MODELLING GUIDE – WHAT IS A MODEL /MODELLING PORTFOLIO
A portfolio is simply a book containing a collection of a model’s best images. It will change over time as your career develops. It commonly contains a mixture of photographs produced specifically for your portfolio and tear sheets (copies of published work).
Before you spend money on a portfolio with me or anyone else, find out whether you need one at all as model agencies don’t necessarily need you to have one. It’s your choice to create a visual CV. You can also choose to be independent offering your services online through your own website or one of the online modelling sites such as OMP, Purestorm or Model Mayhem. A portfolio or small collection of images will help you to get started.
DO YOU NEED A PORTFOLIO..?
Top agencies do not require a portfolio.
If you submit snaps of your own and the talent scouts like you, they will arrange professional shots for you. Elite London only require two photos – headshot and full length. Others ask for face smiling, face serious and half-length. No posing and no make-up! Hair needs to be away from the face. For full length shots you will ideally need to wear a two-piece swimsuit
WHAT ABOUT MY BODY SHAPE?
Some work requires a certain body shape (some fashion work looks for minimum height of 5′ 9″) but other work such as catalogue, lifestyle or headshots do not. Think creatively and widely about different sources of work, not just that a model = catwalk. Think like an actor who looks for castings for lots of different parts, not just the Hollywood blockbusters
WHAT MODELLING SCAMS SHOULD I AVOID?
Many modelling websites will sell you the promise of making you a success. Some call themselves agencies but only exist to sell you model portfolios, without finding you any work.
“No reputable agency will ever ask for money up front or a portfolio fee” (quote – Elite, London).