This a very controversial topic but I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the modeling industry and what my experiences have been
I've worked as a model since 2015, so I started when I was 21 y/o. That's pretty "old" to start up as model without any experience. I was scouted when I was 15 y/o but I wasn't confident enough at this age.
I signed with Scoop Models as my mother agency and within my first year I also signed on with Modelwerk in Hamburg, Nevs in London and MP Management in Milan. I was very excited to be working as a model and I'd never thought I would be able to travel as a part of my job. Slowly I started getting more and more jobs from my different agencies and I got to know the industry better. I realized pretty quickly that being a model is obviously not just fun and games - It's hard work.
I could go on and on about this topic but to make this blogpost at bit more organized, here are some of my thoughts on this crazy industry and the pro's and con's which are a part of every aspect of this job...
Pro's: I get to travel a lot with job and I consider myself very lucky to have been able to see some amazing places around the world. Traveling allows me to get a break from my everyday routine and it's obviously very nice to get to go somewhere exotic and warm when it's the middle of gloomy winter here in Denmark. Con's: Travelling can also be a bitch sometimes. Long delays, getting up at crazy hours, airport life.... and sometimes all I get to experience is a hotel room, the taxi and the studio where the job will take place. I've been to e.g. London for jobs quite a few times but only a handful of those times have I've been able to truly enjoy the city.
Travelling for a job as a model is not the same as a vacation with my friends or family.
Friends and collegeagus
Pro's: There's so many cool and interesting people in this industry. I get to connect with many models but also hair stylists, make up artist, photographers and so on. It's very inspiring to work with creative and dedicated people and I always try to talk to as many people on set as possible. It's great for net-working for potential jobs. I really appreciate my friends who are also in this industry because we share a fundamental understanding of what it's like to work in the industry and the struggles that come along. Con's: As a model, I rarely work with the same people on a weekly basis so this means that for every job, it's a new set of people. It can be difficult to become "friends" over 12 hours of work, if you're never gonna see each other again. A lot of the time it can get quite lonely, especially if you're in a hotel room somewhere far away from your family and friends. I miss my "staple" social group a lot when I'm away for longer periods because these are the people that keep me grounded and makes me feeled loved.
My best advice is to step out of your comfort zone and try to either enjoy your time alone (go out to eat by yourself or go to museums) and try to connect with the people who you are working with and stay in contact with them.
No desk, no boss, no nine to five
Pro's: I'm pretty much already addicted to this creative way of working. I LOVE not having a desk job where I sit down all day. Obviously I have a boss (the clients and my agencies) but it's a lot of fun to change up your work so often. I never have 2 working days which are the same. I think it's safe to say that it's every girls dream to arrive at your job, sit in a chair with a cup of coffee and then having a team of people to do your make-up, your hair and choose your outfit! Con's: I also study at CBS for my Bachelor and it can be a bit difficult from time to time to plan out my schedule when I have no idea what jobs are to come. I don't have a weekly routine because of this and I often have to cancel on parties and other events because of a last minute job.
If you're looking for a staple life with a steady schedule, then don't become a model. If you're into creative work with lot's of variation then this industry might be something for you.
Body image and self love
This is a touchy subject, but it's so important to talk about because it affects everyone not just models in the industry.
Con's: I'm going to start with the con's this time because they are what a lot of people hate about the industry. There's a lot of pressure to look a certain way as a model. Whether you're high fashion or more commercial like me, there will be a set of standards and expectations to how you're suppose to look. I'm glad I didn't starting modeling when I was younger because I don't think I would have handled this pressure very well. It can be a harsh and unforgiving industry so it's up to the model, her family and her agency to make sure that she stays healthy, physically and mentally. I've made sure I know my own boundaries and I know right from wrong when it comes to my body. I've been critiqued because of my curviness and my looks and I've got turned downed from many jobs - but this is a part of the industry and it's so important to separate who you are as a person from what you look like as a model to shield yourself from getting hurt.
Pro's: Yes, there are also pro's to this subject! I've learned to love my body and looks in a way I've never thought I would. I've learned to take care of my body on a physical level and treat it very well because at the end of the day, I book my jobs on my looks - so this includes training regularly, eating well and getting enough sleep. But this also mean that I've learned to take care of my body on a mental level through yoga and meditation. It's not about being narcissistic but you've gotta build a strong sense of self love and self worth. It may sound cheesy but you've gotta be able to see the beauty in your "flaws" because they make you stand out and be unique. This quality is something I carry with me into every aspect of my life.
Overall, I love my job as a model - but I also love that I have a regular student life on the side. It's the perfect balance for me