One of the biggest perks of modeling is your ability to travel and work in new locations, both locally and internationally. Most of my modeling career involves traveling to new places, or even living overseas for months on end for projects and career opportunities. Between traveling a couple of times a month and internationally at least four times a year, here’s what I’ve learned:
Finding Photographers/Casting the Crew: When you’re traveling, whether you’re going for one booking or two, you can always squeeze more shoots in, so finding people who you want to shoot with is crucial to planting the seeds of connections.
Social media is such an important tool for models traveling, so it’s important to utilize it! By using Instagram, or even the Hub, you’re able to see photographers all over the world and get a first hand view of their work. Who has recommended them and what is their reputation on various sites and platforms? Will they fit in with your brand?
Learning the industry before you head to work in a new place is super important. It gives you a foundation to pitch yourself to people there. Learning about the coolest locations to shoot, what photographers are into shooting, and makeup/styling tricks help you get your footing and a sense of what you’re going to be shooting while you travel.
Great so you’re all packed and have a ton of stuff in your bag. Awesome! Now remove about ⅓ of it. Usually when traveling and shooting you’ll only be using ⅔ of the items you actually packed. So that extra pair of shoes you want in case they don’t like the other shoes, put them back in your closet. Unless a photographer explicitly asked you to bring an item, like an accessory or specific top, don’t bring it if you think it’ll only help you to style one outfit.
As a model for almost ten years, I find myself learning new things everyday. This blog is a way to share my stories, images that may not be on my main board, and interesting things abut modeling and my life.