Models are people with special facial features and good physique to match. They must be able to display garments to the best of their ability in fashion shows, magazine advertisements and film or television.
What am I going to do in this occupation?
Modelling is usually done on a part-time basis. Only a few can afford to do full-time modelling.
Those who are still at school, university or college or whom work full-time can do modelling on a part-time basis and earn an extra income.
It is a profitable and exciting career that can last from 10 to 15 years if you can meet the physical requirements and standards. What seems to be a world of glamour is in fact very hard work, involving long and irregular hours. If models are prepared to work harder they can make more money. The amount of money models earn depends on how much they are willing to give of themselves. Most models do either fashion shows or advertisements for magazines.
Fashion shows are held countrywide. The models usually practice at the centre where the show is held for one or two days. The possibility of doing some advertising after a show does occur.
A model can do advertising in almost any place in the world. First the advertising agency decides what they want and then they choose a model according to these criteria. In South Africa it is important to do as much as possible of all aspects of modelling. The more you specialise the less you earn. Working hours are usually between 8 and 5, Mondays to Fridays but some fashion shows and television commercials take place after hours.
What kind of personality do I need? To be a model you must be tall with a good physique and exceptional features. The average length is 1,73m to 1,82m for women and men must not be shorter than 1,83m. Women must preferably be between the ages of 15 and 20 years when they start modelling and men between 18 and 30 years. The ideal size for a women who wants to become a model is not bigger than a 34 and men must have a number 32 waist size and 38-40 chest size. A model must have a good and healthy skin, teeth and hair.
A sense of responsibility, reliability and personal neatness are important aspects. Punctuality and the correct posture are of utmost importance. A balanced diet and sufficient sleep result in a fresh and radiant appearance. Only the person with a neat, slender figure and plenty of energy will attain success in this career.
Where can I work?
While the modelling world offers ample working opportunities, it is at the same time one of the most competitive careers. Through their work models have the opportunity to see the whole world and meet interesting people. It is one of the few careers that provide you with the opportunity to travel and earn money at the same time.
Can I work for myself in this occupation?
Most models do full-time modelling only for a few years. They do not necessarily leave the modelling world, but instead of doing full-time modelling, they start their own modelling school or work at a modelling agency. Most of the time they are involved with the training of new models. Their knowledge of the fashion world opens up opportunities in public relations work, as well as being fashion buyers for various stores.