Being a fashion photographer I do get to work with some very amazing people. Now some of those people are assistants, make up artists, show curators, art directors, agents and last but not least models. If I had a nickel for every time someone said, “they’re a natural I wish I could model like that?” I’d be fat and happy sitting on a beach somewhere. Well let me tell you this there is no such thing as a natural born model!! They do however have seven qualities of a fashion model that make them very successful.
Have you heard of the natural born doctor or lawyer? I thought not. They spend years studying and then many more years honing their craft before coming experts and respected in their chosen field. Modeling is no different and those that study their craft certainly make a difference when viewed through the viewfinder of my camera.
When I’m looking for models it all starts on a look and what is that look I’m going for with the finished product. Next it’s the interview and do they have what I’m looking for, obviously you can’t change a look but you can change an attitude. Over the years I’ve yet to not click with a model I’m working with and attitude is everything.
So what is this attitude? An experienced model will typically have these 7 qualities.
-The ability to learn and strive to never stop learning.
-Traveling and a hunger to discover new things.
-Good organizational skills.
-A healthy body.
-They set goals and have zero fear of going after them.
-Resist peer pressure and walk to the beat of your own drum.
If you’re reading this and are aspiring to be a model then write them down, study them, and make them a part of who you are. If you don’t currently have these traits pretend that you do. Over time they’ll be part of the very fabric that makes up you, repetition eventually becomes routine and routine turns into second nature.
I’m currently working on a project now and I’m working with two models that have all of the above seven traits. Although the one they have the most of is number seven. Number seven is the one quality I look for the most as I find that’s the trait I work best with. So walk to the beat of your own drum and happy shooting.