If you succeed in the modelling industry, you can expect to earn quite a bit; whilst only the top UK models make millions each year, there are plenty of other, less well-known models who make a comfortable living from their work. However, there are some expenses associated with this type of career.
The vast majority of models spend a considerable amount of money on gym memberships, grooming, cosmetics and designer clothing. Although these things might be thought of as unnecessary expenses by non-models, they are important for those in the modelling industry, as it is a model’s job to look good at all times. They need to invest in their appearance, in order to ensure that they continue to secure work. This means that they must spend money on things like manicures, facials, haircuts, exercise classes and clothes.
Marketing materials are another expense which virtually all UK models incur; these are essential, as they help them to promote themselves and become known within the industry. Some examples would include printing portfolios and comp cards, hiring a photographer and renting out a studio for photo shoots, and posting promotional materials to prospective clients. On a similar note, you can also expect to spend money on admin costs; things like postage, stationary, legal fees, accounting, courier and telephone bills can all add up.
Modelling usually involves a lot of travel, which can end up being very costly. Although some of the top modelling agencies will cover the travel expenses incurred by their models, you shouldn’t expect this to be the case. Make sure that you have enough money set aside for things like flight tickets, taxi and train fares, as well as accommodation and meals, when you book modelling work.
At the start of your career, you may also have to spend some money on modelling courses; whilst going to classes and attending modelling school certainly isn’t a requirement, these things can provide you with insight into the industry, and help you to fine tune your skills. They can also boost your confidence and allow you to make contact with photographers, designers and agents from within the modelling industry; particularly when you’re just starting out, these contacts can be invaluable, as they may be able to help you get your foot in the door, and get your first modelling job.