The most important thing to keep in mind while preparing for a modelling go-see is that you should look like a blank canvas. That way, your employers can envision how they can experiment with your look to make their vision become reality. The second most important thing is to be prepared, and professional. Here are the steps you need to take to get the next modelling job you apply for:

How to prepare

Research: Be sure to know what, and who the job is for before you get there. This will also help you know which materials to bring; if the shoot is for an ad with a business wear company, bring photos of you dressed in business attire. The same goes for any other style of clothing or company.

Materials: Bring your modelling portfolio, composite cards, and modelling resume. Your portfolio should have 10-12 professional photographs including headshot, and full-body shots of different angles, and poses. If you have done work with various photographers, make sure to show a few photos from each. Resumes should list all of your statistics, experience, training, and contact information. Composite cards should have your name, a small selection of photos, and stats on a small, thick square of paper. This is primarily your business card.

How to look

Makeup: Wear very light, natural makeup. All you need is concealer, foundation, mascara, and skin-tone lipstick or gloss. Stay away from bright colours like pink, green, purple and red.

Hair: Your face is your asset in modelling, so it is important that your employers can see it. Keep your hair out of your face by tying it up in a bun or ponytail. If your hair is short, make sure it is tidy, and stylish.

Nails: Like your makeup, your finger, and toe nails should be in neutral tones. Bright colours, rhinestones, or distracting designs are not a good idea, but French or American manicures are acceptable. Make sure to keep them short and clean.

Clothes: Bulky, flashy accessories, bright colours, and super tight clothing should be avoided. However, your clothing should be form-fitting enough to show off your figure. As for shoes, this is a professional setting; flats, and sneakers are too casual, and may send the wrong message. Heels are always the right decision, 2-3 inches is about the height you should be aiming for.

What to do when you get there

Arrival: Arrive early. This will eliminate any stress of finding the location or parking. Walking in for your appointment 5-10 minutes early will give the impression you are responsible, professional, and still give the staff time to be prepared for your arrival.

Networking: Talking to other models, and the staff will help you grow as a model. They will always know something that you do not, so ask questions! It is also a good idea to network because it opens up possibilities for more job opportunities in the future. The more connections that you have in the industry, the better.

What to do after you leave

Getting in touch: Do not contact the client after you leave. If they want to hire you, they will let you know. Most likely, you will get a phone call even if you do not get the job.

Knowing your terminology: If you get a call back, you do not have the job, but they are interested in seeing you again. At this point, you may never hear anything again, but if you do, they will either put you on hold, or give you the job. Being put on hold means that you have been chosen for the job, but something might come up to keep you from actually working on it. It might be cancelled or postponed, or you could have been chosen as an extra. The good news is that if you agree to be put on hold, you will likely be paid whether you participate in the shoot or not. Getting “booked” means that you have been hired, will participate in the shoot, and will be paid for your work. Congratulations!

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