We was backstage at fashion week and a couple of models asked why do some models get more work than others? What are they doing to get the work which i'm not when we are trying equally as hard? and we thought that this is a good question!
The modelling industry which you are joining is super competitive, Everyone wants to make it and they want to make it overnight, not in a week, not in a month and certainly not in a year however it rarely happens this way, The media will portray modelling as a glamorous lifestyle with cameras following you about, the finest clothes and the most beautiful of settings.. they won't show the long hours, the years working towards that one job and the cold weather, multiple outfit fittings and continuous rejection that EVERYONE faces at some point in their life.
The worst part about an agency is that models are always going to be at different levels unless the agency has recruited x amount of models from scratch and they have all progressed at the same time. (Rare)! We opened up the agency in 2010 and represented multiple people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who perhaps wouldn't make it into mainstream agencies usually due to height. Now we are still going and to this date we still have our books open looking for models to join us. Models who have just joined us (lets say last week) will then compare themselves to models who perhaps joined us in 2010. Models who have been on multiple assignments, editorial shoots, been published internationally and walked in a long chain of runway shows yet these people that new models are comparing themselves too at their current levels were once new too and spent their time finding their feet in the industry... Just because everyone is represented on the same agency!
You might see someone who is doing really well, On the cover of magazines and walking in runway shows, featuring in client's catalogues and seem to be doing really well then you look at yourself and you haven't achieved half as much but your with the same agency!.
I want to share Nadia's Story (Sorry Nadia) ... We met Nadia at an Arthritis Research Model scouting competition which was held in Acock's Green in Birmingham in around 2013.. I was the current Miss Teen Wolverhampton International and i was due to compete in the Miss Midlands International Finals following winning several titles at the regionals. Dream Street Models had been established 3 years but had mainly focused on the entertainment side of things, We had worked with singers, bands and other performers and i had a real passion for the fashion industry and making people and things look and feel beautiful. Nadia Joined us on the left hand-side as an entry for a charity modelling competition and she won. She did a shoot with @mantisphotography in Birmingham on location, It was a wet and rainy day but she turned up and got some images which she could use in the start of her portfolio. It wasn't the most ideal day for an editorial shoot but she came and the shoot took place! .. The photo on the right is the current day and the level she is working too now however she is the same person, the same agency and nothing has changed other than experience and hard-work!
Nadia worked hard building up her name on editorial work, fashion shows and any assignments which came in to get herself out there and develop her portfolio between 2013 and 2016 she is now the face of Ratchet Clothing which have over 395,814 followers.
Her achievements came from the time she dedicated to the industry, the time she put in working hard on the assignments Dream Street offered which landed her a large contract with a large retailer.
Dream Street offer so MANY FREE opportunities for new models to gain experience, gain publications and gain more confidence on the runway.. We offer them for absolutely nothing so you are able to grow as a model and be ready most importantly when that large retailer comes along and wants to take a look through your previous work. Please make the most of every opportunity you are offered and you will see yourself grow in experience, confidence and the type of work which will become available to you.
Every model we sign we 100% believe in, We believe we are only as good as our most inexperienced model and as an agency it's our duty to educate, care and inspire aspiring models to be the very best versions of themselves.
You have the ability to reach success, let us help you get there! We know some people have huge dreams in working in the modelling industry and have only just started themselves, We know they see the posts we put out on a regular basis and ignore these as they're not the type of clothing they are into or the publication work isn't paid and the images don't matter but we are giving away so many FREE opportunities for a reason! Not for the benefit of our health or because we have nothing to do! We are giving them away because we believe in our models and we believe you can make it! Please use these to your full potential, Get yourself booked in, Blog about them.. Give out your social media pages to everyone in the room, Get to know the photographer, the designer.. Even the cleaner! Make an impression and make the most of it!