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Do Your Research
Aaron says the biggest mistake that aspiring models make is “not doing the research beforehand.” Not sure where to start? Aaron suggests that “One should check to see who is reputable first, length in the buisness, and who an agency represents.” Look for an agent by flipping through your favorite magazine spreads and making a note of which agency represents the models you like. If you’re looking into a smaller agency, do some internet research before giving them a call to make sure they have a good reputation in the industry.

Be Prepared
“Classes can be helpful to individuals in terms of self confidence and comfort with aspects of the business,” says Aaron, though he emphasizes that classes are by no means a prerequisite. Consider the option if you feel like you have something that’s holding you back, lack knowledge of the industry, or if you’re in need of a confidence boost. And like with any job, read up on the agency you’re interviewing with, including past and present models signed with them and company news.

Make Your Portfolio Picture-Perfect
Your book, or modeling portfolio, is your resume, so make sure that it’s in tip-top shape before you schedule interviews or auditions or attend an open-call. “A great portfolio is a relative concept; after all, you cant please every client all the time,” Aaron says, but make sure that your book has enough variation that an agency can see your potential. Aaron says, “The basis of a good book should show a model who is comfortable in front of the camera, one who has a range of expression and movement.” Less is more: “As to length, a few great pictures can look better than a long book of fluff.” Think of your portfolio as a story that you’re telling to a prospective agency — a short story. “A flow to the book is important — after all you want to get and keep the client’s attention,” Aaron says.

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