Could you be a model?by Will Lee
Top model Jocelyn shares tips and advice
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