Hello ! This article may come as a surprise, but isn’t that the whole point ? Something different to break from the usual things that have been done again and again. Far be it from me to bite the hand that feeds me, but I get that turotials can be a little redundant. Anyway, I’ve been asked many about how to become a model, how to do it, how to be taken seriously, and most of all, how to actually get in that very restrictive, yet sought after world. So here I am, humbly trying to shed some light on this question in this article. I’ll try to guide you as best I can, using my personnal experience in the matter.
In France, you only have a real status -legally- as a model if you’re enrolled in an agency (such as but not limited to Elite, IMG, Next or Ford). Outside of these agencies you’re considered a photo model, and therefore not entitled to compensation, since there is not technically a legal status for that. For that reason, my first advice is to seek out those agencies, you can find an exhaustive list of all agencies -French and otherwise- on the Mannequinat.fr website. You can get in touch with an agency either via their websites our via e-mail. You’ll most likely be asked to join polaroid-type pictures to your application, which means the natural you.
Beside that, you’ll need to seek out photographers -and be ready to pay them!- and/or partake in castings in order to create your Portfolio. To that end you can use the Casting.fr -it’s a french website, so there’s only jobs in France- website which only pusblishes paid castings. You can also simply use social medias such as Facebook to find castings -with no assurance that you will be paid. Here is, to me, the ideal outfit to wear for theses events -and by that I mean the castings of course.