April 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm #167581
Okay, basically my issue is that I’ve always dreamed of being a model. I’ve got a photoshoot in about two weeks, (Today is April 23, BTW) to set up a portfolio. But I’m so nervus, and I’ve started picking at my eyelashes, a bad habit I thought I’d left behind. Now, my eyelashes are noticably shorter. I just want to cry. I don’t have long ones in the first place, and I don’t need them even shorter! Also, I don’t know what kind of makeup works on me whatsoever. I have dark blonde colored hair, with big, light brown eyes. I don’t have a problem with eyebrows. I also have freckles that I wish I could get rid of, but I’m afraid of messing up my skin. I have a good acne record, with only one or two zits here and there, and I don’t want to change that.
But really, I’m just nervus and really need advice. I want to be able to improve before I get my portfolio set up!
(I’m 13 and 5’7, so I’ve got the height down.)April 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm #167950
1) Deep breaths.
2) Freckles are beautiful!
3) You are very, very young. You don’t need a full face of makeup. At most, you need just concealer, mascara, a very light blush, and lipgloss (or tinted lip balm).April 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm #168078
aw, your story is breaking my heart a little. i wish ‘don’t be self-conscious’ was helpful. i know it’s not. i know that there’s soooooo much pressure to be perfect. i agree with shelly’s recommendation of makeup. also, i have freckles, and they are nice on 99% of people who have them and i can see from your picture that there’s no way yours aren’t beautiful!!! i know there’s so much pressure to look absolutely flawless, but all those images we see are incredibly fake.
your eyelashes might not be their optimal length but from everything i know, people who hire models are VERY good at being able to see how a face can be photographed and how makeup will look on it. let’s be honest, seeing a lot of models (of every type) without makeup/photographing/airbrushing, and some of them are NOT attractive but they end up looking so incredible with just a little mascara and the right photo angle. it’s all about the features you have and how they work together.
women think they don’t look great, but when you see how models/celebrities actually look, it’s so relieving. this woman specifically has facial shapes, like with her cheeks and jaw line and nose; there are many beautiful shapes people can have but hers go well together really well. she also has nice eyes.
but, you can’t see her eyelashes. there are puffy areas under her eyes and some darkness. her eyebrows aren’t perfectly shaped/filled in. so just realize the face you have is beautiful and that someone who sees your photos will see the beauty in the shape of your features and how they coordinate. they’re not expecting eyelashes that are visible from a mile away or skin as smooth as glass.
take deep breaths! i’m 19 and i spend sooooo much time and sadness and pain just feeling inadequate and there really will be a day where you start realizing that you really only have the face and body that you were given and yes there are things you can do to enhance your natural beauty, but caring about your looks should be the least important project in comparison to other things you do in life. there’s so much pressure to alter absolutely everything in and on our bodies but we can work towards being at peace with ourselves. you are like no one else; let your idea of perfect be a version of yourself that you can attain.July 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm #183403
For makeup advice: when you go in anywhere just wear very natural flattering makeup, nothing crazy, dark, or dramatic. Agents and designers want to see your natural look. And its pointless to go into a photoshoot wearing a ton of makeup since they are going to take it all off to put on the look they want you in anyway. Also, don’t hide your freckles! They make you unique and agents want to have a diversity of models, having adorable freckles just might get you remembered in a book of 1000 faces that all look the same.
For modeling advice in general: I know as someone who once was part of the modeling world that it can be really harsh, you just have to be confident (even if you have to fake it at first). Also you have to accept that you will hear mean things and get turned down, if this is what you really want to do you can’t be discouraged being shot down and getting back up is part of the business. The biggest advice is to be polite to everyone and always be eager to learn. Nothing will get you shut out faster than people hearing that you are hard to work with. However on that note don’t be so nice that you let yourself get scammed. Unfortunately there are a lot of businesses out there that profit off of young girls dreams of modeling. Send your photos to legitimate agencies directly, most places have places where you can send your shots listed on their websites. If an agency is for real and really likes you they aren’t going to make you pay to be part of their agency because they will be making money off of booking you not money off of you paying to be on their website or something.
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