Why you are not a model
Get an insight into the modeling business and why—unless represented by a professional agency—you most probably are not a model, but still can take a lot of cool professional photos, if you play your cards right.
Amateur or Professional?
Starting to model as an amateur is a great thing and can be a lot of fun. Let’s face it: Which girl wouldn’t like to pose in front of a camera, and be right in the spotlight of photographers. What you need to understand though is, that modeling is a profession like any other, and requires a specific set of skills. Unless you have those, you should not call yourself a “model”.
Photographers, agencies, and clients looking for a model are looking for someone special, not the average person next door, but a representable and promotionally effective ideal, unless the theme is “next door”. While it is perfectly ok for everyone to get into working with photographers and have their picture taken, you should be aware that you can only expect to get any real assignments if you have the looks.
It’s all about the looks
True, modeling is about good looks, a good figure and a photogenic appearance, or is it? Familiarize yourself with common model and body types in magazines, and you will quickly notice, that there is much more to it, than just have the perfect measurements.