Welcome to ACEMALE Models™! We are so proud to be in our 6th year of business and so grateful to all of the Male Models, Clients and Fans who have helped us grow the ACEBOY™ line of Male Model advertising solutions. December tends to be a slow month in terms of production and gives us the opportunity to finalize our plans and goals for the coming year. We believe that 2013 will present some very interesting trends in online marketing and advertising photography that will push us and our models to another level (THINK: RETRO STYLE!). We'll be posting our 2013 Male Model Trends Forecast by December 10th so be sure to check back and get our take on what's going to be hot in 2013. In the meantime, no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, we hope it's filled with a lot of love. Happy Holidays From all of us here at ACEBOYS™ and ACEMALE Models™.
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Traditional Model Portfolios are a Must!
With online profiles dominating every aspect of social and professional marketing for aspiring models, we get the million dollar question all the time: Do traditional model portfolios still count and are they even necesary?
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As a result, we found more and more of our internal models asking us to help them develop a professional model portfolio that they could provide to prospective clients. We examined the process and have worked hard to come up with our totally unique Portfolio Building Workshop For Aspiring Male Models.
Building A Male Model Portfolio:
If you’re considering getting in front of the camera and getting paid for it, chances are that your mom, your girlfriend or someone else that you trust told you that you’re Hot and to consider being a Model. We’re not in the business of bursting bubbles, but a little reality check here is not a bad thing here as mostly everyone, at some point in their life, gets a comment of that nature. It doesn’t mean you should drop everything and flock to Milan, but if you truly have the desire to explore being a male model and think you have the raw talent and skills, then building a portfolio is a great first step. In this paper, we’ve outlined some realistic ways for an Amateur Male Model to go about getting his first portfolio up in this digital day and age and we’ve identified some trustworthy resources that can help reach that goal of becoming a Professional Male Model.
Here are some examples:
Once you have the 5 basic shots, have someone take images of you that are casual in nature. For example curb side on a busy street corner or at the gym. Avoid wearing any kind of make-up, hats or jewelry or anything else that will take away from your facial and body features. Keep your outfits simple and stick to what you know and are comfortable in, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience.
Time To Measure Up:
This combination of the 5 basic portfolio shots plus 2 or 3 candid shots are a good starting point for your Male Model Portfolio. These are the images you can send to agencies along with your stats. Once you have these images, get out your tape measure and measure your height, inseam, sleeve length, shoulders, chest, biceps, waist and shoe size. Be honest when reporting these measurements as most Agencies will choose to re-measure and you don’t need people questioning your credibility. Also, remember what we said earlier, there is no perfect measurement in this day and age, so measure accurately and report confidently, the perfect Client will find you and will appreciate your honesty.
Get Out There And Network:
Once you have that done, you are ready to begin reaching out to and networking with photographers. You can contact photographers yourself through the search engines and direct them either to your online portfolios or you can email them your images. If the photographer likes your look and expresses and interest in working with you, they may pay you, but don’t count on it, especially when you are just starting out. Unless you are doing nude work, most Male Models do not get paid for portfolio building type work. For fashion, commercial and editorial work, don't expect to be paid a lot or anything at all right away. Remember at this point, you only have 7 or 8 photos in your portfolio, so you really will need to network and partner with photographers to get more shots – it’s all about building your portfolio at this point baby! Another common exchange between Photographer and Model is called a ‘TFP” or “Trade For Photos”. In this scenario, the Photographer provides the Model with the best shots in exchange for the ability to post those photos in his or her photographer portfolio.
We’re not going to get into legal or Model safety issues in this paper, but you would be wise to review our safety tips and make sure your photographer is not on our list of known scumbag photographers before you make any firm plans to shoot. Although you desperately need shots for your portfolio, you don’t want to work with someone who is unprofessional – please trust us on this – the horror stories are plenty and the bottom line is - it’s just not worth it guys!!!
We encourage our Amateur Male Models to look for TFP type shoots. This will help you learn how to work in front of the camera and will also help you learn from different photographers. Take advantage and listen closely to the direction they give you during your shoot. By working with multiple photographers, you can take all the feedback and come up with your own shoot style when you are in front of them camera. The only way to do this is with practice – sorry the bathroom mirror won’t cut it.
As we’ve mentioned a couple times before, don't take it personally if you are rejected. In fact, you should prepare yourself for it and even expect it. If you get offended at having been rejected, you won’t last long in the business, it really does just come with the territory.
We strongly recommend staying away from self portraits for your Portfolio. For an aspiring professional Model you will need to partner with, collaborate with and take direction from photographers and producers. Self portraits provide almost no value in terms of you ability to work well on the set with others, so think that through carefully and try to avoid self-portraits.
Building a truly professional Male Model Portfolio is a process that you need to be actively engaged with. If you go to one of these cheesy portfolio places, you will get exactly what you paid for - Crap. You need to study other people's ports, look at top model portfolios and magazines and try to emulate them, but add yourself to it. Take what they have done and expand on it. You need to study and make a conscious effort to try something new on each photo shoot. You need to network with Photographers who will shoot you under different conditions so you can show diversity and versatility to your Clients.
Either way, good luck and drop us a line if we can help in anyway or if you want to share a story. And remember, we are trying to crack-down on ‘scum-bag’ photographers so please let us know who you worked with and what your experience was like. Good Luck and yes, it’s ok to smile for the camera!! :)
Products & Services For Aspiring Male Models
2 Day Male Model Portfolio Building Workshop:
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