Every now and then, I get private messages asking how did I start modeling? So, I have decided to tell my story, hopefully, someone will find it useful.
As some of you might know, I used to study in Berlin and that is the place where my career as a model has started. One day, I got a message on Facebook, inviting me to come to the casting, in case I was interested in modeling. As a very precocious person, I googled the name of the agency to make sure it is a real thing and not some sketchy people contacting me for God knows what reason. (Rule 1: Do a lot of research on the agency that has contacted you or that you want to apply to). Once I checked that this agency actually exists, I replied to them saying that I would be interested to come and try out. They scheduled an appointment.
I remember being quite nervous, as I had no idea what you had to do during the casting, what to wear and how to behave. (Black skinny jeans, black or white tank top and a minimum amount of make up is the right choice.) As I came to the agency, they asked me if I had any previous experience in modeling and a bunch of other related questions. After a little chat, one of the workers measured me – my weight, my hight, my hips…etc. As we were done with all the formalities of the casting, I was told that they really liked me and they are willing to give me the contract right this second. This was the moment when my confidence went from 0 to a 100 real quick ha-ha. I took a contract and asked them to give me a couple of days to read it and make sure I agree with everything. (Rule 2: Never sign the contract on the spot. Take your time to check every single section).
As soon as I made sure that my contract satisfies me, I signed it and was prepared to work! If you have never had any experience, for the first couple of months the agency will be working on creating your portfolio. They will connect you to the variety of different photographers and you will be going to different studios creating your book. Book is like a face of the model; it is the place where a model keeps her pictures. Obviously, the better the pictures, the more chances that a model will get a job. Once you book is done, the agency will start proposing you to different brands that are looking for a model. While working with the agency from Berlin (I don’t want to expose any names as I no longer work with them), I had a variety of different photo shootings and fashion shows, which obviously helped me to get more experience and get confident and comfortable in front of the camera.
To be continued…