There are a host of resumes out there, but do you need to create a resume if your profession is a model? The answer is yes. If you work as a model, and have never created a modeling resume, you do need to create a resume and it must be specialized to your career. Here’s how to do just that below.
1.Begin with Photos
The most important place to start if you are a model and looking to create a professional looking resume is with what employer wants to see most-photos. Though you may have a portfolio, either online and/or in print; you should also have a photo that you can attach to your resume, in instances when using a resume is necessary. In every case in which you use photos of yourself for your career, they should always be taken by a professional. Especially, in the modeling industry, you need to use only best quality photos, as the people you are dealing with will know the difference. Once you have the headshot that you want to use with your resume, you should either attach it as one side of your application with the resume on the other; or include it in the body of your resume.
2.Have a Portfolio Ready
Though you do not necessarily have to send out a copy of your portfolio for every modeling job that you want to get, you do most certainly need a professional portfolio of professional photos done for other jobs and/or just photos taken to show how you can be photographed.
Next, begin the outline of your resume with a header that is contact information. It should include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. This said, since you do work in the performance industry, you should also include the name of your modeling agent, and their contact information. Why? Simply, because if an employer wants to discuss an offer with you, they should discuss the details with your agent, as they represent your best interests. If you have chosen to include your small headshot, do so here next to your name and contact information.
Next, will come a section for your height, weight, eye color, hair color, inseam, shoe size, bust, waist, hips, etc. Though these things should not matter at all in any other profession, in performance; they are everything. This said, include all of these details, and be truthful, as employers will be able to tell when they see you.
The section on experience is just as valuable as in any type of resume, but with a modeling resume, you should structure your experience; not in chronological form; but instead, by type of modeling projects that you have done. So, you should have a section for Print, Runway, Promotional, Video, and Television-as applicable to the kinds of modeling that you have done. Each of these kinds should be bolded and underlined, and under each category of modeling, should be bullet points discussing in one line the following: who you worked for, what the job was, the duration of the job, and any pertinent details.
Lastly, you should include a section on your special skills and possible training. Under this section, you can use bullets to show different types of skills and training, such as modeling classes you have taken, musical instruments you can play, sports you have played, etc. While you may not think some of these are relevant to modeling jobs, each modeling job may require these skills in one way or another; and this is why this information should not be omitted.