How to become a model at almost 30
TAP: What were the defining steps and opportunities that helped you get into a career in modelling?
Within two months of sending the emails, I had been signed by two international modelling agencies — one in Milan and one in London.
TAP: What challenges have you faced while establishing your modelling career and how have you overcome them?
AM: To become a model, you have to deal with discouraging people. Some agencies and strangers told me I was too old or that my tattoo (I have a chest tattoo) was too big for me to make it in the industry. But I kept going and I proved them wrong. I’ve learned that to succeed in this industry, you have to be resilient enough to brush off negative opinions and keep going.
AM: Just like any job, professional influencing comes with responsibilities, and requires certain skills and experience. Looking from the outside in, influencing may look like a pretty easy amateur modelling gig, but it’s hard work. It’s a 24/7 grind because social media never sleeps. Any freelance job is difficult, but for influencers our currency is popularity, so I have to work hard to continuously be seen and heard – for the right reasons. I have to post fresh content every single day and I have to do a wide variety of tasks, such as product selection, content editing and relationship management – while showing the brands I’m working with that they are getting enough of a return on their investment.
I don’t have an agent, so I’m in charge of managing my clients’ processes, from proposals, quoting and budgeting, all the way through to project development and execution, project evaluations and sharing results and insights with my clients. I also look after my own finances; from quoting for a job to negotiating my fee and completing my taxes.
Looking from the outside in, influencing may look like a pretty easy amateur modelling gig, but it’s hard work. It’s a 24/7 grind because social media never sleeps.
TAP: What are three resources you would recommend to anyone who wants to know how to become a model and influencer?
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