Basics of modeling in India: model’s professional behavior

  • Don’t be late for jobs and castings (inform if it’s going to happen and don’t lie with the estimate timing of your arrival – not to make people keep calling you and to be irritated) – I have seen many Indian models being late for 1-2 hours. And on the shoot day you can’t do so – people are paying by hours, you are wasting everybody’s time (even if somebody else from the team is late, people don’t want models to be). As for the castings – casting can even finish already if you will be 2 hours late and you will miss your opportunity to get that assignment. Modeling is your job and it is better to take it seriously – you don’t want people to say that they are going to work with international models because they are more professional, right? (that’s what people say because of such kind of things and tantrums);
  • Don’t be rude with clients – seems obvious, yet, models do it sometimes;
  • Don’t make fun of clothes in front of the designers – another form of being rude – models tend to judge clothes they shoot for a lot, just because they don’t like it. But the point is that you don’t have to like it – the shoot happens NOT FOR YOU so you don’t have to behave like you don’t like your outfit, make-up or hair-style (Indian models do it really a lot) – the designer should like it, not you. Because he/she is someone for whom the shoot actually happens – for his/her advertisements (and if it will be bad, people won’t buy it, even your posing and expressions matter for it), he/she is paying for that (and you are getting paid). So even if you don’t like the clothes, you should advertise ALL of them as it is the best clothes in the world! (you should be able to so even if you are wearing a vegetable bag). You don’t have to lie and praise clothes all the time – just be professional, that’s all;
  • Don’t leave the job unfinished – people have some exact amount of clothes to shoot. Don’t agree on the shoot of you have another plans for those hours. And don’t cancel the shoot less time before it, people should have time to find another model (which also will be approved by the designer, not just any other model). Unless you are seriously sick;
  • If you are a little sick or something in your life makes you sad — it’s important not to show it to the camera – how harsh it wouldn’t sound but professional models can look and work their best even not feeling well;
  • Change your pose a little every shot, don’t stand steel waiting for people to tell you what to do – I was writing about it in the articles about posing – it is important, the ability to pose yourself – that’s what makes you a professional model (and not someone who has just beautiful face and body);
  • Listen to the photographers and designers requirements, understand that people might see you and their advertisements differently from your point of view, be ready to pose accordingly;
  • Take care of not spoiling clothes, hair style and make up while changing and you need to change clothes fast.

Social media behavior:

  • Take contacts of people on shoots, add them on social media so they wouldn’t forget you;
  • When you are posting a picture, tag everybody of the shoot’s team – this picture is the effort of the whole team not just yours;
  • Don’t apply filters or edit pictures from shoots — photographers don’t like it or brands can have even bigger problems with that – you are changing their advertisements;
  • Don’t upload pictures on social media before brand does unless they allowed you. And don’t ask the photographers to give you the pictures which aren’t published yet. Sometimes brands can upload it a few months after your shoot happened. And don’t tell them that you won’t upload it – you anyways will, or will send it as your work pictures. The reason why it isn’t right is because designers don’t want their designs to be copied;
  • Don’t be annoying with asking for pictures, you can also find them in internet yourself, just note the brands names when you shot for them. Photographers have to shoot for really many brands and don’t have time giving pictures to every model. But from collaboration shoots you can’t get it otherwise, just don’t be too annoying and don’t ask for the pictures too soon – it takes time to edit them;
  • Put pictures from shoot’s backstages so people from the fashion industry could see you are working well (but some designers can ask you not to post backstages – for no copying of their designs, again. Don’t do it in such case – respect their work).

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