Erika Muse wrote:
Ive seen some antm stars who are in music videos, movies and commercials and are still modeling despite not winning
If you have not done so, you should try talking to some of them.
The general experience that has been related to me is that the show is a scarlet letter for them, that makes it harder to be taken seriously, that anyone in the real industry will think you are a joke, and a lot of them need to leave the USA to be able to model because of the negatives of being on the show.
Now, yes, of course there are some who get work after, and the exposure they gained probably helps them, but even the winners don't become "top models", let alone the non-winners... it is a REALITY SHOW, that some people use to get themselves known, just like some people have gone on Survivor and gone on to other careers because of that notoriety.
As I said, if you want a career in modeling, stay away.
Heck, the last two show alumni I remember hearing about, one was for being a meth addict on Dr Phil and the other was some story about her being a trainwreck.
If you wanna be the next snookie or honey boo boo, go for it, because the people that use the show as a successful springboard are the exceptions.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to piss in your Cheerios, I just want you to know what you're in for and that it might not be as helpful as many people assume.