The first time I landed an editorial, I was thrilled! My agent told me I booked an eight page spread in Hawaii Luxury Magazine, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Little did I know, the long hours I had in store, and the mental and physical strength I was going to have to endure during the shoot. By now, I have shot a handful of editorial spreads. Three of which were for Ala Moana Magazine (my absolute favorite editorials I have gotten to shoot thus far in my career), a couple for Tori Richard, and one for Hawaiian Tropic just to name a few. Since I am now experienced in the whole process of what it takes to produce the amount of content needed for an editorial, I am here to share with you some tips and tricks I have learned along the way.
Tip 1: Get your beauty rest the night before the shoot. Beauty rest may be an overrated cliche, but I can’t stress enough, the importance of catching those z’s before a long day of shooting. Energy is key to ensuring that you produce the best photos during your shoot! Trust me, energy shines through in photos, so making sure you’re well rested is crucial!
Tip 2: Make sure you read the call sheet. Before your shoot, you should always receive a call sheet a few days in advance. The call sheet is kind of like the script for a movie. It tells you all the details of the shoot, including call times (which is very important to pay attention to), the location, a mood board, hair/makeup/wardrobe looks, a schedule for the day, and contact numbers for the people who will be on set that day. Reading the call sheet helps to mentally prepare you for what’s in store for the shoot. It also helps you to get an idea of the vibe the client is going for once the final images are produced.
Tip 3: Show up to set with a good attitude. 9 times out of 10, the call time for hair and makeup will be at the crack of dawn. If you are not a morning person like me, make sure you give yourself enough time to fully wake up in the morning. Maybe have a cup of coffee, eat a light breakfast, check your phone, etc. Whatever you have to do to ensure that you don’t show up to set with a bad attitude. Everyone’s energy is solely focused on you the entire day. You are essentially the star of the show, so you set the mood for the vibe on set. Nobody likes a diva, so do yourself and everyone else a favor and put a smile on your face, even if you don’t want to.
Tip 4: Pack your model bag the night before. When shooting an editorial, of course the wardrobe and shoes are provided, but you are always expected to bring a nude seamless thong/panties and a nude strapless bra. Make sure those two things are in your model bag before you show up on set. I also ALWAYS make sure I bring a water bottle, because staying hydrated is necessary during a long day on the go. Something you will also always find in my model bag before an editorial shoot, is a snack and makeup wipes. Most of the time, lunch will be provided on set, but just incase it isn’t, a healthy granola bar or a banana is always nice to have as backup for those of you who get hangry like me. Makeup wipes are another thing I like to bring with me. By the end of the day, your face will be caked with makeup, and you most likely will have worked up a sweat during the shoot. Nothing feels better to me than wiping your makeup off at the end of a long day.
Tip 5: Have fun! The last, and most important tip is to just have fun! Sometimes shooting an editorial can feel like a lot of pressure. Generally there will be at least six people on set with all eyes on you, counting on you to produce the content needed to sell the brand you are shooting for. It sounds pretty intimidating, but if you follow these tips, and just remember to have fun, I guarantee you it will end successfully, and the client will want to book you again. Because after all, modeling isn’t just being a pretty face, it’s your personality that sells you! So smile, have fun, and go get um babes!