So my email has been blowing UP lately with so many questions from you guys! First off, I'd love to say THANK YOU!! Each one of them brightens my day XO But on this blog post, I'm going to drain my brain & answer the top question you guys have been asking: "HOW THE HELL DO I START MODELING FOR COMPANIES?!"
So here is everything you babes need to know on how to start your promotional modeling career!
Tip #1: It's all about presentation. In my case, Instagram & my blog have been a great 'portfolio' for me. The reason I say 'portfolio' is because Instagram isn't actually a portfolio. So you should also have a professional one for your work. But honestly, it's worked great for me for majority of my work! & it is a great base start for getting companies to notice you. So be super keen on your presentation! Make sure that your Instagram is memorable. A lot of the time when I look at peoples profiles, I see such be-a-utiful photos, but they are drowned out by the entirety of their profiles page. So having a beautiful aesthetic or a theme is necessary for having a memorable, organized feed.
Tip #2: Have a killer Bio!... in 150 characters or less. If Tip #1 were a lock, this would be the key. It's the butter to your bread. Your Instagram bio should consist of:
1: Your name at the top right above your bio, so it doesn't feed into the 150 characters.
2: What your purpose is/what/who you are. (i.e. Model, Where your from, Age, Words that describe you)
3: At the bottom of your bio on a separate line, enter your email. This is really important if you want the companies / photographers to be able to contact you.
4: Have a link to your blog, Tumblr, or any website affiliated with YOU where if they click if, you're featured.
So be sure to make everything centered, aligned, you know.. throw in whatever cute symbols to bold everything out. ALSO, on an iphone 6 (what I have), everything is pretty much centered. Whereas on an iPad, or other smart phones, it may be a little shifted & cut off. So make sure you have the appropriatee symbols/spacing to separate the wording incase this happens.
Tip #3: Get your name out there. I always find it better to send emails to the marketing director / PR department of companies. They're usually the ones who deal with collaborations. & when you email them directly versus DM-ing/commenting to them on Instagram, it pretty much guarantees you that they will see your email. With heavy traffic accounts, it's hard to make sure they get your notification. Another good idea when emailing them is to leave your Instagram username & if your a blogger, jot down your blog as well! I usually talk about my Instagram/who I am in the beginning, then make sure at the end, above my electronic signature add this:
"Instagram: GabsGetGnarly (15.8k)
It also helps to attach a few photos (2-4 photos). You don't want to clutter them, just give them a sneak peak as to who you are. If they like what they see, they'll want more. So they'll view your Instagram! & hopefully if you've already taken my advice on #1, you'll have a aesthetically beautiful, memorable Instagram.
Example: If you were to submit photos to a bikini company, you'd want to have good body shots. One being a good portrayal of your physique, & the other showing your face (headshot).
Tip #4: Make the collab beneficial for the both of you. This extends from Tip #3 & should be included in your email you send to them. You really want to explain how you can benefit them. Whether they're sending you products in exchange for promotional advertisement via your Instagram/blog or hiring you for a photo shoot, make sure you & the company your representing are receiving some sort of incentive (i.e. followers on Instagram, getting your name/companies name out there, $$$! etc.). A company will most likely collaborate with you if you have is something to offer them, which is generally posting a photo or two of you in their product. & since by this time you should be pretty amazing at this thing we call social media, this should be no problem!
Soon you'll be receiving emails left & right! & due note, all these things take time. So be patient, take beautiful, full & clean photos, & happy modeling!
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