Most people are aware that modeling is a fickle and short lived career, and, most modeling careers last between two to five years. Yes, of course, there are exceptions, but, they are usually part of the mutant supermodel strain that posses that extra something that keeps them in demand longer than the average model. If you enter your modeling career thinking you are the next Heidi Klum or Giselle Buchan — your over confident, high self esteem is bound to get you into trouble. You need to think about life after modeling before you ever start!
Some people become models to help pay for their higher education. These are the smartest models out there. Starting or finishing college after your modeling career is over is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. And, even if you have a strong desire to stay in the fashion industry after you model, you’re going to have to be realistic about what you can offer. Vogue (a division of Conde Nast) isn’t going to hire you just because you modeled, but, if you modeled and have a degree in journalism then the door might just open for you. Likewise, if you think you have what it takes to be a fashion designer, sure you can attempt to start your own label without any training, but, going to Parsons School of Design or FIT or another highly acclaimed fashion school will give you the foundation and opportunities you may not have if you strike out on your own without a clue how to begin or start.
If you wish to remain in the modeling industry, jobs such as modeling scouts are a good option. Again, much like being a fashion designer, a degree isn’t absolutely necessary to become a modeling scout, but, far more doors of opportunity will open for you if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Even if you wish to work for a major department store, if you wish to advance beyond a cashier, you’re going to need a degree. So, while modeling is glamorous and the money earned can be great, keep yourself grounded by keeping a constant reminder that modeling is short term and you won’t be walking a runway at 60 years old. Plan ahead, and, your future will be bright!