A plus size model's resume is her portfolio. In it is her range, her features and of course, her craft. If you have a great portfolio, then you do not need to drop names or have 'someone from the inside' do the sweet talking for you. It will persuade them half-way (your personality and professionalism will do the rest) on picking you already.
So how can you make a portfolio for your career as a plus size model? Here are some tips on how to do so. Again, this is based on my experience as a client and in the fashion industry. It is not the END ALL of everything.
PLUS SIZE MODELING TIP 1: JOIN OPEN SHOOTS TO INCREASE THE PHOTO OF YOUR PORTFOLIO
Of course, you have to have photos to put into your portfolio. Open shoots (sometimes you have to pay, sometimes not, depending on the arrangements) are a great way to get the portfolio you need.
PLUS SIZE MODELING TIP 2: NOT ALL PHOTOS ARE EQUAL
Overtime, you may accumulate photos. Remember to always select the best three samples of each category:
- Close Up (Minimal and Full On Make up)
- Profile (Minimal and Full on Make up)
- Whole Body (Commercial, Editorial and Catalogue)
We suggest that you focus more on the whole body shots as this shows more of your skills as a model.
PLUS SIZE MODELING TIP 3: YOUR GRANDEST PHOTO SHOULD BE IN FRONT AND THEN THE BEST PHOTO IN THE MIDDLE AND THEN THE GRANDEST AT THE END
In a model go see, FIRST IMPRESSIONS LAST that is both in your portfolio and of course as you conduct your business. There are actually a lot of ways to arrange your portfolio, however one way is to arrange it as said by the tip ABOVE.
Among all of your best photos, choose 2 of the grandest ones and 1 that is in the 2nd place (1st place is tied!)
Place your Grandest photo in front to shock and awe the client. This way they will get hooked. Then in the middle of your portfolio you put your best photo in the middle to keep the curiosity going and then the grandest one in the end to 'make the impression stick'.
PLUS SIZE MODELING TIP 4: NOT ALL OPEN SHOOTS ARE EQUAL
Just because there is an open shoot, it doesn't mean you have to bite it. Learn to screen. Know the theme and the portfolio of the photographer. If it looks professional enough and it is up to your taste and the portfolio that you think your targeted client would like, then by all means go ahead.
PLUS SIZE MODELING TIP 5: MIND THE RANGE OF YOUR PHOTO
Again, you are going to take your client to a 'ride' with your portfolio. Make sure that it shows a wide range of emotions from the softest to the hardest.