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Friday, March 1, 2013

Must Have Modeling Tips!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a model? While a lucky few can become a super model, it is possible to become a model and have a successful modeling career even if your are not very tall, thin, or young.

In fact, many items sell better when they are promoted by models who look more like "real" people. Consumers want to see what clothes or beauty products look like on someone "just like them." As a result there are modeling opportunities for all shapes and sizes. Which category do you fit into?

  • High Fashion Modeling
Barbizon Midwest Model Holly Ridings for Roberto De Villacis
    Barbizon Midwest Model Katrina Hunter
    Barbizon Midwest Model Katrina Hoernig for Fiona Quinn
  • Glamour Modeling
Barbizon Midwest Model Hailey Mattheisen

Barbizon Midwest Model Patrick Thompson

Barbizon Midwest Model Samantha Beard
  • Petite Modeling
Barbizon Midwest Petite Model Theresa Croft
  • Teen Modeling

  • Character Modeling
Barbizon Midwest Talent Megan Rieser and Johnny S.
booked as "Belle" and "Spiderman" for a special Live Appearance!

In addition to fashion, models are also needed to advertise a wide variety of products and services - from cars to food. If you become a model your work may involve:

  • Runway Modeling

Barbizon Midwest Model Mackenzie Moore
Barbizon Midwest Model Katrina Hoernig

Barbizon Midwest Model Katrina Hunter

Barbizon Midwest Model Holly Ridings

  • Catalogue Modeling

  • Hair Modeling

  • Showroom Modeling

  • Promotional (Trade Show) Modeling
  • Television
Barbizon Midwest Model Holly Ridings
Project Runway and Models of the Runway
  • Videos

Katrina Hoernig for G&F Fashion

  • Editorial (Newspaper and Magazine) Modeling
Barbizon Midwest Katrina Hunter's Editorial
French Prestige International Magazine

  • Print Advertisements

If becoming a model sounds like the career of your choice, here are some need to know tips:


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the Better Business Bureau
Barbizon Midwest A+ Rating
Aaron Newbill, Director of Scouting for Ford Models, says the biggest mistake that aspiring models make is "not doing the research beforehand." Not sure where to start? Aaron suggest that "One should check to see who is reputable first, length in the business, and who an agency represents." Look for an agent by flipping through your favorite magazine spreads and making a note of which agency represents the models you like. If you're looking into a smaller agency do some Internet research before giving them a call to make sure they have a good reputation.


"Classes can be helpful to individuals in terms of self confidence and and comfort with aspects of the business," says Aaron. Classes  are where you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required for the industry, and the tools (confidence) to succeed. 

"I always looked forward to Barbizon classes, it was my favorite time
to come and learn about this new industry with other people like me."
Katrina Hoernig, FACTOR WOMEN
Barbizon Midwest of Merrillville, IN Graduate
Self Confidence is one of the most important features all top models and actors have. Their self confidence shines through their photos. Self confidence is something you can sense about a person when he or she enters a room. It is evident through body language and speech. It's not just about what you say, but how you say it.

Did you know that researchers put the level of nonverbal communication as high as 80 percent of all communication; so only 20 percent of all communication is verbal!

You don't have to be born with self confidence, you can create it. It's like most other things, it can be learned.

"I was so shy & quiet when I went to my first Barbizon session
and each session gained the confidence to pursue my dreams.
Amy Spilker, Miss Nebraska USA 2012
Barbizon Midwest of Council Bluffs, IA Graduate


Have clothing changes that you know will fit you. Don't always think the photographer will have everything that is needed for the shoot. Always take your own make-up even if you have been told a make-up artist will be there. Always think of the could-be's.

Barbizon Midwest Model Abby Rockendorf

Modeling is a business, and as a model, you are your own business! Like any business, it takes time, effort, commitment, and patience to become a successful model. Remember that success does not happen overnight.

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