It seems the question we keep hearing and trying to define now is... 'What Is A Model'?
Sounds like a dumb ask i know, but it's more than valid in this era when every pretty girl claims to be one, and various clients are not impressed after hiring some.
DICTIONARY DEFINITION (in reference to the person)
*A person or thing that serves as a subject for an artist, sculptor,writer, etc.
*A person whose profession is posing for artists or photographers.
*A person employed to wear clothing or pose with a product for purposes of display and advertising.
So it seems by basic definition, a model is someone who poses, has this profession, or is employed to do modelling.
In past history, models were those with the rare genes and beauty admired by others who went on to take that fashion, print or TV job. Aspiring models were required do a 'test shoot' with many being rejected, while others were developed and trained before gaining success.
The Insta models of today want Instant success. This invites creeps and different scams, but you can read about that topic in our other posts.
Too often we hear of teenagers calling themselves models after a TFP (Time For Print - FREE) shoot or two, and many adults claiming the same with little or no training, confidence, or ability.
The problematic issue surrounding this topic, is that we get thousands of these aspiring models applying to model jobs. Not a problem on the surface, but when we see those aspiring happy to do work for free or for next to nothing, it means a loss for genuine models being paid, and leads the profitable industry into melt down. Sadly the signs have appeared!
We also hear the grumblings of commercial brands who employ these 'amateur/aspiring models', then finding dissatisfaction and frustration in their choices.
Quality model agencies wont just sign you up and take your money, but rather the opposite. They don't charge but help you to develop, gain the right attitude, understand the industry, and have the right tools in hand before unleashing you into financial success.
Did you know there's a legal Australian Government award for models? Yes, minimum pay rates employers of models must pay. Sadly many don't know about it, or utilise it as a guide to keep the industry viable. Some commercial brands have been prosecuted over this and all models need to be aware... why rip yourself off anyway? Aspiring models are entitled to the same minimum payments, while experienced models tend to only work at rates far above.
See the award - MODELS AWARD PAY RATES GUIDE
While the title of 'MODEL' can no way be easily defined to one type of person, all models need to respect the profession and work towards maintaining fairness for the industry's future.
There are more paid opportunities for models today than ever before. Glamazons still exist and get much more work, but even commercial models come in all shapes, sizes and ages now, which is good news for many.
So back to the topic. Can we call a model someone who does mostly TFP work and a few paid jobs in their spare time? I'm not dismissive, but not so sure! Maybe us identifying with 2 or 3 names would be better - Model, Part time model, Aspiring model?
PLEASE COMMENT AND DISCUSS YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW
2017 will be a big year as our industry heads look for feedback and meet to discuss what a model really is. This way we can raise standards or impose guidelines, and achieve better success for all who choose to genuinely model in this desirable industry.