Your face does not need to be in every photo. While you need to submit at least one "head shot," your face does not need to appear in the photos when a fitness photographer wants to see a body part. When you include your face in the photo, it makes your abs smaller in the snapshot. Remember, its well-defined muscle groups that put male fitness models into national fitness magazines. You need to "show" these muscle groups - one muscle group per photo.
Include the following measurements with your audition photos. Read this article on how to measure your body.
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Once your snapshots are ready, send them off to professionals. We provide a list of muscle magazines and fitness photographers. (Then hope you receive a response.) But, what if you could guarantee your first fitness modeling job - without going through a magazine or contacting a fitness photographer? That's where crowdfunding comes in.
There certainly are more young men who wish to become male fitness models than there are modeling opportunities. Everyone cannot receive a fitness modeling gig. Everyone cannot get onto the pages of a muscle mag. And there are only twelve covers a year. You may have the most worked out body, but it is a challenge to be one of the small percentage of guys who land a fitness modeling gig.
This is where your hard work can help you create your own modeling gig - one that did not exist - one you do not need to convince anyone to hire you!
Crowdfunding is the new equalizer for models. Many filmmakers successfully use crowdfunding sites to obtain funding for production costs of their films and webisodes. Beginner models can use a crowdfunding site to collect pre-orders for a pinup calendar. You and 11 of your friends appear in this calendar once it receives adequate funding - which results from your and your friends' word-of-mouth promotion. Appearing in a calendar - in which you organize - becomes your first fitness modeling gig!
Pin-up calendars were frequently published in the past. From female swimsuit models, celebrities, firefighters to Chippendales, calendars have been a staple and exciting gift items. Calendars can also be an effective means for aspiring models to get noticed by the public and by professionals ...fast. Appearing on someone's walls for a month is a special honor. A calendar is more than just a photograph. When you grace the pages of a calendar, you become "Mr. March" or "Mr. July."
The exciting part is that you do not need to rely on some stranger to control your career. You are creating an exciting opportunity for yourself and eleven others.
Crowdfunding sites allow beginner fitness models a way to be in control of getting their careers started. And with control comes ownership. With ownership comes sharing in the calendar sales (after printing costs are covered through pre-orders.)
Your hard work and dedication in developing your muscles is the same kind of dedication and stick-to-it-ness that is needed to have a successful crowdfunding project. In the gym, you were dedicated to lifting hard, proper form and returning to the gym consistenly, day after day. With a crowdfunding project, you keep promoting calendar pre-sales day after day. You reach out to more friends and friends of friends each day. You become a constant promoter of your own career.
Twelve models are needed to make a calendar. You can choose to team with popular guys from your college or the "regulars" from your gym. In the gym, everyone knows the hard-core lifters. The guys who are the regulars. The guys in the gym who are there four days per week and know each other's names. Sometimes you hit the bars together. This is a perfect set-up for a team. You can join with the popular guys from your gym to promote your calendar's crowdfunding project. Everyone in the calendar will have known each other from lifitng at the same health club and are rady to work together to bring success to the project.
Remember, appearing in a calendar is life-changing and something you will always remember. Years in the future, you will be able to tell your grand kids that "Grandpa was Mr. January once." Given the exciting advantages of appearing in a calendar, the energy and time you expend in gathering pre-orders through your calendar's crowdfunding project page is well-worth it.
Yes, with this idea, there is no separate person or company who will do all the work for you. The responsibility is on the shoulders of you and the other 11 students who are lined up to appear in the calendar. However, you will not have that wondrous chance of appearing in your pinup calendar if you sit back and wait for someone else to do all your work.. its up to you to make yourself famous.
Get intense with promoting pre-orders. Go the extra mile to get this chance to get your modeling career started.
Many guys who want to become male fitness models also provide weight training services to people in their city. Clients you train are a perfect potential team for supporting your crowdfunding project. Contact all your clients and challenge them to pre-order a calendar and to also get two of their friends to also order. This is an exciting chance for them to be able to say they are trained by a calendar model.
And if you do not presently have personal training clients, undergoing the process of gathering supporters for your calendar is an opportunity to develop new clients - another source for revenue in addition to calendar sales. Once the project is funded, make sure those people who supported the project know that you are now offering personal training services in their homes and at your local gyms.
Once your calendar is printed, you will have a perfect promotional peice you can use to get doors opened for your fitness modeling career. Instead of submitting snapshots to muscle magazines and photographers, submit a calendar. Submitting a calendar is sure to garner you more attention than all the non-professional snapshots that are submitted by many aspiring fitness models. Who would catch your eye? One of the hundreds of random physiques that arrive through email, or Mr. March, who mailed his calendar?
Also consider all the indirect oportunities that may arise without your active promotion. People all over your city and across the country will see your calendar page. There may be professionals who seek you out after seeing your page in the calendar. Publicity for your calendar is key to your getting more exposure and possible opportunities.
You will get famous on your campus or in your gym, but also remember the earning potential. You are not just posing for photos, you are an owner! Once printing costs are paid out of pledged pre-sale orders, you and your friends get to split the revenue from any orders over and above the amount needed to print the calendar.
Remember, you and your friends own the product and earn all the profits from sales once printing costs is deducted!
But you cannot do it alone. By its nature, there are twelve months in a year. So, you need twelve friends to appear in the calendar. Choose guys who will actively promote the calendars' crowdfunding project.
So, don't only choose friends based on their looks. Be careful to team with students who are not lazy. Choose friends who have a lot of Facebook friends who will support them. Popularity on campus is key! Do any of your friends gave Twitter accounts with a lot of supporters? If yes, they might be the best candidates for appearing in a calendar. Are any of your friends able to easily get hundreds of their friends to show up to a house party? If yes, they might be good candidates for appearing in your school's calendar.
In some cases, a parent of a student who is lined up to appear in the calendar, might pledge to order 100 or more calendars!
Don't worry about photography and finding a commercial digital printer for now. Those tasks are easy once you have enough pre-orders. Those are not as challenging as you might expect. A good physique can be the source for an awesome photo - even with an average camera. Remember, for now, promotion is key. You will only appear in a calendar if enough pre-orders are pledged through your crowdfunding project's page.
So, are you ready to work hard to get your fitness modeling career started? If yes, start by reading the details on how to set up your crowdfunding page. Then, start identifying energetic friends who are the best choices to promote your project and appear as a model. Good luck and we hope to see you on the pages of your calendar!
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