What is required to be a male model?

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  1. D_Sir Walter Snott

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    Hello, I was just wondering if anyone knows what is required to be a male model, do you have to be the stereotypical skinny, 6 ft good looking guy or are there different categories?

    Also how do you get started?
     
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    You have a certain look...go for it...what can you lose?
     
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    In the US, you'll need to be 6' to about 6'2", about a 38 or 40 suit with a 30 to 32" waist. Fairly thin, very fit, good looking, well-defined and symmetrical nose, chin, eyes, etc.
     
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    Oh yes, and it is extremely unpleasant work.
     
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    What makes it unpleasant?
     
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    I doubt you will have a chance if that tattoo in your pics is on your arm. Look at the dudes on the Abercrombie and Fitch Website, that is the kind of guys they usually look for. Usually 6' to 6'2", very fit with almost no body fat, six pack abs, symetrical face, great teeth, square jawline.
     
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    There is one thing that you need:

    CONFIDENCE!

    I am 5'6" not super skinny, bald, hairy - nothing like your typical model, and I modeled until I got bored of it.
     
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    Oh and I got started because a local photographer asked if he could photograph me. He did for free, they used my pics for an advertisement... something for some sort of men's health pamphlets. No one body type is perfect for being a model. If you are a runway model, taller would be better if you are for photographs, height doesn't matter one bit. Age doesn't matter either, there is a market for every person, its all about how you carry yourself and how confident you are.
     
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    I've done nude modeling for photographers and art classes over the past 25+ yrs. Art classes look for someone with a decent physique, who isn't afraid to get naked, and who can sit still. Doesn't pay very well and is tough to find, but it's fun once you get in.

    Photographers usually look for guys with decent bodies and big dicks. They usually want you to get hard or JO for the camera. But some just want naked "art" shots. Every once in awhile, you find one who wants you to pose with others. Some pay, some don't. Places like Craigslist or local rags sometimes have ads for models.
     
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    Hillaire, You're being paged.
     
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    There are many categories for many different markets.
    If you want to do runway work and fashion editorial you have to be at least six feet tall with weight in proportion to your height. "The Look" varies from season to season and on the whims of each designer or fashion magazine editor.

    The top markets are New York, Paris, Milan, London and Tokyo, but every major city has modeling opportunities whether is print for newspaper or catalog work.

    One of the most profitable with the most leeway is character modeliing for products like toilet paper and mouthwash etc.. this is also one of the most competitive as the restrictions for height, weight and your over all look are not part of the overall equation for success.

    The best way to get started is look for a modeling or talent agent in your city and find out when they have an open call and go and audition for them.
    OK this is important... no matter what you do... DO NOT get involved with a modeling school. They are a scam. A legitimate modeling or talent agent makes money by taking a commission on the work that they get you.

    It's a very tough industry and you have to have thick skin and have a great deal of confidence. You have to be prepared to hear... "You are too tall... you are too short... you are too thin... you are too fat... you are too pretty... you are too ugly... Have a nice day... Don't call us we'll call you!"

    If you decide to go for it... Good Luck!
     
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    ^^ Great advice, especially the warning agents the so-called "schools." Total scam.

    In fashion modeling they're generally going to want you to be very thin, 6'0" to 6'2", and obviously attractive. In my experience the photographers and producers are very nasty and cruel and will always call even the most slender guys a, "fatass," or other nasty things. There can be shoots that drag on for eternities. I didn't ever find it fun and I'm happy to be out of the business.
     
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    Having worked as a photographer for many years I'd like to add my perspective. It isn't true that you have to be a certain age or height, or 'look'. It all depends upon the kind of modeling that you want to do. That can range from 'fashion' magazine or catalogue shoots, through catwalk (runway) modelling, to porn, and plenty of other specialities too (hand/foot modeling for instance). I used to do a lot of work for a guy who marketed spectacle frames to the optician trade. We'd discuss the project and then audition models at agencies. We were looking for faces that the sample frames fitted and looked good on. We had a big range of specs to photograph and needed lots of models - men and women of all ages and children too. The most important things a model needed in our opinion was the ability to turn up at the shoot in good time, and to be patient and easy (undemanding) company. Then, if they were happy and relaxed in front of the camera and understood how to help us quickly create the 'mood' we wanted in the shot, that was a real bonus. It really comes down to experience, so get the first thing right (turn up on time) and work hard at it and you should be ok. Last piece of advice - Look after yourself - eat sensibly and get the sleep you need. Never party the night before a shoot, or you'll look crap and no amount of make-up will sort you out. If any model turned up late or 'the worse for wear' I would complain to the agency and suggest they drop the guy/girl from their books - but luckily that hardly ever happened because we were using a top London model agency.

    You will, sooner or later, need a portfolio containing professional pictures of you that look like the kind of photography you want to do. But don't go paying loads of money to have a portfolio shot, because most of the photographers who offer those don't really know what they're doing (apart from ripping off gullible would-be models).

    Try approaching photographers yourself. If they're too busy, they might introduce you to other photographer friends of theirs. I was always happy to shoot a few pictures of a model if he/she was nice and turned up when I wasn't too busy. I might have been trying out a different lighting set-up or a film that I hadn't used before. That way you get to 'put your toe in the water' without it costing anyone very much. But you mustn't think you need a powerful portfolio before approaching model agencies. Taking a few pictures with you will show that you're serious but please don't try to seem more experienced and professional than you really are. They'll see through any bluff and won't see you again. Far better to admit that you're inexperienced and let them help if they want to. They won't dare give you a job straight away, but they might introduce you to a photographer or two, and once they get some feedback about how well that went they might consider you for some professional work.
     
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    I think it's important to point out the difference between being "very thin" as some have described and having little to no body fat. While there is definitely a place for very thin male models that have little muscle development having a toned muscular (but not large) body with little to no fat seems to be rather important. There are models who have 31" waists due to having little to no body fat but are muscular and have defined pecs, arms, etc.

    Basically I'm just saying that being "thin" in the modeling world seems like it means little to no body fat, it doesn't mean thin in general. All you have to do is look at any magazine or runway show and see that most of the guys have little to no fat but still have toned muscular bodies.
     
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    I have done both modeling and have been at the other side of the camera as a photographer. I did some modeling to learn from other talented photographers and it was a very worthwhile experience to learn about lighting techniques, etc. However I must warn you that there are some photographers out there who are not very talented and just want to see you naked or more. I have been offered all expense paid trips to Hawaii to do photo shoots but backed out when I realized the guy wasn't so much interested in creating artful images as much as porn. I may be an exhibitionist but I am not ready for that.

    You may want to check out Where Professional Models Meet Model Photographers - ModelMayhem to connect with photographers and other models in your area.
     
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    Sadly, most of the photographers and models on there are wannbees so you do have to be careful that you're not getting stuck among the amateurs and perverts, but hell, we all start as amateurs and perverts. The trick is powering through that phase in pursuit of the professional pervert zone :rolleyes:
     
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    After a few people suggested that I try modeling I checked into it. The first advice I got was that you have to treat it like a full time pursuit even if you're hardly working. In other words, it would not be possible to be "part-time" model and hold a regular 9-5 job. So I ditched the idea.
     
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    I've been thinking about my own experiences when I was modeling and thought I would share a bit more with you.
    It is very competitive, most people who aspire to modeling are not aware of what a career in modeling encompasses. Many people consider it glamorous and a get-rich-quick business awaiting them with open arms. They tend to think that a handsome face and a good body is all that it takes.
    I worked for the Zoli agency when I moved to NY but prior to that Eileen Ford reduced me to tears (and that's not easy to do to me) And Wilhelminia Cooper gave me my first break. I don't know a single person who has been an overnight success in this business. It takes a lot of work getting test shots done making your composite card, going on rounds, auditions. Once you hit the mark and start making money it's still work that sometimes are long days working with some of the most temperamental egotistical people on the planet. If you don't become vain and let your success go to your head you can have a fashion career that lasts up until about your 28th birthday. If you are not completely sick of it by then you move on to commercial work. Casting for television commercials is just simple typecasting of maybe a hundred basic stereotypes used over and over again.
    Before you go any further... look through magazines and catalogs and mailers and watch television commercials and concentrate on the people and not the product and try to identify your "Type" and how you plan to market your look.
    Whether you decide on this as a career move or not; please remember it is a business that like any other you have to climb the ladder and pay your dues step by step.
     
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    I just want to reinforce that showing up on time (and being generally agreeable) and having the right look for the type of modeling you're doing are key.

    And, as with any other profession, making friends (aka networking) is invaluable.
     
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    I wonder though, I have some male model friends who claim to be straight but do take on assignments for gay photoshoots because of the lack of assignments.

    Should you take any available assignment and not be bothered by what type of shoot it is to increase your odds of being succesfull?
     
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