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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Any advice/info on a shorter model getting signed with an agency or is that a far fetched dream that's unachievable? I've been searching my agencies in my state and I never meet the height requirements. Getting frustrated and not sure where else to look.
Jan 16 13 08:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,083
Catskill, New York, US


For fashion / runway it's not going to happen at 5' 4". However that's not the only type of modeling out there.

Definitely pursue modeling of some kind if that's what you dream of
Jan 16 13 08:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,378
San Francisco, California, US


I wouldn't use the words "far fetched."  It is, however a challenge.  My only advice is to be persistent and be patient if you are rejected.  You are gong to hear "no" more than you will hear "yes."   Don't let it get to you.
Jan 16 13 08:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwardKristopher
Posts: 3,375
Tempe, Arizona, US


5'4" and 25 Years Old...
Jan 16 13 09:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Images by MR
Posts: 7,562
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Kimberly Rose2687 wrote:
Any advice/info on a shorter model getting signed with an agency

My advice is keep your day job & model as a hobby.

Jan 16 13 09:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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ontherocks
Posts: 22,322
Salem, Oregon, US


have you gone to see all the agencies? what did they say? you do hear talk of acting and tv and promotional gigs as potential options for shorter girls. yoanna house said the market in mexico is easier for shorter girls.

but for runway seems like they want them tall and young. my step-niece is 6' tall and i think she could be a model if she wanted to be (instead she's in her freshman year of college and playing softball).
Jan 16 13 10:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Al Cooley Photography
Posts: 450
Allendale, Michigan, US


Images by MR wrote:

My advice is keep your day job & model as a hobby.

+!

Jan 16 13 10:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,462
Brooklyn, New York, US


Please look at the info on this site
www.newmodels.com


http://www.newmodels.com/height.html
Jan 16 13 10:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Albertex Photography
Posts: 15,072
Mansfield, Texas, US


Jan 16 13 10:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Thank you everyone ! I don't expect to do any fashion/runway work, more print/catalog is ideal. I also don't expect to have this as my fulltime job either. I'm realistic about my height and age but we'll see what happens!
Jan 17 13 03:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Anastazie
Posts: 33
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


Swimsuit modeling, lingerie modeling, glamour, fitness and nudes are what I recommend.
Jan 17 13 05:26 am  Link  Quote 
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Anastazie
Posts: 33
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


Kimberly Rose2687 wrote:
Thank you everyone ! I don't expect to do any fashion/runway work, more print/catalog is ideal. I also don't expect to have this as my fulltime job either. I'm realistic about my height and age but we'll see what happens!

Well, that's good to know! Have fun in your endeavors!

Jan 17 13 05:27 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Hofmann-Alt Model
Posts: 26
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


its sad that u feel short sumone shuld invent some big shoes that u can hide under pants or a dress if thats wat u r wearing. i dont think that wuld work if u just had on underpants tho but maybe they culd make some fake long legs or sumthing anyway u r very baeutiful so u will do good at modeling xxo
Jan 17 13 05:33 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Schmidt
Posts: 3,680
Greensboro, North Carolina, US


Anastazie wrote:
Swimsuit modeling, lingerie modeling, glamour, fitness and nudes are what I recommend.

+100

Jan 17 13 05:40 am  Link  Quote 
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AJ_In_Atlanta
Posts: 12,654
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Anastazie wrote:
Swimsuit llamaing, lingerie llamaing, glamour, fitness and nudes are what I recommend.

These can also be done by a 5'9" or taller llama, so what is the incentive for an agency or client?  The OP needs to stand out despite her height with something different, like dance or fitness or acting or something....

Jan 17 13 05:48 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Hofmann-Alt Model
Posts: 26
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


maybe she culd get a tatoo of a butterfly coming out of her chest like it is trying to escape her ribs and u can see her heart and stuff but there is more hands coming out tryin to stop it from getting away but like really big on her chest and maybe the wings can be her boobs, that wuld stand out a lot and be very unicque xxo
Jan 17 13 05:51 am  Link  Quote 
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Jeff Fiore
Posts: 9,220
Pelham, New York, US


Matt Hofmann-Alt Model wrote:
its sad that u feel short sumone shuld invent some big shoes that u can hide under pants or a dress if thats wat u r wearing. i dont think that wuld work if u just had on underpants tho but maybe they culd make some fake long legs or sumthing anyway u r very baeutiful so u will do good at modeling xxo

roll

Jan 17 13 05:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Jeff Fiore
Posts: 9,220
Pelham, New York, US


Matt Hofmann-Alt Model wrote:
maybe she culd get a tatoo of a butterfly coming out of her chest like it is trying to escape her ribs and u can see her heart and stuff but there is more hands coming out tryin to stop it from getting away but like really big on her chest and maybe the wings can be her boobs, that wuld stand out a lot and be very unicque xxo

roll

Jan 17 13 05:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Angelina Henstra
Posts: 245
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Find a talent agent who will book you commercial/catalogue work-
you don't have to resort to posing nude if you don't wish to.
Jan 17 13 05:59 am  Link  Quote 
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Harold Rose
Posts: 2,925
Calhoun, Georgia, US


Kimberly Rose2687 wrote:
Any advice/info on a shorter model getting signed with an agency or is that a far fetched dream that's unachievable? I've been searching my agencies in my state and I never meet the height requirements. Getting frustrated and not sure where else to look.

First,  what type of products do you want to work with?

A search into the right places will fill you work schedule..  Short  goes to things that do not need 6 ft models..     I have been in the commercial photography field for 60 plus years..   and I always prize the shorter model over the taller one.    A Kitchen appliance look small with a tall model!!!  The interior of a cabin Cruiser look very spacious with a 5"  model..   And I can go on and on..  Oh yes.   jewelery  is one that doesnt take a height measusrement.   

Don't  expect a model agency to pay you much attention..  But advertising agencys will treasure you...  Send a head sheet to the  ART DIRECTOR,   there are directories in most large libragaies..    We do boat catalogs,  car accesories,  home appliances,   shop tools,  and on and on...   

If you have a  commercial and industrial photographer in you area,  contact them and be sure they have up to date head sheets.   Good luck

I do boats in Wisc.

Jan 17 13 06:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Thank you again for all your advice/input!  Everything is very helpful and encouraging!:-)
Jan 17 13 06:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Hofmann-Alt Model
Posts: 26
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


my plessure kymberley hope everything is good now and u feel taller all the best xxo
Jan 17 13 06:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,083
Catskill, New York, US


Kimberly Rose2687 wrote:
Thank you everyone ! I don't expect to do any fashion/runway work, more print/catalog is ideal. I also don't expect to have this as my fulltime job either. I'm realistic about my height and age but we'll see what happens!

That's a good attitude. I don't see any reason why you can't get into print. If it's what you want give it your all. I'm sure you know this is a brutally cutthroat business. There are zillions of girls doing the same thing you're doing.

You sound like you're realistic about it so I guess that's the important thing.

Jan 17 13 06:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Angelina Henstra
Posts: 245
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


EdwardKristopher wrote:
5'4" and 25 Years Old...

So.....
There are plenty of modelling opportunities that don't have age or height requirements....Financial institutions, telecommunications, car dealerships, furniture companies, housing/real estate, computer industry, hotel/airlines/resorts, food and beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, the list is endless....the fashion/runway genre is only a small fraction of the modelling opportunities in the world.

Jan 17 13 06:44 am  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Angelina Henstra wrote:

So.....
There are plenty of modelling opportunities that don't have age or height requirements....Financial institutions, telecommunications, car dealerships, furniture companies, housing/real estate, computer industry, hotel/airlines/resorts, food and beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, the list is endless....the fashion/runway genre is only a small fraction of the modelling opportunities in the world.

Jan 17 13 11:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Exactly! Im game for all of that!:-)
Jan 17 13 11:55 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,378
San Francisco, California, US


Angelina Henstra wrote:
So.....
There are plenty of modelling opportunities that don't have age or height requirements....Financial institutions, telecommunications, car dealerships, furniture companies, housing/real estate, computer industry, hotel/airlines/resorts, food and beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, the list is endless....the fashion/runway genre is only a small fraction of the modelling opportunities in the world.

Which agencies in Chicago or Wisconsin sign models who are 5'4" and 25 years old to do those things? 

The OP's question isn't what she can do at her height and age, the question is how does she get signed by an agency.  I agree, there are things that a shorter model can do.  The issue is that it is, and will be harder for her to find an agency to sign her because of her stats.

That having been said, it isn't impossible.  There is a slight chance that she will find an agency that loves her and overlooks those things.  It may not happen, but if it does, it will take patience and perseverance on her part.  That and a very good commercial portfolio.

Jan 17 13 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


Kimberly Rose2687 wrote:
Any advice/info on a shorter model getting signed with an agency or is that a far fetched dream that's unachievable? I've been searching my agencies in my state and I never meet the height requirements. Getting frustrated and not sure where else to look.

Forget it.

Model for fun or get naked and model for pay via sites like MM.




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Jan 17 13 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Checking into different things and someone suggested a site to me that seems pretty promising for petite models... BOOM! Feeling very motivated and determined!
Jan 17 13 04:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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name removed3
Posts: 264
Boston, Massachusetts, US


height is only important in a live setting on a runway or on film. Models come in all sizes and models who are unique are what I shoot, I love curves and I love bones, its all beauty to me.
Jan 17 13 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Angelina Henstra
Posts: 245
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


GPS Studio Services wrote:

Which agencies in Chicago or Wisconsin sign models who are 5'4" and 25 years old to do those things? 

The OP's question isn't what she can do at her height and age, the question is how does she get signed by an agency.  I agree, there are things that a shorter model can do.  The issue is that it is, and will be harder for her to find an agency to sign her because of her stats.

That having been said, it isn't impossible.  There is a slight chance that she will find an agency that loves her and overlooks those things.  It may not happen, but if it does, it will take patience and perseverance on her part.  That and a very good commercial portfolio.

I addressed this above, a talent agency.
I don't live in Chicago, do some research and I'm sure you'll find one.

Jan 17 13 05:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Yarden Harel
Posts: 115
Herzeliyya, Tel Aviv, Israel


You can't make it in fashion and runway, but you can try your hand in being an actress.
Jan 17 13 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jason B Forbes
Posts: 203
New York, New York, US


Well you have a very beautiful face, therefore you could focus on finding gigs that mostly involve beauty and glamour
Jan 17 13 07:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Thank you Jason! Appreciate it!
Jan 17 13 07:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,378
San Francisco, California, US


GPS Studio Services wrote:
Which agencies in Chicago or Wisconsin sign models who are 5'4" and 25 years old to do those things? 

The OP's question isn't what she can do at her height and age, the question is how does she get signed by an agency.  I agree, there are things that a shorter model can do.  The issue is that it is, and will be harder for her to find an agency to sign her because of her stats.

That having been said, it isn't impossible.  There is a slight chance that she will find an agency that loves her and overlooks those things.  It may not happen, but if it does, it will take patience and perseverance on her part.  That and a very good commercial portfolio.
Angelina Henstra wrote:
I addressed this above, a talent agency.
I don't live in Chicago, do some research and I'm sure you'll find one.

I read this same comment on the web, time and time again "get a talent agency."  A talent agency typically represents talent, i.e. singers, dancers, actors, magicians, etc.  While it is true that some talent agencies represent models as well, the standards for signing a model are no different because it is a talent agency rather than a modeling agency.

If the OP has a talent, and thus has something to be represented, you are correct, height won't matter.  There are plenty of short actors and singers.  If there were a real market for 5'4" models, then modeling agencies would be signing them.  There is no category "short models represented by talent agencies" on Modelwire.

In a smaller market, there is certainly a possibility that a 5'4" model could be signed by a commercial agency.  The OP has a great look.  The caveat is there really isn't much work in smaller markets.  On the other hand, the clients are less sophisticated.

In Chicago, the possibility is very, very remote.  Unless she is indeed an actor, singer, etc, looking to talent agencies isn't going to change anything. 

I have often thought it is unfair that, otherwise very viable models can't make it because of their height, but having been in the business so long, I understand the reasons.  If the OP wants to get signed, she is going to have to work hard, build a strong commercial portfolio, be persistent and be patient.

If you know of a talent agency that signs short models in her area, I would love to know the name.

Jan 17 13 07:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Miranda Manley
Posts: 22
Mesa, Arizona, US


I'm 5'2 and I know that makes modeling more limited but so far I'm having a blast and I am grateful for every chance I get to be in front of the camera! I would love to be in a commercial dancing or in a ad for something!  Don't let being shorter get you feeling discouraged, just have fun smile You're gorgeous btw!


-Miranda
Jan 18 13 05:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 4,071
Alexandria, Virginia, US


I don't know your market - but check with your local agencies about "petite modeling" -  in my market you would be a bit too short...
Jan 18 13 05:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Miranda Manley wrote:
I'm 5'2 and I know that makes modeling more limited but so far I'm having a blast and I am grateful for every chance I get to be in front of the camera! I would love to be in a commercial dancing or in a ad for something!  Don't let being shorter get you feeling discouraged, just have fun smile You're gorgeous btw!


-Miranda [/quote
Thank you Miranda! :-) I've come across a lot of models on here that are successful being shorter so I have high hopes! Best of luck to you too!
Jan 18 13 07:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rebel Photo
Posts: 11,446
Florence, South Carolina, US


I love short models, they fit in small studios. big_smile

Send a comp to all your local advertising companies, including billboard/outdoor advertising companies. Pay is fair, exposure is awesome!
Jan 18 13 08:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kimberly Rose2687
Posts: 11
Watertown, Wisconsin, US


Rebel Photo wrote:
I love short models, they fit in small studios. big_smile

Send a comp to all your local advertising companies, including billboard/outdoor advertising companies. Pay is fair, exposure is awesome!

:-) thanks for your advice!

Jan 19 13 02:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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