I am frequently contacted by clients asking how they can become a model in Tokyo. The initial part of my answer is always the same. To become a model in Japan, or anywhere else in the world, you need first need to have a portfolio.
Modeling, like many industries, is a business based on first impressions. In addition to a unique look, an aspiring model needs charisma, perseverance, and a portfolio to land representation. Before approaching an agency, an aspiring model should be ready to present themselves on a personal and professional level.
The key here is to make an agency's job as easy as possible. By holding a selection of professionally photographed images, an agent can fast track a model's induction process and begin "pitching" the model to industry professionals. Since a model's comp card or portfolio (physical or digital) enters an agency well before the model does, it is imperative that aspiring models have a baseline portfolio to get them through the door.
Considering this, I work with aspiring models to create starter portfolios, collections of images that showcase a model's potential and their ability to fit various client needs. In just a few hours, clients and I create imagery that is powerful enough to get the attention of Tokyo's modeling agencies.
I recently worked with Ella, an aspiring model in need of a portfolio portrait session. Since Ella is interested in fashion photography, we designed our session that will streamline her entrance into the fashion world here in Japan and beyond.
Are you interested in a portfolio building or standard portrait session? If so, reach out today to start a conversation, request a quote, or to directly book your session date in Tokyo or beyond.