I keep getting asked how I got into modelling and at what age, it’s a long story so here I go :)
I was at my sisters flat one day and we were quite bored watching telly, she said “Louise let me take some pictures of you and we’ll send them off to a modelling agency and see what happens”. At the time I actually said to my sister “are you mad, me, I can’t bloody model” she said “just give it a go Louise” and so I did. A week later I got a call off an agency saying they liked my pictures and that they’d like to do a shoot with me, and the rest is all history.
I started modelling at 19, not to young. At first I was abit scared travelling on my own, especially having to fly. I remember getting my first train down to London, god I was scared, I even had to bring my mum down on a few castings and shoots, I know it’s sad, but to be honest I think if my daughter started modelling I’d like to accompany her on her first shoots.
When modelling you need to make sure the agency your joining is legit. If they start asking you for money then it’s not right, you should never have to pay to join an agency. You should research first by going on the Internet and seeing who’s who, and another good tip also is having a look at the models on the site, you will be able to tell by the standard of models wether its a good agency. When you get with an agency, and this is standard, everything you earn you give them 20% sometimes 25%.
I’m not going to lie, modelling is hard and you’ve got to be thick skinned. I’ve had a lot of no’s but also had a lot of yes’s. Modelling has its ups and downs like everything. Just because you didnt get picked for a job, doesn’t mean your not good enough, it just means you wasn’t the right look they had in mind :)
With modelling comes a lot of travelling too. I’ve travelled all over the world with it, it’s been amazing because I’ve seen places I don’t think I’d of ever seen if I didn’t model :) When modelling You have to cast up and down the country, that’s the down side, but when you get that job you casted for its an amazing feeling :)
When you start off modelling, you will need to get a portfolio, this is a book that consists of pictures of you. In this book you will have head shots, body shots, lingerie shots, commercial and fashion. Your portfolio should show all your different looks eg - natural look, edgy, sexy, commercial, there’s lots, that’s just a few. This is so the client can see you in different ways.
When going to a casting always go with minimal makeup up on because again your book shows what you look like made up, plus they want to see you looking lovely and natural.
The best advice I can give is, don’t shoot with rubbish photographers. Theres lots of dodgy photographers out there, i shoot with a guy called Andy Lesauvage based in london, he’s amazing. Also make sure the agency you join are good and well established. MOT, Premier, Models One, Boss Models, Storm, these are all good agencies.
On a final note, always keep your wits about you, if you ever feel something isn’t right then don’t do it, your have the right to say no :)
I hope I’ve answered a few questions there, i know there will be a few spelling mistakes in there to, please forgive me :) xx