You have tattoos and piercings and you've got an Instagram, your friends keep telling you “You're a babe” and your followers have commented about you being a model, but where do you start ?
1. First step, reality check.
Are you doing this to make money and become a household name ? if yes, stop while you're ahead - the modelling world, especially the tattoo/alternative industry is not your ticket to a mansion in the Hollywood hills - You're better off checking out your options at being a sugar baby. If you are doing this for your self, as a hobby or because you want too: proceed to step two.
if you value your security an alias is invaluable, keep your real social media out of the picture, don't share model type pictures on your personal accounts - reverse image search is a dick and your privacy will be gone in less than 5 minutes if you don't keep everything 100% separate. make a new email address, use a fake address or PO box, don’t share your modelling to or from your personal accounts, don't tag your real life friends in your modelling accounts and don’t tell any one who contacts you online your real name ever, legal model releases to a photographer being an obvious exception.
3. Now you have a name, create new social accounts.
Only create an account if you intend on using it, theres no point in using 23 social sites if you don't keep them up to date with DIFFERENT content. Sharing from Instagram to twitter and Facebook is lame and you give zero reasons for someone to follow you on more than one platform.
4. Selfies are great but you're not a “model”.
Sorry to be that dick, but you need to work with photographers to be a model, more honestly - you need to either be paid or at very least not be PAYING out for your shoots. In the beginning paying good photographers to take good photos is a good investment, but if you are always paying, you're a client not a model.
5. Build up a portfolio of CONSISTENT work.
A bad photo is a bad photo. You may think all experience is good experience - it’s not. If the photographer sucks, the photo will suck and a bad photo will make you look like a bad model and thus affect your likelihood of working with better photographers and making money.
Share for share with other models or pages, go to local events, make business cards, set aside a budget for shoutout pages, ask to shoot with other models, make friends with other models, engage your fans online, ask questions, message photographers, message brands, submit to magazines and pages on Facebook or Instagram, create a fan page on Facebook, create sponsored ads to get likes on photos, create a website for yourself. Become a brand and sell yourself. Read shit about marketing, branding, sales and networking.
7. Don’t ever take a photo you don’t want to take,
If you don't want to shoot a nude, don’t ever take a nude photo. As a model, you do not own the photograph, the photographer does and even if you say no and the photographer agrees to respect that, the photographer can post it, sell it or show it to anyone, anytime regardless of your wishes or requests. Therefor the only way to prevent a problem is to never allow yourself to do something you don't want to do or that you don’t want on the internet, forever.
8. Lastly, stay true to you.
There are thousands of girls trying to make it, be yourself. don’t try to look like everyone else, don’t try to act like everyone else, do what makes you happy, dress and style yourself how you feel sexy or badass and don’t ever try and be someone else - this industry was built off of creativity and individuality, be the rebel.