself for all possible wheater-conditions?
And which clothes should you bring?
Where do you change your clothes and what to do about your make-up?
Read all about TFP shoots - outdoors: how to prepare yourself and a checklist to be sure you haven't forgot anything necessary.
Model, styling and designer: @marga.vandervet
Marga van der Vet is a model, blogger and content specialist. But mostly she is just a woman; living and loving her family, dog and horses. She lives on the countryside of the Netherlands and 'models' mainly in Europe.