There is no denying the fact that the worlds of modelling and acting are very closely linked. Many people end up having careers in both industries, with most individuals starting off in modelling and then receiving their break on the big screen. This should give great inspiration to those who want to make it in the movies yet are currently working their way up in the modelling industry. It shows how modelling offers a phenomenal platform. After all, this is an industry whereby branding yourself is essential, and thus this can lead to you being noticed by big producers and alike. Of course, this is no easy challenge. However, modelling does present a good starting platform, and this post will reveal more about it. Plus, you will also gain some top examples regarding individuals who started in modelling and have now featured in some of the most well-known movies. Keeping that in, let’s find out more…
So, why is modelling a good platform for getting your big break in the world of movies?
It is quite simple. It is all about exposure, and modelling is an industry that provides you with plenty of it. The more fashion weeks you feature in, the more magazines you are on the cover of, and the more campaigns your face is displayed across – the better. This is all working towards your brand, which is of course you. You will start to become a name people recognise. This recognition can do wonders. Firstly, you may be noticed through your modelling and thus your agent may contact you to inform you that a movie casting director is interested in you. Of course, this does not happen as frequently as people would like it to. However, you are more likely to be noticed as a model than as an office worker, that’s for sure! Moreover, once you apply for a role in a film and you introduce yourself to the casting directors, you will give them something to go off. They may already know who you are.
In addition to this, your career in modelling will help to establish the fact that you boast one key quality all movie directors search for – you are photogenic. Looking good on the screen is obviously pivotal. This will give you a major advantage over everyone else applying for the role. This is especially the case if you have featured on television adverts and alike. Another advantage you boasts is the fact that you will be used to the unusual working hours and demanding schedule. Thus, you should find it easy to adapt. Moreover, you will also be used to working under pressure.
If that wasn’t enough, it is also worth pointing out that the modern day model has many advantages when it comes to making it in the movie industry. Nowadays, models have a voice. Thanks to social media and alike, models are becoming household names rather than just faces we see strut down the catwalk. Use this to your advantage and market yourself all over the world. As mentioned earlier, you are your brand. When a company increases their recognition and reaffirms their identity they generate more success. This is no different when it comes to you. The more you interact with people and the more publicity you have, the more you will be noticed. And let’s be realistic, there are plenty of people who have featured in movies simply because of their celebrity status, not because of their talent. Producers want their movie to be noticed and thus they use people who are going to generate a big deal of attention. If you have made a name for yourself, you could be one of these people. Of course you want to be recognised for your talent, however this offers an excellent starting point for you to show the world what you can do.
Of course this post is not designed to simplify the task at hand. Any model cannot become an actor or an actress. It certainly is not as simple as that. You will need to perfect your craft. Hard work and dedication is a must. If you have not been to acting school previously, now is the time. Enroll in courses and hone your skills. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to show that you take the world of acting seriously.
It is also worth having a back-up plan too. Both the modelling industry and the movie industry are notoriously difficult to get into. With the online degrees available today, you can easily get qualifications via an online Christian college to give you an extra avenue to go down if it doesn’t work out. Having a back-up plan like this will give you great peace of mind because you will know that there is always another route that you can go down. From accounting and writing to sales and psychology, you can literally do any course online today, and if you’re travelling around going to casting calls and shoots, you can fit your study in around it, doing it in your own time.
So, now you know all you need to about modelling being the perfect platform for making it big in the movies. Thus, to illustrate this point further, let’s finish by revealing some individuals who prove this statement to be true. The following individuals all started their careers in the modelling industry, yet managed to achieve their break on the big screen as well…
Ashton Kutcher is a Hollywood hunk who needs no introduction. He has featured in a wealth of popular movies and television shows. Recently, he currently starred as Walden Schmidt in the highly popular serious ‘Two and a Half Men’. One of his more recent films is ‘Jobs’, in which he portrays entrepreneur and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Moreover, he has had lead roles in some huge Hollywood films, such as What Happens in Vegas, The Guardian, The Butterfly Effect, Just Married, and Dude Where’s My Car? However, did you know that it all started out in the world of modelling for Mr. Kutcher? Ashton competed in an IMTA competition in 1998 and actually lost out to Josh Duhamel. However, losing didn’t do his modelling career any harm, as he signed with New York modelling agency Next. During his career he modelled in Paris and Milan and featured in ads for Calvin Klein.
Mischa Barton is often praised for her quirky and fashionable dress sense. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that she has a colourful history in the world of modelling. She has featured in a huge number of print advertising campaigns and television commercials. The following is just a mere handful of the companies she has modelled for – Monsoon Accessorize, Bebe stores, Calvin Klein, Neutrogena, and JC. However, when it comes to movies she had her first big break in 1997 when she played the protagonist in Lawn Dogs. Since then she has featured in the likes of The Sixth Sense, Homecoming, Into the Dark, Assassination of a High School President, and St Trinian’s.
Next, we have Channing Tatum. This is a man who has a huge number of incredible movies to boast on his CV. He is probably best known for his role in the Step Up dance movies. And, of course, we all know about the Magic Mike shows! However, he has also featured in Coach Cater, Dear John, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, She’s the Man, and The Vow. Nevertheless, Channing Tatum’s career started in the modelling industry. He began with print advertising, modelling for the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch and Armani. He then moved into television commercials. He had huge success, landing national spots for Pepsi and Mountain Dew. He signed with Miami modelling agency Page 305 and featured in campaigns for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Nautica. In fact, he even featured in Vogue magazine.
To conclude, the world of modelling and acting are certainly linked. If you are currently making it in the modelling agency and have dreams of being on the big screen, you should use your modelling status to your advantage. Help it to achieve your goal of featuring in a movie. You only need to look at the three examples mentioned to see that it is more than possible.