How To Become A Model in Dubai
So, you’ve thought about becoming a model in Dubai and now you are looking for the fast and easy way to achieve your dream. We put together this simple guide to help you on your way! Grab a cup of coffee or a hot chai-latte, pen, paper and let’s get started!
– Get an evaluation
Ok ok, first step sounds boring, but none the less this can save a lot of your time and energy as well as emotional response to rejection. Getting an evaluation from a photographer, agency or another model who knows the business can be a good way to start. It’s not necessary so if you don’t know someone in the industry don’t worry. Continue reading on and get started with modeling in Dubai.
– What type of Model?
First thing you need to consider, is which type of model you want to become. There is many different types of models but of the most important and used in Dubai is
If you are a female model, you have to remember that for fashion and catwalk models your height has to be close to 6feet (182cm) tall to be successful. Study the different types of models and figure out what you desire.
– Study a Model
Study your favorite models in the genre you want to get in to. Everything from movement, angles, poses and features – how they think, how they act in public and more importantly how they made it to the top. Being a model is a full time job for many and agencies has a lot of people walking in daily because they want to become models. You have to treat this like a task ahead. Study, Study, Study!
Headshots doesn’t have to be glamorous professional pictures that sets you back thousands of dirhams. A few quick snaps in natural well-lighted surroundings in both color and black/white will do just fine. Remember the headshots should be with very little makeup, natural hair and casual clothing. Don’t overdo this and be careful to make the pictures look exactly like you in broad-daylight on any regular day.
Body Measurements is necessary for you to make it, if you are not sure on how to measure you can always get professional help. I know models who went to a fitness trainer and got their body measurements but you can easily do them yourself. If you are Man or Woman, you will need:
Furthermore, you will need standard details as Weight, Height, Age, Skintone, Hair Color, Hair Type etc.
– Modeling Checklist
You are now ready to start working with your material and get exposure to land you the first job!
Becoming a model in Dubai is no different than many other cities and places around the world although it should be mentioned that since Dubai is a very small city in compare to others and the actual industry is small as well, you will need a bit more exposure in front of the right people to get noticed.
– Should I choose a Dubai Modeling Agency or not ?
There is a few larger and some smaller agencies in Dubai but all of them more or less allow people to contact them for a casting / test screening. You can easily reach out to each of them and send them your measurements and headshots. Choosing the right Agency can be difficult and you should consider:
– Dubai Freelance Model
While you are waiting for the model agencies to get back to you with work, you have to promote your self and there is no better way than taking the first steps of a Freelance Model. Here is our picks:
– The Free Photoshoot.
Many times photographers who are practicing skills require models they can photograph. On Dubizzle and on Mixfame.com you will be able to find the listings from photographers searching for models, this is a great way to practice your skills and get free photographs at the same time.
Never let a chance like this pass if you are on the way to becoming a model, all the experience you get counts towards the goal of becoming a model in Dubai.
– The Paid Photoshoot
A professional photoshoot with a photographer can easily set you back AED 10-15.000 depending on the photographer and his/her reputation and style, although most price ranges for freelance photographers in Dubai will be between AED 1.000 to AED 5.000 for 10 professional and re-touched pictures to your look-book.
If you have everything above nailed down, you can now start working on finesse and appearance. Here is some great advice from our casting director:
Follow these tips to make your appearance and pictures look better