My family thinks that modeling is not a job. What is that hard about posing for pictures? My friends think that one day I'll be super rich and famous. My agent thinks that I could lose extra kilograms and I think that soon I will be too old to do any of those things that I've been doing so far. Being a model is a life goal for some people. All they see are pretty faces on front covers of magazines and glamorous campaigns or ads. Modeling is fun - trust me, but it's also a hard, full-time job which sometimes just wears you off. Even models don't like modeling, but it's a love-hate relationship, check out this site to see that we really all want to quit, but at the same time no other job can give us what modeling can. Here are 10 things you should know before you get yourself into modeling!
1. Models don't earn as much as you think.
Paychecks look great, but you have to remember that 20% of your salary is for your mother agency and 50% is for the agency that represents you in the specific country. In the end, you also have extra expenses so there is a chance that you'll get maximum 15% of what you actually earned. Also - most of us work in Asia where moneywise it's not a dream destination, but neither is Europe.
2. Working hours are super-flexible.
Sometimes you get your dream job and you work only 4 hours and the next day you stay awake from 5 am till 3 am next day. There are no rules when it comes to working hours, as many clients don't treat fittings as work, but as preparation.
3. Glamorous is the last word which I would use to describe it.
Changing in a back of a van or laying in the mud is not a definition of glamorous. And that's what we do - we fulfill crazy ideas that photographers have no matter what. That's what we get paid for. Standing on the edge of the swimming pool and hoping you won't fall down the hill behind it? Now even that doesn't sound extreme to me.
4. After a few years, you'll know how to survive everywhere.
China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Spain, Kuala Lumpur, Korea? Thanks to modeling all of those countries and even more will become a home from home for you. After traveling on your own nothing will be tough or impossible.
5. Most of us are healthy.
Not all of models snort cocaine and smoke crack. We like to party, but if one survived more than two years in this then it's a sign that this person is a responsible human being. There are a lot of temptations in modeling world but you need to understand that not everyone is your friend, especially not PRs in local bars and clubs... People who achieved something in modeling are healthy, they exercise and take care of their body.
6. Fashion weeks are sometimes our worst nightmares.
Too small shoes, uncomfortable dresses which are too long to walk in them, short breaks, early call times and late shows. All of that to get your dream job for a top designer. But if you get a job for a great client you will forget about all of that.
7. Relationships are hard.
Being a model taught me that being in a relationship is sometimes impossible, but at the same time, I've yet not met someone who made me feel the same way as people with whom I've been during contracts in Asia. You know that in a few months you'll go to different places and there's a chance that you may never see each other again which makes the relationship much more intense. And obviously - you're going to miss your family and friends - a f...reaking lot.
8. Reputation is very important.
Not only more people will want to work with you but you'll get paid better if your reputation is good. Models who choose to party before shootings, fashion shows or even castings don't get much out of it. They get stuck in one place of their career and finish modeling quite early. So if you want to get something out of it - just treat people (and your body) with respect.
9. Makeup and high heels after work are your enemies, not friends.
You don't want to have anything on your face after getting rid of 100 layers of makeup and surely your feet don't want to walk in high heels after those 10 hours you've spent jumping in too small shoes higher than your paycheck.
10. Quitting modeling will be the hardest thing you'll ever do.
You have to know when your time is over to leave and be remembered as you want to be. Your time to shine may be over when you'll be 25, 30 but it can come when you are 17 as well. Taking a year off was incredibly hard for me and it still is, but sometimes it's better for you to take a break or quit. It's not a thing you can do forever and although it's great and teaches you a lot about other cultures and you get to see amazing places and meet great people - there's the time when you should grow up and settle down.
Some useful sites for (not only) new faces:
- Models Agents Managers Association