Monthly Archive: August 2019

I want to be a model/ Answers to 15 popular questions about modeling

1. What do you need in order to be a model?

  1. Measurements for girls: height from 175 cm for Europe and the USA, from 170 cm for Asia. Basic measurements 90-60-90.
    Measurements for boys: height from 183 cm.
  2. Model appearance  (scout – a person working in a modeling agency that can determine by your appearance whether you can work as a model or not).
  3. Desire to be a model.

2. How to become a model?

There are two options:

  1. You send your snaps to one of the modeling agencies.
  2. Scout finds you on social networks or accidentally meet you on the street.

3. What are snaps and portfolio?

Snaps are photographs of the face and in full growth from four sides. Girls without makeup. Photos are sent without editing. Read more about good model snaps https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-type-of-photos-do-modeling-agencies-really-want-2379485

Portfolio – a set of photos that show the model from the best side.

4. Do I need to attend a model school before becoming a model?

It depends on you. A modeling agency doesn’t require this. A model school is more conducive to your personal development: you will be taught to walk, pose and feel confident.
It is very important to choose a good model school because now it is a popular business. The school should have professionals who can give you the information you really need. Otherwise, you will lose your money in vain.
I attended such a school for some time, but I gained all the valuable experience in model trips.

5. Can I work without a portfolio?

No. You should have at least two shootings before your trip. As a rule, a foreign agency selects a girl from the photo. Sometimes you can come to an agency abroad and they can arrange several test shootings for you in order to improve your portfolio.

6. How can I make a portfolio?

If the agency agrees to work with you, they will organize your first photoshoot. Then they can also post your photos on social networks. After you may receive offers for shooting from different photographers.
The fastest option is to order a paid shoot by a professional photographer.

7. I have a portfolio and an agency. What’s next?

Agency goes looking contract fo you abroad. The choice of the country will depend on your type. Some girls are better for Europe, some for Asia.

8. Where can I work as a model?

As a model, you have a huge selection. Model business is developing in many countries. The most popular markets are the USA, Italy, France, Japan, China, Korea. Also England, Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, India, Australia, and others.

9. How expensive is it to become a model?

It is absolutely free. Don’t believe people on the internet, who promise you a great modeling career for a certain amount of money.

10. How long does one contract long?

At least 2 months or more. Rarely agencies give contracts for a month or 45 days.

11. What level of English should the model have?

Basic English. Without knowledge of English in model trips are very difficult. Usually, girls understand the importance of communication on the first trip and begin to learn English. Communicating in an English-speaking environment also helps to improve language.

12. What does the work of a model abroad include?

A foreign agency pays for accommodation, flights and gives money for a model for personal expenses. A girl/boy visits castings daily or goes to work that the agency provides. First, the model must return all the money that the agency spent on her/him. When the model returns all the money, she/he will start earning own money, giving a percentage to the agency.

13. What percentage does the agency take for itself?

Foreign agency – 40%
Mother agency – 10%
Model – 50%
This percentage may vary by country.

14. I work, but I want to travel as a model. What to do?

It is absolutely possible to mix two of these activities. At school, you can agree with the director and answer all subjects ahead of schedule. Distance learning is always available at the university.

15. Does the model always make money?

Not. On the first trips, girls with no experience often return without a salary. If the type of girl does not fit the country, then she can also be left without money.

How to become a model in China?

When I tell people that I work as a model in China, usually their thoughts are going in two different ways. One people don’t understand what does it mean ‘to be a model’, other people say: “Oyyy, I want to know more about it”. Okay, let’s make it clear.

Hello, China! First meeting

First time I left my hometown at the age of 16. Some people believe that it is too early and dangerous to go abroad along at this age, but I met girls at the age of 12 in China, so, I can say, that I started a little bit late:D
I kept the ticket on one side and knew about modeling as much as you know right now. But I was sure that it would be the best trip of my life. It was true. I spent all the flight time without sleep. All my way took around 18 hours.  When we landed and were met by our driver, I no longer had the strength to look out the taxi window. I fell asleep with a view of the skyscrapers in Shanghai and promised myself that I would look at them later.

I didn’t dream to be a model, but it’s happened

I’ve always loved taking pictures. Even as a child, we arranged a small photo session at home on the first phones. At that time I had no idea that your love for posing, you face and height can give you a good chance in life.

The system works like this. You send you photos without makeup in full growth, half body and just face to mother agency (‘mother agency’ means your own agency. And their rule is to find contracts for you in other countries), if they like you, sign a contact, pack your stuff and go to make yourself known. I followed this pattern and came to one of the most unusual countries in 6 months after sending my photos.

How does it work?

Usually, one contract takes around 2-3 months. The host agency in China (or another country) pays for your tickets, accommodation, transportation, comp cards (special cards with your photos, which you use during castings). They also give you some cash every 1-2 weeks.  You can earn money, but first of all, you should return all the money they have spent on you. 50% of your earnings after each job you give to the Agency (40% to the host agency, 10% to the mother agency). The percentage component can be different.

Shanghai after three years/ Personal letter

Hello, Shanghai. I haven’t seen you so closely for three years.
Once I decided that we are different, and all my love was divided between other cities, but today you again gave me a chance to feel you.

The Bund ( 外滩 )

My story

My first meeting with China began in Shanghai. Summer 2017 📅 I arrived in Shanghai on my first model trip. After 24h without sleep, in a taxi, I tried to stay awake in order to see all the amazing and unfamiliar world outside, but sleep won. After I had two whole months to feel the whole flavor of China and the flavor of this city. I left you with the words: “I love you, Shanghai”. A year later, I cheated on you with other Chinese cities, where I prefer to stay now. And today, behind the crowds and traffic jams, I saw another Shanghai, with its amazing architecture, with real life, which is hidden behind the skyscrapers, with the smell of freshly baked cookies on the main street. Fast and noisy, but, at the same time, calm and real Shanghai.
Today I was a tourist, maybe, because of this, I noticed things that I haven’t seen during work.

Pedestrian Street. Metro station: Nanjing Road

We are getting closer again, Shanghai. And thank you for today ⏳

29.05.2019

10 useful apps for foreigners in China

1.WeChat(微信)

It is the own app in China, which replaces popular sites such as Instagram, twitter, facebook, wats app. You can not only chat with friends but also call a taxi, send money, buy tickets in the cinema and other functions. Create your account using a mobile phone.
Instruction for use: https://chinahelp4u.com/how-to-sign-up-wechat-account/

2.VPN

Google, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp are prohibited in China. VPN blocks your real location and allows you to enter into accounts. Before I used free “Turbo VPN”, but now it is blocked. Now I buy Astrill VPN(https://www.astrill.com/) 15.90$/months or Express VPN(https://www.expressvpn.com/) 12.95$/month. When buying for 6 or 12 months the price will be cheaper.

3.Translator

In my trips, I use offline google translator or Yandex translator. If you want to explain something to a Chinese person, use simple sentences for translation.

4.AMaps(高德地图)

It is not easy to navigate in China. Popular maps such as maps.me, google maps, Yandex maps will not help there. AMaps is the best map in China. The language of the program is Chinese, but it is not so complicated to use it, as you may think. You can just choose your location, copy or write the address that you want to get and select a convenient way: by car, on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.

5.Alipay(支付宝)

App for electronic money. Very useful for modern life. The technology in China is going faster, even on the outskirts of the city you can use an electronic wallet.
Instruction for use:https://walkthechat.com/alipay-foreigners-create-account/

6.Didi(滴滴出行)

A Chinese version of Uber. You can install in both languages: English or Chinese. There are several verities of the trip: cheap, moderate and ‘luxe’. The opportunity to chat with the driver online can help you to find each other faster. Advise: Chinese drivers like to call you before arrival. If you don’t know the Chinese language, ask some stranger on the street to speak with the driver (just give him the phone) and he will help you to find a car. Chinese people are friendly and ready to help.
Instruction for use:https://www.echineselearning.com/blog/order-a-ride-how-the-didi-app-changed-travel-in-china

7.TaoBao (淘宝)

I think, that you have ever heard (or maybe even used ) the site Aliexpress with Chinese goods available all over the world. Taobao is a Chinese variety of Aliexpress available only in China. You must create an account, enter your address and order things you need. Price is cheaper than in shops. In addition, you can find the necessary goods using its photo. All purchases are delivered either to the apartment or in special boxes on the first floor of the house. If you used Taobao once, you would never stop:D
Instruсtion for use:

8.TMall (天猫)

TMall is similar to Taobao. Many online shops with good sales.

9.Meituan (美团)

TaoBao is my right hand, Meituan – left hand. On this site, you can order food, check restaurants and cafes around, get a discount in the cinema or SPA. Hotel and ticket booking is also available.
Instruction to use:

10. Mobike/Ofo

Two big bikes companies in China. Bikes are located along the streets. For your trip, you should scan code on a bike with a pre-installed program. Mobike is more expensive, ofo is more commonplace. Check bike before the ride, because sometimes it can be broken.   
Instruction for use Mobike:https://gtrusted.com/how-to-use-the-mobike-shared-bike-service
Instruction for use Ofo:https://www.wikihow.com/Unlock-an-Ofo-Bike

I hope that these programs will make your trip to China convenient.

7 adventures to live in China!

China is a magical and unusual country. People ask me: “Why do you like to live in China?” I want to tell you about 7 things that make my life more pleasant in the Celestial Empire.

  1. Free water and toilets everywhere! Boilers with hot and cold water in all public places.  The same about toilets.
  2. Bicycles are a popular way to get around. Parking with bicycles is located along the streets. The fare depends on the distance, but you will not pay more than a dollar.
  3. 24-hour convenience stores! Don’t worry if you are hungry after night party or tore pantyhose before a date or wiped feet to the blood because of the new sneakers. Things of first need you can find here. The most popular shops are seven-eleven, family mart, Lawson, C-store and etc.
  4. Forgot about real paper money! People usually use an online purse. Make a Chinese card in a bank – connect the card with your phone – install the app (wechat or alipay) – pay for a purchase.
  5. Cut my pineapple, please! China is rich in delicious and ripe fruits. In all the shops, you can ask an assistant to cut your fruit and put it in the box. The same system in bakeries.
    It’s worth to mention free degustations in Chinese shops, where you can try different kinds of food for free.
  6. I don’t miss Russian food in China, because I can find everything on Taobao. It is an amazing website. The familiar Aliexpress but in Chinese variation. Rapid delivery, fast feedback system, intoxicating prices. My first salary run away there.
  7. Special chain of gyms LEFIT. Pay 15$ every month and go to any gym of this chain. There are free classes with the coach and all the necessary equipment.  So easy and so convenient.

Would you like to visit China?

2 days in HongKong

Day 1

The way to HongKong took around 6 hours. From Guangzhou to Shenzhen by train, from Shenzhen to HongKong on foot, to the city center by subway. I got off the subway and saw English-style buildings (for a long time HongKong was a colony of England). I actually liked HongKong at first sight. But 20 minutes later, when I got to the front desk of my hotel, I was scared: too little space and too many people.

One of the local streets in Kowloon area

The taste of HongKong

Crowds of people, colorful streets, double-deck buses and smell of HongKong’s waffles. The taste of this city is special, but, by the end of the day, I understood that I like it. I associate HongKong with Singapore (but Singapore is too perfect for me) and Macao, but, anyway, I still have other feelings here. HongKong is real. It has a special life. One building almost rests against another, you can look out the window and shake hands with your neighbor. It is difficult to keep the fast rhythm of this place and not to lose your own life. 

Bus with a local ice-cream

The Victoria Pick

The Victoria Pick is one of the most popular places in HongKong for visiting. On the first day, I went there in order to see the whole city in my hands. I closed my eyes and understood, despite the speed, Hongkong can to be quiet and calm. People here appreciate silence: they speak quiet, move quiet, eat quietly. It is easy to distinguish a Chinese person from HongKong’s person.

View on The Pick Victoria

Yummy lunch, a lot of photos, gorgeous views and good coffee – my first meeting with HongKong.

Day 2

HongKong is the city that easily makes visitors fall in love with it. The atmosphere on the streets is so peculiar and unusual that you just want to walk and feel this city. Delicious breakfast in a small cafe, which I found on trip adviser mixed with the noise of passing cars. The Museum of space told me that astronauts train in space at least 2 hours a day. In Starbucks, I tried a delicious chicken pie, which is now my favorite dish here.

Lunch in Starbucks

If to be honest, I didn’t want to leave HongKong. Some magical force kept me here. For me, HongKong is the city of balance: people here calm and fast at the same time, they are not very happy or frown. They are not bright, but not dull.

Waterfront area

City of my heart? Maybe… Let’s see…