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How to become a model

There are many benefits to a career as a model. You learn skills that can give you poise and confidence. You could have the opportunity to travel to interesting places and meet fascinating people and the salary can also be good, depending on your experience and reputation.

Modeling is a very competitive career choice. In this article, we explore how to become a model, what they do, salary expectations and more.

 

What does a model do?

A model uses their physical appearance to help a company advertise a product or to help an artist create or display a work of art. The model might work with a photographer to create fashion pictures or walk down a runway to introduce a fashion designer’s latest clothing line.

Artists often hire models to pose for them while they draw, paint or sculpt. Companies sometimes hire models for certain parts of their look. For example, a company may use a model’s hand to advertise rings or nail polish.

A model working in New York earned, on average, $48,130 in 2016, while one working elsewhere in the United States earned $36,560, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Models are often offered payment in the form of clothes.

What kind of education do I need to be a model?

While high school education is useful, you don’t need one to be a model. Fashion models can be as young as 16, so finishing high school is not a requirement. However, your reading and mathematical skills should be good enough to manage your career. You will have to read contracts and budget your income and spending, so it is advisable you get a basic education.

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