Norwich, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- In other words, modelling is a very sociable occupation! Here are some top tips to make sure you're a big hit with everybody you'll meet on your assignments, and improve your chances of getting more work.
Photographers. It's important to try and build a good relationship with the photographer. Not only will it make the experience better for you. but it may mean you get invited back. Photographers are sometimes under a lot of pressure to get the perfect shots, and some may come across as moody or demanding without realising what they're doing. Try to relax so that you can achieve lots of good shots between you, follow their direction and avoid any 'creative differences'!
Make-up artists and hair stylists. These specialists haven't been hired to make you look how you want; they have been instructed to do what the client wants. You should have been asked before the job if you object to having your hair cut or dyed, but you shouldn't protest to other types of styling they want to do - even if it's not something you particularly like.
Directors. If you're working on an assignment that involves being filmed, you'll probably be working with a large crew, but it's the director you really want to impress. Make sure you're professional on the set and try to get things done is as few takes as possible. Learn a little film-making jargon so you know what to do when the director calls 'action'!
Other models. It's quite likely that you'll be working with other models on your assignments. Modelling is very competitive, and unfortunately you might meet some models who will try to undermine you. Don't rise to it! Not everyone will be like this, remember you can pick up some great tips from more experienced models and you may make new friends.
Try to strike the right balance between following instructions and gaining respect. You need to act professionally and follow direction, but you also need to be respected, so don't be afraid to suggest your own ideas and say if something's making you feel uncomfortable. Remember, people in the industry talk to each other, if you impress them with your attitude as well as your modelling it will be more likely that you're asked back!