Modeling is not just work, it’s a total lifestyle. You must be aware of the fact that you have to do certain things to be able to work in this industry. Before I’m going to tell you guys the ins and outs of this lifestyle I want to put some things straight, I totally love my job and I would not change it for the world!
You can’t change your appearance until consulting with your agency. For example, if you want to cut or dye your hair, you have to ask your agency first. It’s possible that your agency in Paris is okay with it, but the one in London thinks it’s a total no go. In the end, your mother agency is the one that decides. It’s the same with piercings, tattoos and pretty much everything else you can basically think of.
It can also be the other way around. Your agency tells you to cut/dye your hair because they think it will suit you better. This happens a lot because they want you to be the best version of yourself, which is understandable. Almost one year ago my agency made me cut my hair to shoulders length, which I was not too happy about because my hair was really long. But hair is just hair and it grows back. (and I’m so happy it finally did!)
If you are the type of person that likes to plan everything in advance, I wouldn’t recommend the modeling industry. Or you can be like me (I was that kind of person) and let go of your habits. You can’t plan anything because you have to be available at all times. It’s possible that while working in Milan, you get a job in Paris the same day. Everything is really last minute and work is not guaranteed, so you have to be flexible. The positive side is that you are able to travel all the time, discover new places and meet a lot of great people.
Let’s be honest… You can’t just post everything you want. When your (not model) friends are uploading crazy party pics on Instagram, you have to stick with your serious selfie or the perfect photo you made of your healthy lunch. Of course you can post what you do in your free time when you’re off duty, because people would like to see that side of your life as well. But you have to remind yourself that it’s 2017 and social media became a really important thing in the modeling industry. One of the first things clients do is look through your social media when they’re considering to book you. This is because they want to know what kind of person is going to promote their brand. Even your amount of followers is quite important, because the more followers you have, the more people are going to see the pictures. It’s all about the exposure.
It’s really important to take good care of your body, because it’s what keeps you going. If you want to make a good first impression, your body has to be in perfect shape. This means, eating healthy (models have cheat days as well of course), going to the gym very often and taking good care of your skin. As as model you have to fit into certain sizes, which are crazy, but otherwise you won’t be able to fit in the clothes. There’s A LOT of competition in this industry, so you have to take good care of yourself.
This being said, I still wouldn’t trade my job for anything. Two years ago I would never have thought that I would make it into this industry. And now I’m writing this blog about it while i’m in New York, the city where it all happens!
Do you have questions on modeling? Leave a comment and I will dedicate a post to it!
Lots of Love,
Demi – @DemiJonk