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Hints & Tips when applying to Models Direct

A few helpful pointers to consider when making your application to Models Direct…..

If you have made the decision to apply to be a model then it’s important to make your application stand out above the rest. The Models Direct team have put to together a few helpful pointers to get you started.

How should I look?

  • Don’t wear make-up. If you do use it, go for light make-up using simple colours.
  • Do not wear any hats, scarves or bandanas.
  • If you hair isn’t long enough to tie in a ponytail, hold it back with a clip or band.

Look at magazines and catalogues to get some ideas for a good ‘commercial’ look. The most natural and flattering look is to pose with the head slightly angled. Try not to cut the picture off at any noticeable points, such as the shoulders, elbows, waist, or knees. Cut in between these points to soften the look and suggest continuation of the body.

Hints and tips for better photos

To make the most of photos taken by friends and family, suggest they follow these simple guidelines:

  • Avoid ‘camera shake’ by holding the camera steady. Use both hands, resting your elbows on your chest, or on a wall for support. Relax: don’t tense up. You can buy affordable mini-tripods for use with digital cameras that will get rid of camera shake altogether.
  • Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. Hold the camera at the model’s eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerising smiles. For children, that means stooping to their level. Photos taken at eye level angle will have a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.
  • A photograph is all about light, so think about how the light is striking the model. The best bet is to ensure that the sun is behind and to one side of the photographer. Lighting the subject from the front brings out colours and shades, whilst the slight angle produces shadow to indicate texture and form.
  • The best shots are simple, so move closer and remove any clutter from the picture. Filling the frame with just the face or even overflowing it will give your shot some impact.

A bit of a character?

The term character model is often used by clients and can cover a multitude of looks or requirements. Models Direct character models and actors are hired to play the computer programmer, the fat guy, the librarian, the freckled mischievous schoolboy or the little old lady in her deck-chair enjoying the sun.

Character actors and models rarely become household names, but this is an extremely lucrative field if you’ve got the right look and can get this across in your photos and on assignment.

Not all modelling jobs are high-fashion cover shots or editorial for the top fashion magazines in the world and print ads for designer clothing.

Sometimes a company may require models to promote a product, a service, a new store, etc at a trade show or event.

So the skill of the modelling agency is to get a general description of what the client wants and then find that person.

Clients might be looking for a suburban mum type, a rugged outdoorsy guy type, a sexy babe type or the average woman in the street look.

Clients may want models with a special skill – roller-skating, tap dancing, foreign language skills or even pole vaulting!

What can you do and who you could be?

Diversity represented at Models Direct

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Diversity in the fashion industry is a big conversation and is something that has been talked about alot on blogs, social media and the media itself, but do we feel fashion brands are listening?

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