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There is nothing is more embarrassing than showing up to a job and not being properly prepared. Well, slipping on the runway is pretty embarrassing. The thing is, first impressions are everything. Here at Agent, we want you to be fully prepared to take the modeling world head-on.

The Night Before

Go to bed early

Since everyone’s body is different, most healthy adults get 7–9 hours of sleep. It is important to make sure you get as much sleep as possible the night before a shoot.

Model taking a nap backstage at Proenza Schoule show

No Alcohol

Don’t party or drink the night before. Alcohol will dehydrate your skin and will leave dark circles. Showing up to a photoshoot hungover is not chic. Instead- drink lots of water and have a night in!

Pamper yourself!

  • Give yourself a mini facial. Your skin needs to look its best so why not treat yourself to a face mask and your favorite moisturizers the night before.
  • Make sure to shave. While everyone’s grooming habits are different….legs & armpits are a must.
  • Make sure hands and feet are well manicured with a nude or gloss polish.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss enjoying a Joanna Vargas face mask before the Met Ball

Do Your Research

Knowing who you are working with is just as important as getting enough sleep. Researching the brand or client you are about to work with will help you get a better understanding regarding the company’s values and what they are about. It could also win you some kudo points with your client and may even lead to a rebooking.

What to Bring?

If you work in an office you would probably carry a briefcase. But if you are a model, you will need to have a “Model Bag”. Although call sheets usually provide detailed descriptions regarding the job, such as whether hair and make up will be provided, it’s a good idea to be well prepared when you are running from job to job.

Snacks & Water: When you’re a busy model you may find yourself leaving one photoshoot and hurrying off to the next. It is important to eat and stay hydrated- so make sure you pack healthy snacks like almonds, protein bars, fresh fruit to keep your energy up through out the day. Make sure to bring and drink plenty of water as well. A wise model once said Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.”

Clothing: During a photoshoot it is common to have multiple wardrobe changes so it is very important to have all the necessary undergarments. Be sure to pack black and nude under garments.

Make-Up: If the job provides hair and makeup, that’s awesome. However, it’s smart to pack the basics like:

  • Makeup remover
  • Foundation and concealer
  • Mascara
  • Brow kit
  • A neutral lipstick or gloss
  • A soft blush

Hair: When working with a hair stylist, they will actually prefer if your hair was a little dirty compared to silky smooth. A little natural grit will help the hairstylist style your hair with ease. If a hairstylist is not provided, talk to the person who booked you regarding what hair style is desired for the shoot. It’s always a great idea to have a few hair supplies in your bag for touch ups such as:

  • Hair ties
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Hair appliances (curling irons, straightener, blow dryer)
  • Hairspray
  • Spray water bottle


  • Light dressing robe
  • Phone charger
  • Emergency items like Advil, tampons, band-aids


Modeling is a job that takes a lot work even before stepping on set. Make sure you’re prepared and ready to take on the day… the night before.



Hi! I've been modeling for 10 years and joined Agent, Inc to help better the modeling industry as a whole, and share all that I've learned throughout the years. I grew up near Los Angeles and then moved there after college where I got a degree in Communications while modeling. Feel free to email me any blog ideas!

When I'm not modeling, or writing for Agent, you can find me going to concerts, comedy shows, or exploring a new city.

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