Aspiring Full Figure Models – Facial Expressions… Talking to
an agent about how to choose models for cover, editorials, etc. A lot goes into
the decision making process, but one of the main things they look for is how
the model connects with the camera. This is one of the primary things they look
You can be the prettiest girl, and signed with an agency but if your eyes are dead – your pictures are useless. Facial expressions and practicing how to use your face and your eyes in particular to connect with the camera is so very important.
The muscles around eyes can be manipulated, did you know
that? Raise your brows up and down for me. See, that was using your muscles!
The key to making sure that you are using your eyes as well as the rest of your
body when you are modeling is “FEELING”. You have to FEEL an emotion and let it
speak through your body from head to toe, but mainly through your facial
expression. That's the difference between success and failure.
You should begin a daily routine of practicing facial
expressions in the mirror. You should be able to express happiness, anger,
surprise, shyness, excitement, boredom and sadness. Have someone take snapshots of you when you
are ready and critique them, put them next to photos of models on the internet
and see if the look is similar. Practice makes perfection. When you are hired for a
job, this is not the time to practice. The client expects you to know how to
model and need limited instruction.
Another great way to practice emotion is by taking an acting class. Acting classes are great because the assignments or workshops involved help to get you in touch with your emotions. Modeling is very much like acting without the script.
If this is a career you are seriously pursuing, you must practice and test often in order to be ready for your big break. These are some samples of facial expressions of aspiring or new full figure models should be practicing.
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