How Do Car Show Models Get Their Start?
Many car show girls start off by attending events, bringing pictures and networking at smaller gatherings. The small shows are usually run by local car enthusiast groups and clubs, many of them eager to exhibit their rides with pretty girls. Some good snapshots and a professional demeanor make a great impression, and may result in a call for work at a future show.
An aspiring model could also sign up with a promotional or modeling agency. Car models are classified as spokespeople, and may end up also working events in nightclubs and other venues. However, the agency method isn't the way to go for women who don't fit the standard of a minimum height (five feet seven inches), full breasts and sometimes overly primped appearance.
What to Watch Out For
When venturing into the car show arena, be careful of how you act and who you give information to. There are many who seek to take advantage of a woman's desire to model, and will act unscrupulously to get what they what. If someone wishes to set up a job, ask for everything in writing. If the event coordinator doesn't have a contract, bring a generic one outlining fees, schedule and other parameters.
When signing with an agency, it's necessary to also be cautious. Don't ever give an agency money for representation, under any circumstances. An agency should get its money from finding jobs for models, not from kickbacks due to relationships with photographers and coaches. An agency will arrange shoots with reputable photographers who will supply references. Never pay anyone for a thing.
What Do Car Show Models Do?
Once that first job is landed, what comes next? The organizers of the particular event may have a particular outfit for you to wear, or might have you working with other women. Follow directions, be punctual and always have a gracious attitude.
Many men at the show will want to take pictures and flirt. Some may cross the line and act inappropriately. If that happens, notify a nearby event organizer immediately. Don't think that there's ever a need to accept discourteous or rude treatment.
Above all, have fun. There will be other car show organizers around who may have more work. Keep smiling, have some business cards and strut your stuff.
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