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24 Secrets Male Models Will Never Tell You

What really goes on behind the camera?

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1. Going into a casting room is like walking into Narnia.

You never know what's behind the door and what you're going to have to do.
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You never know what's behind the door and what you're going to have to do.

2. Agency walk-ins to get signed are brutal.

If you're an aspiring model who hasn't been scouted on the streets, then you have to do agency walk-ins. This is where all the agents and bookers look you up and down to decide if you "have what it takes". Sometimes even the receptionist joins in.
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If you're an aspiring model who hasn't been scouted on the streets, then you have to do agency walk-ins. This is where all the agents and bookers look you up and down to decide if you "have what it takes". Sometimes even the receptionist joins in.

3. And it's not just walk-ins we do to get signed: You can also apply for modelling jobs online.

But don't be surprised if they send you their generic rejection email.
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But don't be surprised if they send you their generic rejection email.

4. We hate the fact that we have to keep going to the gym.

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Maintaining the body you need to be a model is almost a full-time job itself.

5. We get a lot of time off between jobs.

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You sit and wait around for the castings to come in, and even when they do, you're never guaranteed to land any. Then, if you're lucky enough to get something, you often have to wait up to three months to get paid.

6. Getting naked in front of everyone is just a standard thing.

When you're a model you're just expected to get naked and changed wherever they want you to – it doesn't matter who's looking.
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When you're a model you're just expected to get naked and changed wherever they want you to – it doesn't matter who's looking.

7. And being a model means having to get changed anywhere.

It could be backstage, in a studio, or even in a public park. It's just part of the job.
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It could be backstage, in a studio, or even in a public park. It's just part of the job.

8. As soon as people find out we're models they normally assume we love ourselves.

As soon as you say the words "I'm a model" people's presumptions about you start flying all over the place.
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As soon as you say the words "I'm a model" people's presumptions about you start flying all over the place.

9. We often spend hours sitting in the casting room.

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10. We don't earn as much as you think.

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A normal day could pay up to £500, and on occasion higher – but, unless your David Gandy, you're only working once in a while.

11. We have to do a lot of free work in the early stages of our career.

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12. So we hate the word "TFP".

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Models are normally expected to go out and pad their portfolios. Unless you want to pay £500 and be scammed, we normally have to do TFP (Time for Prints) where a photographer and model work together for free.

13. There is a huge difference between being a high-fashion model and a commercial model.

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High-fashion models are the ones who land the high-fashion jobs and the catwalks, whereas commercial models land all the day-to-day brands. Surprisingly, there's more money in being a commercial model than being a high-fashion one.

14. In the modelling world, landing a huge modelling campaign is like winning an Oscar.

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Managing to get your face on a billboard or in a magazine for a major brand/designer is the definition of success.

15. The hair and makeup chair is just a bunch of people prodding and poking you.

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There is a lot of pressure on hair and makeup artists to make you look your best, so much so that they often don't realise how much they're prodding and poking you.

16. Our walk is one of our most important skills.

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If we're lucky, our agents will watch our walk and give us some helpful hints. If we're not so lucky, we'll be shown up and blasted in our castings when we walk for the client.

17. As is nailing our pose.

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18. We didn't realise there were thousands of other people who look similar to us.

Going into a casting room is like sitting in a room of mirrors.
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Going into a casting room is like sitting in a room of mirrors.

19. We have to call our agents before we get our hair cut.

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A sudden change in style might lose us work.

20. Modelling isn’t a 9-to-5 job.

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Shoot days can last up to 20 hours and can take place at any time.

21. We never see our agents, but we hear from them all the time.

It's rare that we see our agents face-to-face, but we hear from them via phone or email all the time.
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It's rare that we see our agents face-to-face, but we hear from them via phone or email all the time.

22. Castings normally only get called on the day.

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23. So making plans with friends and family for the near future is a no.

We always have to keep ourselves free for castings.
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We always have to keep ourselves free for castings.

24. But if we're lucky, we get to visit some amazing countries.

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We sometimes travel to some amazing parts of the world, even if it's often only for a day or two.