The fashion industry and the opportunities in it are booming for those who are willing to go that extra mile and adopt bouts of self-confidence and charisma that will help them be the face of fashion brands and TV ads. This blog will help you understand how to pursue a career in modelling.

Imagine being under the limelight almost the entire day, when time stands still and all eyes fall on you. Imagine a scenario where you yourself are an art piece, wear the clothes that you have worn, as well as the way you posture your body, the way you walk, the way you wear your hair, as well as the inherent way in which you carry yourself as a person, all are part of this intricate art form that you are the crux of.

The art of being yourself, as well as harnessing the ability to mold yourself in accordance with what may be asked of in the art form is what makes modeling a challenging yet subtle profession. If you are one of those people who are willing to be a form of art and be versatile and bold, much like the hues of a paintbrush on an empty canvas, this is the profession.

Beyond all the stereotypes as well as all the exaggerated hype that the profession receives, modeling is not for the faint-hearted. First off, the aspect of modeling itself goes beyond all the glitz and glamour, which inherently just forms a small part of the profession as a whole. The inherent need to have huge bouts of confidence as well as be vulnerable for the sake of art is not something that can be done by many people out there.

Skills and Education Required

The profession of modeling does not have any specific educational requirements in the form of degrees or certificates, but the profession does demand a myriad number of skills, such as good communication skills, dedication, large amounts of confidence, patience, and good networking skills. Moreover, as beauty is the central point of this type of art, there is an inherent emphasis given to the physical attributes of a model.

An individual who is yearning to become a model is essentially required to have an enviable body, be it a male or female. For instance, in the realm of modeling, the taller you are the easier it is for you to acquire a job in modeling. The essential height requirements for models are 5ft to 6ft for females, while above 5ft for males. Moreover, fitness is also an important aspect in the life of a model, where keeping both your mental as well as physical space clean is essential.

The basic educational eligibility for modeling is essentially the 12th pass or graduate level, in any particular subject or major.

Top Indian Institutes offering a degree in Modelling

InstituteCoursesCityWebsite
Elite School of ModelingDegree in Grooming and Deportment, Diploma in Grooming and Deportment, Workshops in ActingDelhi, Bangalore, Mumbaihttp://www.admissionnews.com/admission_in_Elite-School-of-Modeling-_11542.aspx http://ww2.elitemodelsindia.com/ 
Polytechnic for WomenDiploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising, Degree in Fashion TechnologyDelhihttp://www.womenpolytechnic.com/ 
Northeast Institute of Fashion TechnologyDiploma in modeling, Diploma in fashion photography, Diploma in fashion merchandisingGuwahatihttp://www.neift.com/ 
International Institute of Acting and ModelingDegree in modelingMumbaihttp://www.iiammodels.org/ 

Top International colleges offering degree in Modelling

InstituteCoursesCountry/CityWebsite
Barbizon Modeling SchoolDegree in Modeling: pre-teen modeling, teen modeling, full-figure modeling, advanced professional modelingAcross US, Bangkok, Toronto, Santo Domingo, Japanhttp://www.barbizonmodeling.com/ 
Julie Nation Modeling SchoolCertificate courses for training in professional modeling (adults, teens, and pre-teens), Certificate courses in advanced professional modeling, Self-improvement workshopsSanta Rosa, United Stateshttp://julienation.com/ 
John Robert Powers SchoolCertificate courses in Personality Development, Corporate workshops, English learning programs, degree courses in acting and modelingPhilippines, Jakarta, Malaysia, Guangzhao, Philadelphia, Denverhttp://www.johnrobertpowers.com/ 
Elegance School of modelingCertificate and degree courses in Modeling, Etiquette, Make-up and Fashion PhotographyCanada, Londonhttp://eleganceschools.on.ca/ 
Prestige Model & Talent AcademyDiploma and degree courses in modelingMiami, Floridahttp://www.prestigemodels.com/ 

Job Opportunities

The world of fashion and modeling is one that sees cut-throat competition, essentially due to an immense number of opportunities as well as advancements that are noticeable in the industry today. The most important aspect that determines a model’s success is the aspect of maintaining a strong portfolio of work, the more sophisticated and advanced your portfolio is, the more chances you have of making it big in the industry.

Usually, aspiring models can start off with TV ads as well as print ads, eventually moving on to bigger projects. By moving up the ladder, models can find opportunities in the acting industry and can even carve out a niche for themselves, which will inherently help them gain recognition within that niche space of the profession. As the model moves up into the ranks of the supermodels, through vigorous polishing of their portfolio as well as gaining recognition through their work and their networking skills, they can move into the fashion industry and work as ramp models for large brands, earning instant international exposure.

Other employment opportunities that one can avail within the fashion industry include:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Product Promoter
  • Beautician

Fee Structure

The basic range of the fee structure for modeling courses in India ranges from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000. On the other hand, the fee structure in international modeling schools and agencies can be even more expensive owing to the sophisticated and intricate courses that are conducted there. The basic fee structure in international modeling schools varies within a range of $5000 to $20,000 per course or per year.

Salary Structure

Owing to the sophistication as well as all the glitz and glamour associated with the industry, it is quite a rewarding job to be a model in the fashion industry or the TV industry. In the international fashion industry, fashion models start with a lucrative salary of about $50,000 and then move up to around $100,000 in the next 5 to 10 years of their experience.

On the other hand, the salary inherently decreases to $65,000 when the model completes more than 10 years in the industry, as youthfulness is always an asset in the fashion industry.

In India, the starting salaries for models are usually in the range of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 on the basis of each fashion show he/she performs in. On the other hand, when starting to build a portfolio, models may have an earning between Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000. On the other hand, models who make it into the elite ranks of the industry in India can earn up to Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 Lakh per fashion show. This is inherently a lucrative industry for those who can rise above the cut-throat competition and capitalize on the ever-increasing demand in the industry.