Do you reside in Manchester and have a flair for modelling?
Are you worried that the North West is too far from London to make it? Stop right there!
Manchester may well be two hundred miles from the fashion centre that is London, but here at UK Models we pride ourselves on being able to work with aspiring models from all over the country including Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol!
Feel a little better? Read on…
How to get involved.
By simply filling in an online registration form from the comfort of your own home, one of our experienced members from the New Faces team will be able to assess your potential as a future model and guide you through the initial steps of entering the industry.
By getting to know a bit more about you, your personality and your modelling goals, UK Models will be able to introduce you to the various types of modelling and thus figure out which you are most suited to (and likely to succeed in).
From niche markets such as fitness and high-end fashion right through to catalogue and commercial work, we will give you honest feedback, working with you to help you reach your full potential as a model. Whether you are a parent or guardian researching modelling opportunities in Manchester on behalf of a minor, a teenager looking to start out in the industry or an adult who thinks it’s their time to shine, UK Models will be able to assist you as you begin your journey. We support female, male and child models onto the next step in their career.
Getting started is really easy; thanks to our online registration form you can now get in touch with us without having to leave Manchester, let alone your home! By logging onto our website and providing us with a simple set of details including your age, contact information and a recent photograph of yourself (a headshot is best so that we can get a clear idea of what you look like), one of our experienced members of staff will be able to decide if you have the right qualities that the industry are looking for.
All areas of Manchester and surrounding areas can register.
Whether you’re based right in the centre of Manchester, in Salford, Eccles, Prestwich or Cheetham Hill, it doesn’t matter, we’re able to help you all. Upon receiving your application, UK Models can start to help you almost immediately. If we think you have the potential to make it as a model, we will give you a call and invite you to London to experience one of our assessment days.
The assessment day.
This won’t be testing in a scary way, it is simply our chance to monitor your skill set and see how you respond to a team of professional stylists and photographers. It will also be your opportunity to have some professional photographs taken. From this we will be able to outline your strengths as a model and understand the areas that you need to work on, then we will help you in the best possible way that we can. We will tailor our advise specifically for you.
There are no guarantees.
Although we cannot guarantee you will leave the assessment day and find yourself signed to a model agency in Manchester straight away, UK Models will work with you to ensure that you take as much from this experience as possible. Very importantly, we will also be able to provide you with your own portfolio, which is essential. A portfolio is the perfect way to present a models work to potential agencies, employers and clients.
How to get to the capital.
Train: An efficient way to travel is via train departing from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. Choose from a direct train or change at Crewe adding a small amount of time onto your journey. The total length should take just over 2 hours from Piccadilly. Plan your route to reach this station in the city centre of Manchester. Once at Euston opt for a 4 minute bus journey or a 12 minute walk.
Coach: The coach takes over double the time of a train yet is most likely considerably cheaper. Leaving from Manchester Coach Station you will arrive at London Victoria Coach Station 5-6 hours later. Then follows a 4 minute tube ride from Victoria Underground to Regents Park changing at Oxford Circus for the Bakerloo line.
Car: Driving takes approximately 3 hours 23 mins yet do not forget traffic jams and London congestion. Leave more time to avoid long delays and any rests that the driver needs. There are NCP car parks around Great Portland Street yet be aware this may be costly. If returning on the same day ensure that the driver feels rested and alert. Some may want to stop over night to be ready for the drive back the next day.
There are a few options when it comes to choosing your portfolio; firstly you need to decide whether you want a hard copy or your images on a disk. Either way you will be presented with your ten top pictures from the photo shoot, all of which will have been professionally taken and airbrushed, that you can use to show future agencies and employees.
A book is a necessity if you think you will be attending castings, a disk of images is a smart idea if you’re likely to need multiple copies over the years. Second to that are the more contemporary portfolios; a Z-card (which acts like a business card although it has a selection of your pictures and statistics printed on to it) or an e-folio (a website dedicated to your modelling CV).
Back on familiar soil.
We aim to prepare you for the industry in the best possible way that we can, giving you all the information and honest, constructive criticism that we deem necessary so that when you return to Manchester you have a solid foundation to start seeking work.
A large Northern city like Manchester will attract a lot of business minded individuals who recognise the model talent. The creativity within the area will definitely spark fashion brands, photoshoots and catwalk shows creating a need for agencies and fashion models. Research the opportunities and contact Manchester agencies to find out the roles expected within the area. Agencies may have links to brands further afield allowing for you to remain in Manchester and travel for opportunities assigned by the agency.
Moving to London is an option if you have the funds to pay for a model lifestyle. Many live with friends and get a part time job to pay the rent and bills until model roles are offered regularly. Realistically, attending a lot of castings is time consuming and therefore, it may be some time before paid work is in reach. Take time to make this decision. Research and explore many options before making the move. Look into reputation of areas, prices of rent, bills, etc and secure a job prior to your relocation date. Search for agencies that appeal to you and keep your options open.