What Does It Take To Become A Successful Male Model? We Take A Closer Look
So you think you might have what it takes to succeed as a male model? You have the drive, you have the talent, and your whole life you have been told that you are ridiculously good looking. The only thing is, you are not quite sure how to go about it.
So what to do? The modeling world has changed a lot over the past decade. While the traditional avenues to find modeling jobs still exist, social media has leveled the playing field. Aspiring male models who work it online have a big head start over those who are just sending agents photos of their headshots. This is not to say that having a strong modeling portfolio isn’t important — it very much is.
The first step to becoming a male model is assuming the confidence and self-assurance in knowing you have what it takes to be in the spotlight. Models today not only have to develop their own image, but have an expressive personality that shines in front of the camera as well. Being able to carry yourself with confidence and a certain belief in oneself is what the agencies and corporate brands are looking for. Having a strong portfolio of photography will always help when being able to get a foot in the door with any agency, so this is always a worthwhile investment. Establishing your own personal ‘look’ and style, no matter how off-the-wall it might be, can often catch the eye of the bookers. Social media has never been more important in today’s modeling world. Having an online personality with a significant and loyal band of captive followers can only add value for a client in the eyes of an agency.
And what are the physical requirements to be a model? While there are no hard and fast rules, agencies want you to be between 5’11 and 6’2 tall; you should wear a size 40 regular jacket, or at least be pretty close to that. While you want to be in excellent shape, don’t be too muscular, as clothing does not drape well on men with larger muscles in the arms and thighs. Of course your teeth should be white and flawless, and your skin should be clear.
You are going to want to provide the agency with a portfolio. This is basically a an assortment of photographs, which of course will include a headshot and full body shot; it also is a good idea to put in a video that shows off your runway walk. Use a professional to take photos for your portfolio — don’t ask your buddy who has a nice camera. Photo shoots are not just for your portfolio; they are for you to practice your look and get more comfortable in front of the camera.
There are many types of models. Fashion models are usually the highest paid, although it is also the most difficult area of modeling to succeed in. This work is to promote clothing, and can range from runway work to catalog.
There are other types of modeling of course. You could always be a fitness model, although be prepared to work for it. Fitness model Vince Del Monte estimates he has has put in well over 4,000 hours to firm up his body. It probably would be easier to just be incredibly good looking. And don’t forget hand modeling. To succeed at this game, you pretty much need to do everything else that a regular model has to do, but hey, while the pay might be lower and there is not as much glamor, the career of a hand model tends to last longer.
How Can Front Models Help?
Owning a set of professional shots is a great way of launching your career as a male model. The photographs can sit in your portfolio to showcase your talent and create a strong identity for your website. Agents and employers can view each resource to find a model suitable. Therefore, the shots need to be of high quality and extremely professional to impress. Here at Front Models we can provide this service to ensure that the images highlight your potential.