The social media explosion has created exciting new opportunities for anyone with a creative talent to exploit. As a photo sharing site, Instagram is becoming known for launching the careers of eager and aspiring models, but how does one use that website a springboard to launching their career. Here are just a few tips to get you started.
Start With Quality Photos
A significant portion of Instagram accounts is little more than a storage box for selfies and family home videos. Set yourself apart by filling your gallery with professional portraits and body shots. It’s not mandatory that you strip away all other content, but occasionally sprinkling in a beautiful, eye-catching image will help message your account to your potential following. According to Photos Unlimited, this is an absolute necessity for professional-looking social profiles.
Post New Photos Daily
While an aspiring model should have professional headshots to include in a portfolio, there is nothing wrong with posting selfies. As long as you’re posting daily, you’re giving yourself greater exposure and increasing the chances that a talent scout will find you. Wilhelmina Modeling Agency admits that three of their four newest top talents were found on Instagram. Regular livestreams can also keep your following engaged.
Sex Sells, But So Does Personality
Certainly, the average followers are more likely to interact with sexy photos, and some should be included, but revealing shots shouldn’t comprise the bulk of your posts. Fashion houses and talent scouts want to get a sense of your personality as well, so include a wide range of poses and action shots. Share photos of yourself enjoying a favorite hobby or going out for dinner. In addition to “a day in the life” shots, also share any previous modeling work.
Post for Greater Interaction
The more interaction you can invite on Instagram, the more visible your posts will become. There are a few ways to do this. By liking and replying to comments from followers, you’ll encourage greater interaction on more of your posts. Scouts and fashion designers will enjoy finding a model who inspires greater interaction, so promoting more comments can work to your advantage.
Of course, you first have to make sure your followers see your posts. You can either trust apps and online tools to tell you the best times to post, or you can experiment on your own. Share posts at different times and days to discover when you get the most significant levels of interaction. Once you make that determination, post strictly during those times.
These are just a few ways to increase your potential and add value to yourself as an aspiring model. Instagram is an ideal tool for new and ambitious models, but only if used wisely. Remember, nothing disappears from the internet, and first impressions last the longest, so post often and positively represent yourself.