Thursday, 24 May 2012

Modelling: From Model to Actor

Many people see modelling as a way of getting into acting – particularly on the television or in film. Is this a feasible career path, or do only the supermodels make it? To find out more visit

Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz are successful examples of how someone can change from a high flying career in fashion modelling to a money-spinning Hollywood actress. Opportunities or indeed talents like these don’t come around too often, but if you’re thinking about making the switch, here are some things to consider:

  1. Work hard at the modelling first: A lot of modelling is also acting – creating different expressions and moods to communicate with the audience. You also have to be comfortable in front of the camera. Once you are being truly natural as a model, have mastered your poses, and have grace and poise, you will find it easier to start looking for non-modelling work.

  1. Look for TV and film extra opportunities: Some modelling agencies, and certainly many online agencies, are used by TV and film casting people to spot and hire people as extras for their programmes. As a model, you may have a certain look that will fit into a scene and may get asked to take part. This is an excellent chance to see how TV and film production work, and get used to being on a set.

  1. Ask about advertising opportunities: Commercial modelling is a big part of the industry, and it often includes TV advertising. In many adverts, you may not need to speak, but you will be working with the camera, and learning how to perform for a television or film audience. This is great experience, and also gives you the opportunity to network in a different environment.

  1. Take lessons: If you have the time, take some acting lessons. This will help to enhance your modelling skills by learning to speak and move in ways which communicate with your viewers. You may need to have voice lessons, to modulate your voice, or to teach you to slow your speech, which may help with auditions.

  1. Look for speaking parts: If your agent covers this sort of work, tell them you are interested in small speaking parts in TV, film or commercials. If they can’t help you get this work, they will probably have a contact at an acting agency who can help.

  1. Work hard and study hard: If you have the talent and you feel you could succeed, then you must work hard and study the profession. You will often be auditioning against theatre-school trained actors, and you will want to give the very best you can in order to secure a part. If anything, acting is more competitive than modelling, and unless you are willing to put in the effort to succeed, the likelihood is that you won’t.

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