Featured Guest: The Model Adviser



"Everyday we are expanding www.TheModelAdviser.com. Our fans and followers can expect honestly and real advice from someone who genuinely wants to help. Right now we offer a free model submission guide and email tips, and soon we'll be adding an online video training course covering all aspects of the modelling industry and one-on-one phone calls. We'll also be doing live Q&A sessions where anyone can call in and ask a question. The Model Adviser started off as just an Instagram account to help others, but it quickly turned into having over 20k followers and getting thousands and thousands of DM's, comments and emails. Way more than I ever imagined possible when we've only posted 65 photos & tips so far. It made me realise how many people out there want to live their dreams and just want legitimacy. I get messages everyday from people telling me a "school" or "agent" might be trying to rip them off. These people need help, and I'm sick of seeing scams."

We have sent hundreds of messages on Instagram through our scouts and official account, @modelcitizenapp. Instagram has been our robust leading platform where we search for amazing people.

We have reached so much in less than two months so we are posting as much as possible.

There are a few questions about modelling, and we need help. A few weeks ago, we met @themodeladviser on Instagram. Our team reviewed the tips they are giving on their Instagram account, and we decided to approach them to be our partner with modelling tips. They have agreed.

We waited for a few weeks to make sure we have enough models asking the same questions and it's the most appropriate time that we introduce to you, The Model Adviser.

Let's be honest guys. How many of you have been "seduced" by these charismatic "scouts" telling you how amazing you are, you paid, signed the agreement and then... nothing? I know right?

This interview is thoughtful. We can't be so grateful enough to have these amazing guys on board.

We have seen you on Instagram, do you typically collaborate with people in the fashion industry?

So glad you guys saw us! Yes, we do all sorts of collaborations, and fashion is one of them.

How does a person get started in Modeling?

The million dollar question!

It's not a simple answer to do this or just do that. It's a series of things that being the whole package together. I often tell newbies are starting out that the best and most honest advice I can give is to treat yourself like a brand, shoot with the best photographers you have access to, and make sure your social media presents you in a professional manner. I've been in the industry for over 16yrs. I know what agents & managers want to see on social media, and it's not you out partying every night or using foul language. Someone that wants to be a model should treat their social media as if their boss might see it every day.

What are the height and size requirements for a high fashion model?

Times are changing and models don't need to be as tall as they used to. Some agencies may still request a height limit on their website, but even then, rules are broken. One of my models is only 5'3" and she doesn't do runways, but she does lots of fashion shoots and collabs.

Are there jobs for models who specialise in just parts of the body?

Yes of course!! Hand models, leg models, hair models, and more. Think about a watch ad or a shoe ad. Someone needs to have adamant looking body parts for those jobs and not just any model will do.


How much do models make?

Another million dollar question haha... You could be a struggling model who starts with only booking one $400 job a month, or end up being the next Gisele Bundchen who makes over $40,000,000/yr. Big money gaps in the modelling industry. I've worked with models who have had huge successful bookings and made enough to live all year of one job, and then not book anything else again for a month! If you're going to be a model, be prepared for the financial ups & downs.

Can a modelling agency tell just from a snapshot if I have what it takes to be a model?

I've been in the industry for so long that yes, I believe there are some cases I can tell if someone has greater potential than others on a snapshot. However, no matter what I need to see what their body looks like too. For me, I like personality as well, and that's something you can't do in a snapshot.

Most agencies are now requiring you submit photos with video as well.

Are modelling conventions and searches a good place to start a modelling career or are they a total rip-off?

There are several legitimate places to get information, but I would be cautious of conventions. When I was a kid I wanted to be a model so bad, but I didn't know where to start. When I was 15 my boyfriend who was 16 got invited to a modelling convention, and we both went. It was a total rip off, and they were asking for tens of thousands of dollars. I 100% believe you can start modelling on your own with the right and honest guidance, and that's why I created The Model Adviser. Most of these searches or conventions are started by people that have never been a model or worked as a manager or agent. They hire a big name to put on flyers, and that's it. How can you trust someone who's never been there?

Why is everyone giving different advice on modelling?

I wish I knew why. Only trust advice from a real talent agent, manager, or model that's been there. I've run across modelling schools ran by people that were an extra in a movie one time in the 90's... To me, that is like going to a bike shop for a doughnut. Not a good idea.

What our readers can expect from your website www.themodeladviser.com?

Everyday we are expanding www.TheModelAdviser.com. Our fans and followers can expect honestly and real advice from someone who genuinely wants to help. Right now we offer a free model submission guide and email tips, and soon we'll be adding an online video training course covering all aspects of the modelling industry and one-on-one phone calls. We'll also be doing live Q&A sessions where anyone can call in and ask a question. The Model Adviser started off as just an Instagram account to help others, but it quickly turned into having over 20k followers and getting thousands and thousands of DM's, comments and emails. Way more than I ever imagined possible when we've only posted 65 photos & tips so far. It made me realise how many people out there want to live their dreams and just want legitimacy. I get messages everyday from people telling me a "school" or "agent" might be trying to rip them off. These people need help, and I'm sick of seeing scams.

Have you heard any of a modelling app that claims to disrupt the fashion industry? Have you tried any of those apps?

No, I haven't! I can't wait to see more what Model Citizen App does :)

Everyone is waiting for this. What is your best career advice for our aspiring and amateur fashion models, photographers, makeup artist, stylist and bloggers?

The best career advice for all of those careers at once is to keep up on your social media, and collaborations. Social media can make and break careers, and be positively life-changing for so many. A lot of people I work with have up to 5M followers, and they make big bucks because they treated their social media as a full-time job. I promise you your Instagram page is not a waste of time.


Photo by: Sasha Samsonova

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