There are many ways for a male to become a model!
The most lucrative yet hardest way is to become a high fashion model. Most male high fashion models are between 5’11” to 6’3” tall, they are extremely well built without being overly muscular. The normal chest size is 40-44 inches, waist size of 30-34 inches and inseam of 32-34 inches.
The age range of a male high fashion model is 16-30 years old. They normally possess a strong chiseled face but sometimes a softer almost boyish look is also marketable. A High fashion model does print work, runway and sometimes commercials.
The next step unless you live in the largest cities in the world would be to get a modeling agent who has a proven track record of booking high fashion models in their local market. You then can build a portfolio with a variety of photos and tear sheets of the work you have done.
Once you become established in your local market, a great local agent can then shop you to the reputable and busy National Agencies. Most good high fashion models can make money in smaller markets but it is limited. To make $100,000 a year or more you will have to work in the Major modeling markets in the USA, Europe, Asia and a few other Countries.
If you do not have an agent you can always submit a photo to the large market agencies. This is a tough way to get discovered because they usually receive many submissions. If you are planning a trip to a large market many of the agencies have a day they see new faces. You may be able to see a few different agencies in the same day with luck and planning.
The second way to become a working male model is to work as a lifestyle, catalog or commercial type model. The good news is most cities with a population of 400,000 or more have some fairly consistent work in one or more of these areas. Often there are not as many restrictions for this type of modeling.
It ranges from really expressive fun cute kids, teens and young adults, to 25 -60 year old business looking people or character faces then to healthy looking seniors. Usually the work is not as consistent but this work is much more available in smaller markets. Most people are only able to do this as a part time job.
A good model booking this kind of work can make $50-$300 per hour once they are established. It does not matter your age but generally adults work more than youth. Once a model is established with a company or photographer they will often receive multiple booking from the client because they have developed a professional working relationship.
The Agency I own the Craze Agency works mostly in Utah, Idaho, Colorado Washington, Nevada and Wyoming. Our models book 90% of the more commercial oriented jobs and in our markets the pays is about the same as high fashion modeling jobs. A successful model must also be very outgoing, fun to work with, on time and take great direction. The models that possess these qualities work most consistently. For more advice go to www.crazeagency.wordpress.com