Do You Have What it Takes to Turn Your Good (or NOT!) Looks into Big Bucks?

Considering a career in modeling is something that passes almost everyone’s mind at some point in their life. Of all the money making ideas, this is probably one of the most glamorous. With the right qualifications (which are not limited to just dashing good looks!), you could be making a decent income from modeling, either part time or full time. And if things go your way, this could easily be the path for making big bucks. This guide offers you insight to determine if this is the right option for you.

Initial Investment

Before you begin modeling, you need to build up your portfolio. Your first task will be to arrange a photo shoot. Your photos will be the best way to display your best to clients that are hiring. Have a few body shots and one headshot. Once your photos are in, choose your favorite photos from the session and print a few 8×10 photos. You may also choose a page with several poses printed on it. Each small photo will display your picture in a variety of poses and outfits. Some agencies will request that you leave photos with them when you inquire about a modeling position. You want these photos done by a professional. You can print your resume on the back of the photos in order to promote yourself better.

A photo shoot can cost anywhere from $200 and up. This will vary, depending on the photographer, where you want to go for the shoot, and if they provide hair and make-up designers for the shoot. The more experience a photographer has, the more they can and will charge. If you locate a new photographer, they may trade services with you in order to promote their business and give you the photos you need for your modeling portfolio. This may be a good option to consider if you are very tight on cash for the initial investment. Be sure to inspect the pictures with a very critical eye, since they will be the determining factor of whether you land a gig or not.

How much can you make?

There are several factors that will help determine how much you will make. If you model for print, catalogs, magazines, lingerie, swimsuits, live modeling, or fashion, such as trade shows, runways, and showrooms or for commercials, films, theater, or voice-overs, you can average between $50 and $250 per hour. Children generally average between $25 to $75 per hour. Experience also plays a factor in how much you will be paid.

Advantages of working as a model

There are many advantages to a modeling career.

  • You will be forced to maintain your physique
  • Potential for celebrity and fame
  • Possibility of travel
  • Potential to socialize and attend parties
  • Potential to meet famous designers, actors, actresses, and other celebrity
  • Free stuff
  • Good salary

Disadvantages of working as a model

There are also disadvantages to a modeling career.

  • Long hours or hours that are very early or late at night
  • Constantly promoting yourself in order to have work
  • A limit to what you can or cannot eat or drink
  • Possibility of being turned down for a modeling job
  • Possibility that you may have to travel more than you wish

Examples of services offered as a model

You have several choices as a model. Each one is based on your interest and your talent. These choices include:

  • Fashion editorial
  • Runway
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  • Print
  • Show room
  • Lingerie
  • Bathing suit
  • Fitness
  • Body part modeling
  • Commercial products
  • Product demos
  • Trade shows
  • Sports
  • Hobby
  • Alternative
  • Glamour

Other Things you should know

Contrary to popular belief, modeling is not just about good looks. There are other requirements for becoming a model – you must be hard working, well groomed, must have confidence, must be career driven, professional, and organized. If you have what it takes though, becoming a model is a great decision.  It can be a fantastic means for earning money while you are in school and the contacts you make may well help you turn it into a career in the future. If you have what it takes, this is definitely one of the money making ideas worth checking out.

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  1. I’m pretty sure I don’t have what it takes. I’m not really model material. Plus, I have a feeling my employer wouldn’t be a fan of me modeling.

    • Hi Stephani, This is something that wouldn’t work for me either 🙁 I prefer the blogging option a lot better. I spent some time on your blog today – it is really nice! Good job!

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