Creating Models Out of Ordinary People: Who Are Scouts and How Do You Get Scouted?
November 14, 2018
A lot of people start doubting or questioning themselves when a scouter approaches them whether modeling might actually work for them. We talk a little bit about the work of scouters and offer some tips on how to get scouted.
Scouting performance equates directly to the industry performance
Modeling is a diverse industry ranging from kid to senior talents. All different types of sizes, heights and looks are sought after. There isn’t a fixed requirement (other than fashion or supermodel ranges) that a potential model needs to fit in most cases. The lack of fixed standard means scouters have to go both by experience and instinct in most cases.
Tyra Banks, for example, was rejected by six agencies before she got her first job, and faced many challenges in her path. Imagine if a very beautiful person lacks the confidence and initial push; they might not even think about being a model. That is why scouters are ever so important! They identify a talent and give them encouragement to pursue a line of work they may not even have considered. How well the modeling industry performs is directly dependent on the way a scouter lures new talent.
Scouting is a tiring job and one that requires good knowledge of the industry
With great power, comes great responsibility appropriately applies to scouters. Clients and the overall industry expect the best candidate and many fresh faces all the time. Scouters need to be strongly knowledgeable in this field and sign the aspirant, who will perform up to expectations. They also have to be good at marketing their own agency well enough to convince models of their potential opportunities and growth. This process can be mean researching on key hot spots such as concerts, events, and central urban areas, fashion shows, where there will be higher chances of spotting good talents. They can literally be on their 2 feet all day in search of a star, with maximum uncertainty. Even thinking about it can make one tired; imagine the scouters who have to be at their best on a daily basis.
How to get scouted?
Thankfully these days we have good social media and online advantages. All you need to do is to apply to the agencies you like with the information on their website. You have the ability to do thorough research and choose the agency which suits you the best. However another thing you can do is to go down to fashion shows and festivals and gain exposure to various different kind of people influential in the fashion industry and you may even catch the eye of a scouter. You can also have an attractive profile on platforms such as Instagram. With the use of appropriate hashtags and getting a good number of followers and keeping loyal fans, you are bound to be noticed by modeling agencies.
Hope you attain a clearer picture on modeling after this, and next time a ‘scouter’ approaches you, you know what their importance is to modeling.