Modeling schools are fun. You meet lots of new people, make friends, do fun things. They say nice things to you and make you feel better about yourself. Maybe they teach you to look better, walk better, eat better. You get some pictures taken that are different from anything youíve had before. You see yourself looking ďlike a modelĒ.
These are all good things.
They may also be expensive things, but for a lot of people the cost is affordable, and isnít all that much more than they might put into dance classes, piano lessons, summer school tutoring in Algebra 2 or any of lots of other things people spend money on. If it can be paid for out of the family entertainment budget, why not do it?
ďBut wait a minute! You didnít say anything about learning to be a model. Isnít that what modeling schools are for?Ē
Ummm, no. Not for the vast majority of their students. The school knows that very few of their students will ever be models in any significant way. The ďtrainingĒ really isnít about that. Weíve already told you what itís really about.
Now letís admit right up front that there are some medium sized cities in which the dominant modeling agency, the one that really gets the modeling jobs in town, is also a franchise of one of the well-known modeling schools. It happens, and if it has happened in your city you need to read this article a little differently. But itís up to you to ask very probing questions to find out if itís true of your local ďmodeling school.Ē
Since thatís not the usual case, letís talk about what modeling schools really do, other than provide entertainment and maybe some useful life skills.
From here on in the conversation we will concern ourselves only with people who really are trying to be professional models. If you are considering a school only for the fun or the personal life skills, read no further...
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