Welcome back we’d, said, hey guys, so it’s me from the editing dimension. This article is super long, so here’s a timestamp you can jump to if you just want to get to my story on how we started modeling and how to become a model yourself. So yeah. Thank you guys so much for reading. So today, I’m making a article and chill sit-down article to talk to you guys about something that you have requested a lot since I started my blog and it’s making a article about how I started modeling um.
Now you might be wondering: how is that ugly modeling? What so, I’m going to tell you like my backstory to Leona bum, I myself have a little bit of a deep talk and then get on to like the more technical details of how I actually got into the industry. What it’s like for me and so and so forth? Okay! So I’m going to start a little bit about myself started a little bit about myself. I am 19 years old, as some of you know already.
I have modeled since I was 15 before modeling. I never really considered myself, but at least when I was like in fifth grade sixth grade. I always had a really low self esteem and I was very self. What’s the word, what’s the word insecure, I was always really insecure about what I looked like. I wasn’t attractive whatsoever, I was, I was still a child, but you know at that age. You already know you know about being attractive and or whatever cuz.
You know. You start your friends start dating and your classmates start dating people and you’re like a boy and such and such and when I was in fifth grade, I had the biggest crush on this boy and he didn’t like me back. He just didn’t like me back. He liked other girls, my class and I tried so hard. I was so obviously like I was so cringy, but anyways yeah. I I always felt like the dove of my friend group.
I had a really pretty friend, and you know it was a typical situation where boys come up to you and talk to you just to get your friends number or you know. Do you think you can help me out with your friend stuff like that, and so I always had it like a really low self-esteem of my appearance. I actually don’t have any pictures that I can show you of what I look like, because I have them in my computer back in Costa Rica, so yeah, I don’t have any online and you know so yeah.
It was like very unsecure um and I I know I knew – and I know now still that I wasn’t attractive whatsoever – a same story with another boy in sixth grade. I liked him. I asked him to basically ask him out, which was a really bad idea, and I literally just got projected. I experienced rejection a lot when I was younger but as time went by, I think it was on sixth grade seventh grade. Actually, I think it was seventh grade that was the fifth grade.
Sixth grade, then in the seventh grade I started using tumblr. You know all those things that teenagers use if you’re reading this you know like what I mean and I found I stumbled upon. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and I was shocked like I was stunned by these girls. I I know it’s not the best example. You know it can get a little bit unhealthy to set them as a standard, but I’m not going to lie to you guys.
That’s what got me into modelling. First, I saw these beautiful women walking down the runway. Sorry, I have like a lot of Spada names. Just so it’s been um and being so confident and so beautiful and I was like damn I want to be this. I want to be this girl’s, I I don’t know like it wasn’t like only because they were so hot, but because of the confidence they showed. I don’t know so. I remember stumbling upon this when I was like 12, I was 12 and 7th grade actually because I skipped a grade.
So yes, I was told so I was reading this. I remember stumbling up on it and, like literally, there was no one at home that one day because my mom was like working, and so I was just like in my room reading. All these Pedroia secret fashion shows – and I was like – oh my god. This is so cool like I just want to walk down that runway, so the first thing I did was I went. I finished reading rain, I went to my mom’s closet and stole some shoes and use the hallway on my house and I just started practicing walking like as if I were in a runway and yeah.
I did that like that has really I don’t know. I did that for weeks like every single day when there was someone at home, I would just think put on my mom’s shoes and, like practice, my runway, which is so cute now that I think about it, but, along with that also came kind of the unhealthy Part of it that it was image, so, yes, I was, I started being more aware of what was attractive and what was not that’s when I I feel like for me.
That’s when I remember like noticing more of my flaws for the first time my flaws and trying to fix them. That included my hair. My face my skin, my body, especially my body, because I literally like ate McDonald’s with my dad every single week and I wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle. So I wasn’t fate, but I wasn’t fat. You know it was just skinny fat. If you know what I mean, so I was really insecure about that and well saying these want women like with these chiseled bodies that they probably prepared a lot for it, especially for that day, it kind of gave me not a bad example, but you know a That was a realistic um, especially for a thirteen-year-old, so I started um holding back on eating, I’m not going to say to start myself because I didn’t start myself, but I I was very like a low point where I just where I wanted to start myself.
I wanted to have an eating disorder because I wanted to lose weight and I I remember working out a fiscal day in my house reading some article from a YouTube blog that I made fitness articles and workout routines that was called Victoria’s Secret model ABS. I remember. Reading that article every single day and following it and to this day I have memorized that whole workout and I do it at the gym.
Like that’s what I do when I go to the gym, like I readed it so much for like two years straight. So anyways, that’s how I started getting into what would be physical appearance and modeling, and so I reach the point in my life, where I was where I started being more presentable to what’s to society presentable like straightening, my hair, because I have curly hair. You know my hair is really really curly, I’m not going to like where was kinda shitty um, not because it was curly, but because I didn’t ever like treat it well and I didn’t do my curls were out curls well, so I was just like phrase mess It was completely dead, so I started doing my hair.
I started doing a little bit of makeup here and there and I got to a point where I was like 1450 and I might third my makeup. Basically, every single day, almost almost every single day I mean first school. I did it like a lighter makeup. I still didn’t make up every single day and so yeah. I got to a point where I was I’m going to say I was attractive, but I don’t know it is that more voice or into me or whatever, and you know that’s like the most obvious way, like the most obvious validation you can get in school.
Like you know, boys start liking, you you’re like, maybe maybe I’m not that ugly. You know I didn’t actually use Instagram until I was like 14 15 because they didn’t have a good phone. So when I started actually using Instagram, that’s why I found Kylie Jenner that started this whole wave. I am 100 % a believer that kylie jenner started the in the body wave of you know the fade. I browsed the big lashes that liner the over lining the lips.
She started that, like I’m sorry, but she did you know it’s the theme. Does it the oh. I started following all these insta baddies and I was like oh my god, they’re so pretty, and something I noticed of these and some bodies is that I’m literally going to call that mr. Body is like here are some examples up in somebody’s. If you want to see what I mean so something I notice about these antibodies that I have never noticed before on you know, girls that I looked up to is that these as the baddies had my skin color, and I know that sounds stupid, like their models Are black? There are models that are Hispanic.
You know like you’re, not you know the only one. You know they’re, not the only ones with this skin color, but they were getting so much attention and they had my skin color. They had my physical features of having a small nose. Having you know, foolish lips, you know and they were being priests for that. So I was like damn like Jesus. I should give it a try. You know you should start posting these pictures and you know um.
So my makeup, like them – and you know so you see what’s up and so I started posting pictures of me. I remember posting the first one. It was actually a boomerang. I was are more and more, and I reached out to pages that eventually featured me on their page. You know like like they were all cause like Maddie, Betty slay or like girls slay, or something like that. But I reached out to a couple literally, not too many and in no time pages that followed those pages were posted me and dad grew up to me having a bigger following um as time went by so with that being said, there were a lot of pictures Of my face on my Instagram and I had and I had a good following maybe like at that point I could have had like 10,000 followers, which is not a lot, but you know it has the K next to it, and you know people notice that at The beginning, I didn’t like get noticed by anyone in my country or anything like that.
Like I didn’t know anyone to be honest, I didn’t know anyone. I was in a school where no, it’s not like a big school in the country, so I didn’t have like you know. I, my friends were literally my friends from school and I stuck to that. My dad actually owned a theater where he and he rented it to like people who wanted to do events in their theater and he rented it to a lot of people that wanted to give lessons like acting lessons or modeling lessons.
And so this girl came and she was like: hey, I’m going to be renting your space for modeling class, so yeah I laughed, and that was like. Oh I’m going to tell my daughters, so they can show your class if they’re interested and at this point I’ve only done like literally pictures on my phone for Instagram, like literally selfies for Instagram, like I had no experience modeling whatsoever, though I was like okay, like I was a little scared, but I still decided to go and I went to these lessons they weren’t.
To be honest. They weren’t that great, like they were basic stuff. You know it was fun. I got to meet a lot of people, but you know it’s really basic, but I realized that he loved modeling, I loved, posing in front of a camera. I only got to do one shoot that wasn’t paid. It was just like a test shoot, and so it was fine. I kept posting on Instagram like I was doing my thing whatever so time goes by.
I was in a new school by this point. You know making my friends whatever um and I got a message from a big photographer and this photographer. He worked with models that were in the big ass agency. I wanted to join and so he was like hey. I love your face. I think you wouldn’t look great in my pictures. Do you want to shoot – and I was like? Oh my god, this dude is asking me to shoot with him like this is my biggest dream like this? Is this is my time to shine as my tempted to do it? You know don’t make it.
He also had like a lot of a lot of followers and like a lot of context, of course I was excited because then you know each of this would get to see me and his fade. You know I would have something to start my portfolio because I didn’t have any content for it. So I went to that shoot and I remember um. You know going with my dad meeting him. You know – and I remember packing a huge, a suitcase like the one.
I’m packing right now to go to Paris. For a week I packed a suitcase of that size, full of outfits for my shoot with him. This guy’s name is Joseph bad he’s one of my best friends now look how far a meeting yes, Oh mother, going anyways! I was so excited to shoot with him, and you know the first food was cute. It was nice, you know he was super sweet, so yeah it was fun. I got my pictures and not long after that.
I got message by two different agencies, but one of them contacted me, tell me: hey: we want to meet you so come to this meeting, we’re going to have with oliver models, and so we can get to see you, and so I was like ok. So I went to that meeting. The other agency was just ready to sign me and this agency was like. Okay, like great, it was nice meeting you. I went to the meeting whatever I went back home and the other agency wanted to sign me.
So I went to like a trial first class because they also did like lessons like modeling classes, along with acting and other things. So I really like that dynamic that I was like very wholesome just to put it in words: um. I was really nice and then the other agency that met up with me before was like a so. We loved you we’re ready to sign you and I was like ooh sorry, I’m in another agency like too late, you’re too so join this other agency and I didn’t sign a contract.
Thank God not because the agency is a bad agency. I don’t want to talk about it because it it’s a good agency for people who don’t just want a model. That’s a good agency for people who have musical talents want to act, want to do different things, and I just I just didn’t, feel comfortable doing those things, and so I started feeling uncomfortable in that agency, and I one day I just told my agent, like hey, I’m sorry, I don’t think this is the right path for me.
Um, I’m not looking for this kind of you know education per se and to go to these classes. I had to travel like two hours a day, just to take lessons that I really wasn’t interested in taking and he saw that the other agency was actually doing a lot more modeling work and this past agency. I was and didn’t give me like a single job. I was just doing shoots here and there like test shoots, that they didn’t even find me that I had to find myself like it was just kind of messy.
So I just decided to switch to the other agency and they were more than happy to have me and welcome me to the agency, and it was just literally called the agency and it’s the agency guys like it’s. How much I started losing interest in that big. Other agency that I was interested in, I want to be in an agency that actually wants me, and I don’t want to be like you know, begging them to. Please sign me like please like no, like.
I want an agency that loves me. That was the best for me, like that’s why I love my agency so much so yeah. That’s how I got into the agency, I’m on the agency, I’m in they. They started, giving me jobs. I had my first paint modeling job through the agency and it just grew from there. I started going to shoots – maybe every almost every single week, if I wasn’t in she was, was in modeling classes or a job like literally you name it every single week.
I was doing something related to modeling before I came here to Hungary now, that’s how I started modeling. So in summary, I shot with one of the biggest photographers in my country and got signed to an agency that followed me and yeah. That’s how it happened. I think a lot of it also had to do with my Instagram. I don’t want to be like. I don’t want to discredit anyone for this process because it’s honestly it’s just like a mixture of everything, but I think a big part of it that some people don’t have or don’t mention or I don’t know – maybe don’t have it all and it’s my Instagram.
I think I worked a lot on branding myself, putting my face out there trying to be constant with my content. Only post good quality content um, you know trying to get my following up, so I could get more noticed and I think that helped a lot and the process of my agency finding me, because I’m not sure they found me through the photographer or through my Instagram, But either way the photographer found me through my Instagram, so it just all leads back to my Instagram and the image I started to give to the world.
That’s why I love Instagram so much, even though it does have you know it’s shady things. It also gives you a lot of opportunities to brand yourself, and you know just do whatever you want, literally literally, it’s not even only modeling, like with anything literally it with anything if you’re a doctor, and you want to grow your business and you have a really Good social media platform that I know I have examples, two examples actually from doctors in my country that are probably the most famous Plastic Surgeons and that’s because of their Instagram and their social media, like literally nothing else, nothing else like that’s literally what made them so Big, I mean, of course you know.
Their work is good and you know they can and it, but they have their like household names in my country for plastic surgeons, because they have been recognized due to their social media. I think social media I mean I could make a whole different article about social media branding yourself, but I think it is like a really big part that I don’t want to overlook so yeah so yeah that was uh. That was a little bit of me explaining how we started modeling, and I’m just going to tell you guys a little bit of what I’m doing here.
I’m not going to go into depth about my exchange year, my exchange year here in Hungary, because that is a topic of its own. Actually, when coming here, I didn’t expect to model at all, because European modelling European agencies only look for girls who are really really tall and as much as I wish, I were 180, I’m not I’m not 180 and I will never be 180. I’m 170, I’m not sure, because it just kind of fluctuates depending on who’s measuring me, but I’m 170, and so I went to this agency that contacted me here in Hungary and really character short sorry.
We can’t give you any jobs and I was like okay bye. Oh yeah, that’s basically what happened here! I’m hungry I’m not going to model here, because modelling European modeling is just not for me so yeah to kind of conclude. I just wanted like to tell you guys if you want a model, what you should do, because I know not let me play with the hair, because I know that not everyone is going to want to you know brand there’s the themselves in Instagram.
Without you know, having anything for sure you know it’s, I understand it might be a little bit intimidating and embarrassing to make your profile public and just start posting pictures of her face and, like your body like I know, it’s, not normal. Okay, no, I know it’s not normal trust me, but if you really want to model, I think what you should do is just look for photographers that are starting out photographers.
This is what I saw. Everyone who asked me how to start modeling look for photographers. It can be really good photographers reach out to them or really not bad but photographers that are just starting. You know and just say, hey like um. I I want to do a test shoot like what do you but Downey. I can see that you’re really a meal. I can don’t say that I can see that you’re starting off with your photography page and I’m starting off with modeling.
So maybe we can collaborate. It would be great if you have some pictures of you. Generally Polaroid Euler rates like this, just like that and send them, you can see them with a phone and send them to them. Like hey. I don’t have my profile public, but this is what I look like if you’re interested um, let me know, and just start off by shooting with photographer, so you have content to present to agencies when the time comes.
I think I think it’s really important to have a lot of experience, um, good or bad experience. I think works it’s good to have a big portfolio. It’s it’s good to know how to get used to a camera. I think it’s good to you know, learn a little bit of how it’s going to be. You know, if you’re, actually in the real modeling world um, you know you kind of get like a little taste of it. You know when you do a test shoot with it with a photographer and once you have this portfolio, you can send it to agencies basically anywhere anywhere in the world.
Thanks technology, you can send your pictures to local agencies that you know about or international agencies. I don’t know I’ve said my portfolios to international agencies. Many many times. I’ve not been accepted to any so far, but I’ve done it, and that is good. Rejection is good. Okay, rejection helps, rejection, helps y’all. Rejection is good, it’s good experience, believe it or not. I’m going to kind of stuck something at the beginning.
You know until you’re too short. You know that sucks, but it’s good. It keeps you going it’s like it hasn’t taken me aback, like I’m. Still, I’m still trying a contract. I’ve gotten rejected since that one time I asked that boy to be my boyfriend and he said no and look at me now h-huh also. I think it’s good to be aware that there are certain types of modeling that certain people won’t be able to do like.
For example, me I can’t do European modeling whatsoever high-fashion model. I can’t do that because I’m literally a midget to them I mentioned to them. I was a tallest girl in my class back in Costa Rica, but to them I’m a midget, so I think if you have a body type or a height, that is basically not fitting into certain types of modeling. I’m not saying don’t go for it. You know who knows about my work or not, I’m just saying try to find your niche and what actually works for you and what actually will be good business for you.
For example, if you’re like me, don’t go looking for a high-fashion job because you’re not going to get them, and it’s not that you’re not good enough. It’s simply. They already have these standards for a reason for the designers to create clothes. I mean yes, sir human, being with thoughts and personality, but your job is to show off clothes high fashion designers, especially you know they make the clothes set on a standard which is more practical to them, to make them all the same size, and they can all.
You know they can all have like a row of pictures of models. I mean like that Dad that that they know it’s going to fit them. You know what I mean with that being said. If you’re like me, which is exactly what I do, is look for commercial jobs like anything commercial, I can be like swimsuit bikini modeling. It can be literally ads fast fashion, look books, I don’t know so many things literally so many things and on the other hand, if you are tall as hell and you have a really interesting phase and by interest I mean not the beauty standard.
Interestingly, no, it’s not like the beauty center, pretty like an interesting face with interesting features. Maybe you have one eye here and one right here and your face is full of freckles or you have like a white spot here then go for that high-fashion and go for that crazy modeling, because that’s what’s going to make you money, that’s the modeling that going To work for you just because you’re, not the beauty standard, app, every misogynist man in this world doesn’t mean you can model.
Also, if you’re really really short, there is something called petite modeling, that’s for short people. Girls who are short it exists, it is. It is a business, there are so many types of modeling. You guys that you know I can make a whole article about them, but anyways yeah. That’s the point. The point is yes, I think everyone, I think, not everyone. I think most people have the body and the appearance to fit themselves in a niche.
I don’t think anyone can model, though, because it’s not an easy job. I know a lot of people think telling you you just pose in front of the camera, but I’ll see you deal like it’s not a hard, but it actually is super. Exhausting I’ve literally entered jobs at 7 a.M. And had to leave at 7 p.M. Without being able to sit down for a second or even have time to eat, because I’ve been working like it’s, not it’s literally exhausting it’s literally physically and mentally exhausting another thing.
It’s prefer to mention, if you know, there’s like a local agency, that’s doing no bloom, it’s doing an open, casting or an open call or whatever just go can go. I if you have the slightest interest in modeling or have ever been told. Oh my god. Do you model, or oh, my god, you should model then go to godmother in casting dude like who’s, stopping you like. What do you have to lose? Nothing go to the casting.
Please please go please go even if you got rejected getting rejected is good. Go to the casting okay go to the casting. I can’t stress enough. I have so many friends that I’m like do it. You should be a model like dude you’re literally. You literally have everything it takes to make it in this business, but there’s so shy to go into a casting or to send their pictures to an agency that they will never do it because they’re they literally are holding themselves back.
So don’t hold yourself back if you’re interested in it give it a try. It’s not impossible stuff, a crazy dream, like literally making money off of modeling. I never thought I would do it. Never. You think me at 12 years old, with the lowest self-esteem getting rejected by every way my class. Do you think I ever thought that I would get money of a what I looked like, never dude number, nine years, never its I’ve been filming for 40 minutes.
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