How to get a part time modeling job

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Wondering how to get a part time modeling job? If you’re looking for a part time modeling job, you can find one. Modeling is a competitive field with lots of opportunities and no shortage of competition.

However, if you have the right skills and know what to look for in an agent, it’s possible to get started with very little experience or money.

Find an agent

Agents are the people who book models for jobs. They act as your representative, negotiating contracts and helping you with the logistics of getting hired.

Agents get paid by the client (the company looking to hire a model), so finding one can be as simple as searching online for “modeling agent” in your area.

You should look for agents who specialize in what kind of modeling you want to do, such as runway or commercial work.

You may also want to ask other models about their experiences working with a particular agency before signing up with them!

Agents usually charge around 20% commission on each job they book for you, which is standard industry practice among most agencies worldwide.

You should definitely negotiate this fee down if possible—but don’t push too hard or else they might decide not to work with you at all!

Remember: agents need models just as much as models need agencies; having an agent means less time spent hunting down jobs yourself and more opportunities out there waiting for someone like

Know what kind of modeling you want to do

The first step to getting a part-time modeling job is knowing what kind of modeling you want to do. If you’re like me, this can be a little tricky.

I don’t have an immediate answer when someone asks me what my dream job would be; it takes some thought.

It also depends on how much time you have available and how flexible your schedule is.

For example, if I were to say that my dream job would involve traveling around the world in search of adventure, that probably wouldn’t work too well with my current lifestyle or budget (and let’s face it: I can’t go anywhere without having access to WiFi). On the other hand, if someone says they want to get into fashion modeling and has experience as a professional dancer but doesn’t know where all those gigs are located yet—that might be perfect!

Here are some questions for determining what kind of modeling fits best within your own life:

Create a portfolio

If you’re serious about modeling, it’s important to have a portfolio. This is the foundation of your career, and it should include:

  • Good photos of your face. It doesn’t matter if they’re selfies or professionally taken portraits; just make sure they are clear and well-lit.
  • A variety of poses that show off different looks and styles. Try out some edgy poses with bold makeup or hairstyles, but also be sure to include more conservative ones as well (if this is what you want).
  • Optional: Body shots/full body photos – these can help emphasize certain features that could land jobs in specific areas (i.e., legs for fashion shows or swimsuit modeling)

Promote yourself through social media

Promote yourself by using social media. Social media is a great way to spread the word about your modeling portfolio, and it can also help you connect with other models, photographers, and clients.

To get started:

  • Create a Facebook page for yourself as an individual model or brand that showcases what you do best (i.e., if you’re a fitness model then post pictures of yourself working out and eating healthy foods).
  • Post photos on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest so that people who see them can click on the link in your bio or profile information which will lead them directly back towards your website where they can learn more about what products/services are available through this person/company’s website (in case they’re interested in buying something).

It is possible to have a career as a freelance model and make a good living.

If you’re looking to make money from modeling, then freelance work is a great place to start. You can work for yourself and get paid for photoshoots, runway shows and events.

As long as you have the right skills and are willing to sell yourself as a model, you should have no trouble finding clients who will pay for your services.

The most important thing when going freelance is being professional and reliable. You need to be able to consistently deliver high-quality photos or performances that meet the expectations of your clients—and if they don’t like what they see in those photos or performances, they won’t hire you again!

Wrap Up

Modeling is a great way to make money and have fun. You don’t need to be a size zero or even over five foot seven for most jobs. With some practice, you can learn how to pose and work with photographers so that you look amazing in front of the camera. Try out these tips today!

Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at

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