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education Updated: Sep 25, 2012 17:27 IST
Kate Moss


The lowdown
Do you have a pleasant personality? Are you confident before the camera or on the runway? If yes, then modelling could be the career for you. A highly lucrative job which gets you a liberal dose of fame, it is also very stressful with cut-throat competition. Modelling can mean walking the runway for designers, doing TV and print ads, working for magazine photo shoots or a combination of all of these. Confidence is key in this business. Good skin and hair, sharp features and a toned body are musts for a model. Lots of stamina and energy will be an added advantage. For a model, there is no one look that works always, so be ready to reinvent yourself. Once you establish a name for yourself, be ready to be wooed by top fashion designers. However, remember to keep a balance between personal and professional life. Also, as most models retire young, don’t forget to have a backup plan ready

There is no fixed routine that is followed every day. The working days and hours change according to appointments and shoots
6am: Go to the gym, or do an hour’s yoga or jogging
9am: Breakfast
10am: Leave for fitting sessions with designers
12pm: Lunch
2pm: Rehearse for a show
6pm: Make-up and hair styling session
8pm: Fashion show begins
11.30pm: Call it a day

The payoff
As a beginner, a model makes about Rs. 4,000-Rs. 6,000 per shoot or show. After three to four years, one might get Rs. 15,000-Rs. 20,000. A supermodel can earn Rs. 50,000, after which the sky is the limit. Models working in TV commercials are paid more than Rs. 20,000 per day. The money depends on your looks and body. A beautiful face on a well-toned body can command handsome money, even if you are just a fresher

* Hassle-free attitude. You should be able to wear both a sari and a bikini with ease
* Basic knowledge of makeup/ camera/trends
* Drive to stay super fit
* It takes patience and a great temperament to climb the ladder of success
* Right attitude, right mix of genetics and personality play a big role in your journey to the ramp
* You should be professional and good with time management

Getting there
Contact a good modelling agency or a fashion photographer to get a portfolio made. Once it’s done, send it to as many modelling and advertisement agencies as you can. Keep an eye out for auditions as you might get a good break. With reality TV going big, try to get into shows to get noticed

Institutes and URLs
* Glitz Modelling, Delhi
* The Elite School, Delhi
* Padmini Kolhapure School for Acting, Modelling and Grooming, 29, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
* Meyhar Bhasin Academy

Pros and cons
* You get to wear the best clothes, travel around the world and stay in the best hotels
* People might promise a fat fee and then back out of the deal
* As this career is meant for the very young, you have to have a backup plan ready
* Very hectic schedules

Modelling is not all glamorous and easy as everyone thinks, so have a clear and strong mind before entering this field - Diandra Soares, model