Working through an agency is the most common way for a model to get work. Doing well in a modelling interview is key to getting your foot in the door. Whether you were contacted by the agency or are going in on your own accord, you need to present yourself in the best light to make a lasting impression. This means you'll have to rely on more than just your good looks to ace the interview. Prepare with our interviewing tips for a modelling career!
Do Your Research
Research the agency, so you know what kind of models they represent as well as what their body style, portfolio, and other requirements are. This ensures you fit the criteria and are well-prepared for the interview. Many agencies put this information on their website, but you can also call them.
Prepare a Portfolio
A portfolio is one of the most effective tools an aspiring model has. Agencies may specify the number and type of photos you need to have in your portfolio. The minimum is generally one portrait photo and one in upright body position You can also include simple poses such as sitting, profile and looking over your shoulder. You usually don't have to smile, but you may wish to have some pictures with varying facial expressions to show versatility. The clothing you wear should be tight-fitting, such as swimwear, tank tops, and skinny jeans. Do not wear any make-up in the shots, as the agency needs to see how you look completely natural.
Prepare a Resume
This document provides the interviewer with the most pertinent information about you at-a-glance. It contains information on your past modelling work, any training as an actor or any awards. Also a list of shows or publications you've appeared in, as well as any educational background you have in fashion or a related field. You can also include your body measurements, including height, weight, bust, waist, hips, inseam, dress size and shoe size. Some agencies though require you to put this information in a separate document called a "comp card".
Take Care of Your Appearance
Your hair, nails, and skin must be clean, neat and free of blemishes. You will want to look as natural as possible, so use a sparing amount of make-up. This may include a little bit of foundation, mascara, eye shadow, and lip gloss.
Unless the agency specifies a particular outfit, wear something similar to the clothing you used for your portfolio images so the interviewer can see your body shape. Fitted shirts and jeans in solid colours and simple patterns work best. Ladies should wear heels.
The interviewer will assess how well you pose and walk, so practise beforehand to make sure you've at least got the basics down. Watch videos and look in magazines to get ideas for poses, facial expressions and how to walk a runway. Try things out in a mirror to make sure it looks good, then ask family members and friends to watch and give you some pointers. Practise maintaining your composure in any situation.
Think of Answers to Common Questions
Modelling interviews usually involve some standard questions. These most often include questions about how long you've been modelling, any especially notable shows or publications you've appeared in. It may also be about the type of modelling you want to do (e.g. commercial, fashion, etc.), and why you want to work with that particular agency.
Use our interviewing tips for a modelling career and prepare yourself for interview success!