Modeling has become one of the most sought after careers for youngsters these days. It is a very glamorous and thrilling profession. Modeling, as a career, is sought after equally by both males and females. Till a few years ago this profession was dominated by only females but with the rise in consumerism and upsurge in the fashion industry, the demand for models has increased manifolds. Modeling is undoubtedly a glamorous field which offers tremendous opportunities to travel and meet various classes of people. Moreover once established it is a highly paid job. Even with all these plus points it involves lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance to be successful in this field. It is a highly competitive and short- lived career. Further, stress factor is high and the hours are erratic. The job also requires a lot of stamina and patience.
Eligibility for Modeling
There is no specific qualification or age limit to enter into this field. First step for making an entry is to prepare a portfolio. This consists of a series of photographs taken by a professional photographer. The portfolio can then be shown to an advertising agency, a model coordinating agency providing suitable models according to requirements, or a fashion designer. Another way to enter into this career is to apply for the contests sponsored by magazines, cloth manufactures, cosmetic companies etc and participating in beauty pageants.
Job Prospects in Modeling
There is no dearth of jobs in modeling these days. Job prospects are available to models:
In product advertising
Featuring in music videos
Doing live fashion shows
Showroom displays or garment fairs
Opening a school for models
Setting up a model coordinating agency
Acting in television programs or films
Remuneration to models depends on the prestige of the show and the organizers. Female models generally earn more than male models for the same work. An established model who is consistently on the popularity charts earns anything between Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 per fashion Show. Low budget shows pay models somewhere around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. Print ads pay according to the number of photographs used. Magazine spreads and billboard advertisements also pay well - reputed magazines paying around Rs 15000-25000 per photograph.