July 23, 2011
How To Become A Tween Model
It can be very exciting to think about becoming a tween model; having everyone look at you, getting your hair and makeup professionally done, being the person that everyone wants to watch. However, the life of a tween model may be very different from what you might expect. Although becoming a model might be a wonderful experience, there are some things you should know before you start modeling if you want to have a happy, successful career as a tween model.
First, start by considering what you expect from the industry. While there have been some tween models that were discovered by a major designer or agent and skyrocketed to success, many more worked for long periods to become successful. You must stand back and take an honest look at yourself, and assess whether you have what it takes to be a model. If you are drawn to fashion modeling, start by taking off all your makeup and pulling your hair back into a ponytail. Models should have good skin, a great smile, and a symmetrical face. If you have a quirky feature about you, don’t look at this as a negative thing. The fashion industry embraces originality!
Next, you will need to talk to your parents in order to get permission from them. Since you are under 18, being a tween model will require a lot of time and commitment on your parent’s behalf, so this require a team effort within your family. Keep in mind that there are a number of companies and “agencies” that have chosen to take advantage of tweens hoping to become models. These so-called agencies will promise you lofty ideals, like starring on your own television show or being the next major fashion model. However, in order to be successful, they tell you that you must spend a lot of money on modeling classes, hair and makeup, and high priced photographers. In truth, these things are not necessary to become a successful tween model. If you want to take modeling classes and have the dispensable income, go ahead and take one. However, you can learn just as much by talking to other working models, watching fashion shows on television or online, and practicing high fashion walks and looks.
Once you are ready to become a tween model, you should begin by getting in contact with reputable modeling agencies. A lot of these agencies have open calls where you will get a chance to talk to agents. If they find that you are a nice fit for the agency, they will then start finding auditions for you to attend. Don’t be surprised to find out that you will have to go to dozens of auditions before you get any work. Make sure that you are ready to be a model- that doesn’t mean that you show up looking nice, although that is important. It means that you are fully prepared and ready to be a professional- always arrive early and be punctual, bring headshots and a resume, and think about questions that may be asked at the casting. Dress in simple, elegant clothing that won’t distract from your look- you want the casting directors to be able to picture you in anything.
Being a tween model can be lots of fun and excitement and can possibly lead you to a successful adult career in modeling, acting, or performing. Be sure that if you want to be a tween model, you find the right agency to help represent you, and be prepared to study modeling the same way you would a subject in school. Don’t forget to enjoy the experience, and be ready to work hard!
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