Now that i’m ripped, should i try modelling?’

August 19, 2009 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

How to build a lean body like a modelOk, so you’ve been following fitness and workout tips on, have got your body ‘ripped’, you maintain a fantastic physical and mental being, look in the mirror and think to yourself ‘damn I look good!’ Maybe I should try my hand at modeling?

When I first began to start developing muscle, this was the first thing that I thought of as well. I even went to visit a scouting agent at one point who spotted my picture on a social networking site, so I had a taster of what the process is like first hand.

I probably could still go for it, as I am still far off the ‘gone pass your sell by date’ age, which tends to be mid-late 40’s. The main reason I don’t is because I simply didn’t start training to get attention from others, I started training for personal satisfaction (but that may change):-). Every one has their preferences, but if you have looked in the mirror and got that ‘wannabe model’ feeling, then here are some things to consider.

Build for an athletic body

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on why your training doesn’t result in an athletic body. The fault comes from the reason that most workouts are designed as body builder workouts, but there was a resolution; give it a read if you haven’t yet done so already. So what you must do is build a fit, healthy and ‘toned’ body. That’s what they’re after.

Build muscle and tone like this

One person who done this a few years ago was LL cool J. He went from slim, to huge, to toned, and he’s now in his 40’s maintaining the same appearance! It seems people don’t seem to age like they used to. But ideally this is the look you may want.

Ryan Reynolds

Ideal lean body build
Move to a big city

If you live in the US, then move to New York City. It is deemed as the heart of the modeling world. If you don’t, then still try to go. If both are not an option then look around in other big cities in your country. The Internet is bigger than ever these days, so start Googling.

Start to build a portfolio

Get in front of the camera and start to get some photos taken. That’s headshots and body shots in both formal and casual wear.

Find an Agent

If you are serious about being a model, then you are going to need one of these. Some times they’ll even come to you, as they may scout around smaller cities, or on the internet as I mentioned earlier, so be sure to be social. But the best time to find one is when there is ‘open call’. This is when an individual can be informed of their potential of making it in the modeling industry. But before you do anything, it is important to check that the agent you go with is legit, the scammers are out there! So do your research.

Hint: If they demand money upfront, then don’t be scared to ring some bells!

The importance of Persistence

This applies to almost everything in life, which I’m sure most of you already know (Always easier said then done). You will probably face a few rejections, but within every negative situation lays a positive. So when one turns you down, you’ll probably find a better one soon after.

Have a flexible schedule

This actually applies to all models, male and female. Once your agent starts booking photo shoots for you, you have to be ready to drop everything and go, so you might want to stay away from fixed hour jobs. Maybe you could even start making money online, which will free up your time, and I’d be glad to assist :).

Let me know your experiences with your approach to becoming a model.

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