So, you want to be a fitness model?
Apparently, you're not alone. According to Google's recently released data on what the world is searching for on the Internet, there's Fit body teen first time sometimes it takes lot of interest in becoming a fitness model. You know, as in those people who make deadlifting their body weight and doing pull-ups look absolutely effortless. From the outside, it doesn't really seem like that hard a job, especially if you're already really into fitness.
But we decided to talk to some real fitness models to find out what it's like to work in the industry. You might be surprised just how much hard work goes into it. A photo posted by Alex Silver-Fagan alexsilverfagan on Oct 26, at 9: While some models go to open calls or contact modeling agents directly, the two fitness models we talked to had much less traditional paths to starting their careers. Alex Silver-FaganNYC trainer, yoga teacher, and Wilhelmina fitness model actually got discovered while she was training for a bikini competition.
Part of this process usually includes a photo shoot, to create images and memories of how your body looks—lean and shredded. But she didn't make it big immediately.
What people don't realize is that sometimes you have to start small and work really hard, before being recognized by some of the bigger-name agencies," she explains. A photo posted by Suzanne Cover Mescher suzannecover on Jun 8, at I was 'discovered' on Instagram by a smaller fitness agency just a year ago," she says. As in, I came across some live starfish while snorkeling and just went for it.
The photo was reposted by the bikini brand I was wearing, and a handful of fitspo accounts. The next thing I knew, a modeling agency reached out to me.
But the confidence to move ahead with the idea didn't come immediately. It was percent conversation: She suggested I reach out to Wilhelmina Fitness before signing anything, which I did, and was offered a contract by them shortly after.
Shoot days are fun, but they also can be grueling. On days when you're not shooting, you may be working another job, like Alex who is a trainer and teaches all kinds of awesome classes in NYC, or Suzanne, a former Wall Streeter who is a sommelier and runs her own wine consulting business. But on a shoot day, what can you expect? First, an early call time.
Sometimes I also have to head to the gym to teach a class or train a client after the shoot, so I like to know that my own sweat session is done for the day. Then you'll visit wardrobe, have another hair and makeup touch-up, and you're in front of a camera. Now, the real work starts. Suzanne agrees, saying, "I recently shot a campaign for Technogym's new stair-stepper and must have run two long flights of stairs, full speed, no less than 50 times—all for a five-second clip in the commercial!
I couldn't walk normally for days afterwards! A photo posted by Alex Silver-Fagan alexsilverfagan on Oct 10, at 5: Always having a camera-ready body.
Even so, there's "basically just a constant pressure to always have abs and to always look a certain way.
It's not just a job, it becomes a part of your entire life," she says. Plus, confidence is key, even when you know you're being judged.
If you don't step in front of that camera not just telling yourself, but actually believing you are Sasha Fierce, it's going to show and you're not going to get the job. It's not just that fitness models look stronger than regular models, they actually are. It's not just about having abs, it's also about being fit and being able to move well.
You're always on call.
There is often same-day notice for castings and sometimes only one-day notice for job bookings. Fortunately, my wine consulting company keeps me pretty busy, which makes it easier to take slow periods in stride.