Would I Make a Good Model?
Models in the U.S. earn an average of just $11 per hour. The thrill of being famous makes it an interesting career choice, even though the field is declining. Models work in a variety of conditions, from comfortable indoor studios and runway fashion shows to outdoors in all weather conditions. Most models work part time and have unpredictable work schedules. Many also experience periods of unemployment.
What Abilities do I Need?
Above all, models to be socially perceptive, meaning they’re aware of others’ reactions and understand why they react like they do. They need hypersensitivity to color, light, sounds, and touch, plus rhythm memory. Their observation skills need to be honed so they can notice subtle differences in other’s reactions.
Being an Introvert is helpful because of their ability to internalize roles. When interacting with others, they typically act out a role. Situations where no role has been defined are highly stressful for introverts, but models must take on and play roles with every other shoot.
Specialist is also a helpful natural ability for models because it would drive them to want to achieve mastery in their chosen field.
Paramount is their natural physical structure which is critical to obtain entry into the field. Tall and lean body build with symmetrical facial features and ability to create and communicate different illusions and messages with their physical assets particularly with their face.
How can you know whether you possess these abilities? The Highland’s Ability Battery test shows you exactly where your strengths are.
Natural Interests of a Model
- Artistic — Self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
- Enterprising — Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes taking and often dealing with business.
- Realistic — Working activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
Personality of a Model
- gentle, sensitive people, who keep most of their personal opinions private
- express their deeply felt passions through actions, rather than through words
- patient, flexible, and easy going with little need to control others
- observant of people and things around them and don’t seek to find motives or meanings
- prefer short term to long term planning and don’t prepare more than necessary as they live completely in the moment
- like to enjoy the current experience, without rushing into the next
- usually loyal followers and good team members
Work-Related Strengths of a Model
- Prefer hands-on participation
- Welcome change and adapt well to new situations
- Work hard when they believe their work is important
- Are loyal members of organizations and take orders from superiors well
- Thrive in supportive and affirming climates
Work-Related Weaknesses of a Model
- Accept others’ behavior without questioning suspicious motives
- Not see opportunities unless they exist at the present
- Feel overwhelmed by large, complex, or unclear tasks
- Miss opportunities due to lack of organization
- Feel restricted by excessive rules and bureaucracy