Many people interested in the field of modeling seem to have the misconception that it isn’t work. While the modeling industry can certainly provide for a fun and interesting work environment, modeling is still a job, like any other, and it requires hard work, dedication, and often, some measure of sacrifice. This is especially true when it comes to the targeted sports fitness market. There is definitely a call for fitness models to walk in shows, pose for magazines and websites, and even hawk consumer goods, but you have to be willing to meet certain criteria, and take the necessary steps to get noticed if you want to find work in this fitness modeling niche. So here are just a few things you’ll want to do if your professional goal is to become a fitness model.
What Does it Take to be A Fitness Model?
For starters, you’ve got to have the packaging down pat. As a fitness model, you should try to avoid extremes. This means you want to be healthy and display a fit physique. Those that are too skinny or too curvy may not get jobs (although other types of modeling could be more in their wheelhouse). By the same token, serious bodybuilders may not necessarily fit into the world of fitness modeling, simply because they fill a particular niche that is not considered mainstream when it comes to health and fitness. So your goal should be to stay at a healthy weight while shaving off fat and building overall muscle definition. If you can categorize yourself as athletic but still feminine and sexy, you’ll have the best shot at a career in fitness modeling.
Of course, this requires dedication to a long-term health and fitness routine, so you’d better be invested in the process. You can’t just start working out when you get a job; you need to be ready to throw on a bikini or sportswear and model it at the drop of a hat. This means you’d better be committed to exercising, eating right, and living an overall healthy lifestyle before you even think about fitness modeling. Of course, keep in mind that you need a pretty face, a good smile, and a great attitude as well. While fitness modeling is mostly about the shape of your body, it’s still a competitive field, so you need an attractive face if you want to really make a go of it. Hey, it’s modeling!
OK you are Fit; now What Next?
So once you’re in shape, how do you break into the industry? The best thing you can do is treat it like a business rather than a lark. You’ll want to start by getting yourself an agent and having some head and body shots done for a portfolio. Then you need to put yourself out there. This means entering all kinds of competitions, from beachside bikini contests, to online postings for viewers to judge. This is how you build up a résumé. You should also get busy networking, attending events (either as a contestant, or just to shake hands), and creating accounts on various industry websites and forums. Getting your name out there can be a lot of work, but the payoff could be a shot at your dream career.
Fitness Model Workout – Biceps Toning Exercise
Fitness Modeling – Final Words
Finally, you must have a thick skin (and not from over-tanning). Any type of modeling is bound to be fraught with rejection, which can really damage your self-esteem. But if you’ve got the look, you’re willing to work hard, and you want it badly enough you can reach your goal of becoming a fitness model. It just takes time, dedication, and self-promotion to get there.
Author Bio: Sarah Danielson is a contributing writer for EssencePV, the premier source for Chicago wedding photography.