4 Mistakes A Model Makes
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1. Photoshop Dependence
It is important to understand that you can NOT rely on Photoshop to do your dirty work for you. Don’t get lazy; rationalizing your bad habits with dependence on a software program is foolish at best. Do not slack off on your diet, exercise, or skincare regimen. Do not go out, get wasted the night before your photoshoot, drag your hungover self out of bed, skip your shower, show up sporting puffy, bloodshot eyes along with last night’s smeared makeup, and then expect this poor photographer to be excited about wasting hours of his precious time editing your miserable hungover photos… all because you were too inconsiderate to act like the mature and responsible model he had hoped he was shooting with. Do not let your hygiene or appearance go to waste because you figure “there’s always Photoshop”… Respect others, and most importantly, respect yourself!
2. Bad Attitude. (or “Badditude” – it sounds cooler)
Never let your pretty face or toned body elevate your ego to the point of an ill-acquired superiority complex; these shallow attributes do not entitle you to act like a royal pain in the ass. In many ways, treating others with respect is JUST as important as physical beauty when it comes to booking work. Many models underestimate this, act like a diva, and then wonder why they are never contacted for work. This correlation is not rocket science. Never lose sight of your manners or your graciousness… not only is it the right thing to do as a “model”, but it is the right thing to do, period.
It is prudent to represent yourself properly in this industry. If you have gained 20 pounds in recent months, yet continue to forward old (skinnier) photos to potential clients, you are asking for trouble. Nobody appreciates being deceived or having their time wasted. And the fact of the matter is, you are wasting everybody’s time, including your own. Stop this while you are ahead; presenting yourself in the most honest and accurate light possible will ALWAYS benefit you in the long run.
4. Lack of Communication.
Failing to respond to voicemails or emails within a reasonable amount of time is just plain dumb – and disrespectful. You can’t book a job via telepathy (last I checked anyway). And don’t expect the job to still be waiting for you if you finally get around to replying… some 48 hours after you received the initial voicemail. People move quickly in this industry- keep up or get out of the way!