There are lots of good-looking young people out there right now who are agonizing over whether they should do modeling schools.
Well, what’s to think about? You go there, you get to dress up, discover which of the modeling types you want to be.
Only You Can Decide Whether to Attend Modeling School
Then you simply walk up and down a catwalk and look gorgeous, you’re in the big time already – Right? Well, you might want to read these tips further..
The Model School Expense Factor
Are these places worth the money spent? Some charge as high as $5,000 for seminars or conventions – sometimes cruises where you can “get discovered”.
As you probably realize, you shouldn’t look at it like going to college or taking a couple of acting classes at the community university.
Model classes can become very expensive, but no more than people generally expect to spend on learning a music instrument or studying dance or some other interest. It’s pretty much something that most families can afford.
Where’s the Fun? Shouldn’t Learning How to Model be Fun?
But hold on there – what we just described above about having fun while attending. That’s a joke right? That’s not really what they do there – right?
Modeling school is more about intensive training of some kind isn’t it – something of the kind they show in the movie Miss Congeniality where Michael Cain comes in to train Sandra Bullock?
While it would be nice if they did that, that’s not what happens in these modeling schools in normal situations. That’s not what you get for your money.
Is Attending Modeling School Worth It?
In most average sized towns around this country, a good model agency might also run one – or offer lessons of some sort. It’s just their way of breaking into little extra money. In truth, these schools often mean very little.
In fact, time could be better spent talking to people who can help you start or even going it as a freelance model. You don’t need a cute little teenager showing you some moves she just recently learned herself!
Take a Good Look Before You Leap into a School for Models – The Agents Will Direct You
Many modeling classes don’t normally teach you anything that could get you hired by an agent. In fact, ask almost any management company, and they would rather you never had any training. They want to be able to teach you themselves, to their standards.
Who is Your Modeling Teacher?
In fact, model agencies believe that many of the things a model school teaches, are quite wrong.
The thing is, in these places, the teachers are many times models from 25 years ago so are not up to date on the network.
Can Schools Help Your Modeling Skills?
Modeling school teachers are not always people who are anxious to keep up with how the network has changed over the years.
In fact, you don’t often get teachers like this. Many times, you just get pretty people who have little talent or experience at all.
Modeling Pictures are Good But ..
Some people carry around their model’s photo portfolio which the school gives them. And, they believe that a pretty portfolio can get them jobs.
Most of the time though, the pictures they take are quite under the standard. They just hope that he will not know any better. In fact, there are a lot of things that they hope you don’t know about.
Heartbreak from the Model Agents
For instance, they hope you are not aware that, when you are really ready to get into the industry, when you take your photos around all the model agencies and ask for a break, they’re not going to ask you if you’ve been to one of these modeling schools.
And, if you tell them, they won’t ask to look at anything you have. They really don’t care.
Runway Jobs from Modeling Schools?
Yes, there are jobs available. But, the high fashion career you are promised most likely will not happen UNLESS …
- you are a teenager
- really tall and really skinny
- live in a big city that has lots of opportunities for the future
- you have months to run after those opportunities and really work at it
Attitude of Professional Models
Follow up on projects and react quickly to inquiries from clients at all times.
Be a professional model to the core. Courses should teach you all elements of the glamorous trade.
Will attending model schools guarantee your success? No! However, you should connect and take advantage of chances that cross your path.
This is exactly what the top fashion girls who work for IMG Models New York did starting out – and so should you.
The more you work the better your opportunities in this competitive field.
Stay Focused and Realistic as a Model
I sure don’t want to be the one to get you down and out. So, don’t be discouraged by all this talk about modeling school negatives.
Just be aware that the end of the rainbow is sometimes a little bit further than you first believed. This is especially true when these guys were promising you the world.
Be positive but also be realistic. If you have what it takes join the top notch models with companies like Elite or Ford. Then, shoot for the stars!
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Finale about Modeling Schools:
Are modeling schools the answer for you? You’ll have to answer that question. But, either way, I sincerely hope you make it in entertainment! – Bob Pardue
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