In your modeling career, your portfolio is going to play the biggest role as far as tools to help you get jobs. However, many professional models also have actual resumes they use to submit to clients. Oftentimes models forget about or don’t utilize this tool, but it can actually be quite beneficial to have on hand.
So, what exactly is a modeling resume? It’s pretty much just like a resume that you would use for a regular 9-5 job. Basically, a comprehensive list of jobs you’ve done in the past, sorted into categories.
For most, the first question about a modeling resume is why would clients care about looking at a resume when they could easily just review a model's portfolio? Often, glancing at a resume is a much more direct way for a client to see exactly what type of work a model has done. Browsing through a portfolio is the standard practice, but sometimes clients want to know the name of the photographer, project, or client the model has done work for. The pictures don't always list this info, especially if a photo isn't a tearsheet, so its good practice to have a resume handy for them as well. There are no exact rules as to how a modeling resume should look, but there is information that every resume should include. A quick online search will turn up templates/samples that can be used for reference. Creating a resume in Microsoft Word is ideal for using tools like columns and tables, which can effectively organize your content. Be sure to keep the design style minimal, without any graphics or colors as that may serve as a distraction.
The below information should always be listed at the top of the resume:
Agency (if applicable)
Contact information of agency, or yourself if freelance (email/phone)
Full Stats & Measurements
If freelance- Modeling Website (do not list your Facebook/Instagram profile link here, create a website for yourself)
As for the body of the resume, it should be clearly labeled and organized so that it isn't hard for a client or agent looking at it to understand what type of work you've done. Use categories to separate different types of modeling work. Never worked in a certain category? Simply don't include it. Below are some examples of different categories that may be listed on your resume:
Print (editorials, ad campaigns, etc.)
Under each category, use bullets or a similar format to list each specific job worked. Be sure to keep it short- no lengthy explanation of each job is needed. An example would be “New York Fashion Week- Versace” under the Runway category, or “Vogue Magazine- Editorial, Photographer [Insert Name]” under the Print category. It is not necessary (and not recommended) to add the dates you did each job that is listed on your resume. Are you a new model and don't have any experience to list? That’s ok! If a client requests a resume, simply explain that you're new and the client will understand. If you've done test shoots, you can count those as experience and use them as a starter resume, then replace them with actual work as your career grows.
It’s important to remember to add any new jobs to your resume as you get them. Unlike portfolios where older pictures should be rotated out as you get new work to add, you don’t need to remove old modeling experiences. Simply add the newer jobs at the top of the list.
While modeling resumes aren’t a requirement like your portfolio is, they are definitely another great tool to add to your arsenal. It’s simple to put together and maintain, and anything that can help your chances of getting bookings is well worth it in my opinion!