If you have developed a muscular body and are able to easily travel, it’s easier than you think to start a career as a male fitness model and land in the pages of a fitness magazine. You simply need to get snapshots into the hands of fitness photographers.
Athletic guys with large and well-defined muscles, especially well-defined abs, are in demand as male fitness models. Male fitness magazines are always looking for new faces (or, bodies) for their pages.
Requirements: Muscularity is Key
You do not need to be a bodybuilder to become a male fitness model. However, guys need to have a lot of muscle compared to the average male. A 5 10″ 165 pound will not likely be selected by a fitness magazine.You need a lot of defined muscle, not the body of typical male fashion model.
Becoming A Male Fitness Model Differs From Becoming A Male Model
The male fitness modeling industry is different from men’s fashion modeling, with different photographers and industry players. Talent agents and modeling agencies are unnecessary in this arena. If a guy is muscular, it is easier to break into the fitness modeling business – at least on a part-time basis – than to become a male fashion model. While male fashion modeling is centered around clothing fashion designers, fitness modeling is geared toward supplements and fitness magazines. Male fashion models show off clothing. Male fitness models show off their muscles.
Male fitness models earn less than their fashion counterparts, but opportunities abound in the fitness industry – even for residents of small cities and towns. While a guy who wants to become a fashion model needs to live in a big city, a muscular guy does not need to live in a major city to get fitness modeling bookings. He simply needs to effortlessly get himself to a big city to pose for a fitness photographer. Professionals will not work with you if traveling requires a lot of their time to schedule.
Earnings As A Male Fitness Model
Initial fitness modeling gigs with fitness magazine photographers do not pay much. Most guys want these type of modeling jobs so they can appear in a fitness magazine and possibly impress personal training clients – they do not appear in fitness magazines to get rich. The fitness photographers either pay you a flat fee at the time of the shoot, or pay you after photos are sold. With the latter payment option, the fitness photographer will submit the resulting photos to fitness magazines and products who advertise in fitness magazines. If the fitness photographer sells a photo in which you appear, he will split the proceeds 50-50 with you.
Becoming A Fitness Model Requires Traveling
If you live outside of the photographer’s city, convincing a fitness professional that you are a reliable and will show up at their photo shoot is equally important. Being the most muscular guy in the world means little if you are unable to get to the location of the shoot. Avoid making travel a hassle. A busy fitness photographer does not want to speak with your parents, wait until you ask off work from your job, or work with someone who turns visit for a photo shoot into a vacation involving your family and friends. Your role is to get to his studio and then go back home, not ask him to deal with your plans to go surfing or visit Disneyworld while in town.
If your snapshots and video bio catch the eye of a fitness photographer, he may or may not fly you – at his expense – to be photographed in their studio for a large quantity of photos. If you live outside of a major city like Los Angeles, be prepared to pay your own travel expenses.
It may help a career to appear in a fitness magazine – even if you lose money on the deal due to ravel cost. This means it is smart to pay $400 for airfare to get to a big city to pose for a fitness photographer even if you are only being paid $250 for the assignment. A fitness photographer may not want to pay the added expense for your travel cost if he already has a number of models available in his city and they do not need an airplane flight to get to his photo shoot. The goal is to get your foot in the door by landing in a fitness magazine. What better reward is there for all that hard work in the gym than a pictorial of that great physique for everyone to admire?
Ways To Become A Male Fitness Model
Mail unsolicited photos to the editorial offices of fitness magazines.
Attend fitness model calls/auditions (If you do it, come prepared to look your best. Wear clothes that make you look good, but don’t go overboard. If you have a portfolio, bring it. Be prepared to take snapshots.)
Email or mail informal snapshots of yourself to fitness photographers who shoot exclusively for fitness and muscle magazines.
Being In Optimal Shape… Not Required
If you are changing your training program, cutting weight or bulking up, you can still submit snapshots to photographers. Photographers know that bodybuilders fluctuate in weight before bodybuilding shows. A good photographer can predict how you will look when he is ready to bring you in for a shoot.
Just as you choose a weight class that you expect to be in on the day of a bodybuilding contest, you create snapshots when you are not in optimal condition. You simply inform the photographer that you are X weeks away from competition weight. Professional photographers know that you will be cutting weight and be in condition by the time you arrive for a photo shoot.
Types Of Snapshots To Create
If you wish to be considered for fitness modeling opportunities, always include a face shot when shooting audition photos to submit to a fitness magazine or a fitness photographer, but be sure to include audition photos that focus on your abs.
Concentrate On Muscle Groups
When you are asked by a fitness photographer to submit a photo that shows your abs, or any other body part, do just that. Photograph that body part. If he requests photos of your biceps, shoot just your biceps. Your face does not need to be in every photo. Faces are less important and don’t even need to be in the photos when a fitness photographer wants to see a body part. When you include your face, it makes your abs smaller in the snapshot. Remember, its well-defined muscle groups that put male fitness models into national fitness magazines. Your need to “show” these muscle groups.
Include the following measurements with your audition photos.
Note: Modeling as a career can be a tough business, and it isn’t for everyone. Some people have great bodies, and some people have great faces. To be a well rounded high in demand model……you need to have both, unless you’re a parts model. Having a great personality that is pleasant and professional is a major plus.
Photography by Costas Stergiou