The modeling profession is expected to grow 14 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The first step to becoming a fashion model is to find representation with a modeling agency. Once you complete the submission process, you’ll go into the agency for an interview. This is your opportunity to showcase your values and work ethic.
Prior to the interview, it’s important to research the agency you are applying to. Find out who’s who in leadership roles and if possible, locate pictures so you can address these people by name the day of your interview. Be well versed in the credentials and accomplishments of the company and talk about these successes. Everyone likes to feel special and flattered. People may not remember exactly what you said but they will remember how you made them feel. Taking these extra steps will show your interviewers that you’re smart and really interested in the position because you took the time to do your research.
Modeling agencies put their name on the line when they book jobs for their models. It can be very harmful for a company to get the reputation that its models don’t show up to their auditions and casting calls. According to a study conducted by seasoned casting director Laurie Records, only around 66 percent of models who confirmed their attendance for a casting call actually showed up for the audition. Talk about how you honor your commitments and when you say you’re going to be somewhere, you keep your promise. Of course, be sure to follow through on this if you get the job.
What time you show up is often just as important as if you show up at all. Part of being professional means being punctual, and your agency wants you to exemplify professionalism. There are a lot of moving parts in any modeling job and when a model is late, she inconveniences the many other people on set. Being punctual shows you’re dedicated, enthusiastic and good at time management. Therefore, talk about how you like to be 15 minutes early for everything. This will set you apart from a lot of other applicants, especially the ones who showed up to their interview late.
People try to getting into the modeling world for all kinds of reasons but haven’t really considered their long-term goals and careers. Some think modeling will just be something fun they’ll try and see how it goes. Modeling agencies, however, are determined to stay in business and stick around for the long term, so they want to hire models with this mindset as well. Talk about your long-term dreams and aspirations. This will let the interviewers know that you are in the business for the long haul and will help them feel confident about investing their time, marketing and energy on your career.
Sydney Neely has worked in the education arena for more than 10 years, teaching general education, the arts, communication and finance. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Arizona State University. Neely also holds several state and federal financial licenses in life insurance and investments (Series 6 and 63).