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How do I find modeling auditions in Miami?
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Audition resources are plentiful in today's world of internet and cell phones. Couple that with the fact that the entertainment industry is booming and you have a recipe for an abundant amount of auditions for people trying to become involved in the modeling industry. Once you have decided that this is a path you would like to take, you will need to take it seriously. There is a lot to learn before you go to your first modeling audition. You can't be successful on talent alone, so when you go to modeling auditions, you must know what to be prepared for.

There are many resources that will offer to help you find modeling auditions in your local area. MiamiAuditions.com is one of those companies that can help people find free modeling auditions as well. Many internet based companies offer resources to help beginners find modeling auditions, but the best way has always been with an agent.

Having the right agent can make or break you in the modeling industry. A good agent will have the proper connections, and pull necessary to get your feet in the door of the best casting opportunities for modeling auditions. In most cases, a good agent will not consider a model without professional experience so you may want to start somewhere small, with either free auditions, or a personal manager who can help guide you in the right direction until you're ready for an agent. If you feel you are prepared for an agent, you can choose to contact agencies and management companies who may be interested in your talents. If you would like the chance to get your feet wet first on some auditions and get a feel for the competition out there, along with a better understanding of the audition process, we can help with that too.

The audition process
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Unlike acting, you do not have to memorize lines and speak in front of rolling cameras. You don't have to wait at auditions and perform in front of numerous people you do not know. However, you must have an organized portfolio or comp card that includes professional photos. Your photos must include several headshots and different poses in various fashions. A small runway show in your local mall may lead to an audition with a glamour magazine. The key is to always look your best. Remember, models come in a variety of shapes and sizes: tall models, short models, skinny and full size models, both young and mature models. There are over 200,000 successful models in the nation, and you deserve to be one of them! There are three main things to keep in mind when auditioning:

  1. They want you to do well. The casting process is as exhausting and difficult for them as it is for you. They're just waiting for the right person to walk in the room so they can all go home. Seeing them as the enemy doesn't serve you. Don't let the intimidating and often unfriendly situation keep you from doing your best work.

  2. Have fun. When it comes down to it, getting the job is 1% what you do, 9% what you look like, and 90% dumb luck. Do your best to control that 1% by being prepared, but don't beat yourself up over not getting the job. Sometimes the reason you don't get hired can be totally ludicrous. You have a better chance of success if you just take the opportunity to perform and have a good time.

  3. Have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer. Confidence sells, just like in any other industry. This in no way means "be arrogant". Arrogant people aren't confident, they're just - well schmucks. Be yourself, and you'll have more to bring to the character. Be prepared and you'll have your best work to offer.
    The rest you'll learn through experience. Audition classes and workshops are available as well. Modeling is one of the most rewarding professions in the entertainment industry. Work hard and stick with it, the world needs good models and the stories they tell.

Preparing for auditions
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It should be obvious, but it's surprising how many models make a bad impression with something as simple as inappropriate behavior. You have to keep in mind that casting directors already have the job, you don't. So you need to prove yourself to them, not the other way around. Some suggestions from casting directors include things like avoid unnecessary chit-chat. Don't linger in the room for too long after you read. Stay away from using most props, and avoid making physical contact with the casting director during your audition.

A feeling of desperation is another sure way not to get a callback. Keep calm and collected, you don't want to come off as if you're begging or pleading. Consider each audition an opportunity or a chance to perform for an audience. Or walk into the audition saying, "No matter what happens, I'll do the best I can today." The casting director is not here to judge you harshly; he or she simply wants to find the perfect person for the role. Give yourself the best opportunity possible.

Search for auditions in your area. If you live in a small town, your best opportunity is to audition in a nearby city. Casting agencies hold go sees and open casting calls periodically. Every major city has casting agencies affiliated with the modeling industry.

Modeling might seem easy. Although your physical appearance is the first characteristic casting agents consider, models with training and experience are the most sought after. Taking modeling classes from a professional school will train you how to improve your existing skills. It will also help you learn the guidelines you will need to follow when you audition. Having a professional portfolio and gaining some basic instructions is important if you are considering modeling as a full-time career.

Guidelines to follow when auditioning:

  1. Always know what you are auditioning for.
  2. Arrive thirty minutes prior to the audition time; this will allow ample time to check in and warm up, check out your competition.
  3. Bring at least 2 photos and resumes. Photos should reflect current physical likeness (should always be updated!)
  4. Do not chew gum (all directors hate it)
  5. When attending callbacks, always wear the same attire worn at audition. Try to do everything you did the first time because it has already worked during the first audition.
  6. Be confident, smile, always have a positive attitude
  7. Act excited about everything you asked to do

Actors/Improvisation:

  1. Be prepared for improvisation.
  2. Different voices and dialects are a plus.
  3. Prepare a dramatic and comedic monologue no more than 2 minutes in length.
  4. Note if the audition is going to provide sides.

How can I become a model?
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Periodically, agencies open their doors to hundreds of local hopefuls. This is known as an "open call." You herd together in the hallways of an agency with all your competitors, you wait and wait for a turn, and when you finally do get to see someone, it seldom takes more than 30 seconds for the pros to size up what they consider to be your potential. Welcome to the world of big-league rejection. And the good news is that open calls are almost always free. Dress casually in form-hugging clothes so the agent can see what your body is like. Keep the hair simple, and the makeup naturally minimalistic. They want you to present a blank canvass to them-not your glamour look. Don't waste money on professional photos. If you want, you can just bring in a few informal snaps: full body shots (in a conservative bikini or trunks) from a few angles, one nice head shot, and a casual clothed shot.

You don't have to wait around for an open call. If you get on the phone and the agency tells you their open call is six months off, ask if you can just drop by. Don't stop at one; go around to as many of the top agencies as you can.

Several large agencies tour the country with a model search, a beauty contest with the purpose of finding the next Christy, Tyra or Claudia. As long as there's a reputable agency behind it and the entry fees aren't too extravagant (most, though not all, model search contests will have entry fees), a model search is a good way to at least meet people in the industry.

The most expensive option is to attend a modeling convention. Entry fees tend to be high, but you get the opportunity to meet representatives from several different agencies all at the same time (and the chance to learn more about the industry in general).

Once the agency gets a look at you and decides it likes what it sees, an agent will arrange for you to have portfolio pictures taken, a composite card printed, and a resume put together. Again, you must remember that you are trying to make money, not spend it, so don't pend money on portfolios until you get signed up with an agency. The agency will probably have a specific look in mind for you anyway, and they'll want to start from scratch. A modeling portfolio (book) is what you take along to modeling interviews. In your portfolio are a series of shots taken by an agency-recommended photographer, and it reflects the agency's marketing strategy for you.

What types of models are there?
There are many different kinds of models, including child models, plus-size models, and parts models (whose hands you see in all those diamond ring ads). Fashion models must usually conform to rather rigid physical criteria, but there are other models called "real-life models," who are often also actors. They are just what the name suggests: ordinary looking people used in catalogues and commercials to represent someone the average consumer can identify with.

What does it take to be a female fashion model?
You should be somewhere between 15 and 22 years old, though probably closer to fifteen. Models don't have careers that last as long as say, doctors, so agencies tend to want to invest their time in someone young.

You should be tall, long-legged, and lean. The minimum height is usually about 5'8", and average weight for a model is 108-125 lbs. These characteristics are partly aesthetic and partly practical: this type of frame looks good on the runway and in front of the camera (which, they say, adds 15 pounds); and a somewhat scrawny build drapes clothing nicely and ensures a good fit in the standard wardrobe. There are always exceptions to the rule, of course - Kate Moss is 5'7" and Gabrielle Reece is a giant 6'3" - but, in general, the closer you are to the industry norm, the better your chances.

What does it take to be a male fashion model?
Young male between the ages of 18 and 25. They won't want you to look too childish. The good news is that a man's modeling career usually lasts longer than a woman's, and since ten-year-old boys more often dream of blowing things up rather than strutting the Hugo Boss runway, this side of the biz tends to be less competitive as well.

Average dimensions for a male model are a height of 5'11"- 6'2" and a weight of 140-165 lbs. You should also be fit. On top of that you must have clear skin, perfect teeth, etc.

There is a little bit of freelancing in the business, but most models work with an agent. Your agent is responsible for getting bookings and arranging your deals. Great agents will also advise you about clothes and hair, and generally guide you through the various stages of your career.