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What do agencies look for in a top model? There is no absolute criteria for becoming a top model as "the look" can vary widely from season to season and year to year.

Why do top modeling agencies have age and height requirements? This is a simple matter of economics as it is easier for younger models to get started and taller models generally make more money than shorter models. Although there have been some very successful fashion models that are shorter, they are the exception to the rule. (Opportunities do exist for petite models, however, so feel free to submit.)

Can male models enter? Yes, we are also interested in male models. (6' 0 and 40 regular is considered ideal.)

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must reading for new models and parents

Fashion models usually begin their careers at around 14 to 15 years of age. If you are over 21 and have no tear sheets (actual pages out of magazines) most of the top modeling agencies wont be interested in working with you. Models who are 14 or 15 are not old enough to go on photo shoots alone, of course, so moms are a big part of fashion.

Make no mistake, a beginning model's family is the backbone of her career. By the time you are 17 or so, you will need to start demonstrating more independence. Without a supportive mom or dad in the beginning however, your chances of becoming a real working model are close to zero.

Many careers start with go-sees for designers holding open calls for models to showcase their upcoming lines. By the time you are 21, you should have done four or five seasons work and your book should have legitimate tear sheets.

Couture designers produce long gowns, thus the need for a taller girl. If you are interested in other types of modeling, you can give it a try if your less than 5'9". You may make a few bucks less than your taller sisters, but there is still plenty of work out there in action wear, swim wear, commercial print, film and television.

Supportive moms should work with their daughters to keep their self esteem high. A model has to know herself, however. If a certain job is not for you, dont do it. Many times you will walk out of an open call with a great feeling that you know you got the job, only to sit by the phone and wait and wait...

Most casting directors will try to make sure you are feeling good when you walk out. They may compliment you on your appearance and on your better shots and generally avoid talk of any shortcomings - so you may never know why you didnt get the job.

Once you're in with a designer, however, your career will be on a good path. You can look forward to runway, fit, showroom, trunk shows, catalog, and look-book work.

There are two main seasons in fashion, and you will have most of your jobs coming around twice per year. Magazine editorial work will come from your agency, but you can sometimes get designer work on your own.

Dont worry too much about your face.... Faces come in a lot of variations but have a few common characteristics agents and photographers want.

For example: eyes need to be evenly spaced and in a straight line with the forehead, ears need to be even at top and bottom, lips should be full and nose should be straight without arching too much. (If you fit most of the above requirements, you can work in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami Beach, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, etc. )

Most top agencies do not have time to develop new girls. You may be better off starting out with a smaller agency, get two or three seasons under your belt, and then show your book to the big guns.

If you have a great portfolio, however, top agencies will be more inclined to take you on regardless of your age. So don't worry so much about being signed by a major agency in the beginning. Even if you don't meet their requirements for new faces you may still be picked up by one after you become more established. 

You will also be entering as a pro working model as opposed to a new face. They will probably want you to reshoot a portion of your book and/or they will give you a chance to do some editorials. (Editorial work does not pay anywhere near as much as print advertising - but editorials are the key to getting the big ad campaigns.)

You may do less runway work, and more commercial work for designers, cosmetics companies, non fashion companies, etc - and the tearsheets you walk away with will be invaluable.

Whatever you do - do not attempt to cut corners. Make sure you have full support from on eor both parentss and find a coach or mentor to help you prepare for runway work and photo shoots. If you keep experiencing rejection, it will be in large part to having a poor book to show and inexperience.

Working with great photographers and having a good book can make you look experienced even if you're not. If too much time passes, however, it can never be brought back - so do it right the first time.

must reading for new models and parents - part 2

Can't figure why you are not getting many modeling jobs? IT'S YOUR BOOK.

There are several things that all models need to put together before actually being able to work including test shoots, comp cards, etc.

(Don't worry too much, however, as this DOES NOT have to be expensive.)

Also, you cannot go around thinking that you will get every job you audition for - so you must have "thick skin" and/ or learn how to handle rejection.

Even top models and actors have been rejected many times. It is simply part of the business and it you should never take it personally.

Always keep in mind that the client does not see you as yourself, they see you as the image/character that you are portraying.

Part of being a professional model is being able to understand and accept that it is not "you" that is being "rejected," but that the client is searching for a certain type of look.

You could go to your next call and be hired on the spot, simply because you have "the look" they are searching for on that particular day.

Then, once you start booking out regularly, your name and face will become better known and you will start to get more work.

Be persistent, be on time, and never give up.

As glamorous as modeling may look on the outside, it is actually hard work.

Regardless of the situation, you will always be expected to appear as though you are comfortable and having a good time - and you will always be expected to get the job done.

Also, you cannot realistically expect to go out and make tons of money right away - so be prepared to work for low rates when you are first beginning.

Under the best of circumstances, it can take two or three months to get started and begin working consistently.

NEVER complain, unless you are put in a position which compromises your physical or emotional well being.

Confused as to why you are not getting booked as much as you would like?

Are you wondering why someone else always seems get the high paying jobs?


Complaining, even a little, will immediately brand you - making it extremely difficult for you to get work - and the same goes for parents.

Never forget, having A PLEASANT AND COOPERATIVE ATTITUDE is THE quickest way to jump start your career.

TIME IS MONEY so don't waste your time.

Beware of "TFP" photo shoots and other such "trades." Many photographers use this type of shoot to get models that are unaware to take pictures for them that they turn around and sell without notifying you or paying you.

Beginning models often convince themselves that with TFP they are getting something for nothing but, ultimately, the pictures they end up with will cost them their entire career.

TFP photos are usually too amateurish and/or too "glamorous" and very rarely in the style needed to qualify for paying jobs in the real world of modeling.

So do it right the first time. Find a mentor that will walk you through everything and heed their advice.


Feel free to email with any other questions you may have! (Questions of general interest will be answered on this page.)

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