How to Become a Print Model

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Print modeling is a form of commercial modeling that is growing rapidly year after year.

Have you considered a career modeling products in print?

What is a Print Model ?

A print model is a person who models for shots that will be used in publications like newspapers, magazines,  brochures and elsewhere in printed material.

Print models are used for large-scale advertising campaigns and billboard campaigns. This work has great demand.

As a print model, you will be promoting products, consumer goods, accessories etc… for companies in a number of ways. 

Types of print modelling

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The type of modeling a print model focuses on is usually dictated by appearance.

Print models are typically focused/dictated by appearance.

These models mainly work with print advertisements and are responsible for creating the perfect photo that represents their product or service.

  • Fashion Models  : Tall and exotic in appearance. 
  • Advertising Models : Average appearance. 
  • Fitness models:  Good physical condition.
  • Body-part models : have attractive hands, feet, eyes or other features.
  • Catalog models : Must fit the cloth they will be modelling for.
  • Agency modelling : Agency picks what’s a good fit for you and handels your promotion.

What is required of a Print Model ?

  • You need to be in excellent physical condition.
  • You need to have good skin.
  • You need to be visually appealing. 
  • You need to be dedicated and hard working.
  • You need to promote yourself regularly.
  • You need to be prepared to face challenges. 
  • You need to be relaxed on the job.

How Much Do Print Models Earn ? 

San Mateo, CA$68,415$5,701$1,316$32.89
Richmond, CA$63,965$5,330$1,230$30.75
Stamford, CT$62,286$5,190$1,198$29.95
Bellevue, WA$62,136$5,178$1,195$29.87
Brooklyn, NY$61,349$5,112$1,180$29.49
New Haven, CT$60,806$5,067$1,169$29.23
San Francisco, CA$60,458$5,038$1,163$29.07
Lakes, AK$60,257$5,021$1,159$28.97
Brockton, MA$60,191$5,016$1,158$28.94
Paterson, NJ$59,688$4,974$1,148$28.70

For more data, go to Ziprecruiter 

How to Become a Print Model 

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1. Area of print Modeling 

Print modeling is full of variety.

First you need to determine what field of print modeling you wish to pursue. 

This is often determined by your physical characteristics. 

Once you know where you fit as a potential model, research modeling agencies that handle models in your area. 

2.  Photographs 

A print model’s first priority should be photographs

You should get one really good headshot because clients don’t open up each portfolio. 

You should also have a diverse range of images, different kinds of looks for different requirements. Be prepared.

If you can build a portfolio of photographs which contain great quality, and also have the perseverance that it takes to be a model, you can with no doubt appear in magazines, newspapers etc… 

3. Research Modeling Agencies 

You should research local modeling agencies and set up an interview.

Modeling agencies enhance career development, build your brand and bring exposure to international markets.

Make sure you research the modeling agency before you join.

How to go about researching modeling agencies:

  • Write down a list of agents seeking print models then send each one your portfolio and cover letter.
  • Wait for a response, be prepared and meet with the interested agents. 
  • Choose the agent that matches your career goals.

Here areThe Best 60+ Modeling Agencies in America.

4. Take care of yourself 

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In order to have a beautiful, healthy complexion, it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet.

Eat healthy. This will help your skin look shiny.

You should also exercise and get your body toned. Print models cannot have fat or soft body areas. 

Here are some tips on how to get better skin :

  • Use sunscreen every single day
  • Drink Green Tea
  • Keep your skin moisturized
  • Keep Stress in Check
  • Get enough sleep
  • Improve Your Air Quality
  • Choose Water-Based Hair Products
  • Eat healthy
  • Stay hydrated

These tips will help you have clear, bright skin for your print work.

5. Social Media

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Having exposure is very important in this line of work. Modeling agents are always on the lookout for potential models. 

It is in your hands.

Do you want to wait for an agent to notice you or use social media to your advantage ? 

We here at Mighty Actor recommend you have an Instagram Account. Specifically dedicated to this.

You can check out other print models on instagram to get inspiration and tips.

And best of all, it’s free.

Here are a few tips to get exposure on Instagram :

  • Make your Profile Public and Professional
  • Modelling agencies should be able to get an insight into your personality and image when on your Instagram
  • Modelling agencies are searching for natural talent, so editing your Instagram uploads with multiple filters won’t appeal. Be Authentic
  • Utilize Direct Messages


Print modeling is a form of commercial modeling that is growing rapidly year after year.

As a print model, you will be promoting products, consumer goods, accessories etc… for large-scale advertising campaigns and billboard campaigns.

This work has great demand.

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