19 Oct 2009

Can I be a model?

I often get asked this question and I am in no capacity to make anyone a model. In the past few years my work might have 'helped' a few faces in the right direction just the way they 'helped' my portfolio by doing tf work. Eventally tf work might lead to better opportunities for most people involved.

 nb:- TF - TRADE FOR (eg free editted high resolution pictures in return for makeup or modelling)

The answer is never that simple. It depends on a range of factors:
  • What kind of modelling do you want to do? Fashion, Glamour, Beauty? Plus Size?
  • Are you entering the Western mainstream or Asian?
  • How tall are you? Are you tall enough for the ramp?
  • How good is your skin?
  • Do you have professional pictures? (No, mobile uploads will not do!)
  • How old are you?
  • How realistic are you?
  • Are you thick skinned enough to take several rejections?
  • How strict are you with your diet / exercise?
  • How dedicated or hard working are you?
  • Have you ever tried a professional agency?
There is enough material on the web to research on if you want to be a model but you have to take various things into account before making any decision.

Model Behaviour

Whether you are a male or a female model there is certain etiquette of castings and shoots:
1. Be on TIME or no point turning up (which means you should find out where and how to go well in advance - NO EXCUSES)
2. Be presentable which means:
- no makeup (which also means no mascara and eyeliner and lipgloss too, no makeup means squeaky clean), skin should be moisturised (no chapped lips)

- neat hair

-clean breath (the distance between a makeup artist and a hair stylist is quite a small one......)

- clean hands and nails - general hygeine (which means no body odour or strong perfumes)

- appropriate clothes and shoes
3. Bring your portfolio which can be 1 headshot and 1 full body shot

4. Switch your mobile off (this is a job and you need to be committed)

5. Do not eat and drink during makeup (it spoils a makeup artist's work). Good artists / photographers will always stop for a break or lunch so you can wait.

6. Please do not tell the makeup artist / hair person / photographer how to do their work. Most looks are agreed beforehand. TFCD Shoots are not makeovers!

7. If you have any allergies or medical conditions like epilepsy or migraines etc please tell before hand as photography / flash can trigger things.

8. Be professional (means no bitching and getting personal with anyone) - try and be pleasant company so you are remembered well and RECOMMENDED onwards for future work.

9. After a casting people are shortlisted so please do NOT hound anyone to take you and consider you - you will all be notified.

10. Be realistic for what your strong point will be, ie you might have an amazing bone structure so you could be used for beauty shots but not a fashion shoot.

Last of all goodluck!

Men and Makeup

Majority of my clients are females and of that most of them are models, brides, students or women who want to learn to do their own makeup. There is a very small proportion of men who request makeup but only for themed parties or a special occasion like professional photography.

With new makeup brands emerging, and the media's emphasis on looking good, I often wonder how many men go and buy spot cover or concealer (unless you are a model) for their daily routine. My guess is not many.....please correct me if I am wrong.

If you did a search on makeup for men on google, a range of metrosexual products come up. In order for it to be marketed to men it has to be packaged differently and called by another name! Surely, a mascara is still a mascara even if it is called a MANscara.....

I am intrigued to find out how many men out there would be interested in learning to apply makeup on themselves for whatever reason (that am not interested in).