Seun Logan in MXVV| Source: bella

Nowadays, everyone with some nice professional pictures sees itself as a professional model. But that’s not quite likely. You really have to be professional at your modelling job if you are serious about it. That’s why I’ve managed to gather up a set of “rules” that you should follow.

On the DOs list we have:

DO try to be on time. I know you heard about the expression fashionable late, but in modelling it doesn’t apply. You have a curfew that needs to be respected.

DO be nice to the team. No one likes a b*tchy attitude. You’re not the center of the universe, so don’t act likewise.

DO study the shooting theme if you have the resources. Sometimes you have mood boards, ideas, themes that the team is sharing to your shooting group so it’s nice to be prepared. Modelling is not just standing like a pile of straws, modelling binds beauty with acting skills. A good model passes over through the photo so much more than her beauty, it passes a self expression, a feeling, something deep you know…

DO be in your upmost best physical and mental shape! You leave your depressions and sorrows at home and remember to always take good care of yourself. No chewed nails or yellow teeth!

DO have everything talked before the shooting. Like payment, hours of work, etc. It’s better to have everything straighten out from the very beginning.

Source: Dennis Duquette

DON’T ever:

Cancel a shooting last minute unless there is a health emergency or that you’re very ill. Remember there is a whole team behind a shooting, so probably they’ve taken the day off especially for this job, or there are cases where the photographer has rented cars, horses, etc. So that’s a big no-no!

Try to take over the shooting if you’re not paying. Let’s say you work for an modeling agency, they’ve hired you to do your modelling job, not to start and give out pointers to the photographer or stylist. They know best, it’s their job.

Start a fight with someone on the set. I know sometimes people from the art world are more sensitive and others, more impulsive; not all characters are meant to get along. So do what I do if someone is mean, put on a fake smile and just try to stay zen until the end of the job.

Leak pictures from the shooting on your social accounts. It happens sometimes that you’re pretty excited about a shooting and can’t wait to share it with your friends (and haters of course). But do ask permission before posting anything. Some companies or photographers don’t enjoy having their work already online before the final result.

Come with make-up on or your hair done at the shooting, only if otherwise stated. So I went to a shooting and the model came with heavy make-up on and a big hair filled with product. It took us hours to bring her back to a “natural condition”.

Culled from here