How to Get Started as a Base Model?

Okay, but how do I get started as a base model? You ask. First and foremost, you need to be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up, just like any other job! And contrary to popular belief, no one starts on top of the modeling world right away… it’s not that glamorous at all! But if you are prepared to work hard, remain positive in the face of adversity, and don’t give up on your dreams (even when they seem impossible), you’ll reach your goals someday!

What is base modeling?

Most of us are familiar with supermodels like Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss, but what about base models? It’s not as glamorous, but base modeling is still modeling and requires just as much dedication. If you’re considering a career in fashion, you may be looking for ways to break into the industry. This can prove not easy without any experience or connections in your field.

Aspiring fashion models should start by learning how to become base models first. To start building your professional portfolio, try contacting local photographers or even post on Craigslist offering your services. Experience counts most in these cases, so if you don’t land any gigs immediately, don’t lose hope! Keep trying and working hard until you get that big break that launches your career!

Ideal base models age range

18-24 years old, ethnically Asian. You do not need any prior experience! We will train you in headshots, portfolio shooting, and social media posting. We pay $200/week or $1,000/month for model training.

Do you need the experience to become a base model?

It’s not uncommon for new agencies or production companies to ask that their models have some experience, even if it’s just as simple as attending an open casting call. They usually can’t be too picky about the experience, but they want you to have some and will ask for more information about it when you apply.

There are many reasons why an agency might require experience—they may want people who know how castings work or are familiar with what’s expected during jobs. They might want you to have figured out your hair and makeup routine; they may need you to be able to act convincingly on set or in front of a camera without constant instruction.

What are the qualities of an ideal base model?

Though there’s not an exact formula for becoming a successful base model, these are some qualities you should have: Acting skills. A lot of acting is required in photo shoots, TV commercials, and movies.

You need to be able to express your emotions very clearly with your facial expressions, so it’s essential to become skilled at acting quickly. Confidence. Even if you don’t consider yourself very attractive or you feel nervous in front of crowds, think about why certain models manage to stand out even though they might be less pretty than others.

What should your portfolio include when applying for jobs as a base model?

A base model’s portfolio should be clean and sleek—no props, no filters, no stock images. A good portfolio will showcase your range and versatility in front of a camera, arguably just as important (if not more) than physical beauty.

You should include at least 10 professional photos taken by professional photographers in your portfolio; there’s nothing wrong with including professional-looking photos taken on your phone or Instagram, but you might want to limit them to two or three.

Candids are fine for reference purposes only—use Photoshop (or an online tool like PicMonkey) if you need help editing distracting elements from those shots.

How much does it cost to become a base model or get signed with an agency in this industry?

There is no set cost or standard. It all depends on which agency you go with, what they want, and how hard they will try to find opportunities for you in your desired area. Typically, signing with an agency is free; however, some agencies will ask for money upfront and, if successful in getting work for you, will deduct their fee from your earnings.

The best thing to do would be to have an attorney draw up a contract that you both agree upon before any sign-on fees are due. Make sure everything is laid out beforehand, so there are no misunderstandings or other issues later.

Final Thoughts

Getting started as a base model in Korea is not an easy task. Many people who have tried have given up because of how hard it is. Most do not even get past their first year. The competition is fierce, and if you cannot speak Korean well, you will most likely be at an extreme disadvantage when getting jobs or even meet potential agencies. So make sure you know all that’s required and take your time when choosing your agency. Once you land on one, things will start moving fast, so make sure you know what kind of work or compensation you expect from your contract before signing anything. 

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