In this article, we will be covering the stages and steps you will need to take if you are looking to become a full time or freelance model in the Philippines.
1. Decide On The Type Of Model You Want To Be
In the modeling industry in the Philippines, you will find several different types of models. For example, here is a small list of common types…
- Commercial Models
- Fashion Models
- Fitness Models
- Glamour Models
- Parts Models (Hands, Feet, Etc)
- Print Models (Magazine, Newspaper, Etc)
- Promotional Models
- Runway Models
- Swimsuit Models
Naturally, when looking at how to be a freelance model in the Philippines, your plan and strategy will differ depending on what type of model you would like to be.
2. Gain Experience And Build Your Portfolio
The most challenging time for models is gaining that initial experience. In some cases, you may need to offer your services for a reduced rate or even for free to gain experience in the industry. This is not a long-term strategy but a short-term strategy that will help you build that early experience. Once you have gained experience, you can start building your portfolio.Creating a website is highly recommended as you can list your portfolio online.
3. Grow Your Social Media Channels
Most photographers and companies will find your social media profiles before they hire you , so making sure that your profile showcases the best photos and highlights your brand is necessary.
Growing a social media channel takes time, and consistency is often recommended, but the power of other social media channels is often neglected. In other words, it sometimes takes one channel to grow another. For example, Facebook can be used to grow your Instagram, and Instagram can be used to grow your Facebook.
4. Network And Work With Modelling Agencies
Due to the increased risk of scams, it is recommended to work with agencies only if you know someone who has worked with them previously. Additionally, on some occasions, affiliate marketers are paid a commission if they make a sale, so it’s also important to consider this.
5. Promote And Start Apply
Assuming you have grown your social media and followed the previous steps mentioned today, you can reach out to businesses and photographers via social media and email marketing. Facebook groups are also a very popular option if you live in a city.
If you live in Manila or Cebu, you will find many more opportunities for modeling than in other cities (based on our research and statistics). However, if you struggle to find opportunities, you may need to move to a better location.
Additionally, if you want to be a freelance model, you may also go to neighboring countries such as Thailand. Bangkok has some fantastic opportunities, and there are also opportunities to become a teacher to earn money until you make it in the modeling industry.
However, back in the Philippines… One of the best ways to find customers is to find small businesses that need a model for their products. You may earn more money working with several smaller companies than only one large company, so this is something to keep in the back of your mind.