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Whereas most fields of work require an educational institute’s degree, there are still a handful of careers that work under the system of apprenticeship and the school of hard knocks. Modeling and acting may be examples, but whereas actors have a few defined black and white areas (scripts, coaches, character descriptions, etc.), models are left with a world of grey to decipher. So how does a model learn to “work the camera”?
The best no fail advice is to get experience. Time in front of the camera learning what the photographers hope to capture, what the clients want to see, and where the model’s individual strengths and weaknesses lie, is invaluable. Initially, a young model finds him/herself moving past the awkward positions that produce the best images and the nervous jitters with each shoot under his/her belt. As the craft becomes better understood, a model will find him/herself more comfortable adding personality and style to the images created.
A model must also learn what physical features create the most dynamic images. Strong jaw lines and symmetry among physical features is imperative. Other sought after qualities include clear beautiful skin, toned muscles (this means arms, shoulders, thighs, calves, etc.) and overall proportions.
Keep in mind that even supermodel images are retouched. Think about the Dove video from an earlier blog – the Dove model had a lot of great features, including translucent healthy skin and intense eyes, but her neck was lengthened and her features were widened digitally. Don’t spend time worrying about the things you can’t change. Focus on highlighting the features you possess that are most in tune with what the industry seeks. If you create the perception that you have what everyone wants, you’re on your way to a prosperous career in front of the camera!