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!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #932

Jazmin Castrellon Wrote:

Hi Dania, I'm currently 34 about to be 35 in July with a height of 5'2" and weigh 105-110 lbs. I've been asked many times if I'm a model or if I plan on becoming a model. Many people say I don't look my age and that I look younger. I have always maintained an athletic/toned figure. I was thinking of taking up modeling not so much for money but more as a hobby. What do you recommend?

Hi there, Jazmin!

Let me answer your question with a question: what are you waiting for? :-)

I definitely recommend trying it out, especially since you know you want to do it as a hobby. That will alleviate a lot of the pressure many aspiring models put on themselves when they want to pursue the industry at a professional level.

Based on your stats you'll want to look into agencies that represent commercial/print and/or lifestyle models. Agencies work with models who do it part-time as well as full-time. Whether you want to do it as a hobby or professionally, what they care about most is that you have a flexible schedule and the ability to get to and from castings and paid jobs with no issues.

There is also the option of doing freelance modeling, which requires you to be your own agent and find your own work if you find the idea of agency representation too demanding. However, navigating the modeling world as a newbie freelance model does come with challenges and oftentimes it is easier to fall for scams and other shady operations.

That being said, I would recommend trying to get an agent first to get familiar with the process and the industry in general and if you don't get any replies back then you can look into trying your hand at modeling via the freelance route.

Best of luck to you either way!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #931

Taylor Beadell Wrote:

so i did a gig for a company and i was told i would be getting an invoice 2-3 weeks from the shoot day. and i havent heard anything or received one in the mail . and i still dont understand how it works.

does this mean that i owe them money? or this is like a cheque ?

Hi, Taylor!

That's confusing for sure. Typically the model sends the client the invoice so that payment can be made after the work has been completed. Or the client will send the model a check for payment to the model on their own (in which case no invoicing is needed).

Models don't pay clients for standard modeling services performed so maybe there was some miscommunication? Are you sure they used the word "invoice"?

When you receive the paperwork from them in the next few weeks I'm sure that will make things more clear. However, based on the description that you did a gig for a company, they should be sending you payment and not an invoice for you to pay them.

I've never heard of such an arrangement unless you were using their services but if you were a model for them as a company, they should be paying you, not the other way around.

I hope that helps and best of luck with that situation!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #930

Anonymous Wrote:

Hey Dania!
I just wanted to quickly ask your opinion on online submissions to agencies? With school in the way, its really hard to go to open castings in person. Do you think they're as effective as in person meet and greets? (sending to both small and big agencies)

Hey, Anonymous!

Open calls in person are always going to be the best way to make an impact on an agency simply because you're right there in front of them BUT people get interest from agencies via online submissions all the time.

While not as personal as seeing an agency in person, an online submission goes straight to them as well and they carefully review each one. If your snapshots are good quality and you follow whatever the given instructions are for each agency, there's no reason why you can't get a reply back using that method if making it to open castings is inconvenient at the moment.

Just remember that it can take a few weeks for them to respond back so don't get discouraged if you don't hear anything right away. Of course, I hope they like you so much that they can't wait to reply back!

Best of luck with your submissions!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #929

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi!I am an aspiring high fashion model but I can't seem to get signed by an agency... All of them have just said that my look isn't quite right for them.I live in the UK and I am 5 foot 9, 16 years old and my measurements are 33-24-34. What can I do??? please help. thanks so much

Hi there, Anonymous!

Hmm...that's a tough one. You've gotten this consistent feedback from agencies so on the one hand at least you're getting this info straight from the best source. Of course on the other hand, that is discouraging.

Have you tried posting your snapshots on IG and/or DM agencies on there? I know that scouting models on Instagram has become quite popular these days.

I don't know what you look like but I would suggest maybe switching gears and looking into agencies that represent commercial/print and/or teen models? Those categories have models who are fashion height as well so it isn't like that's not an option for you.

I'm sure you want to really do high fashion modeling but if you can manage to get an agent for print work, that would at least get your foot in the door.

If that isn't a possibility, there is the option of doing freelance modeling, which means you'd act as your own agent in finding jobs and setting up your test shoots to build your portfolio. It can be challenging but not impossible, especially if you market yourself the right away.

Shoot me an email at: if you want me to help you try and figure out in more detail what paths you have to choose from.

Answering a Reader Question #929

CherryMelon Wrote:

Hi Daria, I am really interested in modelling, I am 5'4 and 15 years old weighing at about 111 pounds but I think I could grow in height a lot more. I am a bit of a late bloomer and I have only really started growing rapidly in height and I believe I could reach up to 5'8 by the time I am 17. Would you think so? I am the correct measurements and I would absolutely LOVE to be a VS model but I am starting to doubt myself. Do you think I would have a chance??

Hey, CherryMelon!

I can't say whether or not you'd grow to be 5'8" by the time you turn 17 because that is totally a medical/genetic subject and I'm not a physician. If height runs in your family (your parents, siblings, grandparents, etc), then that's an encouraging sign that you could end up being taller.

I would suggest making an appointment with your doctor to see if he/she can determine what height you'll ultimately grow to be. Doctors have the resources and professional insight to make those kinds of predictions better than I ever could.

You're still so young and you're actually the age and height I was when I started modeling professionally so while you have a while before you even have to worry about whether you could do VS modeling or not, you can start modeling now if you wanted to.

You'd be ideal for both teen and commercial/print modeling so why not start looking into agencies for that now and get your feet wet? That way by the time you turn 17 (btw you need to be 18 to model for VS) you'll have modeling experience and a portfolio under your belt, which can definitely benefit you in the long run.

Answering a Reader Question #928

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi I am a tall, thin, tan girl with long legs, but the thing that is keeping me back from sending things to agencies to get signed is that I have a small scar on my face. Would any agencies ever consider me?

Hi, Anonymous!

If the scar is small and can be easily concealed with makeup (not to mention Photoshop can airbrush it completely off), I don't see any reason why you shouldn't take a shot and submit your snapshots to agencies.

Never let something like that prevent you from pursuing an opportunity--because even if the answer is, "No," it's still an answer and you don't have to go through life wondering about the "what ifs" or regretting that you didn't take a shot when you had the chance.

So go for it, you don't have anything to lose!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #927

Lily Wrote:

Hi, My name is lily 
im 13 years old and i have always watched the victorias secret fashion shows growing up. i have done a lot of research the past couple of weeks and i really wanna be an angel im just a little confused how to get there i understand i should go to the ford and elite agencies when i turn 18. Modeling is my dream job and i really want to achieve this dream. i dont understand do i need to go to some modeling college when i graduate high school or do i just jump right into getting a spot with ford or elite. and if i do jump right into getting a spot with one of them should i just move to new york city. i live in arizona right now, and my height right now is 5'2. im a redhead with blue and green mixed eyes and i found out they are very good models because there isnt very many..(lol) one more question if i went to an appointment would i get into trouble for wearing makeup or do i not wear makeup because my eyelashes are blonde so you cant really see them which is why i wear mascara... i want to be a vs model i just dont know how to????? thank you and i love your blog its so useful...

Hi Lily!

You do not have to go to college for modeling. There is no degree, certification or other academic requirement needed to pursue modeling of any kind. That's the good news.

If you wanted to start modeling now you can since you're the ideal age to become a teen model. All you'd need to do is an online search for modeling agencies in the city/state where you live and checking out the websites of the agencies that show up in the search results.

The agency websites 9 times out of 10 will list the instructions you need to know so you can submit yourself for possible representation. That way, you'd be able to start gaining hands-on modeling experience and build a portfolio so that by the time you turn 18 you would already know the industry inside and out.

The path to becoming a VS model is not an easy one. It will require you to be able to live temporarily in New York City so you can be close to the agency and available for castings and gigs.

To learn more details about exactly what it takes to become a VS model, you'll want to read the links below to blog posts I've written about this topic:

For attending open calls you should wear little to no makeup, especially since you are 13--you don't need makeup at that age, lol.

You can wear light mascara since your lashes are blonde so that's okay but as far as foundation, blush and all that extra stuff, you'll need to go without. A fresh face is what agencies love best!