Have you ever thought of becoming a clothing model? If you didn’t then the chances are that you haven’t made a very good impression on the people around you and your friends haven’t heard about your modeling career either. You might have done some photo shoots and was offered an opportunity to present your modeling portfolio to potential agents but you could have missed out on the big opportunity if you didn’t realize how important networking is. In this article, I’ll share with you the most important steps involved in networking to get yourself noticed in the modeling world.
Networking in the fashion industry is all about referrals and knowing who you can trust. In order to be considered for clothing modeling, it’s recommended that you make as many photo shoots as possible. As you’re making your portfolio and preparing to send it to modeling agencies, you can always ask your friends and family if they know anyone who can use your services. Most of the time, family members can refer reputable modeling agencies that deal with their field.
There are two types of people who shouldn’t consider modeling as a career: those who’ve never tried it and those who’ve never had a photo shoot. Those who’ve never had a photo shoot probably don’t have any contacts or they’re too afraid to approach anyone. Modeling agencies often have local contacts in the fashion industry so they might be able to help you. Otherwise, you might need to do some more networking in order to get your portfolio and your name out there. You can find out where other models in your area are through modeling magazines and you can also do your part by asking people you know and trust about people they’ve worked with before.
Now that you have your portfolio and you’ve sent it off to modeling agencies, you can start trying to get discovered on the ramp. Remember that networking isn’t something that you do once you’ve already been discovered so don’t expect to become known the instant you entered the ramp. Continue to do photo shoots and take part in local events in order to build up your resume and your name recognition. Once you’ve built up your name recognition and your resume, you can start trying to land some television or film projects. Most of your luck will depend on which projects you were able to land, but you can be guaranteed that at least one casting director will remember you and give you a phone call when your audition comes around.
Once you’ve landed a few small TV or film projects, you can go from there and look at big time contracts. This is where most people’s careers end because they’re just signing their life away for a whole bunch of publicity. The problem with that is that your name isn’t unique, and most people who didn’t want to be in this industry will have already found out about you. So when you were starting out modeling, you should have considered starting your own business or even opening a website so that you can promote your clothing line. That way, you can gain some exposure without spending thousands of dollars.
As you can see, starting out as a late bloomer can be very difficult. You have to go out of your way to get noticed and you have to take the time to figure out how you’re going to be able to fit into the modeling industry. However, if you keep your head right and work hard, eventually you’ll start to get noticed and your dreams will come true.