Advice for New Faces & Aspiring Models
In my opinion the best place for aspiring models and new faces to get advice is from other established, working models. They already know the ropes and can give advice from a point of experience, having gone through the journey already themselves.
I have learnt so many big and small things from my peers and I think that has really helped me in my time as a model. I truly believe that no matter what your experience level, there is always something you can learn from the other models you meet.
I have compiled a whole lot of advice for new faces and aspiring models, from everyone that I have interviewed so far. I hope you learn something new.
"Wait until you are a bit older for travelling. If you wait until you have finished school you will probably be more educated, more mature and more confident. The modelling world can be tough, but it can also be rewarding. You need to take the good with the bad and not feel discouraged. Sometimes making it in this industry is just a manner of being patient but sometimes, for no apparent reason at all, it just isn't meant to be. Know when to move on to something new. No matter how successful you become remember to be humble, down to earth, and polite - people will love you all the more for it."
Kylie Vonnahme, 18, Model, New York City.
"My advice would be to not take anything personally, ever. No matter what the industry throws at you, keep a positive mindset. It’s not an easy industry, but it’s an industry full of unique experiences and can bring you many amazing times that you’ll never forget."
Check out my full interview with Kylie here.
Rebecca Jacobsen, 19 , Model, Perth.
"I get so much enjoyment out of modelling so I would definitely recommend it! You need to have a strong head on your shoulders and don’t’ take it too seriously and just have fun!"
Check out my full interview with Rebecca here.
Tammy Stone, 24, Model, Perth.
"My advice is to be yourself. Treat everyone the way that you want to be treated. Be polite and kind, you’re all there to do the same job, whether you’re the model, stylist, or assistant. You’re all there to get those perfect pictures. Don’t walk around like you’re Naomi Campbell – No once likes someone with their head stuck up their arse. Always be on time and professional. Don’t rock up late like you just don’t care, people don’t want to wait for you. If you’re not comfortable with something speak up. Also remember your agency is there to help you. I remember being 14 and being so intimidated walking into the Viviens office, thinking they would be judging what I was wearing or how I’d styled my hair – It’s totally not like that at all! The Viv’s girls are like family to me. The number of times I’ve called them freaking out about something or asking 1000 questions about something. That’s their job and they’re always happy to help you and put your mind at rest. So if you’re worried, call them. If you have a question, ask them. They won’t bite your head off."
Check out my full interview with Tammy here.
Tess Finley, 20, Model, Chicago.
"The best piece of advice i could give to a model starting out is to stay with it through the first six months to a year. Sometimes it takes a while to get things off the ground, people don’t become super models over night. It takes practice, time, and hard work to get ANYWHERE in life. Modeling isn’t any different."
Check out my full interview with Tess here.
Claudia Todman, 19, Model, Perth.
"Some advice I can give to other models starting out is, you should know what kind of modelling you want to do and how big a part you want modelling to play in your life. Modelling takes a lot of time and dedication, long hours, personal sacrifice, hard work and lots of patience are the call of the day in the modelling industry. Shoots can take a few hours to several days. When you know this, it’s much easier to get started. But enjoy the ride of modelling. It’s not an industry that will last forever so take in and give it your all with the time that you have with it. But becoming a model was one of the best things I have done, I’ve learnt self confidence, how to dress, how to do hair and makeup (also with the help of my younger sister, Isabella). I’ve put myself out there. People know my name and my face. I give back to those who give to me. Stay humble to yourself, its a tough, competitive industry, don’t let anyone or any job change who you are. Stay true to you because whatever happens, happens. One of my favourite quotes is, “If you think you’re right, you’re right, if you think you’re wrong you’re wrong, no matter what YOU think, you’re right.” So stay positive, have fun and enjoy the ride."
Check out my full interview with Claudia here.
Letecia Price, 23, Model, New York.
"Look after yourself. Stay grounded and build a thick skin to not take any negative feedback personally, but to use it to your best advantage. Don't give up!"
Check out my full interview with Letecia here.
Annaliese Gann, 20, Model, Sydney.
"Hmmm, don't change for anyone . You are perfect exactly as you are. If they don't like you , who cares, they didn't like me at first you have to work at it to be good. So never give up."
Check out my full interview with Annaliese here.
Olivia Donaldson, 22, Model, Perth.
"I would definitely encourage young models to finish school before traveling as a model, mainly for the reason that as soon as you start traveling alone you have to really grow up and be mature so I would say to finish school and enjoy being a kid for a while! Modeling is a tough industry to break into and can take years and years until you feel like you're making a mark. You definitely need a thick skin and a healthy mind to world in this industry! If anything, I wish that I had waited until I was older to start traveling for work and waited until I was happy and confident in myself, which is something that has come with age. But in saying that, I'm really happy where I am at the moment and I'm looking forward to what this year brings!"
Check out my full interview with Olivia here.
Sarah Tilleke, 21 , Model, Perth.
"Firstly, Work hard on your craft, that is maintaining healthy body skin and hair. Secondly stay focused on you and not others, it will help you stay grounded and all the nonsense that goes along with the industry won't bother you. Thirdly make sure you are always having fun!"
Check out my full interview with Sarah here.
Aimee Manton, 20, Model, Melbourne.
"Thick skin, something you should not go into modelling without. Not everyone is going to like your look and that’s okay, learn to deal with rejection and critics and move on. Also be healthy lots of models adopt unhealthy habits, make sure you drink lots of water and eat well balanced diet… and sleep! Especially during fashion weeks, it’s important to rest, work hard and most of all have fun!"
Check out my full interview with Aimee here.
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