How a Modeling Career Can Improve Your Life

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As a model, each day brings incredible learning opportunities. From posing and lighting to makeup and hair, you’ll gain new skills every time you step on set. But what you may not know is that the things you learn go way beyond the world of fashion. Think models turned entrepreneurs Kathy Ireland and Tyra Banks, whose combined net worth is well over $2.5 Billion. Yes, billion with a "b". A modeling career can be one of the best things you can do for yourself and your future because it also teaches you...

How to Network

While working as a model, you’ll get to know agencies, advertising professionals, photographers, stylists, creative staff, and other important industry insiders. You’ll learn how to talk to just about anyone, how to build relationships with them, and how to use your new contacts to give you (and your career!) that special edge.

Networking is a fact of life. When you have the ability to meet and develop relationships with the people who matter most, you’ll have a better chance of reaching your goals. Whether you dream of becoming a top model or a top surgeon, it’s these vital connections that will help you make the most of your ambitions.

Don’t forget that building a solid network takes time and practice, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t make an instant connection every time or if the people you network with can’t help you at the moment. Also, don’t stop networking once you’ve met “the right people.” The bigger your network and the better you stay in touch them, the more doors you’ll be able to open in the future.

 

How to Market Yourself

All models need to know how to sell themselves to potential clients. And in order to do that, you have to sit down and take a good, hard look at who you are. Why should they choose you over another model? What are your strengths and your weaknesses? What’s your niche market? Are you a commercial model?

A fashion model? A runway model?

Once you figure out exactly who you are and where you fit in, you’ll be able to show clients why you’re the best person for the job. But beyond that, you’ll find out what you’re good at and what you need to improve on. In other words, you’ll learn how to be the best person you can be. And that’s something that’ll take you far in life, whether you’re destined for a life of modeling or not. 

How to Maintain a Professional Online Presence

In today’s digital age, a professional online presence is more important than ever. It can boost your visibility, your accessibility, and ultimately your bookings. But it’s not as easy as it sounds! The lines between social and professional networking can be a little blurry, and it takes time and know-how to maintain the appropriate boundaries.

Your clients don’t need (or want) to know what kind of shenanigans you and your BFF got up to last night, nor do your friends want to see modeling photo after modeling photo. For some great examples of how it’s done, take a look at social-savvy supermodels like Coco Rocha and Miranda Kerr. Their work profiles have a personal edge, but they’re also tasteful, professional and related to modeling 99.9% of the time.

 

Tip: It’s a good idea to create separate social media profiles for your personal and professional lives. That way, you can carry on your everyday life without censoring yourself or jeopardizing future jobs (just make sure your personal profiles have strict privacy settings!) while also having an online presence that properly reflects your professional brand. A solution that’s great for you and your professional future! 

How to Handle Rejection

Let’s face it: Rejection is inevitable in the modeling world. You can’t please everyone and you’re never going to be able to book every job. New models, experienced models, supermodels—everyone experiences some level of rejection. It’s a fact of the business. Even Gisele Bundchen was rejected by 42 agents before someone finally saw her potential.

So, you have to learn how to take rejection in stride.

Be patient, don’t take it personally, don’t let your emotions get the best of you, and try to keep your long-term goals in mind. You need to stick it out through the tough times in order to come out on top. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but it’s one that’ll help you out in every aspect of your life.