PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE March 2016 Issue - Page 98

Just because you are a signed model, it does not mean you will see success right away. My personal suggestion is to continue to test regularly and to build your social media presence. Both of these things can change a model’s career. I asked the Agency Director at IPM Model MGMT, Fallon Sinclair, for some advice for signed models and this is what she shared with me: - Models should have a tough skin and be able to handle constructive criticism. Ask your agent for a sit-down meeting and ask them for constructive criticism. Like any business, it takes time, effort, commitment and patience to become a successful model. Remember that success does not happen overnight. - Live a healthy lifestyle. Take care of your skin, drink lots of water and implement a regular work-out schedule. Get sufficient sleep and make sure to have the main KEY ingredient, PERSONALITY, which is priceless and golden if you want longevity in this business. Lorraine R. from Florida asks: How often should I be submitting to agencies? My suggestion is to send snap shots to agencies every four months. Your snap shots should be clear and taken with good light. Do not send blurry or dark pictures. Do not wear a lot of makeup. You should wear stretch pants or jeans with a tank top. Take shots against a white or light-colored wall and make sure the light in the room is hitting you and not behind you. You should also take some shots from the side. Try to accurately measure yourself (bust, waist, hips) and send that information in, along with your height. Good luck!