I am a firm believer in reality checks because for anyone to be successful in the modelling industry, it is vital to put everything in perspective and not let unrealistic expectations interfere with generating real results.
I do understand that a majority of the people who read this are very young so it makes sense that their understanding of modelling is going to be, let’s say, more far-fetched or the stars in their eyes might blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
But that motivates me even more to deliver this reality check in the most positive and effective way possible. Now, when it comes to money, there is income to be made in modelling. However, I’m coming from the reality of the everyday, average working model. I could care less about addressing how many millions of dollars supermodels make because–let’s be real here–the majority of us (myself included) will never earn even a fraction of that sort of income through modelling.
What I do know is that as a grown-up with grown-up bills and a lifestyle to maintain (I’m not a jet setter or big baller status), I cannot earn a substantial, steady living off modelling alone. Yes, I have only been in the industry for a few years. But, I’ve been published. Yes, I’ve got a good reputation that allows me great opportunities in my career BUT when it comes down to the numbers, the money I generate from modelling simply doesn’t make the cut. Nor will I ever expect it to, unless I land a major campaign/spokesmodel contract or something.
If your interest in modelling mainly revolves around the idea of using the income to earn a living then I will be the first to say that you’ll be sorely disappointed. The majority of models hold down full-time or part-time jobs in addition to modelling so that should be the first clue that money and modelling don’t go hand-in-hand the way many people envision.
My advice, get a job (especially when your building up your portfolio) until you can see how seriously your modelling career will take off. This applies to all categories, from commercial/print to fashion and runway. Each category has its earning pros/cons but the constant factor is that after all is said and done, there isn’t much stability when it comes to making money in modelling.
The more work a model books, the money he/she can make but that is much easier said than done, no matter what market you’re working in. Depending on your lifestyle, age, bills, living situation, etc each person’s requirements for financial stability and independence will vary widely xxx