people end up paying an arm and a leg for modeling photos and classes,
but few end up getting modeling contracts. In order to help you get a
modeling gig, youíre going to have to do a bit of research first. The
first thing that you need to do is find sponsors. Sponsors are people or
companies willing to help you out, sometimes for free, other times in
exchange for something, such as you modeling their clothes or product.
Either way, itís a win-win situation and will help you get your foot in
the door. Below you can find three tips on how to get sponsorship.
1. Modeling classes. Look
in the back of any womenís magazine and youíll often see advertisements
for modeling classes. They certainly donít come cheap, but if you know
how, you could get a discount and maybe even take
for free. So whatís the catch? Youíre going to have to help the modeling
agency out. Aim for smaller companies or those just starting out and
call them, or better yet, go there in person. The best thing is to know
what you want. Ask them if they offer discounts for
group lessons or if you
sign a friend up for their classes. Once they agree, go out and find
people willing to sign up for their classes and take them to the agency
where they can enroll. In return, youíll get a discount on the lessons.
2. Photo shoots. Maybe
shell out lots of money for professional photo shoots, but there are
ways to get them done just as professionally, but at a fraction of the
price. Contact your community college or look in the phone book for
photography schools and ask them about their special prices. Students
taking photography courses need to practice taking professional photos
and often charge less than the professionals. Best of all, youíll be
more likely to be treated better by a student photographer than a
photographer with their own studio.
3. Clothing and accessories. If you want to be a
model, youíre going to have
to dress like one. And while name brand clothing isnít everything, you
should have quality clothes. Luckily for you, itís easy to find quality
items at low prices. Outlets, ebay, your friends, and even the stores
themselves can offer you plenty of choices and often at great bargains.
If youíre going to go to the stores, go shopping at the end of the
season and buy classic items that arenít going to go out of style
quickly. People usually wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time, which
means that your friends have a lot of clothes in their closets that they
donít use. And you probably do too. Try to set up a clothing swap with
some of your friends. Youíll get rid of stuff you donít use, and get
stuff that you do. Best of all- itís free.