Tips for Success: Male Modeling

So, you want to be a male model? You think you’ve got the looks, the drive, and the gumption to make it in the male modeling business? The fact is, you’re delving into a career that will weed out the weak and the unprepared. It’s like any other field in the entertainment industry: Many will try, but few will make it.

Did I scare you? Don’t fret-there are steps you can take to level the playing field. Here are some tips that might help you.

The first thing you need to know is that the three biggest factors in the success of your male modeling career are location, location, and location. Many of you are living in small or medium-sized towns now, and there’s a lot to be said for small-town values. You probably enjoy the convenience of having your family and friends close by. You might feel great being a big fish in a small pond; heck, you might fancy yourself the most handsome, fashionable dude in the entire city right now.

The problem is, that small pond will prevent you from being the best male model you can be. It’s time to take the scary dive into the big pond, meaning a big city like Los Angeles or New York. Your local boutique agency might make big claims, but in reality, they can only take you so far. If you’re serious about success, then you will need to tough it out in a metropolitan area where the rent is high and the competition is fierce. So, get packing!

Another tip is to be sociable, shake a lot of hands, and get your name out there. Smile when you meet people, even if the dour look is your “thing.” Be passionate about what you do, and put off a good vibe wherever you go. Positivity is contagious, and people tend to hire those who have a strong work ethic and are enjoyable to be around.

Yet another important tip is what we learned as Boy Scouts: Be prepared! Do you have a passport? No? Well, it’s time to get one, because male modeling is an international business. Do you have your portfolio ready? Sort of, maybe? Not good enough! If you want to be treated like a professional, then it’s time to start acting like one. Your portfolio represents you, so it’s worth the investment of time and money to make it look amazing. Have photos and business cards ready whenever you go to an open call-you never know whom you might meet there.

Finally, be persistent. You’re going to have to knock on a whole bunch of doors in your pursuit of the golden ring of male modeling. There are going to be times when you’ll be down-and-out. You might go for weeks without any bookings. These are the times when the men are separated from the boys. Are you man enough to handle the constant rejection?

I hope that these tips will help you along your journey as an aspiring male model. Your future is waiting. Make it happen!