My strongest words of advice for anyone dreaming of becoming a model: “just go for it”. The world we live in today is becoming more and more diverse by the day, and there is no “one look”. Agencies are signing models of all different shapes and sizes because attractiveness comes in many different forms. The most commonly believed stereotype is that the tan skinned, extremely ripped, light-eyed person is the only model that can make it in the industry. That statement could not be more wrong; we live in a very diverse world, and that next top model can be anyone.
While “just go for it” may sound cliché,
it suits work in this profession perfectly. Big time models would not be where they are today if they never took that first step. The first, and most important step is investing in yourself. Every new and upcoming model must have digitals. These photos show agencies your natural look from different angles. Clear, professional (but untouched) headshots, full-body, ¾ shots and profiles are what agencies want to see. Anyone can edit, filter or Photoshop a picture to make themselves look perfect, but they want to see the real, natural you! Hiring a professional photographer for headshots may seem overwhelming, because many have high rates. However, if modeling is something you’re serious about pursuing, it’s a step you must take.
When I first made the decision to model, I had no idea how it would turn out. I looked online for photographers in my area, and came across Alex Wolff of Concierge Photography who had so many great reviews on his page. Making the investment was scary, but I knew I had to take a chance on myself. When I shot with Alex, I was definitely nervous at first. While it is important for a model to be confident, no photographer wants to work with a “know it all”. I understood that Alex was the expert, any time he wanted me to tilt my head, eyes, or reposition my body, I did. He was there to help me, and he knew what the best look was for me. Not only did Alex take my initial headshots, but he saw something in me. He kicked my modeling career into high gear and I wouldn’t have made it this far if it wasn’t for him.
The modeling industry is a scary one. Even the professionals experience tons of rejection. However, I think the most important thing models can do is work on themselves and worry about what they can control. Be the best version of yourself and everything will fall into place.
A note from
photographer Alex M. Wolff
(Co-Publisher Long Island Portfolio)
Why Mike? It’s kind of funny the Mike Gomes is some of those things he says you don’t have to be to be a successful model. I work with more wannabe be models than I do models. The truth is, only a small portion of people looking for model shoots get the attention I gave Mike. It was not just his looks that made me want to work with him more. I did Mike’s first photo shoot so I had no images to suggest he would be worth working with beyond his first portfolio shoot.
I gave Mike extra attention for many reasons. The most important 2 were that he was polite and engaged in the 2 weeks leading up to his session. We consulted with each other on wardrobe and props, practicing looks, what the session would be like, and set expectations. He confirmed the shoot and showed up on time and ready to go for our mixed covid session, outdoor studio tent and general outdoor sessions. He was very attentive, followed directions, did not talk when we were shooting, and asked questions about modeling. Most of all, he was present in the moment, and that shows in all of the photos. He demonstrated his eagerness to learn and master the art of modeling, making it easy for me to recommend him for higher level sessions.
Email Model Mike Gomes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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