I Want to Be a Model

By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Do you ever watch America's Next Top Model or fashion shows and wish that it could be you up there? Well, all my life that's all I've ever dreamed of. Since I could walk and talk I've been wanting to be a model. I remember putting on my dress-up princess heels and walking up and down the hallway practicing my runway walk. If this reminds you of yourself, then why haven't you done anything about it?

Since I've had a MySpace account I've been site modeling for layout sites. This means that they use my pictures for their signs, support codes, layouts, etc. It gives me some experience in the modeling field because I have to take pictures to fit that site's needs. (You'll occasionally see me in Sweet Designs Magazine.) You might want to try site modeling also.

A few months ago, I was at my local mall and I saw an ad about a spring fashion show. I found out all the information and applied to be in it. This was my first fashion show, and I had so much fun. Of course, I didn't get paid, but I modeled for Wet Seal and David's Bridal, and it was a blast! I loved the feeling I got while I was on the runway. At that moment, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

So I applied to some different agencies online including Ford Models, Elite Model Management, and Barbizon. I never expected to get a call because I didn't think they checked those things. But about two weeks ago, a lady named Judith from Barbizon called and told me she was flying in from Florida to hold auditions and she wanted me there! I was so excited!!

This past Saturday, I dressed casually and in heels and took along a photograph, and I went to the auditions. I didn't expect so many girls to be there! There were over 400, and only 30 were to be chosen! I started to lose faith, but my mom encouraged me.

During my interview, the lady kept saying, "... and when we call you to tell you that you made it ..." so I had a feeling they were going to call me. I felt really good leaving my interview. Two days later, I got the call! I started training the following weekend.

So here's my point: If you're trying to get into modeling, don't just sit around waiting for someone to magically discover you. I doubt it will happen.

♥ Apply to some agencies. Along with your mom, find out all you can about them. Some are reputable, while others are not. Check your local agencies if you have any.

♥ Get a portfolio together. Take lots of pictures. Find a photographer. Some college photography students looking to build their portfolios will do your shoot for free. (Exercise common sense safety precautions, of course.)

♥ Practice your runway walk. Watch America's Next Top Model, because the tips they give really help.

♥ Practice by site modeling for SDM and other sites.

♥ When a photographer, runway coordinator, agency boss, Stephanie Lynn, or whoever is directing you gives you instructions or an assignment, listen up and follow through!

♥ Find out about local fashion shows like the one I did at the mall and apply.

I hope my article helps you follow your dreams!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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