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Many young girls around the world dream of being a model when they are older. Modelling is a notoriously difficult industry to get into and only a few models make it to the top. Today we are going to tackle some of the most commonly asked questions regarding modelling and getting started with a career in the industry.

Modelling as a career

Many young girls around the world dream of being a model when they are older. Modelling is a notoriously difficult industry to get into and only a few models make it to the top. Today we are going to tackle some of the most commonly asked questions regarding modelling and getting started with a career in the industry.

Is Modelling a good career?

Modelling is seen as a glamorous and prestigious career, however, not all models have an easy time with career stability. The odds of making it big as a model, and therefore generating a large income, are sadly quite small. Many models are working other jobs at the same time to allow them to pursue their passion. Any teen magazine would make you think it’s a perfect career, but it takes years of hard work, dedication and rejection to make a full-time living from modelling. You can read about more about the secrets of becoming a successful model in this book “Secrets To Become A Successful Model” by Kelvin Boon.

How do I start a career in modelling?

The number one tip for getting started in the industry is to find yourself an agent. Before submitting an application to an agency, you will want to create a portfolio, and it may be worth researching further into which part of the industry you are particularly interested in. Whilst applying for agencies and attending casting calls, keep looking for exposure and experience to build your portfolio.

When should I start a modelling career?

Many people start modelling as a child or even an infant, however, a lot of agencies do require their models to be at least 16 to sign onto their books. The typical age for modelling is sixteen to twenty-one, although of course the industry is ever-changing. Different brands are looking for different age models, so if it is your dream to model, don’t give up at any age!

What do models do after their career?

Many models still look to stay in the industry even after retiring from modelling themselves. They may form an agency, work as a coach for young models or get involved in the fashion industry in another way. Alternatively, some models choose to return to school or set up their own business entirely unrelated to fashion! It is worth thinking about this a good while in advance of your retirement to set yourself up for success.

Is it hard to become a model?

It is very difficult to get signed to an agency, which is the best place to start as an aspiring model. Agencies are looking for the best of the best, as your face will represent their agency in the fashion world. However, don’t be discouraged – even the most successful models didn’t all get signed at their first casting calls!

Can I become a model at 25?

Absolutely! However, you may be more limited to certain types of modelling such as print and catalogue. There are still plenty of opportunities out there for models of any age, going up to your 50s and 60s, so it’s never too late to start.

Does Modelling pay good money?

The top supermodels in the world are of course making fantastic salaries and have amazing lifestyles to go with it! However, below the most well-known models in the world, not everyone is necessarily doing so well. Fees will vary depending on the type of modelling, the brands you are working for and where your work will be publicized. If you are lucky and land yourself a campaign with a large buy-out fee you could make enough to last you months from that one job.

What qualifications do you need for Modelling?

Modelling does not necessarily require specific academic qualifications, but more importantly requires certain skills and attributes. You need to be able to work well with others, have good listening and direction skills, be very flexible and be a strong communicator. You will need to have a lot of patience on long shoots and good physical endurance and fitness.

Do you have to be pretty to be a model?

Models don’t necessarily all fit societies preconceived ideas of “pretty” nowadays. If you have unique features or a quirky look, you may be more likely to stand out at a casting. Brands are now much more interested in you fitting in with their aesthetic and designs than being a specific height or hair color.

How long does a model’s career last?

The average length of a model’s career is generally around the five-year mark. As we mentioned earlier, the typical model is aged 16-21. Whilst some models carry on for decades, many find they get burnt out by the hectic lifestyle and constant travelling. Some decide to settle down and have a family and so this may mean their career comes to a natural end.

At what age do models retire?

The average retirement age for a Victoria’s Secret model is 28 years old. Many of them started modelling as teenagers, and so by retirement will have spent more than a decade on the runway. As mentioned above, by this age many models are settling down or have fulfilled all they hoped to achieve in their careers. However, many models do carry on working in print for decades more if they so desire.

So there you have the answers to some of the top questions about modelling. If you are looking to start a career in the modelling industry keep working on your portfolio and don’t give up. Don’t let one rejection hold you back and keep pursuing your dreams!


Is Modelling a good career?

Modelling is seen as a glamorous and prestigious career, however, not all models have an easy time with career stability. The odds of making it big as a model, and therefore generating a large income, are sadly quite small. Many models are working other jobs at the same time to allow them to pursue their passion. Any teen magazine would make you think it’s a perfect career, but it takes years of hard work, dedication and rejection to make a full-time living from modelling.

How do I start a career in modelling?

The number one tip for getting started in the industry is to find yourself an agent. Before submitting an application to an agency, you will want to create a portfolio, and it may be worth researching further into which part of the industry you are particularly interested in. Whilst applying for agencies and attending casting calls, keep looking for exposure and experience to build your portfolio.

When should I start a modelling career?

Many people start modelling as a child or even an infant, however, a lot of agencies do require their models to be at least 16 to sign onto their books. The typical age for modelling is sixteen to twenty-one, although of course the industry is ever-changing. Different brands are looking for different age models, so if it is your dream to model, don’t give up at any age!

What do models do after their career?

Many models still look to stay in the industry even after retiring from modelling themselves. They may form an agency, work as a coach for young models or get involved in the fashion industry in another way. Alternatively, some models choose to return to school or set up their own business entirely unrelated to fashion! It is worth thinking about this a good while in advance of your retirement to set yourself up for success.

Is it hard to become a model?

It is very difficult to get signed to an agency, which is the best place to start as an aspiring model. Agencies are looking for the best of the best, as your face will represent their agency in the fashion world. However, don’t be discouraged – even the most successful models didn’t all get signed at their first casting calls!

Can I become a model at 25?

Absolutely! However, you may be more limited to certain types of modelling such as print and catalogue. There are still plenty of opportunities out there for models of any age, going up to your 50s and 60s, so it’s never too late to start.

Does Modelling pay good money?

The top supermodels in the world are of course making fantastic salaries and have amazing lifestyles to go with it! However, below the most well-known models in the world, not everyone is necessarily doing so well. Fees will vary depending on the type of modelling, the brands you are working for and where your work will be publicized. If you are lucky and land yourself a campaign with a large buy-out fee you could make enough to last you months from that one job.

What qualifications do you need for Modelling?

Modelling does not necessarily require specific academic qualifications, but more importantly requires certain skills and attributes. You need to be able to work well with others, have good listening and direction skills, be very flexible and be a strong communicator. You will need to have a lot of patience on long shoots and good physical endurance and fitness.

Do you have to be pretty to be a model?

Models don’t necessarily all fit societies preconceived ideas of “pretty” nowadays. If you have unique features or a quirky look, you may be more likely to stand out at a casting. Brands are now much more interested in you fitting in with their aesthetic and designs than being a specific height or hair color.

How long does a model’s career last?

The average length of a model’s career is generally around the five-year mark. As we mentioned earlier, the typical model is aged 16-21. Whilst some models carry on for decades, many find they get burnt out by the hectic lifestyle and constant travelling. Some decide to settle down and have children and so this may mean their career comes to a natural end.

At what age do models retire?

The average retirement age for a Victoria’s Secret model is 28 years old. Many of them started modelling as teenagers, and so by retirement will have spent more than a decade on the runway. As mentioned above, by this age many models are settling down or have fulfilled all they hoped to achieve in their careers. However, many models do carry on working in print for decades more if they so desire.

So there you have the answers to some of the top questions about modelling. If you are looking to start a career in the modelling industry keep working on your portfolio and don’t give up. Don’t let one rejection hold you back and keep pursuing your dreams!