Learn From a Model How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes – Watch the Frances Florence Video & Learn Modeling the Right Way
It’s time to start your debut as a model. But, you want to avoid rookie mistakes in modeling you’ve seen others struggle with.
Now, with this video by Frances Florence, you can learn how to become a model without fear of failing as she did at first. The video presents a great starter lesson for beginning models so watch it to the end.
Watch her beginner modelling tip video and listen as Frances guides you through her challenges, and shows you her recipe for success in modeling. Or, you can read Frances’ transcript below, if you love the written word.
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Attention: Learn Modeling & Avoid Rookie Mistakes
Hi everybody! Welcome back to my modeling tutorials. Thank you for tuning in. This is so important to me.
Okay, if you’re brand-new to my video presentations, I’m Francis Florence. And, today I’m going to be giving you my tip-off to get started in modeling.
If you’re new to my channel, and you’re just watching me for the first time, I’ve been modeling for six years now.
I’m signed to LA models I’m also signed with wanted Mexico City, among others.
I’ve been getting a lot of direct messages on Instagram, as well as some comments that you guys left on some of my previous videos, specifically about how to get started in the modeling industry.
So, the goal with today’s video is to help you get started, just to take those first initial steps to start beginning your journey as a model, Without further ado, let’s get into the video.
First, people tell me all the time they just they don’t know where to start.
And, there’s so many different ways that you could go about starting your journey as a model. Not to mention, there are plenty of ways you could go at it.
How I Got Started in Modelling..
So, before I dive into my tips on how to get the ball rolling, I want to tell you guys how I got started.
I was going into my senior year of high school. Yes, I was really into photography at the time in high school. So, I just thought I would be doing something art based and go to an art school.
But, I didn’t really know what my passions were at this point. I had so many different hobbies I just didn’t really know where life was going to take me.
You’ve Got a Friend in Modeling
One day, a friend came over after school. And, she showed me this website (the platform which I will get into later).
Yeah, she just told me that she found this website where you could be a model. I don’t know why, but I just decided that I was gonna sign up.
And yeah, the rest is history!
After freelancing for about six or seven months, I started to look into being signed by an agency. Learn more about freelance modeling here.
I didn’t even know what modeling agencies even did! And, I had no idea what a modeling agency was!
This whole world of modeling was so foreign to me, you know. The modeling world to me was in:
- or Japan
- or, you know, New York.
Local Modeling? No Way!
I had no idea that I could model in such a small town. And yeah, the modeling industry opened up a whole new world to me.
Fact is, I had so much fun just learning new things, and collaborating with people. My progression went from my working at an omelette house, to:
- collaborating with photographers
- makeup artists
- art directors
- and cinematographers.
And, these people were just so passionate and artistic, just incredible at what they did. it just sucked me in!
Literally, I became married to the modeling industry from the beginning. I guess for me, I made this video because of my background.
Back when I was working at an omelette house, I was 17 years old. My future entailed becoming a senior in high school.
At that time, I had no idea about the..
- modeling industry
- modeling agencies
- or like how to even contact photographers.
Didn’t Know Anyone in Modelling – Nobody Knew Me
Basically, when I got started, I had to figure out everything on my own. I didn’t know anybody at my school or even in my entire town. But, that was modeling.
So, nobody taught me – or gave me tips. No one provided guidance about how to get started.
Because I know that seventeen year old me would have loved to see a video like this, so here goes!
The Model Tips – Choose Your Market
One tip that I have for you in terms of getting started in the modeling world, is picking your market.
Now, what I mean by that, is choosing what type of modeling work you want to do. There are so many things you could do. You don’t necessarily have to put yourself in a box and be like everyone else.
Well, I just want to you know – do this one thing.
For me, figuring out what type of modeling work that I wanted to do made it easier when going about contacting photographers.
Well actually, just pulled up a list of some different types of modeling work you can do.
You can work in areas like:
- There’s runway and catwalk
- child modeling
- swimsuit and lingerie
But seriously, the list goes on and on.
So, kind of getting like a general idea of what you want to do will help you contact the photographers that shoot that type of work.
So, if you’re interested in going down the same route that I went on when I got started, I would recommend the Model Mayhem site.
The Right Modeling Website Can Help
If you’re unfamiliar with the site, or if you have no idea what Model Mayhem even is, basically it’s is a platform which connects photographers to models.
As a beginner, I think they provide a really helpful service in terms of getting you introduced to who’s who in your area. And, I’m sure there are other websites out there that are similar, but this is just the one that helped me get started.
Start Finding Local Model Photographers First
When you sign up as a model, you can look up photographers within a 5 to 10 mile radius of your house. You can even look up photographers within a 50 mile radius, or a hundred!
And, Model Mayhem gives you a complete list of all the photographers that have accounts, which you contact yourself to set up a shoot.
Personally I recommend them to anybody who is interested in modeling. It’s great for people who do not know any photographers in their area.
You Can Find Photographers Who Work with Beginners
So I think the biggest thing is; Well, I want a model, but I don’t have anybody to take pictures of me.
Now, you have that website at your disposal to introduce yourself to all of the photographers in the immediate area.
When my friend showed me her portfolio in the beginning, she didn’t have any professional photos. Nope, her portfolio literally consisted of iPhone photos. These were so, so old!
I’ve repeated this because, it’s just a great way to meet all of the creatives near you. They really catapulted me into working and shooting all the time!
In fact, I spent tons of time on my computer, writing emails to all the photographers who had awesome portfolios.
I just introduced myself, and told a little bit about myself. This included:
- What my hobbies were
- what I’m doing
- that I’m a student
- I work now, I have a job, etc.
You know, in the beginning, you do a lot of foot work. I spent weeks emailing. And, I really used that search tool.
This way, I found all of the photographer’s that were in my area. I mean, it’s it’s really, really easy!
Don’t Be Shy
You just have to not be shy and, be okay with putting yourself out there a little bit. Sending that email, and sending that message is the first step.
You’ll be surprised because there’s a lot of people on Model Mayhem who would love to work with you.
Chances are, a lot of people on this website are beginners as well. They are also using this website as a tool to strengthen their work.
Beginner Model Meets Beginner Photographer – Everyone Wins!
So, just like how you are a beginner in the modeling world, there are a lot of photographers who are just beginners in photography. They need models to work with to build their photographs.
I never had to pay it for my photo shoots. All of the photographer’s I worked with didn’t expect me to pay them. Just as I was a beginner, many of them were just starting out too. So, you can get a lot of work and not have to spend any money!
This is the Way You Get Modeling Connections
And for me, I went from not knowing anybody to being connected with an entire community!
So yeah, man oh man, this is definitely a really awesome tool to get started. And, once you start shooting with a handful of photographers, they’ll tell their friends about you.
And then, their friends will tell their friends about you! After that, you’ll start getting emails from other creatives & photographers.
Networking Pays Off!
In other words, you get contacts just by working with people when you do the foot work. Yes, hard work pays off when you’re passionate and you put a lot of effort into contacting photographers.
When you keep setting up shoots, all of a sudden the web starts spinning. Then, you start to see that you’re growing a network.
That’s the coolest thing!
After doing that for a few months, you’ll look back and go, WOW! I met so many people just through setting up shoots on my own. Who knew that I would know this person, and this person! I mean, you get it!
Put Yourself in the Spotlight – Exposure Works!
Another tip that I have for you is getting exposure. In modelling, you want as much exposure as you can possibly get.
I still remember when I did my first shoot. I took all of the photos, and made a Facebook page. Then, I created a website to make sure I was getting my photos out into the world.
Personally, I made sure that all my family and friends knew. Then, I promoted it on my personal Facebook – as well as my Instagram in my hometown.
I found there were other photographers, and other models reaching out to each other. They were organizing shoots! So, that is also another awesome way get familiar with the people in your area.
Show Me the Money? No – You Don’t Have to Spend to Model!
One tip that I have for everybody that is; Getting started with modeling should not cost money!
If you guys take one thing away from this video, please understand you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on modeling conventions or meetups.
And no, you don’t have to spend money on photoshoots. You don’t have to pay for classes either.
To me, modeling classes are usually just a huge scam – and a waste of money! Trust me on this one.
Do not spend your money on photo shoots in the beginning when you’re first starting out. You’ll hear this phrase a lot.
As a freelance model, time for print (TFP) is the answer. This basically means you are paying the photographer by giving them your time in exchange for photos.
I promise you’ll be able to find photographers who are total happy with you just being the subject of their photographs.
And, it is not mandatory to spend money on photo shoots, or school, or anything like that. So, whoever tries to convince you otherwise, stay clear!
How to Contact Modeling Photographers
Yet another tip that I have constitutes contacting photographers on a platform like Instagram.
I believe the most professional way to go about contacting photographers is sending an email.
Don’t send a direct message because, most of the time, people are really bad with their DMS. And, some people don’t even check them at all.
Many photographers appreciate it when models send a nice professional email to them saying they would be honored to shoot with them. Tell them it would be amazing if they could collaborate, or do something fun and creative.
Does Instagram Work?
Instagram has created this platform where a lot of people contact photographers in terms of getting work in photo shoots.
But, when you’re first getting started, I feel like the most professional way is to contact photographers is through email.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out photographers & agents before meeting them. And, always take someone with you to photo shoots and go sees.
Do You Have Realistic Modeling Goals?
Something else you guys, make sure that you are realistic about what you want to get out of modeling. And, learn your intentions behind modeling.
Just make sure that you guys have realistic expectations.
I see people all the time who expect to be on the cover of Vogue within three months of starting out.
Also, I see models who think they’re gonna be able to work with Gucci and Louie Vuitton just right off the bat. It’s ludicrous!
“They Expect Magazine Covers When They’re Brand New to Modeling”
Realistically, it takes time. I see this a lot where models will start their career and, after just a few months, they’ll start expecting to get magazine covers & editorials.
They expect famous tear sheets. And, they fantasize working with huge labels and brands, getting paid thousands of dollars.
These models set really high, unrealistic expectations and goals for what they want – and what they think they’ll get.
They are just straight divas. And, they are demanding people. They’ll be really bitchy and they’ll just start to feel entitled to who knows what!
Personality – Just as Important as Talent or Looks
It’s best to initiate an amazing personality. This is just as important as having an amazing look!
I see models all the time, and work with them personally, who are just so rude. Once you’re really immersed in the market, you’ll realize the circle gets smaller and smaller.
So, it’s important to be friendly, and fun to work with. You want people to love you so they’ll keep hiring you.
Photographers will want you to shoot again and again, because they love your personality just as much as your look.
When you first start out, you put in a lot of work and time. Modeling demands a lot of dedication and self motivation.
So, you must set real expectations. Don’t let yourself down and think; “Oh, I’m such a failure.” because I haven’t shot for Vogue yet. Or; “I suck because I haven’t walked in New York Fashion Week yet.”
I mean I hear this from my own agents that I work with when they meet with models for the first time.
These are the models who come in and want to get signed. The agents ask them things like:
- What do you want out of modeling?
- What are your goals?
Then, the models say: “We’ll just go straight to the Vogue thing. Or, work straight to the magazine covers.”
And, if they don’t get that, then it’s not worth it for them. Remember, you don’t want to set yourself up with expectations too high. Because, when they aren’t met, you just want to quit.
You get discouraged. And, you don’t feel like it’s gonna happen because it hasn’t happened right away.
A lot of models tend to do this. Eventually, they end up quitting and walking away and calling it a day.
Importantly, modeling is a job. And, you have to treat it like a real job. Just because it hasn’t happened in the time frame that you wanted, doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen at all.
Really, the sky’s the limit with modeling. All you have to do is just stay persistent & passionate. And, you’ve really gotta love what you do. Because if you don’t, you’ll end up fizzling out so fast!
The Frances Florence Modeling Mindset
I know we’ve covered a lot in this video. But, watch one more tip I want to give you on this video. This is something I’ve learned along the way.
Simply, I developed a mindset for modeling that I still implement to this day. It’s the mindset of being like a one-woman band,
And, the whole idea of being like a one-person band, is being able to improvise. Also, it teaches about being a good sport when:
- Having to do your own makeup
- Sometimes your own hair.
- And, maybe even sometimes getting your own wardrobe (shoes, clothes, your jackets, and whatever)
For example, sometimes I get an idea in my head that I really want a certain shoe. The only way that it’s gonna happen is if I pull my own wardrobe.
Many times, I do my own hair and makeup. But, for me, because I love what I do, I’m totally okay with that. I love doing these tasks because I get the final product back, I look at it – and it’s like WOW! I did it myself and, to me, that is so rewarding!
When my ideas eventually translate to real photos, I am so proud of the work that I put into it. And, like I said a million times before; When you put in that effort, hard work pays off.
Yes, people really do appreciate all the hard work you put into what you do. When you’re in this type of environment, pulling stuff together and creating magic requires a lot of energy.
Plus, modeling takes a lot of time & passionate people. So, if you could be that person who is like, yeah I’m totally okay with doing makeup or my own hair for the shoot, people see that.
These people think, “Francis is a hard worker! She works SO hard!” And, that to me is priceless.
If you put in a little more work, I promise you will create work that you become so, so proud of!
So, What’s the Moral of the Model’s Video Story?
When you’re just starting out, and you’re just trying to get your foot in the door for modeling, don’t be discouraged.
And, don’t be shy.
Become Your Own Modeling Career Cheerleader!
Put yourself out there! Mostly, you’ve got to be your own cheerleader. And, you’ve got to stay positive and remain optimistic for the future.
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