Do you have what it takes to be a male model?
It doesn’t just stop at a pretty face, mind you. When you want to make it as a male model, you need to have the complete package.
Beauty and the Beast
The modelling landscape has changed over the years. Even though it is still predominantly a female universe, there are a lot of male models who have made it to superstardom.
If you want to be part of this fabulous world, then you must both be beauty and beast.
Being beautiful as a model means that you not only have to be good-looking outside but you must also possess that inner radiance.
As a model, you will meet a lot of people, either for work or play. A pleasing personality will go a long way especially when you carry a professional work ethic and can get along with most of your colleagues.
Being a beast does not mean that you become surly. This only means that you must possess a strong character that will hold you up when times get tough.
Being a model is not as easy as it looks. You must possess a beastly determination to do the things you need to do in order for you to make it.
If you think you have the makings of a male model, here are some tips that can help you:
1. Know your strengths
Do you have washboard abs? Chiselled face? Towering height? Determine what your strengths are so you can better chart out your path as a model.
There are different kinds of models so knowing what you are most suited for will give you enough leverage to make it in that field. This will help you focus and train your sights on exactly what niches you would most fit in.
If you are buff, for example, you can be a perfect specimen for a fitness model. If you have legs that go on forever and can walk pretty well, then perhaps the runway is for you. If you have looks that make everyone ooh and aah but do not have the height for the catwalk, then maybe you give commercial modelling a shot.
2. Talk to the camera
If you want to be a model, then you have to be at ease in front of the camera. Having your photos taken will be a norm regardless if you’re an editorial or catwalk model. It’s normal to be camera shy at first so practice till you get the hang of it.
Another important factor when practising in front of the camera is to learn how to angle your face. Even if you think that you’ve been blessed with a perfectly symmetrical face, there are still other factors light and shadows that make a perfect photo. Find your angle and work it for the photographer by practising at home first.
3. Invest in yourself
If you want to earn well, you also have to invest in yourself. You don’t necessarily need modelling classes but courses on basic acting can give you an edge especially during commercial or editorial shoots.
While you don’t need to spend on high-end clothes, it would pay a lot if you keep yourself well-groomed. Make sure you are neat and clean when you go to auditions. If you have a beard, keep it nicely trimmed. Take a bath as no one wants to be near a walking trash bin. The rule is for you to look presentable and professional.
Moreover, invest in building a winning portfolio. Even if Instagram models have taken the world by storm, it would still pay if you can put together a well-curated portfolio made up of the following photos:
- A clean head shot or beauty shot
- A full body shot with and without a shirt on
- A swimsuit shot
- An editorial shot
- A commercial shot
- A smiling shot
Make sure the photos are within the bounds of decency and convey what a professional you are.
4. No benchmarks
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to height or body measurements, as there are a variety of modelling jobs for every size and shape. Typically, though, runway models tend to be in the 5’11” to 6’2” height range and must fit in a size 38 or 40 jackets.
However, don’t let this faze you, as there are supermodels who don’t fit these requirements but are still able to book a lot of gigs.
Nowadays, more and more are celebrating diversity in colour, shape, gender and age. There is no clear benchmark for beauty and the world has expanded to include anyone and everyone who has the passion and the will to pursue a modelling career.
5. Find a reputable agency
Having a reputable agency represent you can be the most beneficial route for you. They will already take care of looking for the most suitable jobs for you as well as give you protection from scammers and opportunistic predators.
The industry can be a wily place to be in and have a professional agency can protect you from clients who run away from paying for jobs or from those unscrupulous people who ask for unnecessary nude photos, for example.
A walk towards success
With the abovementioned ways that you can practice and take to heart, your road to becoming a male model can certainly be a lot easier. Just keep in mind that persistence is key. If you really want it, then be prepared for a million auditions and go-sees. Not everyone is cast on his or her first try so keep the faith and hold on.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids creatives and photographers.
You can also connect with her on Instagram @ the_agenc