When a model is out socializing, they will inevitably have to tell new people what they do for a living. Often, they will be met with responses such as “wow, what an amazing job”. The person who the model is talking to will already have an idea in their head of what the job entails. Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions about modeling which are common. Here are some of the worst offenders.
Models Can Only Work for One Agency
Just because a company is helping a model get work, it does not usually mean that this agency owns them. One of the handiest perks of this job is the flexibility. Legitimate agencies will have no problem with non-exclusivity. It is essential that new models make sure this is company policy; otherwise, they may be taken advantage of.
All Models Are Tall
When people think about modeling, they usually focus on the runway type. This job tends to hire above average height people. However, modeling is much broader overall. The majority of jobs will be open to people of all heights. It is actually quite rare for this body aspect to have an impact on how hireable the model is.
All Models Are Women
This could really not be further from the truth. The industry is full of opportunities for people of all genders. While it is true that companies will look for models who appeal to their target market, this does not mean there are no jobs for men or non-binary individuals.
Modeling Is an Easy Job
Those who have this opinion should try being the face or voice of a brand. It is both demanding and challenging work. The shifts are almost always long, and the model must be on their feet for most of that time. Modeling requires a high level of energy, as well as excellent communication skills.
Your Headshots Need to Look Amazing
Headshots are pictures of a model which are used by employers to pick out who they want for a job. While it may be tempting to touch up these pictures, doing so can frustrate potential employers. A headshot should honestly depict the face of a model. If it stays true to their appearance, it will be the perfect tool for getting hired.
Looking Pretty Is the Main Thing
Looks are not the most important thing when it comes to modeling. Being a highly professional, friendly and engaging worker is much more essential. The world of models is full of people with very different physical attributes. There is not one ideal “look”.
Costumes Are Always Revealing
Some people might be put off pursuing modeling because they are worried about being sexualized. In reality, the majority of jobs do not require models to wear revealing clothes.
It Takes Months to Receive Payment
Reliable agencies will have prompt payment systems in place. If a model finds that there is a delay in their payment, it is usually due to incomplete paperwork. For this reason, it is essential to fill out forms fully and correctly.