The modeling industry is not just about looking good and get clicked. It requires much more effort and hard work. While it may be easy to find your first project, but it may require a lot more networking to find another. The fashion and modeling profession, demands you to keep up with the industry to have a successful career. Even with your busy schedule, keeping yourself active in the modeling social circle is important.
However, many people are unable to figure out ways to stay active in the industry. Such people lag behind those who know how to ‘network’. Networking plays a huge role in the growth of your career as a model. The ability to connect through networking will contribute to new job opportunities. People get jobs because of their connections.
What is networking?
Communicating and connecting with professionals in your industry is what networking is all about. The goal is to build solid relationships that will lead to more work for models and, as a result, a good career. It involves forming and sustaining profitable, beneficial, and long-lasting relationships with the right people.
Networking helps you to stay updated and get ideas about the trends in the industry. Not only it just builds connections, but also allows you to help other people in the same profession. Moreover, it adds confidence in you. Networking requires you to initiate conversations with strangers. With the knowledge about the industry, any interaction becomes easier and even boosts your personality.
How to do networking?
Now the main question arises. What needs to be done to build connections. While in the pre-digital era, the answer was to meet new people face-to-face. But the times have changed now and so have the ways of networking.
Attend events and parties
Look for events where you might find people from your industry. Fashion parties, exhibitions, and shows, such as fashion week, are ideal places to meet industry professionals. Even networking events like career fairs can prove to be beneficial.
Industry experts come to share their experiences with those just starting, and they are willing to make time for new individuals or professionals looking to advance their careers. Make sure you do some homework before attending the conference or event to learn more. The subject, speakers, and guests are typically announced ahead of time, giving you plenty of time to plan. Also, do not forget to take your visiting cards to any event.
Social media is the most powerful tool
Having an online presence is yet another necessity for your career. With so many platforms and people over social media and networking sites, the scope is limitless. Top models use social media to keep their fans up-to-date on every aspect of their model lives. From the ongoing trends to the backstage life, there is everything on display.
- LinkedIn – It is a platform that helps every professional in networking. You can connect with numerous agencies, photographers, brands, and even your peers. LinkedIn connects people all over the world and provides you with an ample number of opportunities.
- Instagram – Instagram helps you to share your special modeling experience with the rest of the world while also increasing your brand and fan base. Find people in the same industry and connect with them. Try to engage via comments and likes, you never know they might notice you.
- Facebook – Create a professional page on Facebook. Be consistent with your posts. Share your work with proper tags. Mention every person including makeup artist, photographer, brand, etc. on your pictures. This will help you build strong connections with people you have worked with.
- Join online communities – There are various forums and social networking sites to choose from. You might meet some influential contacts through these sites who can help you advance your career.
On the job
Making connections can be achieved by being polite, and making an effort to communicate with everyone involved in the shoot or fashion show. Make a strong first impression on the job to improve the chances of being recommended to their contacts.
Strong connections at your workplace can help you get more work. Moreover, the easiest way to meet more people is through people. You may not realize it, but you may already have a link in the industry.
Although it can be intimidating approaching strangers, that is what will make you shine in the crowd. Although building a list of links takes time and needs a lot of confidence, but the advantages are significantly greater than initial discomfort.
Also, try and reach out to the big people in the industry. You might be pleasantly shocked by how enthusiastic fashion professionals are to help newcomers succeed. Lastly, look online for various opportunities. World Model Hunt will help you increase your reach.
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