Among the many benefits of being a commercial or fashion model is the wealth of opportunities the job provides.
A model gets to travel to different places more than a regular person. Plus, he or she gets exposed to situations that require high and stringent standards for behavior or performance. And perhaps more important than that is the opportunity to closely observe experts in action and learn valuable skills from them.
And speaking of developing skills, there are so many that young models can learn right on the job. These skills open doors to various career possibilities, which models are often advised to take into consideration given the fact that modeling is often a short-lived career.
Career Options for Models to Consider
When it comes to side career options or careers that models easily branch into, listed below are six of the most common.
The amazing Rachel Zoe is one prime example of a model turned stylist. Her teen modeling years helped cultivate her love for fashion and style. Also, her work as a model provided her with the connections she needed to procure the top designs from fashion houses and create stand-out looks for clients.
Early exposure to the fashion industry can contribute immensely in developing style panache that is an absolute must for a career as a stylist.
2. Motivational Speaker
Ashley Greene, Cameron Russel, Iskra Lawrence, Halima Aden, and Leomie Anderson are just some of the modeling world’s popular names and they all have branched out as motivational speakers.
They are all in-demand for subjects pertaining to self-confidence, beauty, self-worth, achieving your dreams – topics they have extensive information on due to their work as models. If you are a parent or guardian of a young model, you can present this possibility to them, especially if they like the idea of imparting their experience and knowledge to encourage other people.
A lot of today’s famous actors broke into show business as commercial models. Everybody from Angelina Jolie to Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Pattinson started out as commercial models.
If you think about it, commercial modeling truly is a good stepping stone for an acting career. It requires the ability to memorize lines and act out scenes. Therefore, it is no surprise that a lot of commercial models successfully transition into careers as actors and this transition can be easier if a model is signed with a reputable teen casting agency.
4. Product Developer
Models are often the first testers for particular products and learn to identify what works and what does not. They are good barometers for beauty and style and make reliable resource people for product development. They can contribute their work experiences to brands in creating more effective formulas and developing powerful trends.
For your teen model, he or she may be able to lend their own know-how in improving popular products’ quality. Or, they can develop their own line of products just like Josie Maran did for her argan oil-based skin care line, and Alexa Chung for her clothing label.
5. Blogger or Vlogger
One of the easiest career options for models is to become a blogger or vlogger. Launching a career in social media has so far proven to be lucrative for a lot of models, be they Instagram models or Victoria’s Secret Angels.
Models have an abundance of content to share online such as beauty tips and tricks, product recommendations, parental advice, reviews, lookbooks, travel vlogs and so much more. There’s already an established audience to target, and if you already have a familiar name, it’s easy enough to net in members of that audience share.
6. Makeup Artist
Getting dolled up for fashion shoots and the runway by style experts will provide you with the know-how in creating beautiful makeup looks and all of the products you need for them.
For models with a strong artistic inclination, they can use their job experience to learn about the makeup artistry trade and one day launch a career in it. Jemma Kidd (a former model now makeup artist and teacher) did and others sure can as well.
Modeling is a Great Stepping Stone for Other Careers
Indeed being a model can equip you with skills and values that can make branching out, or transitioning into a new career easier. So, if you are a parent with lots of questions about teen modeling careers, the first thing to remember is to encourage your young one to learn from the different situations he or she may find themselves in. They can prove greatly valuable when they decide to branch out of modeling one day.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specializing in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties, and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and modeling roles.