You’ve heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, how about the prepared model? What does he or she get? There are many instances where a model is called in for a photo shoot without much advanced notice and as you’ve probably already guessed, the prepared model gets the job!
In the past, it was a bit difficult to keep up with the spontaneity that’s so prevalent in the modeling industry. But today we have all sorts of tools that will keep you connected to stylists, agents, clients, and anyone else you need to communicate with in a hurry.
In order to successfully compete in the modeling industry, it’s important to make sure that you can be contacted and that you can respond to a call at almost any time or any day.
One tool that you can use to get calls and respond to calls (even if you’re not home or in the office) is an answering service (or machine). Most phone services offer a free messaging center that models can use to receive missed calls. With the advent of the Internet, we used to have a problem with missing calls while surfing the web (assuming there was one phone line in the home). Today that’s no longer an issue either because of DSL – an Internet service that allows us to use the web and receive phone calls at the same time. In addition to answering services and DSL, we have also have cell phones and pagers connected to us seemingly all the time!
Another tool is a model’s bag. A model’s bag is a bag containing equipment for modeling preparation (cosmetics, jewelry, extra clothing, etc.) and as you travel around to show up for bookings, you’ll soon discover how important a model’s bag becomes. A model’s bag is your set of tools – just as a carpenter’s box is a set of tools for those working in construction. It’s not an option – it’s an absolute must.
In addition to communication tools and a model’s bag, you can also have a set of prepared promotional materials on hand (or nearby). This may go without saying, but you really should work to project your promotional materials from things like damage, loss, and theft. Your promotional materials are often the first introduction to modeling agents and clients so they need to be in tip top shape if you want to project a professional image. Whenever possible, make copies of your portfolio’s contents and store them in a secured place. This way your materials can be easily replaced if your first set gets damaged, lost, or stolen.