Where do I start becoming a model?”, you may ask. But, what if you had to start modeling from failing?

Let’s talk a  minute about failure in modeling. What? You want me to fail as a model, you ask?

These are good questions when you look at the title of this article.

All Fashion Models in the Past Had Their Discouraging Moments!

Back in the 1960s, female models such as…

  • Jean Shrimpton,
  • Tania Mallet,
  • Celia Hammond,
  • Twiggy,
  • and Penelope Tree.

These important models dominated the London fashion scene and, were really well paid.

But, they all met failures before they became super-famous.

In fact, Wiki says; “Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective.

We all want to be inspired and keep that motivation to succeed, don’t we? More importantly, none of us like to fail. It’s not in our nature, is it? Of course not.

But, if you plan to make it in the modeling industry, you’re going to fail from time to time. Some talent agencies will most likely turn you down.

And, you won’t always get that modelling job you’re after. Welcome to modeling!

The question is, how do you handle failure when it rears its ugly head? That’s what I’m going to show you in this post. Keep reading..


“All female fashion models met failures before they became super-famous.”

But, truth is, failure can help you be a (better) model; if, you follow some simple rules.

Discover How Failure Can Help You Be a Model – And Get the Jobs You Want

As a model photographer, I’ve worked with some models who did very well. For instance, Paige Duke (photo above) did lots of modeling projects with me – and I was impressed by her talent.

Then, she made a real name for herself with NASCAR as a Sprint Girl. Later, she went on to other modeling assignments which were very lucrative.

Yes, she had a great look, personality and other features top models possess. Paige met all the modeling requirements needed.

But, that’s not the main reason she succeeded.

Paige Didn’t Let Failure Keep Her From Her Goals!

And, neither should you!

Where did I learn this lesson? Well, I didn’t really get it from the modeling studio – but from my own life experiences.

You see, I spent about 10 years in commissioned sales. In fact, I was so shy when I started, I couldn’t lead a group in silent prayer! 🙂

So, I know what it’s like to fail.

Also, I found there are two ways to handle failure:

  1. Negatively – I can rant, rave, and stamp my feet, yelling “That’s not fair!” – But, this reaction gets me nowhere. Or..
  2. Positively – I can learn from my mistakes, pick up the pieces, and move on to better things.

Now, which way gets me closer to my goals? Which option do you use when you fail at something?

As Dr. Phil always says; “How’s that working out for you?

So, the way I finally became a top salesperson for my company was; I learned lessons from failure.

Yes, I learned that option two helped me tremendously. It worked in my business and personal life. It can work for you too!

That’s Right – Failure Can Be an Opportunity for Success..

With all that said, I want to share some ways I looked at failures to propel myself to the top. You can too!

Use these 3 simple failure lessons for success in modeling:

  1. See failure as an opportunity to improve your craft. You see, many models skip the steps needed to become a real model. And, they wonder why no one will hire them. Learn all you can from this site, my newsletter, and other (working) models to become the best model you can be.
  2. Don’t let failures get you depressed. When you get rejected (you most likely will), think about other “failures” in the modeling business. Models who were turned down include: Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, and countless others. And, many were rejected multiple times before they became working models. So, keep a positive attitude through it all.
  3. Don’t Quit! When you get that “no go” from a modeling agency, try another. Then, go back to step number one. See if you can learn from mistakes you made at the talent agency interview. Then, keep trying until you’re sure you’ve exhausted every possible resource. This is what many of the great models did.

Didn’t Quite Reach Your Modeling Goals This Month? Don’t Quit!

We tend to think of failure as something shameful, undesirable. Understandably, failing to achieve it often cause negative feelings, no matter how big or small the goal was.

And, the only way to overcome those feelings is by changing the way we understand failure.

Fortunately, failure in modeling is part of the process for success. And, it leaves valuable lessonsif we know how to learn from it.

A Quick Life Lesson for Models about Failures..

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Even if you miss a step on the runway, pretend it didn’t happen and walk on. Then, think about why you missed that step.

But, learning from your mistakes is about more than just thinking about what went wrong.

The first step towards using failure as a tool for success is to stop seeing mistakes as shameful.

Think about this a moment. A mistake is not just a natural part of starting a new career; it is also part of the human experience.

So, mistakes should be accepted as a necessary step towards achieving your modeling goals.

Don’t See Failure as Failure – Use Them as Opportunities

When you feel modeling is letting you down, don’t feel sorry for yourself. This industry is not always easy. But, it can be exciting to those willing to make a real effort.

Remember the 3 tips above and use failure as an opportunity, a depression fighter, and keep going even though you’re ready to quit.

You are not alone. Thousands of models fails to achieve their dream jobs because they fail – and quit too soon.

The great news is, you don’t have to join them. You can stand tall among the rest. And, win or lose, you’ll simply say; “I did my best with what I had.

This is much better than saying; “I wish I’d have tried one more time.

So, use your failures as opportunities to improve your modeling skills. Remain positive. And, most of all, don’t quit too soon.

Winston Churchill put it simply:

“Never give up. Never, never give up.”

Do Something!


In your modelling career, don’t say: “I wish I’d have tried one more time.

Don’t just read about modeling – take action and start your career beginning today. Take small steps at first.

Then, see where you fit in. Finally, as Clay Sherman used to say: “Make it a good day.

I hope these tips about failure and success in modeling helps to get you to your dream.

If I helped at all, please let me know in the comments below. And, share this post with your friends

– they can use some encouragement too! – Bob


too shy to model


Resource: Definition from Wiki.

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