The popularity of my Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary blog has allowed me to help so many aspiring and establishing models realize their goals.

While my brain is totally open for picking when it comes to asking questions about the modeling industry, the number of questions grew so much that I had to create an entirely separate blog just for answering my reader questions!

So feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have and here is where you'll find your answers, straight from me, Dania Denise!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #906

Unknown Wrote:

Hi, thank you so much for your advice. When you said if you have reddish stretch marks I was really nervous but when I read all of it I was relaxed. But if you have a scar on your lower back would you be able to enter the fashion business?

Hey, Unknown!

Glad my post about stretch marks helped you out!

I don't know what your scar looks like so I can't say whether or not it would be an issue for you. That mainly depends on the following factors:

- Size of the scar

- Color of the scar (if it's faded and not really noticeable unless you were up close, that would be fine)

- If the scar is flat on your skin or if it is raised

- If it can be easily covered with body makeup

Photoshop is great for airbrushing scars and other blemishes (and body makeup is often used as well) so I doubt your scar will be a problem but it shouldn't stop you from submitting to agencies. After all, the only way to know for sure if you'll have any issues is to get feedback straight from the source: the agencies.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #905

Casey Wrote:

what if you have gauged ears that are 00g?

Hey, Casey!

Unfortunately, having gauged ears are going to be a hindrance if you want to pursue mainstream modeling categories like commercial/print, fashion, runway, etc. Agencies can't successfully market models with what they consider "body modifications."

Even a 00g sized gauge is pretty obvious when you take them out and it would limit the types of modeling you could do in the mainstream, such as jewelry modeling and I doubt many retouchers would want to spend the extra time (and money) to fix their appearance after the fact.

However, alternative modeling is one category that embraces body modifications of all kinds, including gauges so that might be something you want to consider if you do want to pursue modeling but don't want to have to choose.

Answering a Reader Question #904

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania, this blog is so helpful... I appreciate all the help you've given!. I was reading through reader question #845 and I actually recently submitted photos to both IPM Model management and MSA New York for the curve division. I received an email from IPM telling me to give them a call. I called and was told they love my look and was asked to send more photos which I did. I also got an email from MSA requesting more photos as well. How long should I wait before sending a follow up email or just assuming that it's a no for right now? I know its a waiting game and all about patience but I've wanted it for so long and just very anxious :). Thanks for the help! 

Hi, Anonymous!

Thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

Sadly, it is a waiting game and follow ups are typically discouraged. But in this case, since both agencies have already reached out to you with their initial interest, I say it is okay to send an email to inquire whether or not they would like to move forward with representing you.

Fingers crossed that you hear back!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #903

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania, I'm 27 years old 5'9" 123lbs. I've always been told that I should be a model. I still get asked if I'm a model and that I should consider doing it. I'm African-american and Korean mixed so I do have unique features. I am often mistaken for still being a teen (sometimes as young as 14) because I have doll-like features even though I'm in my late 20's. I never really saw myself as pretty or a model, I'm a bit of a tomboy and for a long time I'm just recently overcoming low confidence, but after being told for years how I need to get into modeling I started developing an interest in it. Do you think its worth pursuing at this age? In your post 'How Old Is Too Old To Model' you say that commercial/print is the best route but what if you're like me and you have more of a high fashion look and not the normal conventional beauty? Also where do I begin if I don't live near any of the big cities like NY or LA?

Hi there, Anonymous!

Oftentimes, agencies will market a model in more than one division. It isn't uncommon for a fashion model to also get sent out for commercial/print/lifestyle work and vice-versa. In fact, that's a plus because it makes you more versatile and that means an agency can send you out for even more types of work.

So ideally, you'd be able to do both print and fashion. But that mostly depends on the market/location where you live. Since I don't know where you live, I can't readily say what kinds of agencies are close to you and how they'd be likely to represent you. You'll want to extend your online search for agencies to within a 2 hour's drive from where you live. There are small and medium sized markets that may not have as many agencies to choose from but if you can manage to find 2-3 to submit to, that is definitely better than nothing.

Additionally, small and medium modeling markets tend to have more flexible age requirements for fashion modeling so that could work in your favor if you aren't close to a large market.

That being said, I definitely say you should go for it and submit yourself. It will be up to the agencies to determine what kind of model they see you being and if you get signed, they'll take things from there.

If you need help locating agencies, send me an email directly at: daniadenise@gmail.com with the city/state you live in and I'll see what I can find.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #902

Unknown Wrote (in response to the blog post: http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2008/02/modeling-and-gasp-that-time-of-month.html):

What about implied nudity on the runway??

Hey, Unknown!

When it comes to implied nudity on the runway and the occurrence of PMS, I doubt there will be too much to worry about because 99% of the time, models are required to wear underwear so if your concern if about your period causing issues, it shouldn't be that major.

I say 99% instead of 100% because there always seems to be that pesky 1% that are extreme exceptions to the rule so I prefer to "never say never", haha.

In those instances, tampons will take care of any possible problems. However, it is a good idea to make the designer aware if you know that you will be on your period by the time the show comes around. I'm pretty sure they'll either change the outfit you have or will take whatever necessary precautions are needed to remedy the situation.

A majority of fashion shows I've seen (or saw photos of) that dealt with implied nudity had female models wearing sheer tops and/or dresses where their breasts may be visible but I don't know of any instances where the models would need to be bottomless (as in, not being able to wear underwear).

So I think on the whole, you'll be okay. :-)


Answering a Reader Question #901

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi, Dania! Thanks for the wonderful blog :)

I was wondering how aspiring models find out if they have the potential to make it in the industry, except for being told by friends and family (who aren't professionals). Other than having the correct height, weight, and bone structure, how do they know if they have the right facial "look"? I ask because I was discouraged when I appeared at an agency in Chicago (where I live) and didn't get any face time with an agent - a receptionist simply snapped a couple of photos and told me I'd get a callback if I fit their needs (I didn't). I called them the next day and asked for some feedback - they said they weren't willing to supply that. There's only two other well-known, legit agencies here that I know of and I'm nervous to go. So, here are my questions: How does one find out if they are fit for modeling, if not through an agent at an open call? Does getting turned down at one agency mean you should give up trying, or do you have a chance at another place? If you don't live in New York, Paris, or other city with an expansive list of reputable modeling agencies, what happens when you get turned down at the few that are in your hometown?

Hi, Anonymous!

You're very welcome and thank you for reading my blog!

How does one find out if they are fit for modeling, if not through an agent at an open call?

Having the stats is a solid start in terms of being a good fit for modeling. The rest, however, is on a case-by-case basis, unfortunately. Aside from attending open calls (although those are the best way to find out) there is also submitting snapshots via email, regular mail and/or through an agency's online submission form. Ultimately, it is the agencies who can determine if you have the look that works for them to bring you onto their roster.

Agencies only respond back if they're interested so while playing the waiting game sucks, if you don't hear back after 6-8 weeks, that's usually a sign that they are passing on you for now. For lack of a better word, it's a game of chance.

Does getting turned down at one agency mean you should give up trying, or do you have a chance at another place?

The modeling industry is a game of numbers in many ways. The more gigs you are submitted to, the better the odds are of getting booked and it takes many "nos" but only one "yes" to really get the ball rolling. The same can also be said with submitting to agencies.

That being said, I highly recommend submitting to as many agencies as you meet the qualifications for and doing so around the same time frame. This increases the chances of receiving your responses around the same time as well.

What may not work for one agency may be totally what another agency wants so don't let that one experience deter you from seeking out others.

If you don't live in New York, Paris, or other city with an expansive list of reputable modeling agencies, what happens when you get turned down at the few that are in your hometown?

Chicago has a handful of agencies so I would first suggest submitting to all the ones there in order to exhaust your possibilities. The good news is that you are allowed to resubmit to any agency between 6 months to 1 year from the first time you submitted. So the door is not closed to you forever. This is because the demand and looks for certain models changes throughout the year so if your look doesn't work for an agency during a certain time of the year, there is the chance that it could work several months from now.

So don't be discouraged! Seek out the submission guidelines of other Chicago agencies or those that have open calls and make sure your snapshots and other info are on par with what they list online and go from there.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #900

Angie Shipp Wrote:

Hey! So I have always wanted to model! I would still like to if possible but now I do a lot of traveling with my Fiance for work, I am never constantly in one place for longer than 1 Month. Is this still possible for me to do? If so where do I start? I have some good pictures but they are not professionally done and I don't have a lot of money to put into building a portfolio. I am fairly new at this, I haven't put much thought into pursuing my interest into modeling until recently so I don't really know much. I can use all the information I can get! I am not really sure where to look for information.

Hey, Angie!

Given that you're moving around so much and only in one place for a month, I don't believe that an agency would be able to represent you properly. Not many are that flexible to take the time and effort to bring you onto the books if you're only going to leave a few weeks later.

That being said, you'd still be able to model but it would most likely be in the freelance aspect, where you act at your own agent and find your own modeling work. This is much more challenging, especially since you're new, but it isn't impossible.

However, one thing I would suggest you try is setting up test shoots with photographers to see if you would like modeling and, in turn, build a modeling portfolio for yourself.

Normally I wouldn't suggest this since professional images and experience aren't mandatory to submit to a modeling agency but because I don't think an agency arrangement would work with your situation, I feel you'd be fine starting off by doing some initial shoots and seeing what kinds of results you get.

That being said, many photographers are open to what are known as "trade shoots," sometimes also called TF shoots. This is an arrangement where a model and photographer exchange their time and services and instead of compensation, they are both allowed to use the resulting photos for promotional purposes (i.e. updating/building a portfolio, social media, etc.). Because there is no money involved, it is a very popular and widely used method of helping models and photographers create professional images for their own professional/promotional use.

Of course there is more to it but if you'd like more information/details of how this arrangement works and how you can use it for your needs, feel free to shoot me an email directly at: daniadenise@gmail.com