How to become a male model in the UK and get the best career opportunities

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Male modelling is undoubtedly a difficult industry to break into. There is a high demand for industry knowledge, savviness, acting skills, and an overall thick skin, that can be incredibly difficult for those with little to no experience. 

This is why creating your own experience in front of a camera, as well as listening to advice from those in the industry, is essential to break into male modelling.

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How to become a male model without experience

Agencies will need to see a strong portfolio of modelling work before considering taking you on.

A good range of shots and practice in a studio can help you to overcome a lack of experience. It is important to start with a studio that you can trust and a photographer who is experienced. Since these pictures will serve as your first step into the industry, they need to show you in the best light possible.

Additionally, given that it is not expected (or likely) that you will be an expert in hair, make-up, or styling as well as modelling, it is highly recommended that all of these services also be included in your package.

Tips for making sure that you can trust your agency as a male model

Nowadays, there is a great deal of information available online, so it is difficult to determine which agencies are legitimate and which are scams. Here are a few recommendations when approached by a male model talent scout:

  • On social media or email, make sure they use a full name.
  • A parent or guardian’s permission is legally required if you are under 18. Scammers are those who don’t ask for it.
  • A website should be available for the agency.
  • Find out if they are listed as a scout on the website of the agency they claim to work for.
  • Check the social media accounts of the agency to see if they have a blue tick.
  • It is best to contact the agency directly if you are not sure who the scout is.
  • Meetings should never take place anywhere other than an agency’s headquarters.

Top agencies in the UK for male models: including older male models and teenage male models

One thing to bear in mind is that the more connections that an agency has, the better it will be. However, since agencies will not reveal their client list or connections, this can be hard to figure out. Therefore, consider an agency with multiple locations internationally, such as:

  • Storm Model Management. The company was established in London in 1987 and is one of the leading model agencies in the country. The office is located on the 1st Floor of 5 Jubilee Place, London.
  • IMG Models. It is one of the most reputable international modelling agencies in the country. This office is located at 180 The Strand, 2, Arundel Street Building, 5th Floor. In addition to London, it has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, and Sydney.
  • Select Model Management. Established in 1977, this modelling agency is based in London. As well as Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, it has locations throughout the world.
  • Wilhelmina Model. Founded in 1967, this is an international modeling agency. The address is 6 Perseverance Works, 38 Kingsland Road, London. Among its offices are those in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami.
  • Premier Model Management was founded in 1981, located at 40-42 Parker Street, Holborn, London.
  • Elite Model. It was founded in 1972 and is another popular modelling agency. It opened its London office in 2008 at Burleigh House, 4 Floor, 355 Strand.
  • Models 1 is a British modelling agency founded in 1968. Located in London’s Covent Garden, it can be found at 12 Macklin Street.

Portfolio advice for male models

Creating the best portfolio as a male model is crucial for making a lasting impression on potential clients and agencies. Here are some things not to miss when you assemble your portfolio:

  • Invest in high-quality professional photos that showcase your versatility. Include a mix of headshots, full-body shots, and close-ups. Choose a photographer experienced in fashion or modelling photography to ensure the images are tailored to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate your versatility by including a variety of shots that showcase different looks, styles, and moods. This might include casual, formal, and athletic shots, as well as images that highlight your unique features.
  • Showcase your ability to adapt to various fashion styles by incorporating different wardrobe choices. Include images that display both casual and formal attire, as well as any specific niche you excel in, such as athletic wear or high fashion.
  • Capture a range of facial expressions and emotions to highlight your ability to convey different moods. Clients and agencies are not only looking for a good look but also for a model who can express a story through their poses and expressions.
  • Keep your portfolio current by regularly updating it with your latest and best work. This shows potential clients that you are active and committed to your modelling career.
  • Create an online portfolio that can be easily shared with potential clients and agencies. This could be a personal website or a well-curated social media profile dedicated to your modelling career.

We have put together a guide here for you to know what to wear to a photoshoot, and how we guide you through the process.

Book in with an experienced photographer to get your career moving as a male model today!

With our hair styling, makeup, and wardrobe selection assistance included in the male modelling photoshoot packages, you can advance your modelling career.

Our goal is to create the best possible images for you, no matter what you are trying to accomplish, whether it’s breaking into the industry, gaining experience in another branch of modelling, or continually improving your portfolio.

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