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A Model’s Essentials

Modeling EssentialsJust like a boyscout, a model should always be prepared. Obviously, you should always check guidelines and advice when going to a particular casting, shoot or interview and make sure you follow it to the letter, but there are a few things that it’s good to always have prepared, whether you’ve been specifically told or not.

The items listed below can be your lifesavers, showing that you’re prepared and professional. And if you’re the one with the essential missing item just when the photographer or client needs it, while all the other models stand around looking sheepish – well, you can be sure that’s going to give you an edge – and in this business, you need all the advantages you can get.

Here are a model’s essentials

Phone

You should always have your mobile phone on you, because you never know when you’re going to get a call for a last minute casting or shoot. The fashion industry moves fast, and a model who is responsive and flexible is more likely to win the work. If they can’t get hold of you for several hours, then chances are, you’ve missed your shot.

Street map / sat nav

It’s a good idea to have some kind of satellite navigation or map feature on your phone (or you could carry a good old fashioned paper map if you’re so inclined) so that you don’t end up lost in the middle of nowhere.

Something to keep you occupied

Modelling often involves a lot of waiting around, so if you get bored easily, bring something with you to keep yourself entertained. Otherwise you’ll be grumpy and impatient by the time it comes round to you, and bad tempered models don’t last long. Again, with the miracles of modern technology, you can always have some kind of game or access to a magazine on your phone, that you can access unobtrusively.

Your portfolio

Obvious one this – you should always carry your portfolio with you, you never know when someone might ask to see it!

Comp Cards

Make sure you have your comp cards on you, wherever you go. Like any business cards, saying ‘Oh, I left them at home!’ not only sounds unprofessional, but could mean you lose a job, as the potential client or agent has no way of remembering and contacting you.

Make up, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail file, hairbands and mirror

You’re a model! You have to look your best at all times. So keep a small compact mirror and basic make-up on you, in case of emergencies.

Deodorant

Modelling jobs often involve travelling and long hours. They also involve wearing clothes that belong to other people. The last thing you want to do is leave sweat stains in that fancy top, or have a client wrinkle their nose as you walk in.

Emergency bag

It’s a good idea to put together a little bag containing the following emergency items, all of which should be pretty self-explanatory:

  • Spare pair of tights
  • Mints
  • Wet wipes
  • Safety Pins
  • Water

Now you’ve got your kit of modelling essentials – you’re ready to go!