1. Decide what kind of model you want to be (if any).
Who you want to work with or for, if you are aiming to be compensated, what genres you see yourself modeling in and the bottom line most photographers will need to know - how much you will or will not show of your body. If you have trouble answering question one instead ask - what do you want to get out of modeling? This approach may give you additional points to consider.
2. Ask for a favor from a trusted friend with a camera.
I began modeling on Model Mayhem - though the site is free to join, they have an approval process with ->requirements and limit your number of submissions. Here's where your friend comes in. Plan and have a photo shoot to start your profile with. I will be writing up photo shoot tips from models and photographers as a sister post next!
3. Sign up for Model Mayhem and build your portfolio.
Friend, comment, look for events & local casting calls of interest. I found that simplicity was best when networking there. An email (you get 5 a day with a free account, hold yourself to it!) along with a friend request of a photographer you'd like to work with complimenting them genuinely on said work? That's a great way to start a professional relationship that could lead to some brilliant collaborations.
4. Refer to yourself as a model, because you are one.
However, don't let the title rule you. What do I mean? From showing up to a set with a list of demands like Mariah to being pressured into something you aren't comfortable with, be inventive with your circumstances and never hesitate to say no firmly if that is the answer.
- Research release forms to protect your rights and your image.
- Become familiar with industry abbreviations like TFP.
- Browse "the competition" in your size and area for more contacts.
- Play nice and be polished with everyone you meet.
- Always use your adjectives.