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How to Start a Career in Commercial Modeling & Acting

Post Series: Modeling Tips & Tricks

A career in modeling or acting can be very rewarding. But where do you start?

GET A HEADSHOT

Every actor needs an 8×10 headshot with a resume on the back and even beginner models may start off with a simple headshot before the start building their portfolio.

BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO

A simple headshot will only serve its purpose for a time, then you need to upgrade. Determine what type of roles you might be cast for as a commercial print model. Examples include athletic, young mom and businessperson. You should now work on building your portfolio with these looks. Determine what types of roles you’re most likely to be cast for and build your portfolio around them. Be realistic about it, and take a look at your strengths. For example, If you’ve got an athletic build, you may be a great fit for athletic and fitness campaigns and acting roles. Recognize your strengths and use them to your advantage.

FIND AN AGENT

Do some research about reputable agencies in your area. Give them a call and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the process of applying, the types of campaigns they do and what they’re ultimately looking for. We’ve heard great things at Carolyn’s Model & Talent Agency, not that we’re biased or anything! Some people advocate for a do it yourself approach, but we firmly believe an agent will help you navigate more effectively through the industry and will ultimately give you access to the connections you need.

TAKE CLASSES—This is a no brainer for actors; of course you should take classes. But for models, it can strengthen you commercial work by helping you to learn how to pose, learn more about your body movement and what you’re capable of. It’ll also help you to improve your role-playing and help convey emotion better.

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