The modeling industry is one of the toughest businesses to break into, but once you get your foot in the door, hundreds of opportunities will open up. But how do models break into the industry? How does Gigi Hadid and Nina Agdal make millions of dollars doing what they do?
The simple answer is; they look great and they work hard. The more extensive answer is; they have gained experience over the years, built a following, taken risks, and worked extremely hard. So where do you start if you want to become a model and be like the supermodels you know and love?
Industry professionals over the years have said several different things on what it takes to be successful. Here are some tips:
Pick a model and study what they have done. Start from the beginning of their career, and work your way to the present. What routes did they take? You might notice that there are thousands of different modeling opportunities that you didn’t know about.
Starting small and modest is the best way to achieve long term goals. Don’t be upset right away if you don’t land the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition in your first year in the industry. Take it step by step and accept every small and big modeling job that you feel comfortable with.
Prepare yourself. Practice your runway walk, poses, and different expressions in the mirror. Study industry trends so that you can keep up with what casting directors want. At the end of the day, if you have the look and work ethic that directors are looking for, you will have a good shot!
Most importantly, make sure to stay positive. The modeling industry comes with many ups and downs, and it’s up to you to overcome the bad and embrace the good. Don’t get down on yourself when things aren’t going your way, it will eventually sway the other way in your favor.