Could you be a model?

by Will Lee

Top model Jocelyn shares tips and advice

How should one tap into the modelling industry?

The best and easiest way to break into modelling though is to get a good agency and they will become your mother agency and they will negotiate contracts for you all around the world and they will make sure you are safe wherever you go because they know all the agencies and they've been in the business for a long time and know how it works. They will teach you everything. That's what I did.

Never go with an unknown agency because there is more of a chance that they will rip you off or take advantage of you.

Did you ever heard of any modelling scams?

There are many modelling scams out there so make sure you do your research. I don't know about that in Hong Kong but in North America there are a lot of "modelling schools" which claim that they can help you become a model but they are all a waste of time and money. You don't need to go to modelling school to become a model.

How should one avoid such scams?

The most important thing in this business is to have a good agency. If you have a good agency they will take good care of you and you don't have to worry about modelling scams. Also, people may approach you with jobs or other things but make sure you let your agency know about them and they will research their company before you work with them.

If you can't get a good agency then I wouldn't recommend modelling because there are a lot of bad people out there who may try and take advantage of you because they know that you don't know any better, so be careful.

What makes modelling such a dream job for people of the post-80s generation?

For me it was a dream job because I got to travel and do modelling contracts in 12 different countries and in each of these I was able to stay for two to four months so I was able to get to learn their cultures and work and live with the people.

What are the best channels for obtaining information of the modelling profession?

The most reliable source is other models. It's very important to do your research and read what everybody writes about – things like which agencies are good and which are bad. Also when you log on to a modelling agency's website you can also tell if the agency is good by looking at the photos of their models or if they have good tear-sheets or campaigns. But still you can't rely on that 100% because some dodgy agencies put up photos of top models on their websites and those models aren't always with these agencies.

Is there such a thing as "talent scout"?

Yes, there are many talent scouts. There are many good ones and as many that are frauds so you have to be careful. When it comes to scouts, you still have to do research on them and then research the agency that wants to sign you on.

Should a model possess some sort of "attitude"?

The biggest thing a model needs to understand is patience, and showing up on time for jobs and being professional. Also a professional model doesn't take rejection personally. You may only get booked for one job for five castings. And it's nothing against you if you don't get the job. It just means you don't have the right look for what the client need to market their products.

How should a model prepare for a photo shoot?

They should get a good night sleep; make sure their nails have a clean natural manicure and hair washed.

What are some of the key attributes of a successful modelling professional?

They should do a facial at home or in a salon at least once a week and should exercise regularly and eat healthy and drink a lot of water. They should try to always look on the positive side of things and respect your clients.

How do you maintain a healthy relationship with the media (and the paparazzi)?

I think you have to think of paparazzi as clients. At the end of the day they are just doing their jobs so why to make it hard on them. If you make it hard on them they will make it hard on you. If you show them respect, they show you respect. And in this business you can't take anything personally because you have to realise that people are gonna talk, whether it's true or not, and there's nothing you can do. The only things you can do are to stay true to yourself and have good people surrounding you. Always put yourself in other people's shoes so you can understand them better.

Photos: Courtesy of Cal-Carries Models International Ltd
Special thanks to Cal-Carries Models International Ltd

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