How to become a model in India
Be a model with knowledge and spunk
Tall, fair, elegant, handsome and much more, this is the normal perception about the modeling industry
that floats in the market, but, surprisingly the industry is much more deeply professional than being a mannequin to walk the ramp. As a fashion photographer I feel that a decade ago, fashion world was more inclined towards glitz and glamour, but with the changing world of fashion, industry growth and raised level of competition, the in and out of models has become tough. Today, it’s not just the looks and the angle, but something more which comprises etiquettes, mannerism and strict professionalism towards the work. As the designers have become more conscious about the theme and their collection, so do they are concerned about the models. The leading fashion shows of India, now conduct proper audition with ace panelists from different walks of life including fashion photography, grooming, designing and choreography. So, today when walking the ramp is no more a cakewalk, I thought to share some key highlights that the aspiring models should pay attention to crack it and make it to the runway and endorsements too.
Foremost you need to decide the medium you wish to work for:
Runway model: For this girls need to be 5’9 and with prefect cat walk training. Boys are mostly considered between 5’11-6’2 with ideal physiques.
Print Model: Editorial shoots call for 5’7 with an appealing personality and photogenic face.
Swimwear model: This calls for well-developed breasts and toned hips and for men broad shoulder with slim waist is preferred.
Promotional Model: Some companies want their customer base to interact directly with models who are generally attractive with like-able personalities to promote their brand. You may see these models in grocery stores, events or clubs promoting things like food, liquor brands or new products.
The modeling world is jam-packed with pretty faces. Just because you are good looking does not mean that you can succeed as a model. You need to be socially aware and your knowledge about the fashion world happening is inevitable. In the modeling business, it is not just about looking great. Modeling is only for serious people who carry unique looks and characteristics. Since there are so many agencies and middlemen involved in this sector that at times you might get misguided and misused too. So proper knowledge about the functionality of industry is necessary. Now the scenario is very challenging to get a breakthrough and will only come with patience and perseverance.
Know your vitals:
This is all about knowing your body measurement and personal stats. And it includes:
- Basic measurements like height, weight, and shoe size
- Clothing measurements :shoulder, chest, waist, thighs
- Hair color, eye color, skin tone, skin type
Professional touch and shot:
It is very obvious that getting a portfolio shoot is little expensive, but that does not mean you can skip it. Professional photography, even if it is expensive, will give you a better idea of what kind of look you give off. You may eventually need these photographs to snag an interview, so think of it as a worthwhile investment!
- Get your portfolio shoot done with a reputed photographer (preferably fashion photographer).
- If you’ve got enough of these photos, consider putting everything into a portfolio, or “book.” Mail it to the concerned agencies and also carry a portfolio while visiting casting agents.
Get associated with an agency:
Though freelance modeling is very much in trend, but it is preferred to those who have built a name in the industry. If you are a fresher, it is advisable to get associated with an agency, as it exposes you to work in a professional manner at the same time you learn the minutes of the job and professionalism too. When visiting an agency follow the below:
- Bring your snapshots and/or portfolio. They will often ask you to walk or pose for them. They may take a head shot or take your measurements as well.
- Be cautious about he charges sharing, it is advisable to keep a tap on the rules and be in touch with someone trust worthy to avoid being cheated
Be professional, polite, and courteous:
Remember that even though you’re not working in an office, you need to be professional. Treat people, you work with respect. You never know who they know or what sort of recommendation they might give of you. You may be a model, but that doesn’t give you the right to be snooty, affected, or pompous.
The fashion and modeling industry is all about being creative. Photographers want to see you pose in various styles and expressions with different props and backdrop. Changeability is the key, so, work for the camera and interact with the world around you.