Being a male model doesn’t mean getting a free ride to the best parties in town. It takes hard work to be a male model, as well as long hours, and sometimes, little payoff. That being said, breaking into the modeling industry as a male is a bit easier than it is for women, because male models don’t have to meet the same rigid physical requirements all the time and can work for many years — some of them working well into their fifties. If you want to know if you’ve got what it takes to be a male model, just follow along.

Meet the industry standards. Though male models have a bit more flexibility in terms of their looks than female models, there are still some general standards that you should meet if you want to be a male model. But if you don’t meet all of these standards, don’t be too discouraged; if you’ve really got “the look,” then you may be able to find work even if you’re below the average height or above the average weight for male models. Here are some points to consider as you decide whether or not you should get in to male modeling:

Decide what kind of modeling you are interested in pursuing. The type of modeling you do can influence the way you look for work, the type of photos you take to get work, and the approach you take as you start off in your modeling career. For example, you will have to meet different standards to look like a runway model instead of a catalogue model, who is supposed to offer a more realistic view of men.

Get some professional photos taken. Though you’ll be able to develop your portfolio after you sign with an agency, getting some professional photos taken beforehand will make you look professional and will give you something to point to if you catch the eye of someone in the industry. Don’t just get your photo taken by someone with a cheap camera who only has experience taking yearbook photos; get your photo snapped by an above-average photographer so that you look, well, above average.
Avoid scams. Unfortunately, scams are all too present in the modeling agency. You can get scammed during pretty much any step along the way, from being tricked into taking expensive photos from a shady photographer or getting “signed” with a fake or disreputable agent.
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