Modeling looks like a glamorous profession, especially when you hear stories of models traveling to romantic destinations like Paris or St. Barts for photo shoots. The reality of it is that few models actually get the opportunity to travel internationally, and, those who do rarely have time to go sightseeing or shopping. That might be a hard reality to face, but, it is just another truth about being a fashion model. So, what do you need to know if you are a model that will be traveling internationally?
First and foremost, time management is essential! International flights require much earlier check-in times than domestic flights, and, that means sitting around airports for hours. Instead of doing nothing and looking and acting bored, break out your laptop, and, line up your next go-see or contact your agency to tell them you’ll accept the job offer that came through as a result of doing well at a go-see. You should also use time in airports to catch up with other correspondence, and, not just with family or friends, but, follow up emails to designers are appreciated and keeps you fresh in their minds for the next ad campaign or runway show.
The next thing you need to remember about traveling as a model is that you are frequently alone. Be sure you bring things with you that will keep you entertained such as books and computer games. And, you’ll also want to travel as light as possible with the goal of having just a carry-on bag so you don’t waste time waiting for luggage. Additionally, if you don’t know how to read a map. Learn! This is very important because when you travel alone the only person you have to depend upon is you, and, you need to get to your appointments on time!
Lastly, try to familiarize yourself with at least some of the language of the country in which you are traveling to for work. Generally speaking, you’ll probably be able to find at least one person who speaks English who is willing to help, but, if you have a least a bit of knowledge of the language, it will aid greatly in locating addresses and getting you to the places you need to be on time.