It's plus size model hunting season again for us as we are now planning for the next year's collection. I actually read our Part 1 and Part 2 and I just want to add to that more tips about how to get booked as a plus size model. Again, this is based on my experience as a client and a former handler of models.
PLUS SIZE MODEL TIP 1: NO NAME DROPPING
When you are applying for a job, focus on impressing the client with your portfolio and not with the 'higher up' people that you have worked with. Why? It's simply telling the client that "Gucci got me for their runway, if you don't get me for this project, then it only means that you are not high caliber like them!"
Not only will this show your arrogance, but it also shows that you are more interested in everything else than the client's brand. It is good to just let them see your portfolio. If they start asking questions, then you answer.
Also, 'name dropping' is a great sign of arrogance and it will really turn off the client.
PLUS SIZE MODEL TIP 2: RESPECT THE CLIENT LIKE YOU ARE ALREADY HIRED
This you have to take seriously. SERIOUSLY.
Act like the client before you is already your boss. Therefore, you have to make sure that you keep your manners in check! Don't talk to your client like you are 'equals' because technically, you are an employee, as a model. Of course, stand up when the person is already out of line but talking to them like they are your 'friend' or something is never a good way.
This shows how amateur you really are.
So when you have to ask or say something, screen your words before you let it out of your mouth. If you have to text or email them, mind your punctuation. Too much "!!!" or BEING ADDICTED TO CAPITALIZATION or using text speak like "OMG I LUV UR FASH LYN!!!" is not a great way to express that you are a professional. You are talking to a client and NO, YOU ARE NOT CLOSE FRIENDS BOUND IN THE HIP.
PLUS SIZE MODEL TIP 3: ARRIVE PREPARED AND READY TO GO!
One way of looking like a complete amateur in modeling is rushing to the go-see and still fixing your portfolio. You will looked rushed. You will look stressed. Your glow will diminish and well, it will show as you meet the client.
This will also show to the client the potential threat you are to the project if you are hired. I mean, think about it, what sane, serious client would like to have a model that looks harassed upon arrival and looks disorganized all over? It only shows that you can't be given a huge responsibility!
PLUS SIZE MODEL TIP 4: SUBMIT THE FULL REQUIREMENTS
In a model go see, first impression is the most important. There is no such thing as 'to follow' because this is the only chance you will get to grab the client. So make sure that you submit the full requirements for the go-see.
PLUS SIZE MODEL TIP 5: BROWSE THROUGH THE CLIENT'S WEBSITE
Plus Size Models, know what you are getting into! If you know the brand that you are applying for, it really helps to browse their website and see what they usually ask their models to do. If you can see that you can handle their clothes, then go for it. However, if you know that you can't wear tube, then why are you applying? You can't tell a client what you want to wear. Not only is that annoying and disrespectful, but it's also very fraudulent to say that you can work with the brand and then the day comes and you say you can't do it.
It's like your best friend telling you that s/he will always be there for you, but then when there is a problem, BAM! THE PERSON IS GONE. Would you like that?