North West based Make-up Artist Sofia runs Dolz Makeup and Hair and regularly uses models at wedding exhibitions and in photoshoots. Here are her top tips from a MUA's point of view on how to get started as a model:
1. You have to be thick skinned, to be able to deal with a lot of rejection. Don't take rejection personally. You are selling your looks. If your particular looks are not suitable for a certain theme, then it's just that. It doesn't mean that you are ugly.
2. Don't work with a male photographer, unless you know that they won't perv on you. Even then, take a friend or your mum with you to a shoot. If they wont let you, then steer clear.
3. Don't expect to be paid for the first year of your career. But you should get photos from a shoot that you do.
4. Do not get manipulated into taking off more clothes than you have agreed to initially. The photographer will tell you that it's beneficial to your career, and to stop being such a prude. It is NOT beneficial to your career, unless you are aiming for Page 3. It is just beneficial to the photographer, who will sell those pics to Zoo or Nuts magazines.
5. Drink plenty of water, and go for regular facials.
6. Read Vogue etc, and study model poses.
7. Always be punctual, and polite on shoots. No gossiping.
8. Do not pay to join an agency. They will take you on without a fee, if they honestly think that you have any serious potential.
9. Do not sign any contracts with makeup artists, giving them exclusive rights to you ie. stopping you from working with any other mua's. Unless they pay you handsomely. You should be free to work with whoever you wish, in order to build up a good portfolio.
10. Do not hound mua's, photographers constantly, begging for modelling opportunities. You will just annoy them. If they think that they want to work with you, asking once will be enough.
You're there to do a job, so do it well - don't be a diva drama queen
11. Always have a plan B. A backup plan. Don't rely on your looks to make you money forever. Don't give up your education, because unless you're the next Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell, you will have to find another source of income when your looks start to fade.
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