With several plus-size models already in demand and climbing the high ladder of success, it comes as no surprise that many aspiring men and women are aspiring to follow in their footsteps. With well-known plus-size personalities offering valuable tips and tricks to aspiring models, the fashion industry might just be welcoming a new wave of plus-size models, who are out to make a name for themselves in the business.
Even with a great deal of research and preparation, you will never know a much about the modeling world without an insider’s knowledge. And, there are no better people to get advice from about the business than the clients, who have been in the industry far longer than the models themselves.
So, here are several of the important things clients want aspiring plus-size models to know before breaking into the industry:
1.) It is All About the Brand, Not Yourself
In every photo shoot, campaign or runway show, there will always be a person in charge. They are there for a particular reason and this is to keep things in order. Although it might be tempting to play the diva sometimes, it is always good to practice impeccable work ethics.
Whether it is coming to the job early or listening carefully to instructions, the bottom line is you need to be professional at all times. The company may have hired you for their commercial or campaign, but this does not give you the edge over them. They can replace you in an instant. So, show to them that you can be counted on. And if you do have questions, do not hesitate to ask them.
2.) Prepare and Be Prepared
Models usually praise events or photo shoots done with a great deal of preparation. However, as the model, you should be equally prepared as well.
If you have any tattoos or markings or any condition that the company should be aware of, do not hesitate to inform them ahead of time. Time and money is on the line for every shoot and the least anyone wants is a delay.
Telling people in advance of possible impediments will help make the shoot or the event smooth for both parties. The fashion industry is full of tricks up its sleeve when it comes to concealing and enhancing assets and flaws. So, the best thing you can do is to create open communication with the people you are working with.
3.) Politeness Goes a Long Way
Good manners say a lot about one’s character, especially if you are working with other professionals in the industry. Be classy in everything you do. This does not mean being stylish, but being professional in all your dealings.
Professionalism is greatly appreciated in every workplace that you will get yourself into. And, one of the best things you can do to show this is to express your appreciation to the person in charge, if you had a pleasant experience working with them during a photo shoot.
4.) Know What Works, But Always Be Open to Changes
Trust is integral if you want to build a good working relationship with the company you are modeling for. As every model’s body is different, you have to know your own body and what works for you. However, do not be afraid to take in suggestions from the professionals. They are there to guide you in every step of the shoot or the runway campaign. Good or not, their comments can be used on future photo shoots or campaigns. Take every modeling as a learning experience to improve your craft.
5.) Never Take Feedback Personally
Feedback is necessary in any workplace. Whether they come in the form of criticism or praise, they are necessary to ensure that there is quality in every output that comes out of a hard day’s work. Remember that the shoot is all about the brand, not you. So, always keep an open mind when you do receive them and think of them as opportunities or challenges to become better at what you do.
Preparation is key when you want to make a name for yourself in the industry. However, one fundamental tip that all top models do swear by to stay long in the business is to be professional at all times. Whether you are experiencing a bad day, you should not allow it to become a hindrance to becoming a better model one day at a time.