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How To Become A Model In London… And Get Scouted Fast

24 Comments - By Vesper Black

Modeling is well known to be a very tough industry to crack, you have to be determined, confident, head strong and of course offer something that the industry wants in terms of looks.

With our affiliations to the modeling industry and a lot of women asking us “how can I become a model? Do you have any tips?”, we decided to create a “how to” style video with one of London’s top modeling agencies in the heart of Chelsea, which shows you a behind the scenes look at what it really takes to make it in this game.


We interviewed Lydia Pendred (Head booker for women) and asked her the most vital questions with regards to modeling in London and the quickest ways to do it.

You’ll learn EXACTLY how to become a model… the ins and outs, best practices and myths… it’s all here.

So let’s get started:

1. Weight and height

You can’t really measure weight – Weight depends heavily on height, so you need to get weighed at the agency and maintain those weight levels throughout your career, so they don’t fluctuate too much.

5 ft 8″ for a girl (no taller than 6 ft) – Any shorter or taller and you might not be signed, although some exceptions are made depending on the person or what the industry is looking for. But this is a general rule of thumb.

2. Professional portfolio

You don’t need a portfolio to break it – This is a myth and is in fact untrue, you don’t need a fancy leather portfolio of pictures and never have done.

Don’t pay for pictures – Never pay anyone for pictures, you will get them all done professionally by the agency if they sign you.

Basic snap shots (profile, straight on and full body) – These are the only shots you need when showing your photos to an agency. They use these to see how photogenic you are.

3. Getting scouted

Hang out in the right places– There are hot spots cities were scouts are known for spotting talent. Places like Britains next top model live event, festivals (places similar to this). You can also hang around places like Oxford Street, Covent Garden and other busy places like this.

4. Walk in

Just walk into an agency – Make an appointment or send images via email, that’s all you need to do.

Each agency has different walk in times – Just check their website or call them to see when the best time is.

Don’t wear too much makeup or fake tan – Think natural and you should be fine.

Clothes should be fitting but simple – Black leggings, white vest top, etc. Agents need to see your figure, heals are a good idea as they accentuate your figure.

5. Nothing happens over night

You need to work for 6 months building up your portfolio – This is a given for any agency and any model. Even if you’re drop dead gorgeous, work ethic is very important.

Test shoots, editorials – You’ll build up your portfolio with test shoots and editorials.

Making money takes a while – Don’t expect to make money over night. It can take months, even up to a year before you start to see money coming in from paid gigs.

Types of jobs depend on the agency – Balance between editorial, runway and commercial.

6. Presenting yourself

Be confident, not arrogant – If you’re arrogant and cocky, you won’t get booked and you’ll start to build a bad rep around your name.

Attitude is very important, regardless of looks – Be charming and polite so you can make a lasting impression on your clients.

Being on time and working hard, pays off – If you work hard from day one, you’ll create a snowball effect with clients and jobs and it will start to pay off!

So that’s how to become a model in London. Like Lydia said, it’s not easy but if you work hard it will work for you.

Good luck!

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24 Comments so far
  1. Lauren Venn

    Hey, im looking to get into the modelling industry, as i have some shoots before and loved them.

    Here’s my website with all the information needed if any agencies would be interested; http://www.laurenvenn.co.uk/

    Monday 20th April 2015, 6:37 pm Reply
  2. Erika Holovacova

    Hello my names Erika,
    I am 21 years old and I would love to become a model.

    Thursday 2nd July 2015, 11:58 pm Reply
  3. Kimberley

    Hi my name is Kimberley I am 18 and have always had a passion for modelling and am 5ft 8 i have been told by an agency that i should be minimu 5ft 11 is this true?? please help!

    Wednesday 23rd September 2015, 2:17 pm Reply
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