Do I Need A Male Model Agency?

  • Esther O'Leary

Becoming a male model is a potentially profitable career option for men of all ages. Opportunities are plentiful and men are increasingly making their way onto the catwalks and pages of glossy magazines. Whilst it’s not easy money, most men find it less competitive than it is for women to get work in the industry. With the right look, personality and a pinch of ambition you could benefit from regular well paid work.

There are a variety of ways to find work as a male model; Lots of male model agency branches now offering work for models. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Find a reputable agent.

To give yourself the best chance of securing modelling jobs it is important to pick the right agency from the outset. Some agencies hold open casting calls to audition new faces. Make sure that you meet the requirements of the casting; each agency will have its own criteria. Expect to wait in line along with lots of other hopefuls and be prepared for acceptance or rejection. If you don’t have the right look for a particular agent, keep trying. Even really good looking guys get rejected so don’t lose heart.

2. Watch out for model scouts.

Keep an eye on agent websites and in the press for details of forthcoming events hosted by reputable agents who are travelling to different locations to search for new talent. London is a hot spot for model scouts but they do travel around the UK. A good agent will not ask you to pay any money upfront and will not expect you to go anywhere private on the spur of the moment. If approached, ask for a business card and go away and do your research on the agency before meeting up.

3. Enter a modelling competition.

Check out your favourite magazines and clothing brand’s websites to see if they are running any kind of model search. Not only do competitions offer an opportunity to get your pictures seen by industry experts, but you could also win some great prizes or even a modelling contract.

4. Do it yourself.

Whilst finding a male model agency may be the most effective way to get work, with a little bit of effort you could try and go it alone. You will need to develop a portfolio of professional pictures, but once you have a selection you are happy with email or post them to advertising agencies and photographers known for working with brands and publications that use male models. Remember, your image is your fortune so make sure your covering letter and information is well presented and professional.

Whatever approach you choose, you will need to have the following if you are to be considered for modelling work:

  • For high fashion modelling you need to be at least 5ft 11” in height, however there are no specific requirements for commercial or catalogue modelling
  • Have a fit and healthy body, whatever your age, shape or size.
  • You will need to have clean hair and good skin and be well groomed.
  • Confidence and personality is key when meeting agents and in front of the camera so be sure to show up with a good attitude.

Finally, be prepared to work hard. Modelling isn’t just about hanging around with beautiful people all day. You will be kept waiting, told what to do and wear and you will probably be asked to wear make-up. If that doesn’t bother you then this could be the career for you.

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