Modelling Schools

In most areas of Canada you don't have far to look to find someone offering to trains models. But is it necessary to spend a lot of cash in order to be successful?

Most modelling schools in Canada are attached to an agency. Yet many agencies insists models don't need formal training. So why do some agencies run schools? There are two reasons:

  1. It's a great way to spot up-and-coming talent.

  2. Modelling schools are a great way to make money.

Modelling schools do not guarantee success. They merely give you the knowledge of the industry and what is expected.

A lot of modelling schools offer a variety of courses, ranging from personal development to advanced modelling.

Personal Development usually covers such things as charm, poise, proper makeup application, building a wardrobe and basic modelling walks.

The more advanced classes move away from the day-to-day stuff and can offer anything from the history of modelling to precise turns to photoposing.

Before registering for any modelling program, there are several things you should check:

  • In some provinces it is necessary for schools to be licensed. If that is the case where you are, check to see it has been done.

  • What are the qualifications of the instructors? Have they succeeded in modelling?

  • In many provinces the courses are tax-deductable. Is this school recognized by the government to offer their classes in such a way?

  • Are you guaranteed representation by the agency upon completion of the courses, or do you need to be accepted?

  • What successes have their graduates enjoyed? Ask to see examples of work their models have done.

  • What other costs will you encounter? Do you have to buy additional materials (books, make-up, etc) once the course commences?

  • Is there a photoshoot included in the price?

  • If you miss a class, can it be made up in the next session at no charge? What if you just want a refresher after you are done? Is it free?

Many people are tempted to contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if the agency is a member. Keep in mind the B.B.B. is not the final authority on good schools or agencies. Generally they have low standards to encourage membership (and the money that goes along with it). If, however, the school is a member of the B.B.B., it is worth seeing if any complaints have been registered.