Becoming a model with Eve Conomos
So you’re thinking about getting into modelling but have no idea where to begin? This week at The Creative Issue we sat down with model, Eve Conomos, as she gave us an insight into the industry and where to begin.
Eve Conomos, aged 20, is currently studying a Bachelor of Acting, she’s an avid animal lover, a bit clumsy (she mentioned she went to the hospital for glitter consumption for the name of art) and she aspires to make modelling and acting her full-time career. Eve is recently signed with Kingstones Agency but was signed with Rebel Rebel Talent prior.
As we spoke with Eve, we asked her to share her top 4 tips for women and men looking to get started in the modelling industry.
1. Take care of your mental health
Her first tip was to look after mental health. Before you begin your journey to becoming a model Eve recommends that this should be the first practical step in protecting yourself against the negativity. She reveals that people within the industry can be harsh on themselves, and often recoil to comparison with other models.
“I won’t lie, it can hurt. Especially in modelling, it is harder to love yourself sometimes. That is why I will preach mental health before anything. Spend time learning to love everything about you,” Eve states.
2. Take the initiative
Her second tip would be to take the initiative. Eve works around this philosophy, “if you want something, go get it.” When starting your modelling journey, it’s likely that you will have to walk around agent offices and present yourself – as Eve once did. She admits that she received a handful of rejections but instead of dwelling on the negative energy, she took it all as preparation for her first yes. She also suggests to set up and organise a variety of photoshoots and to research more about the industry and the upcoming castings. Eve says, “Collaboration is an awesome way to build up your skills, portfolio and connections.”
Eve’s third tip would be to learn how to network. She says that every time you go to a casting or event, to make sure that you end up following people on social media and to comment on their posts to create conversation. If you don’t get into casting then arrive at the event to meet people. “Networking is not only amazing to get your name out there it’s also really fun. To be honest, networking is my favourite part of the job,” Eve comments.
4. Knowledge is everything
Eve’s final tip is to research anything and everything to do with modelling, that includes the industry, fashion, poses, runway walks, etc. She encourages people to find modelling poses and to practice them. She reveals that it’s important to research the industry depending on your location and where you live to know what the modelling agencies look for.
But how do you prepare for the shoot day and casting call itself?
Eve stated that how she prepares for both days is quite similar. She’s said that the night before you should wash your hair, exfoliate and moisturise your face, stretch so you can move freely, and go over all the details for the next day (location, time, what the job is, etc). Eve also takes time to practice – if it’s a photo shoot the next day she’ll look up posing ideas related to the theme. If it’s a runway show she’ll practice different walks (as some castings ask for a swimwear walk, high fashion fast-paced walk or a slower walk).
The day of the photoshoot/event or casting call ensure to shave and moisturise. Eve recommends drinking 1.5L of water early in the morning and to pack your bag with all the essentials you may need on the day. She also says to take time to stretch or do Yoga to feel free in your movement onset or walking.
What happens if I don’t get the job or if I receive negative feedback on my appearance?
Eve’s top advice for those who apply for a modelling call but don’t get it or receive negative feedback about their appearance is to never take it personally.
“Every casting director, agent, and brand all have an idea of what they are looking for before you walk in that door. You may not get a job simply because you have feminine features and they are looking for someone with more masculine features. That doesn’t mean that no one is looking for what you have. In the future, you could land a job exactly for those features.”
Eve also believes that if you’ve put in the hard work, good things and opportunities will come when we are ready. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t land the casting, because you may land an even bigger job the next week.
Should I maintain a social media account for my modelling career?
Eve revealed that she personally believes that social media is extremely helpful in maintaining and building a modelling career. Although she admits it’s not necessary it will elevate your profile and give your career a boost. Social media is also where potential models may be scouted, Instagram especially. Eve notes that when you do a collaboration with other creatives and should they post a photo, they are likely to tag you. If another photographer or brand follows them then they are able to envision you alongside their brand and you’ve found yourself another job.
“I find social media is also awesome because if people need to see your work you can send them your Instagram. They can also see a bit of who you are as a person too!”
Since the beginning of Eve’s professional modelling career in 2018, she’s learnt important lessons whilst being in the industry. She shared that the important lesson she learnt was about learning to distant her personal life from work life, “If you’re not having a great personal day, you have to leave those thoughts at home. I think this is an important skill to have in any industry” she comments further, “When you come to work you have to be up, ready to go and not let anything affect your performance.”
We asked Eve if there’s anything she’d like to debunk about the modelling industry and she commented that modelling is not as glamourous as people may think or perceive it to be, “Once I was doing a shoot and sat on a bull ants nest for a shot in long grass. I don’t think I could feel my legs very much after that…another is the idea that all models need to be really tall. I know some models who do runway and are about 165cm. Also, there is commercial modelling which everyone can do!”
From a young age Eve always aspired to be a model. But it was at the age of 12 where she sneakily and distinctly remembers submitting images online to a modelling agency. The modelling agency accepted her application and proceeded to call her home phone but Eve’s mother declined to progress any further. Eve recalls that this was a regular occurrence in the Conomos household as she wanted to seriously pursue being in the industry. By the time Eve reached the age of 18, she began to reach out to agencies once again and also volunteer for Instagram photographers who needed models. Her professional debut began when she decided to join Rebel Rebel Talent in September 2018 on the agency’s Digi Day.