How to break into male modeling
So you think you've got it all: the looks, the body and the name of a good male modeling agency. You are ready to make a name for yourself in the male modeling world. Not so fast; it takes a lot of work to break into this kind of modeling and land those high-paying male modeling jobs you have been dreaming of. Like females who want to become swimsuit models, men who want to get into male fitness modeling, in particular, need to be willing to pay some serious dues before they can even think about landing jobs.
Male Modeling Tips
First of all, you need to be comfortable in your masculinity. Male modeling covers a wide range of fashion and photographic styles and some of the most well-known male models have worn things they would not normally have worn out in public. But rather than get embarrassed and blow off the whole male modeling business, they stuck it out and completed their modeling jobs with a great attitude that made it all seem natural.
Next, you need to know what it takes to get noticed by a male modeling agency. There are thousands of good-looking guys with perfect bodies out there looking to get the right modeling agency's attention, and you'll just be another face in the crowd if you just walk in with a modeling portfolio and nothing else. Consider taking bit parts as a walk-on actor or in community theater to raise your visibility and add to your credit list. Male modeling jobs are not easy to come by and you need to have an edge when working in this industry; acting is just one way to do it.
If you want to become a male fitness model, you might want to consider becoming a personal trainer, exercise coach, or other health expert. Not only will you be making a name for yourself in these fields, you will also be raising your profile so that maybe a male modeling agency will come knocking on your door when you least expect it.
Male modeling is no walk in the park, either. Be prepared to work long nights and even longer days, taking what seems like the same photograph every time. It takes thousands of photographs to make any given male modeling job successful. Your attitude may make the difference between a career in male modeling and being just another wannabe.
Male Modeling School
In order to get a head-start on a male modeling career, you might consider taking some modeling courses or enrolling in a modeling school. These schools may do you some good and will not likely do you any harm. A modeling class can help you to gain some comfort in front of the camera or begin a network of modeling contacts. However, modeling schools are often expensive and usually unnecessary, especially for male models. The most prized look for a male model is a natural ease, not a polished pose, and this is not something that can be taught in male modeling school.