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27/02/15
This month we speak to in-house model and Scout Management founder, Rosie Meckiff Mengel. With over 15 years modelling experience, Rosie shares her top five 'model-musts' for those new to the industry:

As a model you may be promoting a brand's collection and aspirations, but you're also selling yourself. Therefore it's integral to make a good impression, and be remembered for all the right reasons:


1) Don't be Late for a Very Important Date!

Alice in Wonderland's white rabbit may seem cute, but in reality arriving late for a shoot is one sure way to kick off a bad impression. Allow ample time, plannning your route in advance.

When shooting in London, check your route, alternative routes, and any engineering works at www.tfl.gov.uk. If relying on phone maps, ensure your mobile is fully charged - "my phone died" has resulted in many a late model - and to be double safe, print a hard copy. If anything does arise en-route, have the right contact number to inform your booker, the photographer or client.

Arriving in plenty of time sets you up for a positive shoot (stressed out, sweaty models are never a joy). It also gives you the chance to settle in and interact with the team, gauging personalities, expectations, and the overall day ahead.

In short, don't ever be "the late model"...


2) Go Natural

As standard, you must always arrive on set clean and natural. This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised by the number of models who turn up with unwashed hair, chipped nail varnish, or a face full of make-up.

Always make sure you have clean, product-free hair, ideally washed and rough dried the night before to provide grip for styling. Do not wear any make-up, nail varnish, or fake tan, unless specifically requested by your booker or the client.

A light body moisturiser is fine, but be aware the make-up artist may need to apply body foundation or bronzer, so sticky moisturisers are a no-go. The much dreaded here is a model showing up with gel nail varnish and patchy fake tan. Model Fail.

Remember, you need to be a blank canvass to work on...


3) Be Prepared (Scout Management's favourite motto)

As much as it can seem easy to simply arrive 'au naturel' and let the team work their magic, it's important to have your own model kit.

This starts with the right underwear. Always bring both a skin-coloured and black seam-free underwear set. Bras should be smooth cup (to avoid creating lumps under the garment), with removable straps.

I also recommend bringing two pairs of shoes (boots/sandals, shoot season dependent) in nude and black. Although you should always check 'wardrobe' in advance, even if there's a fashion stylist on set, it's a good idea to bring something you know fits (just in case you're a 41 shoe and the stylist could only get hold of a 38. Although that said, be prepared to squeeze...).

Likewise, even if a hair & make-up artist (HMUA) is booked, it's advisable to have these in your model kit:

a) Baby wipes. HMUA's pretty much always have this staple but it's nice to know you can remove your make-up at the end of the shoot, and correct any mishaps.

b) Straws. A simple way to avoid messing up your lipstick every time you need a drink.

c) And on this note, always ensure to bring a large bottle of water and snacks.

Refreshments are often available on set, and for full day shoots clients should provide lunch, but it's not something you want to risk when you have hours under the lights (or out in the elements) ahead of you.

This also applies to ensuring you have breakfast. It's tempting to skip the first meal of the day if you're in a rush or feeling nervous, but a mix of protein and complex carbohydrates will set you up for the day. Just try to avoid sugary carbs and fizzy drinks throughout the shoot, which can cause bloating.


4) Do Different

Once you're finally in front of the camera the key is to follow direction and give something different each shot.

If the photographer or client likes a particular look or pose they may ask you to hold or repeat. Oherwise each time that light flashes ensure to give something new. This may be complete positioning changes, or more subtle differences, such as moving a hand slightly, or simply changing your eye line.


5) Be Engaging (and Professional)

Always remember you are working during a shoot, and as such, must remain professional. Don't be the one constantly on your phone. Quickly checking texts and social media is fine when in the make-up chair, but save any calls for your lunch break. Also make sure your phone is on silent during shooting.

Give the photographer and client something positive to remember you by, so they keep you in mind, and ultimately want to work with you again. Finally, try not to dominate during a shoot, but instead be engaging and ensure you're listening to feedback and adapting accordingly.


Follow these five 'model-musts' and you'll always be prepared for upcoming shoots, and hopefully secure the sacred for all models, re-bookings.

If you have any questions on further modelling advice, or how to become a model, contact Rosie:

E: rosie@scoutmanagement.co.uk
T: 020 3601 5330
M: 07480 971188
www.scoutmanagement.co.uk
Rosie Meckiff Mengel - 
In-house Model + Founder of Scout Management