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Is a side gig as a fashion model worth highlighting in my portfolio? I’m a senior in college and will be applying to jr copywriter jobs soon. Cont’d in comments

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This can be very valuable in your job search. But make it less about modeling and instead highlight what you just mentioned here: “Worked in the fashion industry, collaborated with photographers and provided creative direction for photo shoots to help bring artistic concepts to life.” So make it less about how you were the model, and more about how you have production and creative experience and bring an understanding of the process to the table. This is very valuable for a junior creative coming out of school. Especially since most people at that level only have internships or sales clerk jobs on their resumé.

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this in general is good advice: figure out how to spin outside-the-industry experience as applicable to your job. everything is. it’s the only advantage career restarts have over everyone else and it’s rarely considered to be spun that way

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No I don’t think you should highlight it

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The hair?

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Look... I don’t know how else to say this, but there are a lot of creepers out there. You probably won’t have trouble finding a job if you’re a good looking model. However, I’m sure you want to be hired for the right reasons, not for the wrong ones. You won’t be discriminated against in the same way a POC might, but you’re a woman and you can definitely be stereotyped as something you probably aren’t. I would probably err on the side of caution and not mention or show the modeling aspect. I’m sure some people will think it’s a cool side job that has given you some insight into art direction, but unfortunately, I think the majority of people will either consciously or unconsciously not take you as seriously because of the perception that models are dumb or ditzy or shallow. In short, sometimes it could give you a slight edge, but I think the majority of times, it will actually work against you. It’s probably better that when people see your book and resume and meet you, they can start with a clean slate instead of with some pre-conceived notion of who you are. The modeling thing can become a distraction to that IMHO.

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Totally makes sense. If I wanted to be hired based off my looks I’d try to model professionally, but I want to be hired for my creative/copywriting skills. I appreciate the advice!

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If you are not taken seriously it is not because you are blonde or young, maybe it has to do with professionalism. Comments like that already show that you are not mature yet to realize that hair color is the least of the worries, if your issue was skin color, or nationality, or gender queery then yes, unfortunately people might not like you for just being you. But being a blonde young white female model probably is not what is keeping you down . As for modeling put it in a personal projects section and don’t say it’s you modeling, instead like CD1 said: focus on collaboration w photographers and editorial direction etc etc

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Art Director 2, that’s exactly it. Although I’m not straight but that’s none of their business lol.

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I’m going to have to make another comment. I already said make a separate portfolio book, but I want to explain why it’s important to not cross the streams. A creative book should be conceptual. Modeling is related to casting, which is executional. It has zero relevance to concepting. Unless you are a copywriter that’s actively interested in the discipline of photography, nobody’s going go buy that you’re directing shoots with yourself in them, when you have no other photography work with you *behind* the camera. It just stands out as weird, frankly. There’s virtually zero advantage of mentioning that you’re a model in your copywriter portfolio. The simplest thing to do is make two totally separate websites, with two totally different resumes.

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I didn’t read the other responses but I have to contribute because we did hire a model/actress/copywriter. I was a hard no. My svp was a hard yes (more on that later). She was below par and whatever I had to manage her and coach her. She would leave for auditions and it took 9 months of documentation to can her. She was awful, for TONS of legit reasons. The SVP was fired. Turns out he’d been talking to her on LinkedIn and hired her bec... she was hot. Even risking his team as she was useless as a copywriter. The point is (sorry for the rant), be a copywriter or go be passionate about modeling and waitress or whatever. It’s offensive to toe the line to people who are actually passionate about this role. I’m not saying give up anything you love, but if it’s not relevant, leave it off. Being hot isn’t relevant. Take it from a successful, overweight copywriter

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It’s not relevant to copywriting, so I would say no.

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Smh at everybody’s quick response no’s. You shouldn’t want to work with people that won’t take you seriously for simply modeling on the side. I personally love people with diverse creative backgrounds and hobbies and passions beyond advertising. Make it a “side” thing and provide a spin relevant to advertising, creative, and production experience! Hopefully the people who like you are the ones worth working with.

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Thank you! This is encouraging. Sad to see people be so quick to look down upon modeling.

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No. Put your modeling portfolio on a separate site.

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just... no

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I don’t think you should highlight it, even if you try to spin it as a creative collaboration. It will just make you look shallow and will absolutely seem like you expect to be hired for your looks.

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When applicants list their “side” jobs as actors or models, experience has taught me that as soon as they get their next audition (or the next, or the next, or the next), MY job is the one that turns into the side gig.

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Great advice! Thank you!

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Leave it off

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I’ve been modeling for about 6 months and really enjoy it. I do a lot of creative and editorial shoots and work with photographers to provide creative direction and bring the artistic concept to life. I am proud of my work and the energy I’ve put into it, and I have plenty of photographs that are SFW. However I’m afraid that I won’t be taken seriously- I already feel that I’m not taken seriously as a blonde 21 year old female in this industry (I’m planning on going back to my natural color before applying to FT jobs for this reason).

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I think a small sub-section near the end of your book is fine. People like to see that you have other interests and experiences. Don’t make a big deal of your looks tho. Could easily backfire.

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Anything in your book is fair game for your prospective workplace to use. They might cast you in projects and they won’t pay you extra for it.

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Catalogue or runway?

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Lol

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Don’t make things confusing. Let your work shine

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You get what you show, so show the modeling when you want to get model work and the other way around.

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As an editor who looks for copywriters and models, I’d say keep your modelling side hustle separate. If you’re planning to enter the editorial world - you have to decide which one is more important to you than the other. Push your copywriting work and let your hobby as a model be a discovery in the interview, as you can mention this as your hobby. Make sure to point out what important life lessons you have gained doing this work. Models are not dizzy, or less intelligent than other people and I think those ideas are outdated stereotypes. In fact, models are actually extremely business savvy, so if you can turn this ideology on its head in your favour, perhaps blog about your life as a model. Push the boundaries and never let anyone say, you can’t do something. You can, if you take the advice on fishbowl with caution and remember to be you. You could be the first copywriter super model that spoke about life in a career that many see as less important - whatever your gig, push it on a blog. Engage your niche online through your blog, with those who are doing what you do as models who side hustle. Perhaps call your blog - Side Hustling Model. Think about a tag line that’s edgy and raw. As a side note; I would like to see your work as a model as I am planning to build my list of models for my publication in 2020. So forward your work to: contact@getsupermagazine.com. And, I’d also be keen to see your copywriting, so send this over to me too. My advice will always be, do what you love and don’t be Square or worry about people opinions. Everyone has an opinion. The ultimate choice stands with you.

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