you may have to have quite a bit of experience (or a lucky break)
before you’re able to land a job
modeling major fashion brands like Gucci or Calvin Klein, there
are tons of new designers out there who are looking
for models just like you. Often up and coming designers have
great ideas, innovative designs and superb collections, but small
budgets. Therefore new designers often look for new models that are
willing to work for experience, or a smaller fee than more
models. That’s where you come in.
does it take to get the attention of new
designers and book a job modeling their latest clothing lines?
For the answer, I caught up with Ivory Narvell to get the inside
scoop. Ivory Narvell has worked in the industry as a runway coach and
stylist and now she’s launching ReignSuit, her new line of
swimwear. She’s helped lots of new
models, including Dani Evans (America’s
Next Model) on their road
towards fame as the founder of the Miss Spokesmodel International
competition. Here’s what Ivory had to say…
What characteristics do you look for in models when selecting them to
model your designs?
Ivory: As a swimwear designer I look for
someone with a naturally fit body. Proportion is very important too.
models, their measurements must match our sizing charts. For
runway models, they must have a great runway walk. For print models,
again proportion is a must. Additionally, they must be able to pose
well, have great skin and take direction.
What advice would you give to models who are submitting their photos for consideration to work with
It can be a tough industry and not everyone will love you, so it’s
important that you develop thick skin. However, while you may not be
the right model for one job, keep going and stay positive because you might be the
right model for the next job.
There’s so much competition in the industry. What measures can new
models take to standout and get designers to notice them?
After a model
call, make sure you follow up with a thank you letter by mail. I
recall an instance when a model who wasn’t very memorable sent me a
thank you letter after a casting call. While she didn’t get the job
initially, because she sent the letter which made her instantly
standout, I booked her at a later time.
what great advice! If you want to read more advice from Ivory
Narvell, log in tomorrow for more great tips. Ivory gave us a lot
more information, so make sure you read tomorrow’s blog. For more
information on modeling
jobs and casting
calls available on our website, visit
http://StarSearchCasting.com and check out our auditions