The British Model Alliance search for new, aspiring models who are looking to make their mark in the modelling industry.
For all models, especially young models, it is important to be made aware of trusted and dependable companies. Who will help them achieve their goals.
Where Do They Look?
Model Scouts can be anywhere! You could be at a festival or just simply in a shopping mall, and could potentially be approached. It is a perfect opportunity to scan a crowd for models who are unaware of their potential.
But they also look for people who are already prepared to get into the modelling world.
The British Model Alliance contact those who make an application with them. They will need to see determination but also all the details about themselves as well.
Scouts On Instagram
In this digital age, Instagram modelling is becoming more and more popular. This is with models themselves but also modelling scouts. Instagram is extremely visual and full of potential talent. Not only this but it makes it easier for model scouts to look for the next best thing. All without leaving the comfort of the office.
With this being said, please do be careful when agreeing to meeting with clients or agencies. There are an extreme amount of scam artists out there.
They hide behind a screen claiming to be from legitimate. So if this happens to you, and you are approached on a social media platform make sure that you do your research into the company.
It can be a simple as finding the company number online. You can give them a quick call to ensure that the interest in you is true.
However if you do discover that it is a real company, this is an amazing way to be noticed worldwide. So make sure you check out the latest hashtags to ensure that agents are aware of your profile.
How To Know If The Opportunity Is Legit
If you are approached whilst out, may it be at your favourite store like Top Shop, Zara or H&M, any genuine scout will always be carrying a business card.
This will have on an address, email address and phone number clearly printed for you to do some research.
Once home, check to make sure that the facts and information you was told are correct and research the companies reputation as well, you want to make sure you know who you will be working with.
This should be an easy task as a real modelling company should have a company website for you to evaluate and a phone number that when you call, you are able to speak to the correct place.
Proceed to find out more about the company before you agree to meet in person and if you are under the age of 18, always make sure to take a parent with you.
This is not only for your own safety but by bringing a parent they will be able to help with any questions and will also be able to see how genuine the interest is too.
Always make sure to be polite and professional and thank them for their interest. Scouts want to make sure that your personality is just as amazing as your looks that go with it, so making a good first impression is key when speaking with them.
What Modelling Scouts Look For
The British Model Alliance scout for models from the age of 3 years old. The modelling world has changed dramatically and accepts all different ranges of people.
With this being said The British Model Alliance look for people with all different types of physique, features and background. They look for a charismatic personality or inspirational attitude. Being photogenic and having a great energy will always help!
How To Impress
Scouts like to see talent in real life. They like to be able to see you in your natural state, without trying to overly impress anyone.
Most people in normal situations like shopping, sunbathing or partying are not worrying about their if their clothes are super stylish or if their make up is perfect and are just going about as normal.
The British Model Alliance believes that sometimes potential models do not know the talent that they posses. Seeing them in a surrounding that they feel comfortable and relaxed in allows scouts to see their personality. All you need to do is be yourself!
For example, Amy Maggs was spotted at a One Direction concert in Manchester and Saska Ingham was shopping in Oxford Circus eating a waffle on a school trip when she was discovered.
Also Kate Moss was found at the airport and Jourdan Dunn was simply shopping in Primark!
The fashion world works on a global scale and big cities like London, Paris, New York and Milan are some of the most popular for the fashion industry.
Keeping that in mind, you never know when an opportunity will arise so make sure that you go about your day to day life.
Just remember to have a good time in whatever you do, especially if you are working towards becoming a model and if you are spotted, what a huge bonus!
How To Get Discovered By A Modelling Agency
Even though you can be scouted without having to do anything, it is important to not wait around for the opportunity to come to you.
Make sure that you are also putting the effort in by getting modelling applications out!
Many companies, like The British Model Alliance, take online applications and follow up phone calls or ‘open calls’ for new models to join them.
After being spotted by experts, you may then be invited to a modelling meeting, where they are able to go through all aspects of modelling with you.
Starting of slow and steady they will explain how to industry works. They will then discuss your availability for shoots and meetings. Remember that if you are still in school, this will just be a hobby for you.
Once this has been completed you will then come for a fashion shoot to get your pictures taken and make you your own professional portfolio and hopefully then start your modelling career.
Starting a new career
Starting a new career is always fun and exciting for aspiring models. However there will be a lot of hard work involved. Having a reputable modelling agency behind you will help you in all aspects of the industry.
They will provide training and advice. This is especially goof for those who have never worked in the field previously. It is important to always be confident and friendly. Always have a great attitude towards others and towards what you are doing too.
Clients, agencies and even photographers look for people who are genuine, interesting and engaging.
Always try to learn from those round you and absorb every bit of information that you can, the modelling world can be a competitive industry and you will need to make sure that you have what it takes to stand out from the crowd.
The more experience you have and the more roles you take part in you will start to see your career really start taking off in the right direction. Good luck!