We get asked a lot as an agency to look through portfolios but it's clear that people new to the industry often haven't done enough research on how things work, There are handfuls of people who provide images from Snapchat, toilet photos from a night out on the weekend, a couple of bedroom selfies and to top it off there will be the best shot from their shoot in 2002.
Clients and agencies don't want to see how you look with the best filters on Snapchat, a hundred editing apps and what you wore last Saturday night in the nightclub toilets, we are almost certain that your not the same person you was back in 2002. You have to remember that these photos you are putting forward of yourself will be put against someone with perhaps over five years experience.. It's important to stay top form all the time.
Nothing screams amateur more than an iPhone photo, if your serious about modelling do some research into companies within your area. Check their reputation online and ask other people their thoughts. Every company has good and bad points but make sure you find someone who can point you in the right direction and are going to help you, and not just because your paying them. You need to find a business who believes in YOU as much as YOU believe in yourself. If you don't believe you can make it then why should anyone else?
You need a good portfolio of at least 3 images to start with, images where you look natural and comfortable. Clothing that fits and posed properly with nails painted or clean. Once you have a small portfolio you can begin to put yourself forward for work, you can find work in Facebook groups from casting directories or you can find an agency. This will give you the BEST start in the industry and show that you are willing to put the work in to get where you want to be. Success does not happen overnight.
Once you have your three images you can then progress on to a time for shoot (known as TF) where you shoot for free and so does the photographer on a collaborative basis. You can both then use your images in your portfolio and this will grow your experience as a model and start to create strong images to use to represent you.
Although when shooting TF or meeting someone you have never met before, do keep in mind the dangers of working with people who have no references. Sometimes bad images can do more harm than good and safety is a huge priority too.
Once you have a portfolio, It's then a case of "What's Next" If you are just hearing about us because you have paid thousands for a portfolio and the studio that sold it to you have closed it's doors in your face then you may also be wondering "what's next" along with being sceptical of everyone and everything in this industry.. & We don't blame you!
Look for an agency with Success Stories do they have genuine people who have been successful through their work? If an agency is a good as it says it is then it should be able to backup where long term models have made it too.. We have a few people who have really taken every opportunity which we have gave them and made it to where they want to be in the space of a year or so.
You could post your portfolio to FREE websites such as Model Mayhem, Purpleport or similar websites that have a good track record of helping people gain them "TF" Shoots. Although it is flattering to receive hundreds of messages back from a casting CHECK references. We can't say this enough, Check and Check again that the people you are working are 1. who they say they are, 2. have good feedback and 3. Are SAFE as safety is a huge priority! It's also important to check the QUALITY of their work as trust us, There is NOTHING worse than a set of bad images floating around the internet of you. Bad images can damage your reputation as a model and even show you in that much of a bad light it will put others off from working with you.. The images produced might even not look like you!
There is nobody to say as and when you are going to get paid work or the huge jobs you might be dreaming of, it's not like the job centre where people will think your a nice person and you have good qualifications so you'll get the job. This industry is based purely on looks and often social media following. Brands want to get their name out there and be seen, They also want someone who comes across as experienced so they know the time in front of the camera will be beneficial. Clients don't have time to tell you how you should be posing or time to be telling Models what they should and shouldn't be doing.
Here at Dream Street Models we do give people the chance to join us who don't have portfolios and do not have any experience. We offer in house editorial work which is professional images which go forward for magazine publication, in most cases work is published and the model can take home the images and publication to build a portfolio up free of charge. We do this on selected dates all through the year and aim to have models working as much as possible ready for when client work comes in. We want to save you the worry and hassle of what to do if you don't have them images the client wants to see and we are pretty sure if we sign you up, we believe in you as much as you should believe in yourself. Our opportunities we offer cost NOTHING and you can guarantee an agency standard team are working hard behind the scenes to produce the BEST images and even better.. All you have to do is turnup! We take ALL the headache from you and do thevery best we can.
We also help people with low confidence and help them through smaller fashion shows to build up confidence and self esteem ready for when fashion week comes around or other large national shows.
Alongside what we offer for free we do offer luxury portfolio management of 8 images in the studio with professional hair and makeup and up to four outfit changes and model training. This retails at £250 and includes everything someone should need to start up. With years of experience our team aim to deliver the very best and enable models to have the best start in the industry. We also have NO hard sell, NOTHING to purchase on the day and NO optional extras. We aim to produce the most transparent service. We must point out that we offer this service to make things easy, it is 100% OPTIONAL and people are left to make up their own minds regarding portfolios. We aren't always able to accept everyone we would like on to the books for one reason or another and we would HATE to waste anyone's time so outside of the agency we always have these services available for anyone who enquires.. You just have to ask.
If your interested in joining Dream Street Models you can visit www.dreamstreetmodels.com
Work hard, stay humble.