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What to pack in your model bag

If you’re interested in breaking into the modeling industry, you’ll have to be prepared to stop what you’re doing and go to open casting calls the second you hear about it. It’s a good idea to keep a bag in your car with all your modeling essentials so that you are ready to book your next fashion show at a moment's notice. A well-packed model bag can help you feel more confident and prepared for unexpected situations that may arise during any industry event. This blog will show you everything you might want to include in a travel-sized model bag along with what to expect at your first model call and fashion show.

When I first signed a modeling contract with DME Talent, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or how to improve, but taking a masterclass with Deidre Michelle was a huge help. Now that I have been in a fashion show and have a few photoshoots under my belt, I’ve learned it’s not as daunting as people make it out to be. Sure, it requires commitment and dedication to network with photographers and designers, but being prepared for any scenario shows professionalism that can lead to many incredible opportunities.

So, what should a model pack in their model bag? The answer may vary depending on the individual's preferences and needs, but there are some essential items that every model should have on hand. From beauty products to emergency supplies, it's important to pack strategically and thoughtfully. For starters, any model calls you to go to will expect everyone to arrive in all-black shoes, pants, and a form-fitting T-shirt. They want to see everyone as a blank slate so that it is easier for them to imagine their designs on you. Ideally, it would be good to buy a shirt that is wrinkle-proof since it would be sitting in your bag in your car. Polyester fabric would be an appropriate option for your travel bag but you could get a nicer quality shirt to hang up at home if you aren't in as big of a rush.

The black shoes can vary depending on the type of fashion show you are walking for, but I tend to bring a pair of boots and a pair of plain sneakers to model calls. It’s also important to bring a pair of black or nude heels. Despite your gender, walking in heels or pumps is always noticeable to designers, so if you don’t know how to walk in heels, now is the time to learn. I’ve seen models bring entire suitcases full of shoes and heels to fashion shows “just in case” so you can’t be too safe.

Personal care is also super important when you are about to present yourself to designers. Your bag should also include a hairbrush and the makeup you need to add any light touch-ups right before. Even if you don’t wear makeup normally, you never know when you might break out on the day of an event and have to fix your face before going in. Too much makeup could ruin your chances, but light touches are always acceptable for a model call.

It's also good to think about things you just might need in general while you're there. Sometimes it can take a while before you can leave, so having emergency snacks that aren't messy might be a good thing to keep in your bag as well, along with a bottle of water.

The most important thing to have in your model bag and just with you all the time is your comp card and model cover. Your comp card is a great way to present photographers with a diversity of looks you have done before. It shows experience and professionalism when potential collaborators see that you have that experience. A model cover is the best professional photo you have of yourself. The one that you would pick to be on a cover of a magazine. Don't forget to include your resume on the back when you get them printed. It needs to be 8 by 11 and a half with a low gloss on the front and matte on the back.

Remember, if you want to be a model, you’ll have to present yourself as one everywhere you go, and not just right before an audition for fashion shows. Go out to street meets and collaborate with photographers! Sign up for classes to improve your craft, and get involved in the community to show your commitment to the industry. You are more likely to get noticed by the right person out in the real world just by being yourself, but you still need to be prepared for those opportunities when they happen.

Packing the right items in a model bag is essential for any model who wants to feel prepared and confident during a fashion show. From beauty products to emergency supplies, there are many items that a model should consider including in their bag. By packing strategically and thoughtfully, models can ensure that they have everything they need to handle unexpected situations and look their best on the runway.

Every model's needs may be different, so it's important to personalize your bag based on your specific requirements. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out in the industry, having a well-packed model bag can make all the difference in how you feel and perform on the runway. The more often you walk in fashion shows the more knowledge you learn to be better prepared for the next one. So, before you find yourself missing important items, take some time to carefully consider what you'll need to pack in your model bag. With the right items on hand, you'll be able to tackle any challenge that comes your way with confidence and ease.

Daniel Ward is an actor, writer, and contestant finalist of Broadway Bound Live Season 2 and can be contacted on Twitter @wordsofward34 or Instagram @wardledorp


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