The last two weeks have been so hectic! So you can probably see why my posts have been rather sporadic lately (sorry). However, my schedule has finally cleared and I can tell you exactly why I’ve been so busy! Read on and you’ll understand why.
A New Career Path?
Yep. As you all know, I’ve been a supervisor for a stationery store for at least a year and a half, and I’ve been getting rather bored and tired of it. So, I’ve been searching for a new job, some in the film industry itself, others in similar fields. One of those fields is…
The Modelling Industry
That’s right! Feather tried out being a model, and guess what…she succeeded. In the last two weeks, I attended two test photoshoots. If you don’t know what they are, it’s basically something that studios and modelling recruiters use, to ensure you’re right for the modelling industry.
They judge your relationship with the photographer, the stylists and the rest of the team. It’s also a way to see if you can take directions, even if they may be a little vague, and if you have the presence that’s required in these images.
What Was It Like?
It was fun! I really enjoyed them and I can’t wait to start getting bookings from agencies, and job offers from their clients! What I found most enjoyable about the experience was the makeup and hair chair. I felt like a movie star every time I sat there. I’m not going to lie, it felt like I was a celebrity and it was awesome.
As for the posing and pictures themselves, I had to get used to it. The first few that they took, I was rather stiff, and I wasn’t sure what I was doing. My mind kept trying to figure out how models did it, and how they managed to look so natural as they did. However, as the shoot went on, I learnt that all I had to do was channel my inner Prima Dona, and I was posing like there was no tomorrow.
Now, I know you guys don’t want a brag post, so I’ve also fitted in a couple of advice, for those like me who want to try their hand at the model industry. So, keep reading and you’ll get them.
1. Curb Those Butterflies
The worst thing for anyone trying to do something new is the fluttering case of nerves. This especially goes for industries like film, theatre, modelling and anything that requires your face. Some people can easily lose themselves when their nerves get the better of them. You could easily fall into the trap of being stiff and robotic-like, or you could easily lose the restraints you had on your pride.
The best advice I can give you for that is to try and think of something else, as you’re starting. When I went on my first test shoot, I was so nervous I went to the wrong studios and ended up being nearly 10 minutes late! Don’t worry, everything turned out fine in the end, and I managed to get through the shoot without any problems. The one thing that got me through was thinking about what I had to do after the shoot, and that was working on this blog! It eased up the tension in my posture and it made me feel a little less exposed.
2. Make Conversation
The best way to gain a good rapport with the team is by talking to them, get to know their stories and how they got into the industry. This also helps with the nerves. The more you learn about the people working with you, the more likely you’ll trust them. Eventually that inner star inside you will start to shine, and you won’t feel like a complete idiot pulling different back-breaking poses.
Again, I’m using my first test shoot as a basis. I wasn’t very talkative, and I felt like I didn’t belong there. I wanted to get the shoot done as quickly as possible, so I could run as far as I could, away from them. If I had made conversation with the people there, I probably would have had more fun. Luckily, for me, they helped break me out of my shell. They were the ones that started the conversation and were rather friendly. So, I guess it wasn’t so bad.
3. Do Your Research Beforehand
I say this because the second test shoot was much more professional than the first. The reason why was because they told me to do my research before I went in, and boy, did it help. I watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model, to see how it’s done for those who are on the high-end side of things. I browsed through pictures of models and took note of their favourite poses, and I looked for inspiration from my favourite K-Pop groups, since they’re asked to pose, nearly all the time.
By doing your research, you’ll already know what the photographer will be looking for. Sure, there will be points where your hands aren’t in the right places, or you’re holding the pose for too long, but they’ll tell you to change poses, if needed, and if you’re really unsure of what to do next, you can always ask them for their suggestions.
If you go to a shoot and you think you’ll look ridiculous, then yes, you’ll look ridiculous, because you’re letting the nerves get to you. However, if you think, you’ll look like those models you see on billboards, in adverts and on those banners, you get at those High-Street shops, then you’ll look like them. It’s all about attitude, if you think you can do it then you can do it.
I remember, as I started went through the second shoot, I was a little nervous at first. I wasn’t sure what they were going to ask of me, and I was trying to get them to tell me what to do, because I wasn’t really sure how they wanted me to hold myself. Eventually, I learned it was just up to me to change my positions, so I stopped thinking about it, and just let myself do what I thought was right. In the end, my later shots looked much more natural. Even as I was shooting them, I realised, I was channelling a certain vibe I thought would work with the outfit I was given.
5. Have Fun
While it can be nerve wracking, especially if it’s your first time on a photoshoot, it can be fun. Just let go of those butterflies and have fun. A camera is being pointed at you for a reason, because you want it to. So, let it see the many sides of you. Show off a badass or someone who’s coy and shy. Give them some attitude and show off a side of you that no one has ever seen before. You never know, the camera might have opened up a new dimension of you that you never knew existed in you.
I know, when I did these shoots, I had immense fun, especially when I was in front of the camera. While the makeup chair was great fun, it was what I did in front of the camera that made me so giddy. I could show off a side of me that no one had ever seen before. In fact, sometimes, I look at those images and think, I could pull off an act like that in real life, if I gave it a shot. So, go ahead, have fun, and even if you’re not successful with the recruiter, at least you’ll have some fun memories to hold on to, and you can say that you tried.
Well, that’s it from me today. I’m currently waiting for my Webfolio, but you can check out the images I took, at my Starnow Profile! Just click the link below, and it’ll take you there. It’s your turn now. Are you looking to go into the modelling industry? Have you gone to test shoots before? Are you a recruiter? What are you looking for in a model? Leave your tips in the jar below, and we’ll see you soon!
P.S. All images on this post and on my profile are courtesy of Mac Fashion Photography Studios (although they’re copyrighted to me, I still credit them for their amazing work!)
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