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There is nothing is more embarrassing than showing up to a job and not being properly prepared. (Well, ok, we can think of a few things…)  

However, it is very true that first impressions are everything – particularly in this industry. Here at AGENT, we want you to be fully prepared to take on the modeling world with our support and without any surprises.  Here are a few tips to consider before your first official gig or test shoot:

The Night Before

Go to bed early

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

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 can leave dark circles or create puffiness in the face. Showing up to a photoshoot hungover is not fun (trust us, we’ve tried it.)  Instead, drink plenty of water or tea and try to have an early night.

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 for women.  Men might want to touch up their beards or manscape if the need arises.

Make sure hands and feet are clean and well manicured, and if you do polish make sure it is a nude color or clear gloss.

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 backpack or briefcase with your laptop, phone charger, and essentials. On a modeling job, it’s still a good idea to bring along a bag of essential items as there is know way of knowing what will be accessible or provided to you on set. 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 just in case.

Snacks & Water: When you’re a busy model you may find yourself leaving one photoshoot or audition 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. 

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 undergarments.

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, it’s a good idea to ask them in advance how they would like you to arrive with regards to your hair.  Sometimes they want you to shampoo the night before, or blow-dry, or leave curls natural, etc.  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

Other items to bring along: 

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

Preparation is Key

Modeling is a job just like any other, that often takes a lot work even before stepping on set. Make sure you’re prepared and ready to take on the day… the night before. You’ll feel much more confident going into your first gig having done your research and you’ll be able to bring that great energy we love to see at AGENT! 


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