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How to Become a Professional Model

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a model, now is the time. There is an ongoing need for models of all sizes and ages, and we can help find the right fit for you or your child.

Learn the benefits of becoming a fashion model.

How to get into modeling

Starting a modeling career can seem daunting at first, but it’s certainly possible for anyone with the desire and motivation to make it happen.

Start by getting professional photos taken that can be shared in person and online. Then create a positive social media presence that allows you to communicate with and be discovered by those in the industry. Keep your skin, hair and body healthy by eating nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water.

Pay attention to the modeling being done around you—on TV and billboards, in magazines and online ads, at live fashion shows. Practice posing for the camera or walking the runway, and figure out which angles are the most flattering for your features.

Find a trustworthy agent who will work hard to get you noticed and will continue to promote you as you further your modeling career.

Types of modeling

The world of modeling is as diverse as it is exciting. Being a model doesn’t just mean walking a catwalk or being in Vogue, although those are two very prominent modeling careers. Here are some of the job opportunities in modeling:

  • Fashion model
  • Runway model
  • Fitness model
  • Swimsuit model
  • Plus-size model
  • Petite model
  • Mature model
  • Hand model
  • Child model

How Discovery Spotlight can help Your Modeling Career

One of the toughest parts of becoming a model is finding a reputable agent or modeling agency and then getting noticed by them. Our in-person and virtual talent showcases put you center-stage in front of some of the best agents in the industry.

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Spotlight Success Stories: Modeling

 

CLARK GILMER

Clark Gilmer participated in the modeling and acting divisions of our 2006 event. Following that, she was signed with Arlene Wilson Agency. In 2008, she was selected as a finalist on the 11th season of the popular CW reality series "America's Next Top Model" with Tyra Banks.

She went on to make acting appearances on numerous television series, including Brothers & Sisters, How I Met Your Mother, CSI: NY and Dexter. She was even personally requested by Ben Affleck for a small role in his Oscar-winning film Argo.

 

SYDNEY PROCTOR

At the age of 16, Sydney Proctor was signed to a three-year contract with Ford Model NYC following her participation in the November 2016 Expo.

She joined the ranks of former Ford models Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Brooke Shields, Kim Basinger, Lindsay Lohan and Brooke Burke.

Sydney is now a full time model in NY.  She has been featured by Michael Kors and has walked for numerous designers including Naeem Khan during New York Fashion Week.

 

ALLISON MILLAR

At the age of 16, Allison Millar participated in our model and talent expo. By age 17, she had already walked in 10 shows at New York Fashion Week.

Allison has appear on Oxygen's The Face, hosted by Naomi Campbell, and can be seen in campaigns for Maybelline and The Kooples. She has worked with Click Model Management NY, Crystal/Slides Models Paris, PRM London, Wonderwall Milan and others.