Know exactly where you fit in the industry and where you are most marketable
Do your research and make sure you know where your look and abilities are most sought after in the industry. A few examples of industry options could include commercial modeling, fashion modeling, fitness modeling, catalogue or specialty modeling.
Create a book appropriate for your market
Be sure your portfolio shows a variety of looks that fit within your market. If you are looking to work as a commercial model, it does not necessarily make sense to have loads of high fashion or swimwear shots in your book.
Have a composite card
A comp card is a model’s business card. This postcard sized handout of images and model measurements will be something you can leave behind with potential clients to help them remember you.
Get experience wherever you can
Whether you are offering to do time-for-print (tfp) work for a photo project or volunteer promotional work for a non-profit event, you should seize every job opportunity to learn and network. It will help you gain experience and get you name (and face) out there more.
Be professional at every job
Agents, managers, photographers, and clients talk. Always be professional when you are working at a job. Show up early if an agency wants to meet since arriving late can affect someone’s perception of your professionalism.
Use Social Media
Social sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are good ways to put your name out there and create an online page that shows projects you have been working on and what your modeling capabilities are. The key to using social sites for work is to be sure you represent yourself professionally and as you would want prospective clients to view you.
Be confident and be yourself
Personality is a huge part of working in the modeling industry. Always be sure you are letting your personality shine through and stay confident and true to yourself. It’s true when they say that the most attractive thing about any model is their confidence