Trait #3: Master The Craft
The greater your skill, the more valuable you are to clients. That means your services are in higher demand at higher rates. The skill list is long, and you'll learn through testing. Here is some starter homework for your first test:
Develop Posing Routines
Trait #4: Take No Shortcuts
Practice, Practice, Practice! Test, Test, Test!
Get in front of a camera as often as possible. Don't be tempted by those who offer to sell you lessons, pictures or agency listing. Without exception, these shortcuts are scams.
DO NOT PAY an modeling agency, modeling school or photography studio a fee for lessons or portfolio pictures! New York, California, Florida and Texas all have specific laws that make it illegal for a booking agency to charge money for training, classes, photography services, portfolios, comp cards, etc. In all other states model scams generally fall under the broader category of consumer fraud.
DO NOT ALLOW an agent or photographer pressure you into a situation that makes you uncomfortable or puts at risk your safety.
DO NOT PAY for portfolio pictures. Be patient and persistent calling on experienced commercial photographers. Make sure you get the "P" (print) for all TFP work.