Myth: To become a model, you first need to pay a photographer.
Reality: There are a lot of scams out there. Modeling is a job you get paid to do. If you have to pay, you’re not modeling. No major modeling agency requires that you hire a photographer before interviewing and they often state this on their web sites.
Myth: Modeling is easy glamorous work.
Reality: Modeling can be fun, but it requires effort.
Myth: Anyone can be a model; it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, skinny or heavier.
Reality: Modeling is competitive — you need to look better than the competition or you won’t get the work. True, there are lifestyle models and plus sized models, but these fields are no less competitive.
Myth: You have to look like a runway model to find work.
Reality: Not all modeling is runway modeling. Print models under 5′8″ appear all the time in pin-up and nude shots in Playboy, on posters, advertisements, etc.
Myth: Models have to be skinny.
Reality: Models need to be healthy, if you’re doing glamour or nude modeling some curves are helpful.
Myth: Models are dumb.
Reality: Successful models are smart. Dumb models don’t get work — modeling is competitive and smart models know they have to exercise, eat right, and get as much practice as possible.
Myth: You need to take a class to learn to model.
Reality: You can shell out a ton of money on modeling schools (or scams) and it won’t help you as much as getting real experience or advice from experts.
Myth: Models shouldn’t smile in photos; the expressions should always be blank.
Reality: Sometimes a smile is called for; sometimes it’s not. Being able to show a range of expressions and moods is important.
Myth: Modeling is like what you see on reality TV.
Reality: Get real!
Myth: Always look right at the camera.
Reality: A variety of looks and poses is better.