How to become a successful Model | Actor
How do I become a model is one question that is so frequently asked to me. Being in the fashion and modelling industry for over two decades, aspiring models expect a one-line answer to it. It's not that simple. It's not too complex either but there are few things that need to be understood and followed before you think of getting into modelling or acting. Acting is a performing art, You need to be talented enough. many people ask, "I am tall, can I be a model?" or "I have a perfect body, can I be a model?" It's very important to understand that its more than just having a good height or a body to be a good model or an actor.
Are you Good enough to be a Model?
You do not need someone else, an expert to tell you that you are good enough to become a model. It has to come from within. If you have the confidence and carry yourself well, you can make a start. Today, with so much happening in fashion, Modelling, films, television and OTP platforms, there is a place for everyone as long as you are not restricting yourself to just the lead roles. be open to experiments and accept roles and positions which will go well with your personality. And yes, with parallel cinema in place, you have a lot of scope for unconventional looks as long as you have the confidence. Gone are the days when only being fair meant beautiful. If you are not perfectly fit but confident, there are a lot of unconventional options open for you.
If you are looking forward to being a successful Fashion model or actor you must explore the following aspects.
Be Fit. Before you even get your portfolio made, get into shape. It's important for both Boys and Girls. While women don't really always have to get skinny but tone down and get into proper shape as per their body type. Men do not have to get Bulky and muscular but more athletic and fit.
Be a good actor - You need to perform, be it modelling or acting. There are advertising campaigns that may just portray you as a beautiful subject with an aim to attract the audience. On the other hand, there are advertising campaigns and films which revolve around a story idea. here it is crucial to fit the role that you are playing, however short or long it may be.
Be versatile and expressive - A film revolves around a script with different shades of the same character. You get an opportunity to express your acting skills over a wide range of emotions. If you are versatile and have a good enough understanding of your character which you play in a film, the audience will relate with you better.
Prepare for your Audition - It important to understand that the one who is auditioning you may not always have the right skills to bring out the best in you. Also, when there are so many people auditioning for the same role, the cameraman may just be recording your audition with a very mechanical approach.
Be Punctual! Reach well on time - If you are late for an audition you may not get enough time to understand and grasp your lines. If you have arrived on time, not only you will be more comfortable with the environment and the people around, you will get enough time to rehearse and perform.
Don't be self-conscious at all - Understand the creative brief and the script as the case may be and simply perform. Once you are ready and settled with your looks, simply forget who you are and be the character you are playing. You do not always have to look beautiful but the way the character should look. You will look the best if you portray the character from the bottom of your heart.
Be natural and spontaneous - while modelling, be very spontaneous and go with the flow of the shoot based on your brief. Follow the instructions of the photographer who is shooting you and build it up to improve it further. The same goes with acting.
Opt for roles that complement your personality - Not everyone can carry comic roles with ease. Know your strengths and opt for roles that highlight your strengths rather than weaknesses. Playing a character that you are unable to relate to will involve more efforts and it will show that you are acting.
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