I decided to give modeling a try after years of hearing family and friends say "you should be a model". I'm only 5' 7", so I knew right off I had zero chance of becoming a runway model but there are lots of opportunities out there for non-agency standard girls.
I began looking for information and talking to people to see how I should go about getting started. I found that most will say and tell you what they think you want to hear. Then they invite you spend a ton of money taking modeling classes, paying them fees, etc. I found Nick Belial when I searched for headshots. After talking to several photographers, I felt he was a straight shooter, knew the industry and I loved the style of photos in his port.
We scheduled a shoot and right away Nick put me at ease with his relaxed and professional demeanor. He made me laugh and gave gentle direction. He offered loads of great advice whenever I asked a question. We discussed everything from facial expressions and posing techniques to choosing who to work with and which steps to take and which to avoid in my new career. Nick stressed the importance of having a diverse portfolio. All that information, direction and advice proved accurate and invaluable.
When I got my proofs back, I was blown away. I couldn't believe that was me in those pictures. Nick helped boost my confidence during our shoot then seeing those finished pictures made me feel like I could really give modeling a serious go. I don't think I really believed I could do it until then.
I ended up putting together a portfolio using the pics Nick and I took. Most importantly, Nick taught me what to do with my port to make it work for me.
It's only a few weeks later and I have already completed my fourth photo shoot.with several more booked for this month and one for May. My first paid shoot was last weekend for a local clothing company. I modeled a few outfits from their new fall line. What an awesome experience this has been.
My portfolio is doing what it's supposed to do and getting me noticed. I'm getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera. My last shoot led to an offer to model sunglasses and jewelry for a print catalog. I'm hooked and I have Nick to thank for my awesome portfolio and for taking the time to help me get started the right way.