How to Create a Modeling Resume

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As a model, your portfolio is really the key arrow in your gig-hunting quiver -- it's generally what gets you hired. In many ways, it is your resume, in bold, eye-catching visual form.

However, you also want to be prepared for any requests agents, managers clients or casting staff might make, and having an informative and eye-pleasing resume on-hand can be the difference between getting the gig and getting passed by.

There is no such thing as a standardized format for a modeling resume. What sets a resume apart from a portfolio -- and what ultimately makes it useful -- is that it offers a quick breakdown of your experience on an informational level; a strictly visual portfolio doesn't necessarily tell viewers much about your former clients or work history. A written resume does, making it a valuable experience gauge.

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You do have some wiggle room in how you organize your resume, but be sure to cover the basics.

The Header

As with any resume, start off with a header at the top of the page.

Below your bold, large-print name, include your basic physical stats -- such as height, weight, hair color and eye color -- and a link to your official website and your email address and phone number, or the name of your representation and their contact info.

Warning

For safety's sake, don't include your home address. An email address and phone number is more than sufficient.

The Body

In the body of your resume, divide a list of your selected work history into basic categories, including print, runway, digital, spokesmodeling work, and promotional or event staff.

Focus on the category or categories that you wish to pursue the most. Under each header, use separate columns to include the name of the client, your role in the project and -- if applicable -- the associated photographer or production company.

For instance, a selection from the "Print" section might read like this:

ABC Fashion Model J. Smith Photography

Lead with your strongest, most prominent, or most well-recognized gigs.

Tip

If you're just starting out, it's OK to include unpaid or non-commercial photo shoots on your resume. List the type of shoot -- such as "Fine Arts Shoot" or "High Fashion Shoot" -- the photographer's name and the location.

The Rest

To increase your resume's readability and attractiveness, aim for a streamlined, professional look. Use one simple, modern font throughout; never use gimmicky, overly cute font or flashy colors -- these elements will only distract from the content.

Keep it concise; busy agencies and clients don't want to flip through multi-page resumes, so keep yours limited to a single page. Keeping your resume up-to-date with your best and most recent projects rather than older gigs helps achieve this.

Tip

Create and save a template for your resume to make it easy to update. That way, you can edit your template when you have new gigs to add or old ones to strike. Export your digital resume in a PDF format for easy portability and consistent formatting across various operating systems.

If you've received any sort of training or coaching, list it below your work history. This is also a good spot for a "Special Skills" section if space allows. The skills you might highlight include teleprompter experience, athletic proficiency, dancing or musical ability.

If you have extra space at the top or along the sides of your resume, include a small head shot or a few sample photos. While the photos are not the focus of the resume, they can still give readers a sense of your look as they learn about your level of experience.

About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.

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