As a model, finding paid work is very important. This is how you can earn a living from doing something that you love. It’s also a great way to get exposure: the more ad campaigns, magazine editorials, or events you take part in, the more people will have a chance to see your work and think about hiring you.
But where can you find that paid work? Here are a few suggestions to get you going.
Job boards: they may not come up frequently, but every now and then model castings will be posted to job boards. Look for specialist boards for the most success, for example, FashionJobs.com. Even sites like Gumtree or Indeed may have model requests now and then.
Through your agent: once you have an agency, you are more likely to get paid work. More and more models are looking to freelance, but don’t ignore the possibilities that could come to you once you have an agent.
Casting sites: you should certainly have profiles on sites like Model Mayhem, StarNow, and so on. Make sure that your profile and portfolio are up to date, and browse the available jobs regularly. Many of them are unpaid, but you can use search filters to separate the wheat from the chaff. Competition will be serious, so make sure you are timely with your responses and that your portfolio is suited to the casting.
Through contacts: every time you shoot, make friends and contacts. Photographers, make-up artists, stylists, designers, and even fellow models might be in need of models in the future for paid projects. Make a good impression and you might be at the top of their mind.
Follow magazines and photographers: every now and then, photographers and magazines will put out castings for specific looks. Instagram is a good place to find them, and you can also sign up for mailing lists with those who cast through them (I often share my castings through mine).