How To Start A Successful Modelling Career In Nigeria

How To Start A Successful Modelling Career In Nigeria
A model is a person employed to either promote or advertise commercial products or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art.
Modelling is considered differently from other types of public performances like dancing, acting and singing. Inasmuch as the differences are not so obvious, always remember that there is a thick line between appearing in a screen and modelling.
In fact, you don't necessarily need to appear in a play or film to become a model, just master the skills and you're good to go.

Modelling in Nigeria

In becoming a model in Nigeria, there are several steps that you need to take. Inasmuch as being affiliated to a modelling agency really helps, you're still required to do your homework before you can be spotted by these models.

Types of modelling:

Fashion modelling: Fashion models are primarily used to promote clothing. They may involve catwalk, runway, normal-size, plus-size and/or magazine modelling.
Black models: Black models are also called 'Brownskin' models. They primarily began from the early postwar America due to the need of advertisers in the African American photography magazines.
Glamour models: Glamour models are people, especially ladies that are photographed wearing very few or no clothes in order to sexually excite the person looking at the photographs. There is no industry standard for glamour modelling and it varies greatly by country.
Fit models: Fit models are used by fashion designers or clothing manufacturers to check the fit, drape and visual appearance of a design on a 'real' human being, effectively acting as a live mannequin.
Parts models: Parts models are employed for their body parts. Eg, hand models may be used to promote products held in the hand and nail-related products like rings or other jewelries.
Alternative models: Alternative modelling is a branch of the modelling industry that features models who do not conform to mainstream ideals of beauty. They are often niche-specific, with a personal style that represents subcultures like fetishism, goth and steampunk.
Fitness models: A good-looking person (usually a man) with a well-developed physique who is paid as a model to demonstrate exercises or related equipment.
Petite Models: Petite models are models that are under the regular height requirements that are expected of fashion models. They typically work more often in commercial, and print modelling.
Commercial print and on-camera models: They generally appear in print ads for non-fashion products, and in TV commercials. They are usually non-exclusive, and primarily work in one location. According to Wikipedia, commercial print models can earn up to $250 an hour.
Gravure idols: A gravure idol is a Japanese female model who primarily models for magazines, especially men's magazines, photobooks or DVDs.
Promotional models: A promotional model is a model hired to drive consumer demand for a product, service, brand, or concept by directly interacting with potential consumers. They can include spokesmodels, art models, trade show models, atmosphere models, podium models or Instagram models.

How To Start Modelling In Nigeria

Having seen the definition and categories of modelling, we'd then proceed to the tutorial proper. The first thing you need to do as a potential model is to decide on the type you want to go into.
Inasmuch as you can go for more than one (like run way and promotional), it's also very important that you carve a niche for yourself in a section.

The steps involved in becoming a model are outlined below:

• Promote your physique for modelling

A models physique if I may say, is the most important attribute that will determine if an agency will accept you. The first modelling audition I attended wasn't cool, you know, having to work in front of judges whom I presumed where just there to spot out faults.
After walking, I somehow peeped into the paper and guess what, the judge gave me 20% out of 100. To me, this literally meant that I had failed but to my greatest surprise, I was later accepted into the agency.
I saw a number of people, especially guys that weren't accept and I was later made to understand that my selling point was my height, coupled with the fact that I was a twin.
Although I later discontinued from the modelling academy after I moved out of the city, I still had the lessons with me.

To get accepted, you need to work on your chest, butt and butt. As for the female folks, you'd have to work on your boobs and butt. Also, don't neglect the importance of carrying out exercise regularly.

• Face promotion for modelling

As a modeller, you need to do the best you can to maintain your face. There are a good number of creams that you can buy from the market for that.

In addition to that, you can apply natural tips that help in reducing wrinkles like drinking much water and regular consumption of fruits and vegetables.

While taking care of your face, also remember that your hair matters. Depending on what the agency wants, you can go for a haircut or plait. 

• Train on your walking steps

To pass the audition you'd have to walk in front of some judges. They'd access you award you scores individually. After the test, your average score will be accessed and it'll determine if you'd be accepted or not.

• Build your portfolio 

The first step in becoming a professional model is building your modelling portfolio. Your portfolio is like your resume, it's the first and often only impression that an agency or client gets when they are considering you for a job.
It is not just a photo album or collection of images; but a showcase of your modelling talents and experiences.

Modelling agencies in Nigeria

In some cases, your modelling agency will help you in building a portfolio. The easiest way of getting accepted into a modelling agency in Nigeria is by attending auditions.
Regularly, modelling auditions come up in Nigeria and only the informed benefit from them. We share opportunities like this on our Instagram handle @TalkTalkTwins. If you want to be updated regularly, kindly follow us now!

Some modelling companies in Nigeria include:

• Anaconda Modeling Agency
• Beige Model Management
• Beth Modelling Agency
• Black Dove Model Agency
• Fashion Instinct Modeling Agency
• Few Model Agency
• Gloria Kelving Modelling Agency
• HISH Agency
• Exquisite Models International Modelling Agency
• Identical Media Modelling Agency
• ISIS Model Management
• JC Modelling Agency
• Model Mart Modelling Agency
• Pillars & Pride of Afrika Model & Talent Management
• Silverbird Group
• Wave Model Management
• Y-Ray Models Modelling Agency
• Zahara Models

Modelling jobs in Nigeria

There are many ways of getting modelling jobs or gigs as a Nigerian. If you're a freelance model, you might have to approach the brands yourself.
In the other hand if you have an agency, they'd handle the whole task of getting you clients and organising the shoots. All you need to do is to go to the studio, pose and your photos will be taken. You should also know that the agency will take a percentage of your earnings!

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