If you have a dream, you are not alone. Many have the same dream. What determines your dream from coming into fruition is your passion and perseverance. Never giving up no matter how many times you are turned down and away can be the determining factor to success. Go for what you love to do and are passionate about.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber
All journey’s starts with a first step. Know what type of model you want to be. Then know what type of model you are. There may be a difference. There are many types of Models. Know which category you fit into. Look through magazines, catalogues, high fashion, commercial, and compare. Do you look a similar type to these models and fit into the same genre? This knowledge of oneself means to have a sense of oneself.
Don’t be limited to the country you are from. As a model you may need to travel abroad. Do you see yourself in Paris on the run way in Chanel? Do you see yourself in Hong Kong on face cream advertisements? Look at all the media in the world and see what the market is like and where you belong. Knowing where you belong and fit in as a model is knowing the market.
Once you have figured out where you belong, go to the agencies where you feel best fits the type of modeling you want to be a part of. You can also submit photos to most agency online. Some agencies may want you to have professional photos but most just want to see a natural you and a Polaroid may do the job. If you don’t hear back, or you get rejected, take a look at yourself if there is anything you can work on, and then try again.Trying again and again, is perseverance.
I was scouted at 14 in New York on more than one occasion. My father was against me modeling and I never really had a desire to model. I wanted to be an artist but I hadn’t put much thought into modeling. I lacked passion and I lacked a sense of myself but I fit the market. I was scouted again in Tokyo for the same reason and this time I decided to give it a try in hopes I would get some money from it. To get money is a very wrong reason to start in the entertainment industry. It will never seem like enough, you will never be fulfilled and it’s not an easy way to get money either.
It took many rejections before I got my first job. It was fun and I had fun but I still lacked a sense of myself and I never took my modeling seriously. To have a successful career as a model you have to take it seriously. I would get more and more jobs in magazines, catalogs and advertisements but even then there is rejection to face daily. I have been told several times I’m too short, I’m too thin, I’m not thin enough, I’m not fit enough, they hate my freckles, they love my freckles, I don’t look Japanese enough, I don’t look caucasian enough, I’m too young, I’m too old, I could go on and on. I took all the comments personally. Big mistake. Don’t ever take anything anyone says personally. Just know that it has nothing to do with you. There are so many other factors for their remarks and it has nothing to do with you personally, it has to do with them.
I felt unsettled, always looking for more, and unhappy with life. I submitted my pictures to modeling agencies in the U.S. but I heard no reply. I decided to fly over to the U.S and I went to the agencies I had submitted my photos. I persevered and then they all wanted to sign me up.
To get an agency to believe in you takes a combination of having a sense of yourself, knowing the market, and perseverance. To have a career in modeling it takes being serious about modeling, passion, confidence and never giving up.