Make a list (physically write it down; a mental list is no replacement) of the things you need to accomplish in your plan of action. At a minimum, your list should include the following tasks: locate potential agents, submit photos, have professional photos taken, and prepare for auditions and casting calls. Plan your work, and work your plan.
2. Find Reputable Local Agencies and Follow the Submission Instructions for ‘New Talent’
I live in Northwest Indiana, but I work in the Chicago Market. The major modeling markets are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix and Chicago. Atlanta has also become arguably competitive in the modeling industry. If you do not live near one of these cities, then start with the major city nearest you (depending on how far you are willing to drive within a day’s notice) and find out if there is a known talent agency. There are a lot of small, regional jobs out there, and you might be surprised at how successful a small, local talent agency can be. Don’t forget to consider surrounding states. For example Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia are all within a reasonable distance from each other, as are Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. How much you are willing to sacrifice and accept rejection will determine how badly you want to model.
2. Prepare for Auditions and Casting Calls
I prepared to be a print model for about five years. I was thirty-five pounds overweightafter the birth of my children, I had some physical scarring that needed to be cosmetically fixed, and I didn’t have the resources or support (namely money) to pursue modeling. My success was dependent on all of these setbacks being remedied. Any attempt would have likely resulted in failure. Whether your circumstances are more or less extreme, be sure that you are prepared for the journey. Is your skin, body and hair “camera ready” as of today? Do you have reliable transportation to get to auditions and jobs? Do you have at least $250-$500 to invest in your headshot and compcard? Do you have enough flexibility in your schedule to attend castings and bookings within a day’s notice? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I suggest you find a solution before presenting yourself to anyone.