The interviewer would like fuller details on your overall experience in the modeling industry. Bring your expertise to life for the interviewer. Highlight some of the photographers you have worked with, or some of the shows you have walked in. If you are a new model, and just starting your portfolio, discuss who you worked with to build your comp card or tell a story on how you were discovered.
"My interest in modeling started from a young age. I was involved in a Gap Kids fashion show at our local mall when I was just eight years old. I quickly decided modeling was the career for me. Entering into my teens, I was selected to be the face of a local clothing company. I am now in a position to further my portfolio past commercial print work and expand my knowledge of the industry."
"I was recently discovered by a local talent agent when shopping at the mall with some friends. I was invited to come into their studio for an initial shoot. From there, I have caught the bug! I want to learn everything that I can about this industry."
"I have been a signed model for four years now, and have been given the opportunity to shoot with some amazing local photographers such as A, B, and C. One of my biggest gigs was being flown out to Miami to shoot a music video for an up and coming hip-hop artist. I learned a great deal during that gig and met some incredible people in the industry. I look forward to further developing my portfolio with your agency."
Clients and agencies may have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring existing contracts over on the occasion that you leave their agency.Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on respecting these agreements.
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. I would never choose to hurt a client, or my agency, in any way."
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my agency, or a valued client."
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. The photographers and other professionals I have worked with in the past will attest to my clear and concise communication skills."
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in all modeling jobs. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
"I will rate myself an eight because I value communication but, just like most people, I have things to learn. Some ways that I ensure clear communication are by freely asking questions if I am not sure of the direction I need to take on set."
You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a situation of miscommunication with a photographer.
"Whenever I have had a photographer who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their style to be understood."
"I have worked for a photographer previously who was incredibly brief in his communication. Many times, I would have to put the pieces together for myself. I managed through it, and it taught me independent thought."
"There are times in the creative field when this happens. I make sure to regroup with the photographer to explain the strain a gap in communication causes for the overall shoot. Then, I continue to kill it on set! I want to have a great working relationship with all photographers, to maximize my opportunities."
Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your fellow models, or creative team, right from the start?
"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new modeling gig, all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for themselves."
"I understand that people like to talk about themselves. The best way that I can create new relationships with others is by asking them about themselves. Hopefully, we find common ground and make a quick connection!"
"First impressions are everything, and I make a strong attempt to build relationships with all of my peers right up front when starting a new job. I am first to make an introduction and ask discovery questions to learn how I can best support them when working together."
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. As a model, you will work with a vast range of personalities, and backgrounds. Some people will be incredibly professional, some may be arrogant, and others may be disengaged completely. Can you handle it all?
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my modeling career. In creative environments, you must be able to handle an extensive range of personalities. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
"Diversity is part of any industry, but modeling it seems offers an even greater range. I embrace diversity because I have a lot of people to learn from, and shape my modeling career after."
"I would say that pretty much every modeling job I have worked, has valued and presented diversity. Working with people from all walks of life and levels of creativity has helped shed different perspectives for me."
It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest, but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous client or manager.
"I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my clients when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."
"Yes. People who know me, and have worked with me, always know that they can rely on me, to tell the truth, and be a person of integrity."
"My clients rely on me because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters the most."
Often, a modeling environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be challenging to know how to respond when you have a director who is moody, or when a fellow model lacks social skills and continually asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.
"I have had my share of awkward situations in my modeling career! If an uncomfortable situation arises, I tend to face the issue head-on but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my grievances if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."
"Uncomfortable situations do not weigh on me. I have learned how to face my problems and persevere, and I never take my feelings home with me."
"It takes a lot to make me uncomfortable, and I just roll with whatever awkward thing is happening. If needed, I will change the conversation, or address the root of the awkwardness. It's all part of the gig."
Talk to the interviewer about any creative interests that you and how you have implemented that into your modeling career. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant chance that you have made creative minded decisions in your modeling career.
"I do consider myself to be a creative individual. One example of this would be the way that I tweak my outfits on set, to make them a bit more 'me.' I offer a lively and creative presence, even in my wardrobe."
"I am someone who alternates back and forth with the right/left brain, but I will always consider myself a very creative person. I admire the creativity and unconventional thinking that goes into print and commercial work."
"I am 100% a creative individual. From modeling to music, to singing and dance, I have been immersed in the creative fields most of my life. I look forward to bringing this level of creativity to work for your agency."
When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the agency's mission statement, do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.
"I am a very dedicated and loyal model. I saw on your website that you describe your agency as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients and models. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for every client."
"Some characteristics you may want to use are: - Determined/Driven - Accountable - Humble - Respectful - Dependable - Creative "
"I'd describe myself as really driven and goal-oriented. I love competition and am driven by it. Nonetheless, I am a team player. I never want to disappoint and will always go the extra mile both for my own goals and the agency's goals as well."
When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in becoming a model, and what you enjoy about it. This is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful modeling career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
"I am a very active individual who loves to workout and go to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my delivery as a model. I have a high amount of energy to offer!"
"I'm pretty sure you can tell, but I'm super excited and passionate about my job as a fitness model! I feel so privileged to have a job that I leap out of bed for every morning. I am a mom of boys, and I am a fitness enthusiast: as their soccer coach, the high school soccer coach for freshman girls, and a runner in my spare time, I truly live a life immersed in fitness."
Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. As a model, you may not be able to control these setbacks. Wardrobe malfunction, a director who is running late, an unexpected cold, or a makeup artist who is disorganized and causing everyone stress. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks during a gig.
"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief and discuss with the director or photographer what I could have done differently. Then, I try again until I nail it!"
"Setbacks can be trying, but I find that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping off point to deliver an even better product the next time around."
"I tend to take things personally and get frustrated when my goal isn't met, or I feel that I didn't deliver my best work. I will go through a mental rundown of what I did wrong or what I could have done differently. It can certainly be emotionally taxing, but I also learn a ton from these inevitable setbacks."
This question requires you to think back to a time when you were challenged and tested as a model. When you answer this question, be sure to show the interviewer a shot from that particular shoot. Bring the experience to life for the interviewer. "My most difficult photo shoot was for a print ad, where I had to have a dog in my lap. I am deathly allergic to dogs, so the biggest challenge was to be engaged, and not allow my watery eyes or sneezes to get in the way of the shoot. Benadryl was my friend that day! The client was very pleased with my work and dedication."
"My most difficult photo shoot was for a print ad, where I had to have a dog in my lap. I am deathly allergic to dogs, so the biggest challenge was to be engaged, and not allow my watery eyes or sneezes to get in the way of the shoot. Benadryl was my friend that day! The client was very pleased with my work and dedication."
"The most difficult photo shoot was my very first one! I was a touch overwhelmed by the lights, all of the people involved, and the fast direction that was coming my way. Some poses felt weird and awkward, but I taught myself to get out of my head and trust the process."
"My most difficult photo shoot I have done was an athletic wear campaign. I was in constant motion. Jumping on a trampoline, running, and lifting free weights. It's a challenge to keep your face strong while managing the range of motion at the same time. Here are some shots from this campaign."
Many models make their career by holding nothing back and jumping entirely into every job. Other models have set rules for themselves such as no nudity. Talk to the interviewer about any boundaries that you have for yourself.
"As a professional, I come to every job prepared to do the work necessary. If I were asked to participate in something that tested my morals, I would ask for some flexibility in the shoot or a small modification."
"My professional reputation is important to me, and if I felt that the shoot would compromise my reputation, I would not participate. I would not participate in any campaign that promotes violence against women, or the harming of animals."
"I am willing to work in a multitude of ways, including nude shoots. I am not shy about my body and do not feel that shooting in the nude is wrong in any way. I will not participate in shoots that promote drugs or illegal activity. That's where I draw the line, professionally."
The interviewer would like to know what sets you apart from your competition! This is not the time to be humble! A successful booking needs to feel like the right fit by both parties. Express to the interviewer that you think this gig is a strong fit for your experience and your career goals as a model. Emphasize why hiring you will make their job easier.
"I am versatile and happy to try my hand to anything. I am incredibly professional and adaptable at all times. I will try and try again, and am uninhibited in front of the camera."
"Although I am newer to my modeling career, I have spent a lot of time behind the camera, as a photographer. This gives me a unique edge over other models because I understand posing, lighting, and how to follow direction."
"I am the best choice for this modeling gig because I am excellent with accepting and implementing feedback. I do this quickly to assure I waste no time with my clients. I am also an excellent spokesperson as I have taken multiple lessons in public speaking and public relations. I am a very well rounded professional."
It is essential that you research the agency before you meet. You need to know how long they have been in business, who the owner is, who their most popular models are, what type of clients they book, and some of the most significant successes that the agency has seen. Highlight some of your research and be sure to let the interviewer know that having you on their roster will be a massive benefit to them as well.
"I have combed through your agency website and researched the history, fully. I know you have been established since 2010 and specialize in models for high fashion tutorials. You have many established models on your books including A, B, and C, and your most recent campaign with Client X gave you even stronger footing in this competitive industry. I am competitive as well, and believe we will be a strong fit for each other."
"I know that your agency is the most established agency in the state and that you currently have models traveling all over the world. This type of opportunity excites me, and I would be a proud model on your roster, ensuring to represent you in a positive light to every job I book."
"I have a few model friends who have been signed to your agency. I have heard tremendous things about your agency and my first impression here today has not disappointed. Your models are well supported and well-paid. I look forward to developing a strong relationship with you and your team."
Your industry hero could be a model from the past, the present, or even an amazing and talented photographer, choreographer, stylist, or shoot director. Keep your answer concise and show off your knowledge of the industry's trailblazers.
"I look up to a supermodel, Ashley Graham. Not only is she a model but she is a body-positive activist. I admire her drive to break past the stereotypes of a typical model. She's amazing!"
"I look up to Tyra Banks. Who doesn't! Not only is she an incredible model, but she is also a businesswoman who has turned her name into a major brand. She's untouchable."
"In the modeling industry, I admire the individuals who work like crazy to make the final product happen. I have been watching the career of Director X. He has created an incredible brand for himself with a distinctive look to his music videos. In addition to this, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Usher, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. It's important, as a model, to have a well rounded idea of the industry's movers and shakers."
As a model, you will be under constant pressure, on and off the set. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you can remain calm with high volumes of work or during tough photo shoots.
"I thrive working under pressure. It keeps me motivated and I would much rather be busy than quiet. I enjoy working to time constraints and having direction and goals so, a pressurized environment is second nature to me."
"I understand that I will be under a great deal of pressure as a model, especially when shoots and campaigns will need to be completed quickly. There will also be pressure on me to keep my body, hair, and skin looking a particular way. Pressure is what drives me to be my best, and it often tips me into that fierce competitive edge needed to succeed in this industry."
"Modeling is a cutthroat business and is not for the faint of heart. I take stress, and pressure, and make it work for me rather than against me. Bring it on!"
You may have formal training when it comes to modeling, or you may not. This is a straightforward answer. Bring your education and training to life for the interviewer!
"I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford. This degree helped me to expand my knowledge when it comes to design, structure, space, color, and movement. This education has helped me tremendously when it comes to my career as a model."
"I have not attended any specific modeling related courses. However, I have a genuine passion for the industry and would welcome the opportunity to study further to expand my knowledge and skills."
"I welcome any new training and mentorship that will compliment my existing training. I was a signed model at a young age, so my parents ensured that I took multiple courses in dance, acting, runway, and fashion. I feel that my education has been well rounded; however, I am always open to opportunities that elevate my education and training."
The interviewer would like to know if you have flexibility in your schedule. Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful model? If you do have restrictions, be sure to express those. You will want to keep your schedule as open as possible, to show your willingness to sacrifice for your dream of becoming a model.
"I am happy to work day, and night, to make my dream of becoming a model happen. I am diligent and will do what it takes to succeed. Consider my schedule open!"
"I have a fresh passport, and nowhere to go! I am open to working any days or hours, and can travel as needed."
"I do have a part-time job, asides from modeling; however, they allow me a great deal of flexibility with some notice. I am happy to travel for work, and have a valid passport ready."
Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.
"I was terminated from a contract earlier in my career due to my inability to travel. It was unfortunate but, I was too young to travel on my own, and my parent could not come with me. Despite that termination, I can provide you with strong work references."
"I have not experienced being fired from a modeling job, or any job, for that matter. I have an incredible work ethic and could not imagine what circumstances that would happen. Rest assured, I will bring my all to every client your agency sends me to."
"No, I have not. As they say in the modeling world, 'You are only as good as your last job.' This means that I need to bring it, 100%, each time. My work ethic is strong, and I value every job that comes my way."
Models promote various all types of products live, on video or in print. Depending on the product they are promoting as well as the company's budget, they may promote the same product via multiple streams or just one stream. Clothes models usually do live shows where they walk down the ramp in designers' clothes so prospective buyers can get a closer look at the garments. Print models promote a wide range of products, from makeup and shoes to cars and household items.
There are no formal education requirements for anyone wishing to pursue a career in modeling. Other requirements in terms of physical characteristics may vary from one client to another depending on the industry and the product they wish to promote. In general, models are expected to take great care of their appearance. They must be well groomed, photogenic, disciplined, courteous and organized. They must know how to dress well and apply makeup that enhances their features. They must workout regularly to stay in shape and learn how to move gracefully and confidently in public.
Being a model is a glamorous job with a lot of perks but it requires hard work and dedication to stay in the limelight. Models work hard behind the scenes to achieve that effortlessly elegant look that the world sees. At the interview, the interviewers will be watching your every movement, from the time you walk into the interview room so make sure you put your best foot forward. Take great care when dressing for the interview. Be graceful throughout. Carry along a portfolio of the work you've done. Don't forget to look through model mock interview questions so you can think of compelling answers to some of the more commonly asked questions at these interviews.