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Paul Smith is a model who features in many male magazines advertising beauty and grooming products, as well as clothing. He is photographed using a number of commercial products for skin, body and hair care. He takes part in photo shoots both in the studio and outdoors.

What is your role?

As a model, I have to be photographed in different settings such as studios and outdoor locations, to promote products and clothing. I usually do photo shoots but have recently got involved in modelling male clothing on the catwalk.

What are your main responsibilities?

I am photographed using products or clothing in advertisements that are designed to persuade people to buy the products featured. I am available to travel to shoots at a moment's notice and have to keep myself in good trim.

What hours do you work?

The hours are varied, but are generally 9am to 5pm, with a break for lunch. Shooting can take all day.

How did you get involved in modelling?

I was encouraged by a friend who was a professional model to join the agency that looked after her. I had previously won a 'male face and body of the future competition organised by a men's health magazine. I had a range of pictures taken and arranged an interview with the agency.

How do you get your work?

Generally the agency contacts me and gives me the details. Sometimes, I have to attend castings in competition with other models where I show my portfolio (book) of pictures to potential clients who interview you and select the person they want.

What special skills or qualities do you need for your job?

Obviously you have to be photogenic and appeal to the type of customer targeted by the company. You have to be patient as you can spend a lot of time waiting around for the photographer.

What training have you done?

I had some guidance in my first test shoot, but it's mostly a case of learning on the job. Generally, you get instruction on catwalk modelling at the time by the show director.

What do you like about your job?

I love the variety. You meet all sorts of people and there are many opportunities to travel.

What are the particular challenges in your work?

The hours are long and you need to have good stamina. A photographer might use three rolls of film taking the same shot, so you have to be patient too. I travel by myself to each appointment, so it's important to manage my time and organise myself properly.

How do you see your future?

I hope to build up my portfolio further and to do more catwalk modelling and working abroad.

Paul's route to becoming a Fashion model

  • GCSEs.
  • Trained as fitness instructor.
  • Photo model winner in men's magazine competition.
  • Signed with a modelling agency.

Paul's Fashion model tips

  • Learn from every experience.
  • Maintain your individuality.

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Fashion model salary information

  • A successful model working an average of three days a week could expect to earn around £15,600, rising to more than £39,000 working full time – although some of the top models can earn that amount for a day's work.

Becoming a Fashion model

  • Physical appearance is more important than educational qualifications. Agencies have exact specifications regarding height and shape.
  • Some models enter the industry by sending their photographs to an agency. Others are discovered by scouts employed by agencies to spot potential talent.
  • Although there are some private modelling schools, pre-entry training is not necessary.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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