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How to Get a Job as a Model?

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I'm an Australian-based creative, Model and Branding Coach with big dreams of helping aspiring Models make their way into the industry and thrive. I'm obsessed with: integrity, authenticity, a tidy home, smashed avocado, and being the person I needed when I was younger.

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One of the biggest challenges facing aspiring Models today is where to find work. Specifically reputable, paid work. Keep reading – I have a special business resource link and EXCLUSIVE Model discount code to share with you!

How To Start A Modelling Career

The global fashion industry is prolific, which equally matches the desire for aspiring Models to get into it. Discussions around fashion industry issues are complex though important. Fashion consumption impacts our environment, society and economics. According to Fashion United, the industry has a labour force of 3,384.1 million and its value is equivalent to 3 trillion dollars. That means it corresponds to 2% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Can I Model without an Agency?

Back to you wanting to find work in the 4th largest workforce sector. Read on…

Benefits of applying to and being signed by a Model or Talent Agency means that finding work is one of many administrative and operational tasks you don’t have to stress about – your Agent does this for you. From my years of Model Coaching I am aware that there is a significant portion of Models trying to break into the industry, or level up their Model portfolios and careers, without an Agency. 

This leads to popular question no. 2 “Can I Model without an Agency?” 

Further Reading: Can I Model without an Agency? I answer this in great detail here on my Instagram.

My answer: YES.

Model career options

When considering your Model career there are 3 primary options for you to have a think about. These decisions need to be made when 1. starting out as a Model. 2. after you have achieved a certain level of success. 3. when your career/prospects are not meeting expectations. 

There is no time limit or age at which you’d make these decisions – as long as you make the one that works best for you. Models have the option and opportunity to Model in numerous fields.

Further Reading: Types of Modelling and Requirements: 10 Model Categories that anyone can work in.

The three career options you can choose when working as a Model are:

1. An Agency represented Model.

2. A Freelance Model.

3. A non-exclusive Model.

If you are wanting to follow the Model career path of option 2 and 3, freelance modelling or non-exclusive model, this article is written just for you!

Open Marketplace for Creative Work

To work comfortably as a Freelance Model or Non-Exclusive Model, this is where you need to have your business and interpersonal skills in check. Part of that is networking to know where to do to source your work – this applies to all creatives: Models, Actors, Hair & Makeup Artists, Photographers, Videographers, Influencers, Content Creators and even Celebrities.

Have you heard of is like having an Agency, minus the Agency. It is the leading marketplace to discover and book top professional models, actors and influencers. In other words, the easiest way to find jobs for Models, Actors and Influencers.

Models (including other creatives like hair and makeup artists, photographers, videographers, stylists, influencers) are able to find and book work. From the other side of the production, clients (aka business owners, companies, brands and collaborators) are able to find and book talent

The jobs and projects that are available suit a wide range of talent. Talent can be Models (including petite and curve – formerly known as plus size), for fashion/editorial, commercial projects + more. 

Further Reading: Do you have some questions about Read FAQs here.

How To Get Paid Work As A Model

If you’d like an easy way to find new jobs, message clients to clarify details and submit your applications, set your own rates (you’ll be guided by what this needs to be based on your existing skills and social media influence) and more importantly – get paid directly into your nominated bank account within 2 working days of the job you complete. Easy!

You can download app for FREE here: Android and Apple.

It’s also FREE to set up your profile. Follow the prompts and you’ll know what to do! If you’d like to explore the different levels of membership, check out pricing.

Further Reading: If you want some insider tips on choosing the best headshot for your profile, check out: Four Headshot Tips for Beginner Models.


As promised, I have a special discount code for my current Model students and The Model Masterclass readers. This will give you 4 months FREE PREMIUM membership. Use the code: PROKATE1

I hope you found this guide helpful. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours to break into the Model industry and find a thriving career!

Ps: This is a quality guide and I don’t mind you sharing it. I’d appreciate it if you follow standard professional etiquette and please quote + credit my content appropriately when you do: 

Kate Heussler | Instagram: @kateheussler Thank you!

Want to learn more?

Let’s get you closer to where you want to be! My signature offering The Model Masterclass will give you all the information you need about working as a Model and more importantly – how to set yourself on the right path for Model success. I’ll provide you the tips and tricks when it comes to personal branding and business, too. I’m a personal branding coach, social media consultant, graphic designer and much more. For more details, you can read about my Model Courses here, my professional background and path to being a Model Coach here, my press + media coverage here. You can also get to know me a little more here (to see if we vibe together) on my Insta: @kateheussler and Facebook: @kateheussler.

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