Stand up straight! This is very
important to promote good posture and present a tall, proud image.
It is more than just throwing your shoulders back (thus throwing
your chest out). The MTF, LLC way is to "Roll it, Suck it,
and Tuck it!"
To achieve this, roll your
shoulders up to your ears (like a shrug,) push back and down. Suck
your stomach in and tuck your butt under. Take a deep breath, exhale
and relax, but keep your posture.
Etiquette and Manners
You may have noticed that
many of the most important lessons that we learned as children are
still important today, such as saying: "Please" and "Thank
You," or "Treat others as you want to be treated"
as well as "Respect yourself and others."
Hair and Makeup
Hair- Many people look
upon their hair as their "crowning glory." The choices
that you make regarding your hair will be very important
ones. They will reflect your personality, sense of style, and how
you feel about yourself.
Makeup- The choice of the
right makeup and its correct application is important.
Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, draw attention
to your best attributes and hide any flaws.
A daily program which includes
a proper diet and exercise routine is important. You will look and
feel great, mentally and physically. Start by choosing a realistic
diet program and selecting an exercise regime that you like
and one that will fit into your schedule.
Print modeling is the opportunity
for a model to work with a photographer. The model must communicate
by using a variety of poses and expressions. At MTF, LLC we start
our models off by allowing them to choose their own poses from various
magazines and catalogs. We suggest they clip them out and put them
in a binder or folder. This is called a "pose book."
Runway models mainly showcase
their talent "live" and "on stage" in front
of an audience. The best runway models act naturally, exude personality,
confidence, style and move with grace and ease.
Public speaking is about
communicating. Public speaking is a platform that allows you to
communicate-expressing yourself and sharing your knowledge with
others. The role of a public speaker is to educate, inform, enlighten,
ignite, and excite!
TV commercials use actors,
models, celebrities and real people to reach an audience. If you
think this is something you would like to do then you will need
to learn how to act. It may even be necessary to look the part as
well to make it more believable. You may also need to draw from
past experience when possible to make it more credible.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Can you see yourself on the big screen? This requires some serious
acting! You will need to prepare a Monologue, do an Audition,
and be ready for a Callback.
of Modeling and You!
Our book, "You Can Be...The
Model You!" is a capsule of the MTF, LLC training program.
It focuses on both the importance of self development and the skills
and techniques needed to be a professional model. The self development
chapters encourage you to be a good person on the inside and look
and act your best on the outside. The modeling chapters give you
the information and instruction that you need to successfully pursue
your dream of becoming a model / actor. It will take determination,
a lot of hard work, practice, patience, and most of all, positive
An aspiring model/actor needs
to do their homework. First they must research their field of interest
through books, articles, etc. Next they must come up with a game
plan. To achieve their goal, they will need training, the "tools
of the trade" and the opportunity. The "tools" include
a portfolio, composite cards, a resume, contact sheets (or proofs,)
tear sheets, a portfolio case, and a journal. Also, they'll need
representation, through an agency or by themselves (freelance.)
Modeling and acting are exciting,
glamorous, satisfying and lucrative fields. Modeling and acting
are often interchanged because of the skills that are needed and
the things that they have in common. Both models and actors need
to be smart, talented, persistent and loyal to their trade. They
also must be honest, able and willing to go the distance).