#ModelMonday: Learn About Goal-Setting for a Modeling Career
We are closing out this month with a goal setting initiative. It's the most action-driven positive advice that I can give to you at the moment. Of course, this is another gem from Vanessa Helmer and I know you'll get a lot out of it. So what are you waiting for? Get to reading!
Every career should be entered into with a plan and specific goals in mind. This helps you stay focused, on track and moving in the right direction on your career path. For models, having specific goals in mind for your future will help you and your agent be clearer about the jobs you should take to help you reach these goals.
Keep in mind, your agent also has the tough job of being honest with you about these goals and if they are feasible for your modeling career.
If you have set goals that your agent doesn’t deem reasonable, they will help you re-evaluate them to create a more realistic list. There is a market for ALL types of models, but not all models can do all kinds of modeling. Here are four specific goals you can begin to map out and get clear on for your modeling career and how to track them to guide your career in the right direction.
Determine Your "Look"
While, “I want to be a model,” is a place to start, you should get more specific about the type of modeling and work you’d like to do, and more specifically, what you'll be able to do. Perhaps you have always wanted to be a top fashion model, but your "look" is more commercial in nature. Do your research on the different industries and figure out which one you’re best suited for and include it in your goal-setting. This is an especially important goal to discuss with your agent as it significantly affects the type of jobs you'd be taking.
Places You Would Like to Work
If you want to be a swimwear model, perhaps you have certain exotic locales in mind for beach shoots. Or, if you want to be a fashion model, you might be dreaming of walking in runway shows during Paris Fashion Week. Considering these goals and tracking them will help you stay focused and keep you motivated to work towards them.
Many people recommend visualization techniques for reaching goals, and imagining yourself modeling designer swimwear on a beautiful beach sounds like a pretty great time!
Get Lots of Exposure
Getting your photos seen by as many people as possible is essential in the competitive modeling business. The more you are seen by modeling agencies and clients the more opportunities you will have to get signed and book more jobs. The best place to be seen quickly by legitimate modeling agencies is ModelScouts.com.
Sign With a Great Agency
To achieve your modeling goals you will need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced agent by your side. Your agent will help you get jobs, manage your bookings, negotiate your pay, give you invaluable advice and modeling insight, as well as many other important tasks. If you share your modeling goals with your agent, they will give you a realistic picture of what your modeling future entails and which goals need to be adjusted as well as the best ways to achieve them.
Now that you have some goals in mind, the next step is to record them in an easily accessible place. Perhaps as a list on your fridge, hanging on your bathroom mirror, or typed on your computer – anywhere you can quickly get at them to re-read them.
Constant reminders of your goals will encourage you to make decisions that will keep you moving towards them and eventually achieving them.
List Why Your Goals Are Important and What Achieving Them Means
Reminding yourself why you set these objectives in the first place is another important tactic for achieving goals. Along with your list of goals, write a list of WHY those are your goals and what achieving them would mean to you. Maybe a modeling career means freedom to you – freedom to travel and to always work in different places and manage your time differently than a 9-5 job.
Or, for example, modeling might simply be a hobby to you, and in that case, your goal is to have fun and enjoy yourself. When you’re offered a modeling job you really don’t want to take, reminding yourself that your goal is to enjoy yourself, will help you make the decision to turn it down.
On the other hand, if your goal is to earn money, reminding yourself of this will convince you it's in your best interest to accept the job. When your modeling agent is aware of your goals, they will also be a guiding force in helping you reach them, which is why it’s so essential to sign with a great modeling agency.