3 Tips To Find A Successful Career In Modeling: Asking An Experienced Industry Professional

To mark our first article on Model Bible, we would like to talk about whether it is possible to become a model with no experience.

Our editor, Kaori, sat down to have a chat with Koji Yokohata who has a very long experience in representing foreign models and talents.

This is a must-read piece for any aspiring models as well as people who really need some boost for their careers.

 

Koji Yokohata
Senior Vice President, Free Wave

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Can you start your career as a model from scratch?

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Kaori

I’d like to get straight to the point, Koji.
Can you start your modeling career even if you have virtually no previous experience?

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Koji

Of course, you can!

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Kaori

OMG! How encouraging that is!

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Koji

Any top models started off with no experience at some point.
But obviously, this job is not for everyone.

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Kaori

Well, that’s true.

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Koji

You do need to have above average looks but at the same time, you don’t need to be the most beautiful person that everyone wishes they could be.

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Kaori

That’s quite reassuring.
Then, what aspects do you need to be a model?

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Koji

Most importantly, you need to know yourself.
Once you do, you need to make your good side even better so that it outweighs your not-so-good side.

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Kaori

So you need to learn how to do that.
But that wouldn’t be enough, would it? Maybe you don’t have to be the most beautiful person but surely there are some physical requirements you need to be considered as a model.

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Koji

Yes, you are right. Next, I will talk about those.

 

1. How To Overcome Minimum Requirements To Be A Model

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Kaori

So, what are they?

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Koji

First, smooth skin, lean body and beautiful hair
And clean teeth are essential if you want to stand in front of a camera.

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Kaori

Wow, they are all things that you can get if you make effort.
Aside from spending a bit of money.

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Koji

And the most important thing of all, lovely smile.

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Kaori

Right. You can’t leave people with good impressions if you are grumpy all the time.
I myself have worked with some popular models. One thing I realized was they hardly forget to smile and they are not even faking it.

Minimum Requirements To Be A Model

1.Smooth Skin
2.Lean Body
3.Beautiful Hair
4.Clean Teeth
5.Lovely Smile

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Kaori

Maybe you can get all of those qualities if you try hard but it is always easier said than done.

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Koji

Yes. You have to eat, breathe, sleep with them in mind. That’s what it takes.

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Kaori

A lot of people probably associate models with fashion. what do you need to think about fashion if you are a model?

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Koji

What you wear is very important to make yourself look more appealing
You have to catch people’s attention at first sight.

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Kaori

To make your good side even better so that it outweighs your not-so-good side.
To master the art of fashion to make yourself look more appealing.
You need to know yourself if you are to do those two things. That’s exactly what you said earlier.

 

2. How To Perform Better

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Kaori

When we think about models, we think about things like catwalking and posing etc. What exactly do you need to work on if you want to be better at those things?

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Koji

We covered appearance and fashion. The next thing you need is the ability to perform well.
On top of catwalking and posing, you need be a good actor and an artist.

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Kaori

I kenw it wasn’t going to be easy. There are a tremendous number of people competing for one position and you have to keep winning in that environment.

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Koji

Yes, it’s a very competitive world.

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Kaori

Let’s talk from a different perspective. What features do “good models” have in common?

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Koji

They all have their uniqueness and the ability to perform.
In our industry, just being beautiful isn’t enough. You need something on top of it in order to stay competitive and attract people’s attention.

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Kaori

I see. Everything is connected to the ability to perform.

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Koji

People always love when models are not shying away and let their everything out.

 

3, Be Passionate, Be Respectful, Be Open

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Koji

Lastly, you need passion, respect, and an open mind.

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Kaori

I guess being a model isn’t so different from doing any other jobs.
You can’t be a good model just with given talents.

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Koji

Every professional model checks their weight to make sure it stays the same and to maintain their physical conditions.

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Kaori

If pros do it, any aspiring models need to do it too, if not, more.

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Koji

You are right.
Daily exercise is a must for all models. Many of them do a lot of training to improve their skills as a model.

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Kaori

Alright.
It takes a lot of time and effort if you want to be a model.

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Koji

Like I said, it is not easy to be a successful model. That’s why I said it’s not a job for everyone.
But the question is whether you can enjoy the process.
That kind of mindset is crucial.

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Kaori

Thank you so much for your time, At the end of the day, you have to “do what you love and love what you do”.

To Start Off Your Career As A Model From Scratch

①Attain minimum physical requirements eg. smooth skin, hair, and lovely smile.
②Know yourself and learn the ability to perform.
②Be passionate, be respectful and be open

 

The things we covered here are the basic of the basic.
But that does not mean you can let them slide. Without a solid foundation, nothing stands on top of it.

Next time on, we are going to dig deeper into each topic we covered today to find out exactly what you need to do and what you need to have in mind.

See you soon!

Welcome to “Model Bible”

モデルバイブルスタートです!

Hi, there!

Welcome to the ‘Model Bible”. My name is Kaori and I am the editor and writer of this website.

Right now, I work for a company called Free Wave, a model agency whose main focus is international talents.

Free Wave has a long history and has been in the business for over 25 years. We would like to provide a lot of useful information to anyone who is involved in modeling.

 

What is “Model Bible”?

You might wonder “what is Model Bible?”.

Model Bible is made for all people who are already involved in or want to be involved in the modeling industry such as…

  • Current Models
  • Prospectus Models
  • People looking to cast models

We aspire to make something useful in real life.

 

Why We Do this – The Reason We Started This Website

Why did we make a website like this in the first place?

That is because Mutsumi Takahashi, the CEO of Free Wave, had a long time passion for passing on the knowledge she obtained through her career.

She originally planned to make a textbook for the models working with Free Wave.

モデルバイブルスタートです!

Free Wave represents a number of models from those with a long time experience in the Japanese industry to those that with little to no experience.

Everyone has a stage in your career when you don’t know which way to go at the beginning and this is where we take part to polish up their talents and help them become models who can get jobs.

People say “in Rome, do as Romans do” and the model industry is not an exception. Whether you are a rookie model or someone with a very established career in another country, you will have to learn to do it Japanese way when working here and many people often miss out a lot by not knowing it.

  • How the Japanese industry is run
  • Visa
  • How to build your portfolio

These things are crucial in order to keep getting jobs.

Free Wave has over 2,500 models signed up. It was difficult, if not impossible, to tell these things to every one of them/

That is where the concept of a textbook for all model, what eventually come to be Model Bible, was first brought up.

Why We Make It Available for Everyone

As I talked about it above, Model Bible was first intended to be exclusively for models signed with Free Wave.

However, Mutsumi thought that it would be such a waste to keep it within Free Wave.

Why does she want to make public something that is the fruit of her 25 years plus career and share it with everyone including her potential competitors?

Because there will be a lot of benefits Free Wave can gain from making it available for everyone.

Benefits of Releasing Model Bible To The Entire World

1. International models can be more immersed in the Japanese industry if we can help them to become better.

2.We can remove obstacles there may be when casting international models through providing contents that both benefit models and the rest of the industry.

3.By helping to create mutual understanding, we can help Japan to stand better on the global stage.

What do we mean by “remove obstacles there may be when casting international models through providing contents that both benefit models and the rest of the industry”? We believe there are two components to this.

One is to enable production companies to work with international models without hustle by helping them become equipped with Japanese industry customs.

The other component is helping production companies become more aware of cultural differences.

Of course, it is important for models to adapt to the Japanese way but it is equally so to respect them for who they are in order to achieve the best outcome possible.

国を超えるフリー・ウエイブの絆

 

To “Shine Together”

What we are planning to do here at Model Bible perfectly match up Free Wave’s principles.

Shining Together – タレント、お客様、そして自分自身を輝かせるために。

【ミッション】
1. 私たちは、感謝と信頼をモットーに、最適な外国人タレントを提供することでクライアントの最強のパートナーとなります。
2.私たちは「人」と「人」をつなぐ架け橋となり、関わる全ての人を「幸せ」にします。
3.私たちは、国籍や人種を超えたグローバルなタレント力で日本の未来を創ります。

Model Bible will become a go-to textbook not only for models but also for Free Wave’s new talent managers, better yet it will be a great asset for models working with other agencies and everyone who is involved in the business.

It will be at our greatest pleasure to make a little contribution to the improvement of models and the industry.

Sit back and please join our journey as we keep publishing brand new contents.

(Please contact us from here if you have any requests for topics that you would like us to cover)