After reading over a variety of reviews on The British Model Alliance (most very good but some bad) I came to the conclusion people are often very quick to blame others, when things don’t go as they plan. I do think this is a common behaviour trait of the modern world however you will never get anywhere not taking responsibility and learning where you can.
I’ve been in the industry working on and off for 10+ years however I am currently with BMA and have been for the last 2 years. I have always found them to be very straightforward with the facts on both the industry and personally what I can do to improve. Sometimes the worry with working with a very large successful company is that you will be forgotten however I have never had this issue with The British Model Alliance.
I have been in all different situations having spent years submitting and attending open calls. This is of course a long and not always rewarding process however when it does work it makes all the bad/uncertain times worth it.
One piece of advice that has always stuck with me is ‘you are only as good as your worst picture’ The bottom line is, if you are not being asked to work after your portfolio has been reviewed then unfortunately you are just not right for them! This does not mean that you will never ever be selected but you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.
The selection process is key, they only have so many hours in the day to see 20-40 prospects all wanting to achieve just as much as the next. I would always try and have the attitude what will be will be!
So, with all that in mind my advice would be:
- Have the best outlook you can! For every job you get you will also get dozens of rejections …THIS IS NORMAL.
- Don’t give up – the industry is always changing from one day to the next.
- Remember, one mans trash is another mans treasure.
I am very happy with The British Model Alliance especially when it comes to all the support and guidance I have received. You are your own manager (this means you can really be in charge of your life) however any questions or communication you need everyone is willing and happy to help.
All you need to do is remind yourself WHY? Why do I want this? Then pick yourself back up and go again.
Next time, before you leave a casting, ask, “What can I do to improve (photos, look etc).” The worst that will happen is you get a vague answer. Or maybe you’ll get some free advice to then take on board and come back better prepared.
You need to understand when to take advice but also know when you need to make your own decisions. No one is going to hold your hand, The British Model Alliance will be by your side but this is your life/career and the responsibility will always lie with you.
Thank you again to the British Model Alliance.