Models That Are In Demand: It's Not All About Looks, Part 2
Models are hired for advertising and marketing purposes. If you’re getting into modeling as a career, keep this firmly in mind. A model who appears with a product, or wearing clothes, needs to look like an “achievable” goal. For example, showcasing a sweater, the model actually has to look like the intended demographic of customers for the sweater, or look like someone that intended demographic might know. Furthermore, the model has to manage to be relaxed, even through a photo shoot, and photo shoots are never relaxing experiences. A good model, like any good photographic subject, knows how to enter a “no stress space” once the lights go on, and to project an image, an aura of confidence and approachability.
The model should be selling themselves as part of the entire product experience when the camera starts snapping photos. For photo shoots, particularly product demonstration photo shoots, what you’re looking for is a model that meets a particular style. They have to be look interested and competent with the products being demonstrated, and they have to look natural, and relaxed. (As anyone who’s ever taken photos at a family outing can attest, looking natural and relaxed when a camera is out isn’t the easiest thing in the world to learn how to do.), so conversely, models who can radiate that natural air of relaxation are much in demand.
The last set of tips for models who want to remain in demand is professionalism. Contrary to myth, models are not divas, who make the entire world revolve around them. Instead, models are cooperative professionals, who show up on time, tell people when they’re going to be late, work with clients and photographers for maximum flexibility, and take the time to make the experience pleasant for everyone. Like any professional, models live on referrals from prior clients and customers. They do their homework when doing product demonstration shoots; they learn the product, they learn the customers who’ll want the product, and they learn to listen to what the client asks for. To make the most of your modeling career, and to remain a model in demand, just keep the watchwords of natural, outgoing, professional and flexible close at hand.
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