Everybody has preconceptions about talent management modelling and the industry, some of these beliefs can be purely based on myths. We will take a look at eight of these myths.
– You need to be tall, skinny and extremely beautiful to be a model. In the modelling industry there are a lot of different aspects that you can become involved in, including, petite, plus size, mature, promotional and models of a specific body part like hands.
– Even the best talent managers and agencies cannot guarantee that you will land any modelling jobs. Even though the use of talent management modelling increases the probability, landing jobs are still based on the choices of the clients.
– The modelling industry is safe. Most agencies try their best to ensure that every job they get the models are legit, but they cannot guarantee that all of them will be.
– You will be rich. The modelling industry is a dog eat dog world. Even though there are super rich super models around, the average model will only make enough money to live on. Do not expect a modelling career to make you rich.
– You need classes to succeed in the industry. Classes can be a valuable tool you can use to boost your career in the industry but it is not necessary. Some models cannot afford to go to these classes and yet they are good models. Agencies often prefer to sign models that have no formal training. Talent management modelling often requires the models to take additional acting and modelling classes.
– All you have to do to get the jobs is show up. Every model that is worth the money spent on them knows this is not true. If you are not a famous model you will need to prepare for open calls and perform well to get these jobs. Simply showing up at the casting will not land you the job.
– You will see the world. This is only true if you are booked for an international shoot or if you are a talent management modelling superstar. Most models only work at local locations. You need to be an exceptional model or land a big deal to get you into the traveling zone of modelling.
– The clients pay for everything. Some clients do but others require that you supply the wardrobe, makeup and styling for a shoot. This means you might have to pay for pedicures and manicures from your own budget.