So, your audition for 'Britain's Next Top Model' didn't pan out as you'd thought it might? Or perhaps more realistically, you've had some poor luck getting signed on with the handful of modelling agencies you've approached.
You tick all the boxes: You look great on camera, you've got 'smizing' down to a tee, and your walk is wobble free. So what next, you're probably wondering. You really want to give a career in modelling a proper go before you have to start buying the expensive wrinkle cream. But maybe you're starting to think it's all a bit of a dead end, and don't know what your next move should be.
Well, we at LMA want to ask you: Have you ever heard of freelance modelling?
Yep, just like writers, graphic designers and actors, models can also go about building their careers successfully whilst representing themselves!
Modelling in London doesn't have to be all about being signed by the top modelling agencies out there, you can still be a happy career model without them. There's thousands of versatile, exciting jobs out there that you can get booked for without being signed on with an agent.
The work you can get on your own can range from national campaigns, to commercials, to catwalks, to...cold sore cream billboards. Some are more glamorous than others, but it's all paid modelling work that you can pick and choose from.
Now that probably sounds a little too good to be true, and yes, you're right. Being a freelance model in London is not quite as simple as it sounds.
You have to know how to source your own freelance model work, write your own invoices, and negotiate your own terms of business. This can be daunting for a fresh young face, but there's plenty of support, and companies (like LMA), ready to help you get started, and to make sure you have all the information you need to be a well equipped freelance model.
First of all and most importantly, getting freelance model work means you're going to need a top notch portfolio! It can be a little catch-22 in this regard because the more professional your portfolio is, the more professional jobs you're going to get...but in order to have professional photos, you need professional jobs, you see what we mean?
Shameless plugging here, because LMA's business is making sure you're equipped with a fantabulous professional modelling portfolio to help you get started. Hit us up for more personalised advice and information on how we can get you started as a freelance model.
However, please be careful out there, models. Being a freelance model can be massively rewarding, but there are a few people out there waiting for an opportunity to exploit young and inexperienced models. Without agencies, there's no guarding filter between you and other freelancers. You will have to rely on your own savvy to clock when someone is a serious photographer or an amateur with less virtuous intensions.
You will have to Get in touch with LMA if you have any comments or questions!