How to Become a Male Model
Becoming a successful male model is not as easy a task as many would imagine. You will need to work hard and be very strategic at it to increase your odds of success.
The good thing with male modeling is that you can remain in the business for a very long time, which might not be the case with female modeling.
This post is a comprehensive guide on how to become a male model. We will discuss strategic issues such as how you can effectively get exposure within the industry.
We will also examine how and why you should sign with a modeling agent. Finally, we will give guidance on how to sustain your modeling career.
Getting Exposure As A Male Model
Getting exposure in the modeling industry will require you to meet some male modeling standards established in the industry.
Luckily, male models do enjoy some flexibility with these standards, and you might still make it into the industry even if you do not meet all the industry standards. Some of the physical factors that might be considered by industry participants include
Please note that many successful male models don't meet these standards, so if you do not meet some of them, but are still confident about what you can offer, there is no cause for concern.
Choose the Type of Modeling to Pursue
The kind of modeling you want to pursue will decide your career path. It will influence the type of photos you should take, how you look for modeling jobs and the general approach to starting your modeling career.
To illustrate, a runway model and a catalog model are expected to meet different standards. There is a wide variety of modeling types to choose from. Let's look at some of the most popular ones
Get some Industry Exposure As Male Model
Before you approach modeling agencies, having some modeling experience wouldn’t hurt your course. It will give you some edge when dealing with the agencies. Appearing in a fashion show or a local newspaper Ad would be great.
Actually, this kind of exposure can give you direct access into the industry without having to work with an agency.
However, do not do any modeling that you feel is degrading or unprofessional just to get exposure, because that can destroy your image.
Only take work that you think is representative of what you want to do in your career. Remember that in modeling, image is everything.
Have Professional Photos Taken
Consider Moving to Other Locations
How to Sign with an Agent
Attend an open call
Attend a model search
Enter modeling competitions
Attend modeling conventions
Approach an agency
Sign up with a scouting company
Sign up with a modeling agency
Grow your Modeling Career
Your agent will assist you in building your portfolio and try to get you modeling work. It is important to note that an agent cannot guarantee that they will get you work.
If they claim to guarantee work, that is a red flag. What agencies do is get you modeling interviews with clients, it is up to these clients to hire you or not.
Always be professional in these interviews, and manage your expectations to avoid frustrations. You can only do your personal best and leave the rest to fate.
You have to persevere and improve your skills with time. That way, your chances of getting hired will improve.
Stay professional: Just like with any other profession, success in modeling requires some level of professionalism.
Keep your day job: Earning a living solely from modeling takes a lot of success in this career. In fact, only a small proportion of models get there.
Before you achieve this level of success, we recommend that you keep your day job. You can also try and establish another income source to supplement your modeling earnings.
Maintain physical and mental health: The importance of physical and mental health in the modeling career cannot be stated enough. Many male models find themselves in predicaments similar to those that affect female models.
It is mind-boggling that the most beautiful people on earth tend to be the most insecure about their bodies.
Low self-esteem comes as a result of an unhealthy mind. If you don’t manage your mind, it can ruin your modeling career – you cannot model effectively with esteem issues and mental health problems.
Ensure that you have healthy eating practices and exercise adequately. Always practice mindfulness – be kind to yourself and acknowledge you are good enough no matter what challenges you face.
Note that you will face many instances of rejection in your modeling career. It is part of the game. Endeavor to be in harmony with rejection.
Don’t beat yourself down because you didn’t get a gig. There will always be other opportunities.
Your modeling career may have you attending parties and all sorts of functions where there could be drugs or alcohol.
Do not let your job get you into substance addiction. The effects of drugs and alcohol addiction to physical and mental health are dire. They can and have ruined the careers of many models.
Getting into male modeling is a challenging endeavor that requires hard work and strategic thinking.
The career path is riddled with pitfalls such as scammers and unreliable agents. We have outlined ways to avoid being scammed and how to improve your odds of success.
Perhaps the most critical factors for success in a modeling career are professionalism and maintaining physical and mental health.
Once you do your personal best to improve your career, the chances of success improve tremendously. The guidelines discussed here will help you establish a successful modeling career.