HOW TO MODEL IN SEATTLE
Step 1) I WANT TO BE A MODEL!!!
Step 1.5) WHY?
Starting with the basics – do you want to be a model? Why do you want to be a model? Is it for fame, fortune, and fashion? If so, a couple reality checks lie between you and your dream. Foremost, knowing if you have what it takes. While many newcomers are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the fashion world, if you are serious about a career as a model, there is an unlimited amount of information in which you can educate yourself online. Do you read the fashion magazines? Do you keep up with the design houses, the collections, who is in and who (and what) is out? Do you love having photos taken of you – perhaps too much? Do you like taking care of your body and maintaining a quality of health even when it’s not the funniest thing to do?
…back to Step 1)
Before you even step in the door to a Seattle model agency, you need to meet the basic criteria. Height? Weight? Measurements? Skin type? Ethnicity? Take a look in the mirror, and evaluate yourself. Modeling agents excel on their ability to find and market good talent. If you want to make this endeavor worth your time, you will need a brutal ability to be honest with yourself. Take a look at the industry standards. Bear in mind these fluctuate with both region and time, but this will give you a baseline.
MEN – Height 5’11 – 6’3’’ | Weight & measurements (differs fashion – athletic)…but bear in mind, a 6 pack is a prerequisite|
WOMEN – Height 5’8’’ – 6’ | Weight 105lbs – 120lbs | Measurements (bust-wait-hips) 34-24-34
How do you match up? If you passed the above, move on to your skin complexion. Is it clear? Are you healthy, energetic, cognitive, with a positive attitude and a fantastic work ethic? You will need all this and then some to be a working model. It’s not as easy as it looks – trust us. Entertainment is a business and competition can be cutthroat. You have to be at your best all the time to stay current, and most importantly, you have to have a thick skin. Every single supermodel has been turned down, told she wasn’t good enough, or didn’t have “the look.” It will be up to you how you receive criticism in the industry, but know that it will be inevitable.
Step 2) YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES
Great! You passed the bio-SAT, and have a fantastic gnome that lands you in the top 5% of the genetic pool with the predisposition to be tall, lean, and…..well…a model. Bad news – it takes more than a beautiful skeleton to make it. You’ll need clear skin, lean muscle tone, great hair / teeth, —–starting to get the picture? If you are volunteering your body (and attitude – it is just as important) to be judged and compared against thousands of other beauties, all for the gold status of getting hired to represent someone else’s brand or product? In the words of the great Wiz Khalifa…. “….if you make your move you gotta know your lane homie…” In other words – know your lane. Know your market. Are you athletic? Bone skinny? In between? Mixed? Caucasian? Asian? African American? Hispanic? Look at your geographic region. Do you look like everyone else? Do you think you look more like a Nike girl/guy, or Kate Moss/Andreja Pejic?
Next…if you’ve compared yourself to other models, have clear skin, are healthy and still fit the criteria, the next step is to- SUBMIT.
Step 2.5) SUBMISSION
Google is your best friend J If you are in Oregon or Washington, the OMPA (Oregon Media Production Association =production Bible for the Pacific NW) is ALSO your best friend. The latter is better for Oregon because OMPA does a lot of work for you- they reach out to industry professionals, vet all applicants, whether they be agents, managers, stuntmen, etc before representing them in the directory. Look at a variety of agencies. Look at their talent pool, talent demographic, office location, and online presence. Do they have a FB, IG, etc? (website is a must.) You can glean a lot of information prior to direct contact. Gather the agencies’s info, email, phone number, address, etc, and submission requirements.