Forums > Model Colloquy > over 50 model? are we wasting are time?

Photographer

Jean Renard Photography

Posts: 2080

Los Angeles, California, US

Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.

Jul 12 09 06:45 pm Link

Photographer

glamour pics

Posts: 6095

Los Angeles, California, US

Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

Why not visit whatever agencies there are in Albuquerque? See what the story actually is. If there's not much interest there, then you can do modeling for artists, art classes, and whatever else you can find.

You have pretty photos and great concepts in your "lists." What might be more useful to YOU is a list of photos/concepts that YOU want to do.

Jul 12 09 06:54 pm Link

Model

Janice Marie Foote

Posts: 11483

Renard Photography wrote:
Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.

Add to that Brooke Shields.

Jul 13 09 07:00 am Link

Model

Redhtz

Posts: 12

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

I updated my profile.  It is now positive.  I will add more at a later date and will remember to keep it all positive.  Thanks again for all the comments and advice.

Jul 13 09 12:12 pm Link

Model

Ritche Lago Bautista

Posts: 359

Torrance, California, US

Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

you're NEVER too old to model, NEVER..... big_smile

Jul 13 09 12:19 pm Link

Model

Most Muscular

Posts: 70

Maplewood, Minnesota, US

What is frustrating is that the "Browse" feature has an age limit to it so some of us are automatically ignored by photographers looking for models.  While we may be old, we may not all look or act old.

nuff said...

Jul 18 09 04:38 pm Link

Photographer

Magic Image Photography

Posts: 3606

Temple City, California, US

Ctrl-Alt-Delete

Jul 18 09 04:41 pm Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

There is a HUGE market for us babyboomers. Many agencies have created this division. Model at this age is about selling products = not fashion, It's still a blast. I had three castings last week and am on hold for two dif ones this week

Jul 26 09 10:07 am Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

Magic Image Photography wrote:
Ctrl-Alt-Delete

Very funny!

Jul 26 09 10:08 am Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

Renard Photography wrote:
Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.

I have to completely disagree with you. If you look at  many of the major agencies, they have opened up a division for us babyboomers because there is a HUGE demand for us . Granted it is not about fashion but is geared towards products. You would laugh at some of the castings I go on- No 'Depends'  commercials yet though!

Jul 26 09 10:12 am Link

Model

Susie B

Posts: 4260

Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

I live in Santa Fe and I know the New Mexico art market really well. Please pm me if you have any concerns about photographers, or the whatnot smile

Jul 26 09 11:22 am Link

Photographer

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 4603

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

yes just look at the show featured on TVLAND (cable)(satellite), all women compete for a contract with major modeling firm, a feature in US magazine, and $100,000 cash, all are over 35, one lady was 72 and made it  quite a ways in the competition before being eliminated !
Hang in love, don't give up, follow, chase your dreams , desires ! have fun !

Aug 08 09 02:19 pm Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

No We are not wasting our time! there is a strong market for us. Check out my selected modeling jobs on my resume and you will see

Aug 09 09 05:10 pm Link

Photographer

Michael McGowan

Posts: 3653

Tucson, Arizona, US

avee wrote:
No We are not wasting our time! there is a strong market for us. Check out my selected modeling jobs on my resume and you will see

Also note that the successful models aren't trying to be 20 or 30. They're using their years of experience as resources to bring life to situations. It isn't a matter of being beautiful or not, it's a matter of embracing where you are in life.

Aug 09 09 05:14 pm Link

Model

Alice_Kemble

Posts: 278

Peterborough, England, United Kingdom

Not a waste of time. You have to compete in a different field and find what you feel comfortable with.

Aug 10 09 07:06 am Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

Aug 10 09 09:48 pm Link

Model

avee

Posts: 363

Scarsdale, New York, US

Michael McGowan wrote:

Also note that the successful models aren't trying to be 20 or 30. They're using their years of experience as resources to bring life to situations. It isn't a matter of being beautiful or not, it's a matter of embracing where you are in life.

Very well put. Thank You. I never photoshop out wrinkles. I am marketing myself for what I am- 51!! Well maybe 42!

Aug 10 09 09:50 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Bryson Photography

Posts: 48035

Hollywood, Florida, US

Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

I've shot a few working models over 50.

But that doesn't qualify me to answer your question. They were all male fitness models.

Aug 10 09 09:52 pm Link

Photographer

Bill Mason Photography

Posts: 1856

Essex Junction, Vermont, US

The thing that turns me off to most models over 40 is that they don't do age appropriate modeling. Their portfolios consist of shots with wardrobe designed for models half their age. The wardrobe either looks silly on them or their bodies are not appropriate for bikinis, lingerie or anything else that reveals thicker thighs, unnatural implants, shoe-leather skin from too many years of intense tanning, etc.

Aug 10 09 10:12 pm Link

Model

Jay Corry

Posts: 8656

Houston, Texas, US

There is a market for us, but we aren't going to make a living at it - I get the same rate as younger models, but jobs are limited - the important thing is to have fun!  how many other people our age are willing to put their face out there - damn few - gloat and enjoy it!

Aug 10 09 10:26 pm Link

Model

Skitsofrenika

Posts: 9

I don't think age matters.
Just as weight, hair colour and skin colour don't matter when it comes to modelling (or any other profession).
I've seen a good handful of great over 50 models, and they really inspire me as a young woman to know that at any age, you're desireable, beautiful and confident.

Don't let anyone sway you! (:

Aug 11 09 03:59 am Link

Photographer

Keith A Williams

Posts: 1740

Vanceboro, North Carolina, US

Not at all.  I passed a card out last week to a 57 yr. old.  If she decides to actually shoot, I'd gladly drop whatever I was currently doing.  She had just the right blend of class and beauty, and such a combination is rare.

Aug 11 09 11:57 am Link

Photographer

Escape Images

Posts: 201

Miami, Florida, US

Im currently looking for a woman over 60 to cast for a commercial Im producing, so absolutely no!

Aug 11 09 12:34 pm Link

Model

Santa Claus

Posts: 256

Seattle, Washington, US

Look for the right niche:-)

Aug 12 09 06:30 pm Link

Model

Jay Dezelic

Posts: 4849

Seattle, Washington, US

Old people buy things too (just not as much).  What older models often forget is that with age comes notions of respect, dignity, experience, confidence, etc.  That means that as you need to change your market as you age by showing images in your port that are appropriate to your look.  It also depends on how trashed your body is too.  If you've been a smoker or excessive partier, you might think of doing projects that are much more commercial or have non-aesthetic editorial themes.

Aug 15 09 08:55 am Link