I thought I’d write this post on how to become a model. I seem to be unknowingly scouting people and turning them into models. So I wanted to write about it 🙂
This story in particular involves a beautiful soul called Livia. Livia was working as the receptionist at the IT shop I use, IT Services. I remember going in one day and talking to her, and finding out English is her second language. With my 2 kids also talking to me at the same time, it was hard to understand her. All I remember was – “she would be so cool to photograph.”
I have done this a couple of times, walking up to people and asking them to be in my portfolio. But, these are generally kids, and I’m talking to the mothers, so it seems easier.
When I jumped back into the car, I said to my eldest that I would love to take her photo and I should’ve asked her if I could. Being the encouraging pre-tween, she politely told me “that’s so embarrassing, please don’t!”
It bugged me for a week, then when I received an email to say my computer was ready, I thought if she’s there, I’ll ask. My kids weren’t with me, so I didn’t have them to embarrass. lol.
Turns out she had not really thought of herself as someone who’d be good in front of the camera.
It took her weeks to actually contact me, when she came in she wasn’t too nervous. We did a fun shoot, I had something in mind the day I saw her curls/ eyes/ freckles!
Teaching Livia how to pose was so easy, she took everything on board and was very professional about it all. Like a model straight away.
When I put her photos together, I said to her to start an Instagram page, tag modelling agencies and I would do the same. Encouraging her to get in touch with agencies really paid off. She was working in a paid job within 2 weeks!! That was phenomenally fast.
By the time she came back in a few months later, she’d left the computer shop (sorry guys) and was making money modelling, and doing TV work too.
I’m happy to say that every time Livia now comes in we do something different, and always fun. We make sure that her portfolio is full of variety.
Follow her on Instagram here
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