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How to Build an Acting Modeling Portfolio Mumbai

 Starting a career in acting and modeling can be very challenging, more so if you don’t have anything to show off to potential casting directors and advertisers. Fortunately, creating your own professional portfolio is pretty easy in Mumbai. With the following steps, you can significantly improve your chances of getting noticed and bagging the first few gigs that will kick start your modeling career. Good luck! 


How to Build a Acting and Modeling Portfolio 

Your modeling/acting portfolio is essentially your resume. It should have everything you need to make a good impression and showcase what you can do, so it should obviously include your most flattering photos and previous features, if there are any. You can create a short version that you can submit to modeling agencies, casting agencies and Model coordinators in Mumbai, aside from the complete set or book that you’ll be bringing with you to all your modeling acting auditions.

If you’re ready to get started, check out our easy step-by-step guide for building an impressive modeling portfolio.


Determine your modeling acting talent type


Fortunately for aspiring actors wishing to enter into the glamours world of Bollywood and entertainment industry. there are many different types of modeling that one can get into. The first step in building your portfolio is to determine which specific type of modeling you prefer and are best suited for, as many of them have their own preferred model specifications. For example, a live model working at trade shows will have to look positive and approachable, aside from being physically attractive.

Your photos should reflect the type of modeling you’re hoping to get into, whether it’s commercial modeling, fashion modeling, live modeling, catwalk/runway modeling, or even stock photo modeling. Specifying it early on will not only help you focus on marketing yourself for the part but will also make it easier for recruiters and agencies to place you in a particular category.


Hire a good professional photographer


An important part of the creation of your modeling portfolio is the photographer you hire for your first modeling acting photos. If you’re very serious about making your portfolio look as authentic as possible, you can look for a professional who already works in the modeling industry. 

The key to choosing a good photographer is to check their work beforehand. It would be great if the photographer is somewhat experienced in photographing the type of model that you are hoping to be so you can benefit from their artistic direction and expertise.

Bonus Tip: Make sure you have clean, studio photos as these usually look more professional and impressive to casting directors, compared to lifestyle photos that tend to take the attention away from the model.


Hire a professional hair and makeup artist


While you may be able to get away with an aspiring photographer with amazing talent, we highly suggest that you hire a professional hair and makeup artist—particularly one who’s experienced in doing faces for pictorials.

Studio flashes tend to react differently with certain types of makeup, so the camera will likely capture imperfections, like uneven and blotchy foundation, or exaggerate your glittery highlight. At the same time, what may look like heavy makeup in person will look a little understated on camera. To be sure, do a couple of test shots with your hair done and makeup on before you actually start shooting.


Practice posing


Before you actually do the photo shoot, you’ll want to be prepared for it. Photo shoots tend to take a long time, even with professional models, so you won’t want to waste time figuring out how you should pose during studio hours.

Make good use of the internet to research about the type of photos that models in a particular category typically have in their portfolio. Make sure you have a full-body mirror with you and practice doing a wide variety of poses with your head, hands, arms, legs, and feet. You may also want to try out different facial expressions.

Fashion is a little more forgiving, as you can usually do a wide range of poses with your entire body. Take note of your favorite poses and get comfortable with new ones, so your confidence can be translated into your images later on.


Choose your outfits for portfolio 

One last important thing you’ll need to do before your shoot is to pick out the clothes that you’re going to be wearing. This, again, should depend on the type of modeling that you’re hoping to do. But as a general rule, you’ll want to include basic pieces of clothing like jeans and a plain white shirt.

Top modeling agencies will likely look beyond all the flashy, colorful clothes, so you might as well focus on showing off your frame and how you really look like when you’re starting out. Stay away from prints, patterns, and over sized clothing.

Remember to bring a lot of extras since you want to have a lot of pictures—but definitely not in the same two or three outfits!


Have your photo shoot


When the big day comes, treat it as your first modeling “gig.” Be professional, arrive early, communicate with your photographer and makeup artist, and don’t act like a diva on set. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try your best to vary your styles in front of the camera to show your versatility.

If your photographer doesn’t have one, make sure you have a “shot list” prepared. Take a couple of actor head shots (frontal and profile), mid-shots, half-body shots, as well as whole body shots—ideally for every set or “look.” This will help you have a lot of photos to choose from later on.

Bonus Tip: Tell your photographer to keep your set well-lit (for now, so agents will be able to see the real you) and your photos all colored. Should you want to make any of your photos black-and-white, you can decide and have them edited later on.


Create an online modeling portfolio


As we all know, social media—or the Internet, actually—is where much of the action is. Many of today’s aspiring freelance models actually set up modeling accounts on Facebook and Instagram as it’s easier for more people to find them there than on a personal website.

For more professional results, it’s still advisable to create your own modeling acting portfolio website and simply plug a link into your social media accounts. This way, you can truly be in control of how your page looks like. You can seek the services of a good web designer to create your portfolio website or you can do it on your own by customizing a free website template.


Don’t forget to include a profile page


As part of your creative modeling “resume,” you should never forget to include your information, work you’re willing to do, as well as any related acting and modeling experience, hobbies, talents, and interests—both on your printed portfolio and your online modeling portfolio on your “About Me” page. Usual key measurements and data you’ll need to include are:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Body measurements and sizes
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color
  • Distinguishing Features (freckles, birthmarks, tattoos, etc.)

You can simply list them down or be creative with your layout, as long as they are easy to read and locate.


Once you get hired by an casting agency, you will be told to avoid making drastic changes to your appearance. After all, they’re pitching your current look to advertisers and other potential clients. This means you can’t cut your hair, change your hair color, have any sort of plastic or cosmetic surgery, or get any tattoos without their approval. In most cases, female models are also not allowed to get pregnant throughout the duration of their contract.

Don’t worry—these should all be included in your contract and you won’t be forced to sign it if you’re not comfortable with any of the terms.

As part of your role as a model, you’ll also need to take care of your skin and maintain your appearance by avoiding too much sun exposure, not losing or gaining too much weight, and basically taking good care of yourself. Invest your time and effort in making sure you look your best, even when you’re not in front of the camera.