Modeling opportunities: Are you waiting for them or are they waiting for you?
Modeling opportunities happen in two ways: they find us or we find them. You can try your hand at your luck by applying to different agencies located in different cities - of course most of them have a major office in one of the world's leading fashion cities: New York, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and London…
One of the best places to start looking for modeling opportunities is on the Internet. Whether you want to apply directly to an agency, enter a modeling competition, post a portfolio or just satisfy your curiosity, you can log on and see what opportunities are out there in a second. Many top models have created visibility with simple online tools that led to their discovery by photographers, headhunters and model agency managers who happened to be in the right site at the right time.
As a model you will sometimes have to choose between becoming a freelancer and being hired through an agency. Many times, in your professional career, you would combine both. Modeling opportunities vary as you can choose a special niche in which you can professionalize and establish your reputation. Opportunities also create more opportunities – what's important is to get your face seen. However you choose to do this, be sure to check out with whom you are dealing. A quick background check will save you time, money, and angst!
It's fair to say that opportunities in the modeling world do sometimes occur by chance – we've all heard the stories of how our favorite super models were discovered changing their bike tires, tucking into a Big Mac or queuing at the check-in desk at the airport. Whilst promoting yourself as a model will help you increase your modeling opportunities, a basic 101 is to always leave the house looking like you belong in a magazine or striding down a runway!