Training is absolutely not required to become a successful model. But, many models who are represented by some of the top agencies in the world did work with coaches early in their careers prior to getting signed. The benefits of doing so are in technique and mindset improvement, increased confidence, understanding the business, and developing or improving your materials.
Do you understand where your look fits into the modeling world? Do you have a vision for your career? Do you know how to build the right foundation to support those goals? Do you know how to put a photo shoot together or what you should be shooting for your portfolio to help you get the work you’re after? Do you know where to start looking for work on your own and what kinds of work you should be doing versus what you should be turning down? Do you have the right mindset to face more rejection than acceptance and keep going? Do you know what makes a model good at her job or how to impress clients and get repeat bookings? You have to be more than just pretty to succeed and even more so to have a lasting career. You have to be knowledgeable and savvy as well. If you aren’t, any success you have will likely be short-lived at best.
Good basic model coaching can help you master the technical elements of the modeling world–like the tricks models use when posing for photos to ensure there are always lots of incredible options from every shoot, how to find the right photographers and put a shoot together, perfecting your runway walk, proper makeup application for every day vs. photo shoots, how to prepare for a photo shoot or on camera commercial shoot/audition, and professional standards of behavior to name a few.
A more skilled coach will go even deeper and can also provide guidance and support on your internal development as well as the external. Important factors here are things like: self-knowledge which will help you get really clear on what goals will make you happiest and how to attain them and; the right mindset to help you become more confident, resilient, and able to see opportunities where others might not or to create them where they don’t already exist. Because here’s a big secret—what is happening inside of you is just as important as what is happening outside when it comes to creating long-term success.
Once you’ve decided there is value in coaching and it’s something you want to pursue, you’ll need to decide what kind of coach or program is best suited to helping you achieve your goals. Some programs are based on a group class model. Some are one on one. Some follow a standard curriculum so everyone gets essentially the same training. Some are more personalized and custom tailored to your specific needs and goals. Some are camp style so longer days over a shorter time period. Some meet for a shorter length of time weekly for several months. Some are done in person meaning you have to travel to the location of the coach. Some are done online so you can access the coaching from wherever you are. You will need to decide which of these factors are most important to you and which will best help you meet your goals then find the program or coach that fits best. Keep in mind, no matter what you choose, big box name or individual coach, the coaching will be as good as the individual coach/instructor you’ll be working with and limited to the corporate guidelines of the company. The reputation of a school might be impressive but if the individual instructor doesn’t have the experience you are seeking they won’t be the best guide to help you get there so make sure you understand both of those elements before committing to anything. It’s easy to assess your comfort with and confidence in an individual coach but if you are considering a franchised modeling school type program be sure you understand how that will be structured and are comfortable with the curriculum and specific instructor(s) you’ll be working with to get the most out of your time there.