How to Become a Petite Model
When we think of models we usually think of tall, lanky supermodels strutting down the runway. But, there is a great petite modeling market that can offer many opportunities for smaller or petite models. Did I say “smaller”? Yep, I did. We really don’t use the term “petite” inside the real modeling industry.
Top agents and bookers usually refer to a petite model as “small”, and we never say “short”. Not sure why major agencies refer to these models as small rather than petite, or call themselves commercial modeling agencies rather than petite modeling agencies, but it’s always been that way ever since I became an agent 35 years ago. That being said, for this article, I will refer to them as petite models.
What Are Petite Models?
Female petite models are generally under 5′ 7″ and under and can even be successful at 5′ 4″ or less. Check out our petite model Evelyn below who, at 5′ 4″ we signed to Elite Models.
For smaller male models there are also opportunities; check out Aaron Frew, who at 5′ 7″ was signed to the very exclusive editorial agency ‘d Management in Milan, Italy.
Opportunities for Petite Models
Petite models are usually sought after for particular types of modeling jobs such as, swimsuit modeling, lingerie, hand, feet and parts modeling, and other jobs that don’t require the height of a runway model. They can also find jobs as fit and showroom models working with garment manufacturers and suppliers.
There are other opportunities such as commercial modeling. Commercial models come in all heights, shapes and sizes so there are tremendous opportunities for smaller models in the commercial market. Commercial models are seen everywhere in print and television ads for cereals and food products, soaps and bath products, furniture and car ads, and the like. The list is endless. Anything that isn’t high fashion a commercial model can do.
If you are an aspiring commercial or petite model one of the very best resources is the book “How to Become a Successful Commercial Model” by Aaron Marcus Aaron shares his expertise of more than 25 years in the modeling and acting industry to help new models succeed in the business.
How to Become a Petite Model
Starting out as a new petite model and searching for a legitimate modeling agency can be a confusing and daunting task.
The first step to becoming a petite model is to take some simple snapshots of yourself and then be seen by numerous modeling agents and scouts. The more agents and scouts who see you the better your odds are to become a successful petite model. You do not need to attend modeling classes or spend money on expensive photo shoots when you are first starting out.
If you live in a small market outside of New York, Los Angeles, Paris or Milan getting started can be tricky. Mailing your photos can be expensive, while sending them out on the internet is very time-consuming.
Having a professional model scouting company like ModelScouts.com do the work for you is a great way to be seen by scouts for over 250 reputable agencies. With 35 years model management experience the scouts at ModelScouts.com have the know how to help you get scouted by the world’s top modeling agencies.
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