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Weight & Height Requirements for Local Modeling

Learn the weight and height requirements to do local modeling, like in your hometown, from model scout Trudi Tapscott in this Howcast video.


Modeling in your local hometown or in a local market or regional market is a lot different than modeling in a big market like New York City. First of all, most of the time it's not full-time. It can be, but it's usually not a full-time job. And it's usually a place where you're learning, but the requirements are different to get a job.

Clients in those markets that are paying you money really want you to know how to walk on a runway. They don't want first-timers. So, as you're learning how to do your job, you will find that sometimes being a little bit smaller is okay. You can get away with it at five-eight. Your requirements are not so tight.

Clients are looking for different things in different markets wherever you go, and so if you're starting your first experience in a market like Birmingham, Alabama, let's say, it's a small town. Probably the jobs you're going to do are fashion shows in the mall. There are probably not very many magazines. You're going to work for newspapers, as opposed to magazines.

The type of modeling you do is different, so the requirements are different. So, sometimes since you're modeling clothes that come from the department store, not necessarily do you need to be sample-sized, so that's a little bit different. Sometimes if you're too tall, if you're 6 feet in Birmingham, Alabama, you probably won't work, the same way that if you were coming to New York, that might be exactly what they're looking for.

It is all determined on the market that you're in, if you are the right look for those clients. Somebody who doesn't work in Birmingham, Alabama because they're not right might be just the person that an agent in New York is looking for. So, it's a good place to start. It's a good learning ground.

It's nice to make your mistakes and learn your job when not everybody is looking at you. So, if you're learning how to take pictures, I'm a big believer that learning in your hometown is a good place to start if you're not spending a lot of money.

Sometimes, because a client would like you to know how to walk, you have to learn how to walk somewhere. If you're in New York City, your agents, the casting director, the designer, people will give you a chance to learn how to walk on a runway. In a local market, they want you to look like a pro from the second you start.

So there, is a whole entire business that has been created in these smaller markets where you need to go to a modeling school and you need to learn how to walk, how to put on your own makeup. And that's not necessarily true. So, you don't need to spend a lot of money to learn how to do it, but you have to have some skills.

It's the same thing that if you wanted to go and audition for a TV commercial, you would need to know how to feel comfortable in the environment going on a casting for a TV commercial. You need to know how that filming process works. Modeling is kind of the same way, but there has been a whole business created where people will ask you for money when you may never, ever work as a model.

So, you need to know that you're actually going to work as a model, and then it's worth making an investment because you're making a business investment in yourself.

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