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Glamorous!

You have got the looks and the body, and want to flaunt it too? If yes, modelling can be your calling. 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.

education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:11 IST

The lowdown
You have got the looks and the body, and want to flaunt it too? If yes, modelling can be your calling. 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. Usually, the taller you are, the better your chances of finding work as a runway model. Good skin and hair, sharp features and a toned body are musts for a model. Lots of stamina and confidence will be an added advantage. For a model, there is no one look that works always, so be ready to reinvent yourself. This career has the potential to take you to Bollywood

Clock Work
6am: Go to the gym, or do an hour's yoga or jogging
9am: Have fresh fruits, porridge, and some juice for breakfast
10am: Leave for fitting sessions with designers
Noon: lunch
2pm: Rehearse for a fashion show
6pm: Make-up and hair styling session
8pm: Fashion show begins
11.30pm: Get back home or get ready for an after-show party
There is no fixed routine that is followed every day. The working days and hours change according to appointments and shoots or shows

The payoff
As a beginner, a model makes about Rs4,000 to Rs6,000 per show or shoot. After three to four years in the field, one might get Rs30,000 to Rs40,000 per show. Models working in TV commercials are paid around Rs10,000 to Rs20,000 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

Skills / TRAITS
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Hassle-free attitude. You should be able to wear both a sari and a bikini with ease
. A confident personality
. Good public relations
. Basic knowledge of make-up/camera/trends
. Drive to stay super-fit
. Good communication skills
. It takes much more than a pretty face and a great figure to climb the ladder of success in this profession.
. Right attitude and the right mix of genetics and personality play a big role in your journey to the ramp or magazine cover
. You should be a hard-worker, efficient with time management and passionate about modelling

Getting there
Contact a good modelling agency or a fashion photographer to get your portfolio made. Good photographers can charge upwards of R20,000 or more for a professional portfolio. Once it’s done, send it to as many modelling and advertisement agencies as you can. Fashion week auditions and smaller ramp shows are the places where you might get a good break. So, keep an eye out for auditions. Also, with reality TV going big, you can try to get into shows like ‘get glamorous’ and ‘diva’ to get noticed

Institutes and URLs
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Glitz Modelling, Delhi
www.glitzmodelling.in
. The Elite School, Delhi
http://www.elitemodelsindia.com/index.asp
. Padmini Kolhapure School for Acting, Modelling and Grooming, 29, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
. The Meyhar Bhasin Academy
http://meharbhasin.com

Pros and cons
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You get to wear the best clothes and get paid to look good
. You travel around the world and stay in the best hotels
. People might promise you a fat fee for a show and then back out of the deal
. You have to fend off a lot of unwanted admirers
. Very hectic schedules for days on end