One of the most fascinating dreams that a teenager often seems to have is to become a model. And you know what? If you are inclined towards the career in the right way and have supportive parents backing your endeavor, it’s not a difficult feat either. The UK modeling industry has lots of opportunities for teenage models – promotions, campaigns and commercials where fresh, youthful looks and energetic charisma of teens are in high demand. Just knowing where and how to start can easily get you aboard the profession. Here are some tips to get into modeling for teenagers UK.
An age-old adage but a very helpful one at that – know your own self well before you try to break into the world of modeling. There are not one, but various kinds of teenage modeling openings (catalogue, commercial etc.) in the industry. It’s upto you to find out the niche that suits your abilities the best. It can be more than one but your aim should be to hone your looks and aptitude towards that direction.
Basic requirements for teen models-
- 5’9” – 5’10” height, although some manage to get away with a 5’7”/5’8” also
- 12-17 years of age
- Size 2-6
- Weight in proportion to figure
- Clear skin, healthy bouncy hair, fresh looks, fit body and a charming smile
Once you come to know what your abilities are carved out for, it’s time to practice and perfect. Getting your pictures assembled into a professional portfolio is important, yes, but before you do that you need to prepare yourself in the right line.
Study the billboards, magazine covers and advertisements featuring teen models, paying minute attention to their facial expressions, body language and poses. This is what you need to invest yourself with. And so start practicing these on your own until you feel sure that you will be able to bring them alive into your pictures. A model school offers professional training on modeling for teenagers UK but they charge you fees for the same. An online UK model service company free registration can however get you veteran advice on the matter at no cost.
Get a portfolio
You can try your luck with modeling agencies with photos clicked on your friend’s camera, but if you are serious about the profession it’s better to start with a good-quality professional portfolio (containing full-body + head shots). They say that first impression is often the last impression in the modeling world and so you just can’t take chances like that. Get Z-cards (also known as composite cards) made at the same time with the following info-
- Contact number
- E-mail address
You can leave this card with your interviewers for further reference. You can also mail the portfolio online to different bureaus to tap model openings at a broader level.
Remember to get the copyrights of your portfolio from your photographer so that you can use it as per your discretion.
Start looking for offers
Finding the right agency to represent you might entail some research on your part but once you manage to do this, finding work as a teen model will become easier.
Things that always pay you back in the profession are the following-
- Hard work