Whenever I look at fitness models, I just remember one proverb, 'If you have it, flaunt it.' These are people with heavenly bodies and are omnipresent. Right from computer screen savers to mobiles, fitness centers and even bedrooms, people just love fitness models. A lot of people have entered into the world of fitness not only for staying fit and having a good body, but to also make money and be famous. Having a good muscular physique is the best and the easiest way to become a fitness model and appear on the pages of various fitness magazines.
Breaking into the Fitness Model World
Men and women don't need to be extensive bodybuilders to become a fitness model, but it is expected that both the sexes should have a toned, ripped and a little muscle on their body. Also there's a lot of stress on abs, especially for men. To become a highly successful fitness model, it is necessary to have great abs; a slim and trim waist won't give great chances. Fitness modeling is not fashion modeling, in the latter importance is usually given to fashion and clothing, but in fitness modeling importance is only given to muscles and a ripped body.
For many people, participating in body building competitions can serve as an entry ticket into entering the fitness modeling world. There's a higher chance of encountering many famous modeling agents who are looking for budding fitness models in these events. There's a high chance that the initial assignment won't get heavy cash in hand, but at least it is a start.
In many instances, people who know about nutrition and proper diet can also have a good shot at being a fitness model, provided they have a good physique. Most guys and girls enter this field to impress their peers, partners and even friends. Men and women who are planning to do that should know that it is a wrong move.
This is an industry which needs people who are determined and fit. They should be ready to shoot at odd hours. Unless and until bodybuilding is not a hobby or passion, don't go for this career. To kick-start it's necessary to make an impressive portfolio in which the main focus should be on those abs. Email these pictures to fitness photographers who are employed with fitness magazines.
Average Fitness Model Salary
The majority of fitness models are not salaried. They are paid on an hourly basis or on the job they take. Their pay scale hugely depends on what assignment they have undertaken, their location of shooting, and they type of modeling they are doing. Most fitness models do not worry about their pay scale in the initial days. They just want to appear in a magazine or an advertisement so that this can boost up their credentials.
Many times it is the fitness photographers that pay models because they are responsible for getting them an assignment. Regarding the payments, photographers pay the models at the time of the shoot or after the photos have reached the desired client. If the photographer sells photos outside, he/she gets 50% from the paycheck. This job is not for people who are looking out to become rich in some time. Yes, for people who want fame, this is the right place.
Top magazines can pay anything from $500 to $5000 for a layout depending on the experience of the model. Models who appear for fashion shows can earn as much as $1000 to $2000 each day. Models who get signed up modeling agencies may or may not get a monthly pay check depending on the contract they have signed. Annual salary of a fitness model can be anywhere from $58,000 to $70,000 depending on the assignment they undertake.
Another important aspect to remember is extensive traveling. Fitness models only shoot at beautiful locales which is particularly surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. In some cases traveling costs are not paid by the photographer or by the agency that has signed up the model. Many times the costs are deducted from the paycheck.