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I am a up and coming Senior and I was wondering what kind of career I should go after. I’m a guy in a small town filled with a mind of the modeling industry. I will watch about 5 fashion shows a day and this has been going on for a few years. If you could ask my friends anything about me, they would say “He knows too much about models.” I do! And I love knowing about it! I could name you all the top 50 women models in the world thanks to Models.com. I’m confused as to what I should major in. I love models! If you could answer this question, you would make my life easier.
Interesting letter, you have obviously got a passion for something quite specific. I am the total opposite to you, I can barely recognize Karlie Kloss! I’d suggest you’d be best off working with a model agency (as a booker and eventually scout) or with a casting agent. I don’t know a ton about this part of the industry, but I am guessing the easiest job to start with would be to get in with an agency. Since you have a bit of time before you graduate, I’d start doing some research. Find some agencies (local, or in one of the big cities) and contact them. Tell them you are obsessed with models and you think this career path is your calling. Ask them what qualifications you need to get a job as a booker or another entry level position, and ask them if/when they take interns, and what they are looking for in an intern.
Working for, and eventually as, a casting agent will be a bit more complicated, but getting into a model agency will be a great way to get your foot in the door, start meeting people, and figure out whether that is exactly what you want to do. You may be able to skip post-secondary education (although I can’t guarantee this) if you go straight into an internship with a good model agency and work your way up. If not, a degree in some type of fashion business, marketing, or similar will probably make most sense. Start contacting agencies, asking questions, and getting your name out there. Good luck!
For some further reading, here’s a great profile on Natalie Joos, a casting agent, from Business of Fashion. Her background is interesting, too.