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The Luck of the Draw

By, Joey Thieme joeythieme12@aol.com

Ever since I was in grade school, I knew that I wanted to be in the modeling-acting world, but never pursued it until I was twenty-one; I am twenty-two years old now. Realized that if I did not try to follow my dream, that later in life I would regret it. In my experience, there have been days that I have wanted to quit and days that I thought this is the best career choice for me, that I could make. One of the issues I have had in modeling is my height, I am 5’11” and almost all agencies require a male model to be 6 ft. or over. This has been difficult for me. There are a lot of factor’s I had to take into consideration, trying to be-come a model. Your time has to be very flexi-ble; you have to put out money to acquire a wardrobe to represent yourself properly. Support from family and friends are ex-tremely important, their support has helped me a lot. Rejection is huge! Some people will love your look or they will not, that is just the way it is. There are many agencies that a model will fit into that would be the best fit for

them, if they are rejected from one there is always another. I am a firm believer that certain sit-uations or things happen for a reason. In my own experience, I just keep on pushing.I guess the best advice I could give to a new model just starting out is to develop yourself, take classes! Runway, acting voice over, developing a portfolio. All of these things will benefit your self-esteem and make you more enticing to the agencies. Show them that you have done your homework! Some people can walk into an agency with nothing and get signed, but that is rare. It is better to be prepared than not. There also is a lot of luck involved, make some great con-nections, keep putting yourself out there. Do Facebook, get your pictures out, connect with model friends and people with similar interests.

When you go to the city, represent yourself as a model at all times, because you never know whom you may bump into. It does not matter if you are with an agency or not, pretend you are a model already. Look the part, act the part, walk the part! Good luck to all.

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