The movies, and TV shows like America’s Next Top Model make modeling look so easy, don’t they? Also, many of the modeling school representatives lead you to believe the same thing.
The young, bright-eyed star or starlet overcomes adversity in the end.
Oh, he or she meets with a few setbacks at first. But, it is normally resolved in under two hours.
This is where the modeling school generally enters the scene. By the way, I’ll include the transcript from the model tips from a Ford model about modeling schools & conventions. Read it below…
Modeling School and Desperate Housewives – Are Model Schools & Conventions Really Worth the Cost?
From the video: Hi everyone. So, just wanted to really quickly talk about modeling schools and modeling seminars.
I guess that’s what they are.
I’ve been asked several times from girls if I think that schools for models are any good – or, if I think they should go to one of these seminars.
My answer to that is, if you’ve already been to a modeling school, that’s great! Because, I hear it gives girls confidence that they need.
Do You Really Need It?
But, it’s not necessary to go to a modeling school if an agency wants to sign you. They will help you get the practice that you need.
You’ll do memory rehearsals at the talent agency – or, participant booking work. And, they’ll help you gain your experience that way.
So, modeling school is not necessary. Plus, it can be a really expensive! With that said, before you spend money on a model school, make sure that you go to like open calls first.
The Best Bet – Modeling Open Calls!
See some feedback you get from the agencies before you spend that money on something like a modeling school. It’s definitely not necessary.
And, as far as these seminars go; They ask for like boatloads of money to participate in like fashion shows, or talent competitions.
Um, I’ve seen some of the prices on these things. And, they’re really expensive. For most models, it’s kind of hard to spend, you know, like $900. to participate in a seminar – and then, get a hotel.
So, I recommend that you…
- Go to open calls on your own.
- Research agencies on your own.
- Send in your pictures and all that good stuff!
This way, you can do a lot of things on your own without spending a whole lot of money.
Okay, so yeah, that’s my take on modeling school – as well as seminars.
If you have any questions, you can put them in the comment section below this post.
And yeah, until next time, bye bye.
What About Other Alternatives to Modelling?
Even though the model can’t find a helpful model agency list to find agents to help build her career, she at least finds a crucial first role in some movie, advertisement, or play.
And from that first role, her foot is in the door and her meteoric rise to superstar fame soon follows.
Am I knocking the modeling profession? Not at all. And yes, I believe you should go after your modeling goals with all you have. That’s why reading modeling tips like these can help.
I remember a quote by Katharine Whitehorn which says…
“Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it.“
Simple enough, right?
So, let’s take a quick look at what a real model has to say about modeling schools, and whether you should trust them..
The Truth about Modeling School
In reality, professional modeling takes hard work. Okay, many teens and housewives do succeed by responding to an open call or model tryout. But, good model training greatly increases your chances.
As a matter of fact, many casting calls actually give priority to these candidates. They assume that, if you attended a few classes, you posses a professional modeling demeanor and consistent performance.
Yes, you can produce awesomeness in picture after picture – photo shoot after shoot.
Model Schools Help You Learn the Modeling Business
Modeling schools help newcomers learn about the model industry.
But, beware! Although most open casting calls are reputable, a fair number are not.
Many young, naive would-be models get taken advantage of by unscrupulous talent agents willing to do anything to make a buck.
Pay Scale for Beginner Models – How Do Model Schools Impact Earnings?
Truth is, most beginner female models earn less than their time is worth. Or, they are ripped off entirely.
And often, these naive models leave with nothing for their troubles but a wasted day. Modeling schools help prevent new models from falling into the clutches of people like that in the first place.
Network of Chandra – She Didn’t Need a Model School, Did She?
When my friend Chandra first became a professional model, she knew nothing at all about the modeling business.
Fortunately, it did not matter. Her talent agent set up modeling shoots for her. She negotiated contracts, helped her set up a good portfolio of shots, and much more.
Basically, all she had to do was show up for her photo shoots. The agent even helped coach Chandra in how to make a good impression on photographers.
She knew which models wanted lists were reputable, and which weren’t. Plus, this agency knew all the industry contacts anyone would need.
After a while, of course, she had to make some of her own deals and contacts. Nevertheless, her agent provided her with those first crucial introductions that were required.
Remember – Model Classes are Not for Everyone
From Bob: I did a bit more research for you about modeling schools and found a great article on the BalanceCareers website. And, they supported much of what we’re learning about model classes on this post. The author says:
“Are Modeling Schools Necessary to Become a Model?”
No. You don’t need to go to modeling school to become a model. While some models do find amazing opportunities there, 99.9% of models get their careers started in other ways, like simply submitting a few snapshots to qualified agents and scouts.
But, that doesn’t mean modeling schools have no value whatsoever!
If you go to a modeling school with the intention of becoming the next Coco Rocha, then yes, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment.
On the other hand, if you sign up because you want to have fun and meet new people who have the same interests, you’re in it for the right reasons.
You’ll leave a more confident and inspired person. And, the modeling skills you learn in these classes will stick with you through all of your life’s challenges.
This happens whether you’re applying for a local model job, or tackling one of the many obstacles that will come your way.
If you do happen to become a model, then you’ll be all the more prepared to get your career started on the right foot.”
Modeling Agents vs Modeling Schools
Modeling agents are a must for anyone interested in a career as a model. I have been modeling for three years now, and let me tell you, the greatest mistake I ever made is responding to a blind casting call instead of first consulting a modeling agent.
Regarding Modeling School Scams
Bluntly, watch out for modeling school scams!
This is something everyone on this planet should know about and be wary of. Sadly, our world overflows with scam artists and crooks.
Don’t be surprised if you encounter a few in life. Frankly, it’s easy to avoid the rookie model mistakes and do this modelling thing right – with a little common knowledge.
But, how do you avoid these scam artists presenting themselves as schools for models?
First, use common sense and watch for the “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...” rule.
Apply this rule and you should be okay.
Are all schools for models a ripoff?
No, not at all. But, be aware when you apply for local modeling jobs in your area. And, check each one carefully before signing up.
Do You Really Need a Modeling School to Start Your Career?
This is entirely up to you.
If you really feel you need model classes to learn more about the business or to gain confidence, then you might want to consider one of these model schools.
But, keep this modeling school guide in mind when you go for interviews. Use that common sense to avoid the pitfalls.
Then, you can focus on your modeling career – and move forward with your goals.
Now that you know a bit more about attending a modeling school, contacting agencies and scams it’s time to get out there and start your career!
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