A wonderful young women recently asked me on Facebook: “How can I get into the industry?” She is 16 years old, stunning, hard-working and wants desperately to become a teen model. She just didn’t know how to get started. There are thousands of young women who want to get into the teen modeling industry but the amount of good guidance out there is pretty limited. This post is here to explain to any enthusiastic teenagers out there how to get started as a model.
This sounds like a boring starting point, there’s one fact you have to know before we go any further: as you’re still legally a minor, the first thing you need to do to become a model is to get your parents on board. I know it sounds kinda lame, but if your parents are on your side they will be a great help and a great source of strength. You really need the approval and support of your parents if you want to succeed in modeling before you’re 18.
If your parents agree to give you the love and support you need, and if they are willing to drive you to casting calls and auditions, then you have a really good basis for success. All they’ll need to do now is to sign various contracts and agreements to let you get on and do your thing!
The next thing to do is to get yourself ready to apply to the teen modeling agencies. Take some photographs of yourself looking natural, relaxed and happy – preferably without too much make-up. Take a photo of your face, of your whole body wearing a couple of nice outfits, and a few “pose” shots. Give it a bit of sass if you like, but the key here is to be natural and relaxed. Remember, the agencies will want to model you based on their clients, so don’t be afraid to remain fairly neutral. There’s no need to go all out or try too hard!
I recently wrote an article on finding a reputable modeling agency. The article is kinda focussed on kids, but don’t worry about that – even a stunning young adult will still have to be treated as a “child model” until they’re 18. I realise that as teens you are closer to adults than children, but unfortunately the agencies don’t always see it like that so the best bet is to check out my guide on how to join a child modeling agency and if possible, read it with your parents. Remember, they need to be on your side – and they can do a lot of the hard work, too. 😉
Check out the article, read the rest of my site, and you’ll be well on the way to success. And remember, if you (or your parents!) have any questions at all, you can always comment on this article or contact me on Facebook and I’ll be happy to help out. Now get ’em!