When you think of the modeling industry, the thoughts that may come to mind is how stressful and competitive it may be. Your perspective would be on target, but Marcia of modelingjobshq.com shares her perspective on what to expect vs. what is marketed to us in a model's lifestyle.
Mental Requirements of Becoming a Model
Fashion models and aspiring fashion models don’t have to take written tests to work. The work can be very testing however. Models who work in television often have to pass speaking tests if they have “lines” to say in a commercial.
Understanding the goals of the people who hire models is essential to the success of any prospective model.
Why? Team players get ahead. Prima donnas get work – for a while. Keep in mind that for every successful model there are literally thousands waiting for a turn. You can’t afford to be a prima donna unless and until you deserve it. Given equal physical attributes and knowledge, clients will choose those who are pleasant to work with versus those with an unjustified attitude.
Until you have been in front of the camera you cannot judge what work goes into the photographs or what the model has endured to get that great shot. Models must be strong enough to endure tough conditions, repulsive environments and less than dignified surroundings at times in their careers. Just ask a swimsuit model how many times those beach shots were taken in bitter cold temperatures! A model must know and understand that being a model is very hard work! And a model must understand that there are many types of modeling besides fashion modeling.
Health Requirements of Becoming a Model A model only looks good when they are in good health and take care of their bodies. This means always getting a good night’s sleep before a shoot. No one looks good with bags under their eyes (no matter how good the make-up is), and no one looks good suffering from a hangover either. Drugs are a definite no no as well. The stories of wild parties and high drug use in the modeling industry are usually just rumors. No successful model would jeopardize a career just to get high. No one can look healthy when they are addicted or are a heavy user of any illegal drug.
How do you maintain your health to stay focused on set?