Becoming a male model is a dream that many boys and men have. They may have secretly been planning their strategy to enter into this fun and challenging industry. Modeling sometimes may be seen as a female dominated industry. However, there is definitely a place for men when it comes to strutting their stuff on the runway or flashing that smile.
Is male modeling hard to get into?
Male modeling is not difficult to get into. Have you been told ever since you were young that you should model? Maybe you have always dreamed of becoming a model and didn’t know where to start. The barrier to entry is relatively easy if you have the right look and are determined to make your dreams come true. However, there will be stiff competition and you must be ready to hear some rejection. This is just part of the job.
How do I start a career in male modeling?
The most important step in beginning a career in modeling is to ensure that you are ready mentally, physically and emotionally to take on this career. Build a plan on how you are going to achieve your goals , creating habits that will bring you success.
Mentally, you must prepare to hear negative comments, critical critique and a lot of advice on how to improve. This is just part of your growth and can be discouraging and frustrating, but again, it is just all part of becoming a model.
Physically, you must ensure that you are fit, healthy and that your skin, hair and nails are impeccable. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and stay away from any vices that can dehydrate you or interfere with your ability to look your absolute best.
Emotionally, modeling an be a wild ride. One week you could be in Italy on the catwalk and Paris at an Eiffel Tower photo shoot and the next week you may not have another prospect in sight. Emotionally, this can take a toll. Just know that modeling has the potential to be feast or famine. It doesn’t mean that you are a “has been” if you don’t get a call for a few weeks. Just keep working hard and your success will come.
Do I need a portfolio?
Yes, you will need a professional portfolio…eventually. To get your first job, all you may need is a smart photo and a smiling face. However, creating a portfolio is one of the most important tools you can have in order to get modeling jobs. You don’t have to hire the most expensive, most experienced photographer in order to construct an effective portfolio. All you need is a smart phone and a friend that will spend time helping you get the best shots. As you get your foot in the door, you will start to amass a stockpile of great photos to choose from that you can add to a portfolio. You will also begin to build relationships with professional photographers that may even offer to collaborate with you for their portfolio. It pays to make connections.
It is also important to know which shots should be featured in your portfolio. You will need a headshot, which is a close-up photo of you that is clear and in focus. Ensure that you feature as natural of a look as possible. You will also need to include 5-7 additional photos that show you in different situations, showcasing how you might be able to feature a product or service.
What are the physical requirements for becoming a male model?
It is essential to have the right combination of facial features, physique, personality and mental stamina. You will have an advantage if you start at an early age between 16-18 as many agency and brands are looking for this range. However, there is room for all ages in male modeling. If you are 50 and over, the mature division at many agencies is a great place to start.
You also must have a chiseled look to your facial features, athletic build and have a height from 5’11 to 6’2 for male runway fashion modeling. If you are more interested in print or commercial modeling, this rule can be bent a bit. If you have unique physical characteristics, make sure you feature these in your digital shots as this can help you stand out in the crowd.
Do I need an agent?
If you want to get anywhere in the business of modeling it is paramount that you find a great agency that will work hard to get you jobs. You also can partner with an agent or find work on your own and partner with an agent. Working with an agent will bring the expertise and relationships that is required to get the coveted jobs that you want. However, contract requirements may inhibit you from getting work on your own. Before you sign anything, read what you are signing and ensure that you understand what the relationship with the agent will be, the commission split that they will take and whether or not you can procure work on your own without breach of contract.
How important is social media to my modeling career as a male model?
Leveraging the power that social media can have on your career is crucial. Before an agent agrees to partner with you or a brand signs you , they will be doing their homework by scouring the internet to find out more about you. Ensure that they don’t find anything that can be damaging to your career. Delete unsightly photos or photos that may put you in a negative light.
Additionally, create socials that are specific to modeling. Work these like a job and create content that is valuable to others so that you might amass a following that could catch the eye of companies that might hire you for modeling.
Becoming a male model will take some work and perseverance. Taking the time to craft a great portfolio, network your new industry relationships and build a personal brand that is recognizable to decision makers can give you a head start in this challenging, but rewarding career choice.