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5 Tips For Becoming A Model While You Are In College

Photo Provided by :Maria Alejandra Rodriguez

One of the best aspects that college offers to students is the possibility of combining studies with other activities. Among other options, getting a part time job is one of the best possibilities.

However, most of those jobs are not really well paying in comparison with the huge amount of work that you have to do. Here you will find a really easy way to begin your career as model without much effort and without losing the focus on your studies.

Maria Alejandra Rodriguez, 22, a journalism student from Loyola University of Chicago is the living proof.

She said, “I began my career as model in 2010 as a hobby, and in two years I made over $12000”

For a better look at Alejandra’s work: http://www.wix.com/mrodriguez10/mariaarodriguez

First step

Alejandra says, “The most basic requirement to become a model is first of all find a manager or an agency. Those are the ones who get you the jobs. A good example is mayhemmodels.com. Most of their models are college students.”

The process of selection for a modeling campaign involves several steps. Your agency or manager will show your photo book to different clients. When a client preselects you, the agency will call you for a casting interview. If the client chooses you, you will need to arrange a meeting with:

  • The photographer
  • The make-up artist,
  • The hair stylist.

-The importance of water

One of the most obvious things to do if you want to become a model is take care of your body. A good way to do it is to drink as much water as possible. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, who is an internationally well known author and researcher of the natural healing power of water assure that,

“Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body”

Alejandra’s approach for staying hydrated is to drink 8 glasses of water per day because it:

  • Hydrates your skin.
  • Help remove toxins.
  • Energizes your muscles.

-Taking care of your skin

The skin is what models have to protect and care for the most. Depending on your skin type, you will have to use different products. In most of the cases you will apply creams twice per day at the time you wake up and before going to bed. It is also important to use sunscreen every day. There are a number of good skin creams options from which you can choose. Many dermatologists recommend:

  • Clinique.
  • L’Oreal.
  • Olay.

Olay,” for example, offers a huge variety of skin care products that offer efficient solutions to normal skin care issues.

Olay experts assure that “a daily skin care regimen of cleanse, moisturize and treat is the most effective way to maintain healthy-looking skin.”

Photo provided by: Maria Alejandra Rodriguez

-Healthy Diet and Exercise

Obviously being in good shape is a MUST in the modeling world so two hours in the gym is mandatory. 1 hour of spinning or any cardio exercise and 1 hour of yoga or zumba will be a good mix. Also, a balanced diet will be required. A balanced diet means eating all kind of foods and drinks without abusing any specific one. That means keep away from:

  • Saturated fats


-Dark Chocolate.


  • Trans Fats

French Fries



Keeping away those two fats has the added benefit of pushing back the cholesterol that as many nutritionists assure is one of the main causes of heart attack.

-Perks and Revenues

Modeling is helpful for those people who are interested in work in the media industry. The modeling experience will give you the knowledge of how to move in front of a camera as well as the basics of how to become a TV reporter. Most of the part time models could make around ($5000 or $8000).

Alejandra: “I usually work during summer times between June and August, because it is when there are more offers. Last summer I made over $7000.”

Photo provided by: Maria Alejandra Rodriguez


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