More about becoming a model

How do I become a model?

While not everyone is going to be the next Karlie Kloss, the good news is that with the rise of the Internet and a trend towards more diversity in casting, there are plenty of modelling opportunities for a wide range of people who may want to give modelling a go.

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Modelling photos
What does it take to become a model?

If you've ever watched an episode of 'Next Top Model', you'll know that the prettiest girl isn't necessarily the most successful. Becoming a model is about more than smiling for the camera. Good looks will only take you so far, and at the end of the day your attitude is just as important.

Models who have these qualities will get more bookings:
  • Able to take on feedback.
  • Punctual.
  • Willing to work long and unusual hours.
  • Mature and professional.
  • Willing to dye and cut your hair.
  • Confident and relaxed in front of the camera.
How tall do I need to be to become a model?

While some types of modelling have height requirements, there are lots of opportunities for people of all different shapes, sizes and ages to work as models. Traditionally, to be a catwalk model you generally need to be at least 5' 8” inches tall, however different types of modelling don't tend to be as restrictive. These days, there are modelling jobs out there for all shapes and sizes.

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What types of models are there?

When most people think about becoming a model, they're often picturing high fashion editorial or catwalk modelling. While these types of models are some of the more well-known, there are countless different types of modelling jobs that may be perfect for you.

Some types of models include:
  • High fashion models
    High fashion models
    High fashion models — otherwise known as catwalk, runway, editorial or fashion models. You'll need to be tall for this! Watch our video for tips on how to walk like a runway model. Browse catwalk model jobs.
  • Fitness models
    Fitness models
    Fitness models — if you love activewear and keeping fit, this could be for you! Browse our latest model jobs.
  • Fit models
    Fit models
    Fit models — not to be confused with fitness models, these models are used by retailers to make sure their clothes fit standard sizing. Retailers need standard and plus sizes and this can be great steady paid work. Browse our latest model jobs.
  • Child models
    Child models
    Child models — confident kids of all shapes and sizes can make great models! Hear about child modelling straight from some lucky kids who were cast on StarNow in a major retail campaign. Browse children's modelling jobs.
  • Promotional models
    Promotional models
    Promotional models — sometimes referred to as Brand Ambassadors, these models are hired to promote a particular brand or product. They attend events on the brand's behalf and interact with people. If you're outgoing and love people this type of modelling could be a good option for you. Browse promotional model jobs.
  • Commercial and Catalogue models
    Commercial and Catalogue models
    Commercial and Catalogue models — commercial and catalogue models don't always need to fit the strict height and shape requirements of high fashion models. A huge range of looks and ages can be suitable for commercial modelling. As a commercial or catalogue model, you could find yourself working in a TV commercial, a print campaign, a stock photo shoot and more! Hear hot tips in this video interview with a commercial model. Browse our latest model jobs.
  • Curve or Plus Size models
    Curve or Plus Size models
    Curve or Plus Size models — curve, or plus size models, are very popular in today's industry. Hear from some real people who got started in Curve modelling. Browse our latest model jobs.
  • Body part models
    Body part models (eg. hair, hand)
    Body part models (eg. hair, hand) — to specialise in hair or hand modelling, be sure to take great care of these areas! Tidy, well cared for nails, and hair in top condition is a must. Browse our latest model jobs.
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How do I get started?

A great way to gain experience, and build up a portfolio, is to apply for TFP work on StarNow. TFP is short for 'Time for Prints' and means a photographer will take photos of you for free. The photographer uses the shots to build up their portfolio, and you get copies to use too, it's a win-win!

Check out our hot tips on making TFP work for you.

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Do I need to have an agency to become a model?

Lots of new models choose to get a modelling agency as they help put you forward for jobs which you may not otherwise have access to. Their experience in the industry means they'll be able to market you in the right way to the right clients, and also provide you with useful feedback to help you develop as a model. This is especially important when you're just starting out as a model.

You can also find work yourself by applying directly to Casting Professionals seeking new or experienced models. StarNow is a great place to start to build up your experience.

How do I get a modelling agency?

Don't sit around waiting to be scouted! While we've all heard stories of how famous models have gotten their big break this way, the reality is if you want something, you have to go out and get it!

When you're looking to become a model it's a good idea to apply to a number of different agencies. It's never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket, and this way you'll have more options. Check our latest agency casting calls for models. When you apply, make sure to fill out your application carefully, provide all the information required, and make sure that you have a great headshot on your StarNow profile.

If you're lucky enough to have multiple agencies interested in signing you, choose the one that's the most excited about you as they'll be more likely to put you forward for jobs and help grow your career.

Do I need professional photos to become a model?

If you're starting out as a model, good quality photos are a must, but they don't necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer.

Modelling photo examples
Modelling photo examples
Make sure your modelling photos:
  • Are recent!
  • Are taken in natural light.
  • Show you wearing simple, flattering clothes.
  • Show your hair and face as natural as possible.
  • Show you as you really look. Don't retouch your photos.
  • Show what's unique about you!
When sending photos to an agent, they will want to see:
  • A clear close-up shot of your face, with no makeup.
  • A full body shot wearing close-fitting clothes so your shape is clearly visible.
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