So, you want to become a model? Be an icon of beauty and glamour and seduce the cameras of the most distinguished fashion photographers? If you want to become a model, you need to act like a pro, market your talent and avoid the scams.
Modelling is not all about glamour, fame and fun. Your stunning looks alone will not get you far. Put brain before beauty. To make it as a model, you need the right looks, a fit and healthy body of the right dimensions, the right attitude and a generous helping of luck.
Many modelling sites will promise to help you to become a successful model. Many so-called agencies only exist to sell you model portfolios, without finding you any work. HUpix’s Models Guide will help you to avoid the pitfalls and the scams and to stay safe. It will also give you some practical strategies for becoming a successful model. HUpix’s Models Guide is honest, no-nonsense and won’t tempt you into thinking that you can achieve the impossible. Try to become a model if this is what you really want but keep your feet on the ground.
I first started this guide for models in 2002. It has since become one of the most respected resources on the Internet for aspiring models. For its ten year anniversary in 2012, it has been completely revised and updated to make it easier to digest. Our Models Guide is different from other modelling publications on the Internet. What sets it apart is the fact that it aims to keep your feet on the ground, helps you to be safe and does not give you false hopes.
Unlike many other sites, I have no incentive to talk you into becoming a model. Yes, I can produce a model portfolio for you, but it is not the main activity of my business and I also make it clear that you may not need a portfolio at all. I just want you to be safe and happy.
The contents of this guide represent my personal opinion. I may not have the definitive answer to every question but the information in these pages is authoritative and honest.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median hourly wage of models as of May 2008 was $13.18. Most made between $10.09 to $17.23.
Many models are paid a flat fee per assignment and a shoot could take one hour or two days and the
model would be paid the same fee in some circumstances. This can range from $100 to $1,000, for example, pending on project. The big salaries, endorsements and perks of a supermodel are only for the elite, the best of the best. Those salaries can range from thousands of dollars for a modeling session up to $1M or more based on type of work.
This is a tough industry and a cutthroat career. Agents and industry leaders are always looking for the hot new look, the fresh face, or the next big thing. Is that you? Chances are many models won’t make it big, but they can find a nice career or supplemental income by doing something many consider to be fun. However, models can often work long, irregular hours, and work can be inconsistent. Those with the dedication, desire and right look and personality will be the most successful.
This was how to become a model, please note that I am unable to answer modelling questions by e-mail but I will be pleased to talk to you about modelling & modeling portfolio if you come to me or Contact me as a client.