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How to become a model in India

Learn how to become a model

Let us help you to understand how to become a model and start your modeling career in India. Read all the details below carefully as these details will help you to get complete insight to start your modeling career.

We at NIMs modeling agency help you to become a professional fashion model in this vast and competitive modeling industry. ‘How to become a model’ is one sentence that will pass through every person’s mind who is aspiring to become a model in India.

What is Modeling ?

Modeling is a very interesting, creative, lucrative and glamorous career option. If you plan it right you can get tremendous name, fame and money in it.

A person who plays a role to promote, endorse or advertise a product or service is called a model and the work is called modeling.

What are different kinds of modeling ?

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In India most of the freshers think modeling means walking on the ramp and doing fashion shows only. Please note that it is just a very small part of modeling. As a model you can do many more things like –
1. Ramp / Fashion Shows
2. Print ads / Catalog shoots
3. E-commerce / Website shoots
4. TV commercials
5. Look Books for fashion designers
6. Fine art / artistic nudes
7. Music videos
8. Short movies / Internet viral videos
9. TV serials
10. Feature films / Regional movies
… and more.

Here are some modeling tips for Indian models on how to become a model in India.

How to become a model

Body & Height requirements to start modeling career in India

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To become a male model: You need to have fit and lean body. It is not required to have bulky muscular body with 6 abs etc. If you have good muscles that’s fine but it is not compulsory. A good proportionate body with pleasing personality and confidence is much better.

To become a female model: Zero figure is not required !
Nowadays for commercial and print advertisements etc. a fuller, proportionate and pleasing personality is more in demand. Flat figure is not in demand except for ramp shows/fashion shows or few high fashion shoots.
A good figure for female models would be – Bust: 33-36″ , Waist: 26-28″ , Hips: 33-36″
But it also depends on your bone structure.

What is the minimum height required for models in India ?

Please understand that average height in India is different than the other countries.

For males the minimum height for Ramp walk / fashion shows in India is 5’10” (178cms).
For pageants like Mr. India and other assignments the minimum height for male models is above 5’7″ (171cms). We recommend minimum 5’10”.

For females the minimum height for Ramp walk / fashion shows in India is 5’7″ (171cms)
For print ads and commercial modeling the minimum height for female models in India is 5’3″ or 5’4″ (162cms).

How to become a model

The first step to start modeling career!

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The first step to start modeling is to have a professional portfolio done by an experienced professional fashion photographer through a renowned modeling agency.

Important tip : Portfolio is very important and a bad portfolio can destroy your modeling career. DO NOT get your portfolio done through some friend. Always go to a professional fashion photographer or modeling agency who has experience in dealing with freshers.

We have best portfolio photographer in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. We have experience of helping 1000s of freshers to start their modeling career.

We can help you to get your modeling career started by shooting your portfolio and promoting you in the right way.
You can see the details about portfolio charges at fashion photographers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Portfolio Charges for portfolio photography

Is there any course required for modeling ?

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To be a model you should have right attitude, confidence, boldness and open mindedness.
Modeling is all about your passion, poses and expressions.
We feel these things cannot be taught. It comes from within.
However, we provide you grooming to face the camera and polish your skills of posing and expressions.
This grooming is provided FREE with the portfolio shoot in Delhi.

Which is the best city to start modelling ?

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If you are in North India, the best place to start your modeling career would be New Delhi, India.

The reason is simple. Delhi is the fashion capital of India. Delhi has its own emerging and unique set of young individuals across different fields. Delhi is also the main center for fashion learning with NIFT’s major presence here. There are definitely more buyers at Delhi fashion weeks, and it has a more international feel.

You can find various modelling agencies in Delhi. NIMs is considered as the top modelling agency in Delhi.

For east India Kolkata is the best place to start and for mid and south India, Bangalore has a nice market.

Mumbai is the main hub of modeling and acting industry in India. So, its the best place to go and explore further opportunities once you have a good experience in modeling. Mumbai has more work related to movies, serials and videos.

How to choose the right modeling agency ?

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Here are some key pointers that will help find the good modelling agencies so that you will know “How to become a model”.

  • If you are starting your modeling career then always get your portfolio and promotion done through the agency that has lot of experience in helping freshers. Don’t go for agencies that deal with top models until you gain some experience and have made good contacts.
  • Verify the information like name address, phone number, website etc. of the agency and since when they are in business.
  • Reputed modelling agencies give you time to think before you say yes to work or portfolio shoot, while the fraud ones use pressuring techniques.
  • Usually the fraud agencies will promise you instant work or higher payment than what a fresher deserves. Be careful of such modeling agencies.

How much can I earn in modeling ?

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It all depends on you. There is no minimum or maximum limit in this industry.
To get modeling assignments you should have talent and passion.
You should be hard working, smart, friendly and most importantly should know how to make the right contacts.
The freshers start with Rs.2000-3000 per day’s modeling assignment.
If you are good, you reach Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 per day in a years time.
It all depends on the type of shoot and the client’s budget.

I already have a professional model portfolio. How can NIMs help me ?

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NIMs is India’s best platform for promoting freelance models.
If you already have a professional portfolio you can add your profile on NIMs so that 1000s of companies can see your profile and get in touch with you directly for modeling/acting assignments.

It’s very easy to display your profile on NIMs website.

Step 1

Register Free !

Step 2

Click Add profile

Select the suitable category and click “Go”. If you are trying with your normal pictures then you need to select aspiring models. If you have a professional portfolio then select Male models or Female models respectfully.

Fill your details and attach few images one by one. Each image should be less than 1MB.
Click “Continue”.

Step 3

Make a small payment !
Once we verify and publish your profile, it will be made live on the website.
Now you would be able to access modeling assignments and apply to them directly.
Also, ad agencies, production houses, model coordinators will be able to contact you for assignments through your profile page.

What is the Benefit to Display Profile on NIMs ?

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NIMs is the most popular website for model promotion and visibility.
Once you are on NIMs website, you are known to the whole industry.
Know more about model promotion.

When your profile is published on NewIndianModels.com along with your details, it is promoted to 1000s of fashion, advertising, casting people of the industry by email and social networks.

Most of the Advertising agencies, Model coordinators, Production houses, Casting Directors, Fashion Designers and Clients visit our website and hire models by contacting them through their profile page.

Also, you would be able to access modeling assignments and apply to them directly.

So do you have what it takes to become a model in India ? If yes, get in touch and we can help !
We are considered as one of India’s best modelling agencies in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Call / whatsapp Mr. Manish Khullar at 9818401068 – owner and leading fashion photographer for guidance and to book your portfolio shoot.

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