Modelling is a full time career with long hours and last minute schedules, whilst still offering an excitingly exotic travel lifestyle. All this combined leaves some models debating their further education and how they can best balance both routines. Whether it’s online courses or full time education, work outside of modelling is something from my personal experience at least, I would definitely recommend everyone try and balance.
HERE'S MY STORY
I first started modelling when I was 16 and was studying at a full boarding school called Heathfield in Ascot. Whilst I was at school I was booked to work abroad in New York, an amazing opportunity that I was definitely tempted by, but I wasn’t sure how best to handle homework and keep up with everything at home whilst I was away. However after much debate I finally decided that such a lucky chance to work abroad would be a once in a life time opportunity, especially as NYC is one of the most famous fashion capitals of the world! So I worked things out with my parents and teachers to coordinate a homework schedule that I could hopefully balance whilst I was away, even with the time difference.
Looking back now years later I am so happy I made the decision to balance both, rather than choose one over the other. As if it wasn’t for my time in New York I wouldn’t have had the chance to work with amazing brands such as Macys and become so much more mature in both my approach to modelling and everyday life. Also If I didn’t juggle both modelling and school I may not have studied hard enough to achieve my course required grades for University, and in turn apply for full time jobs later on in life.
Modelling as a career itself opens an exceedingly large array of options for anyone at whichever stage in life. Most models are commonly scouted at a minimal age of 16 and so often are based at home and live with their parents. In today’s social media age it seems increasingly hard for aspirational models not to be tempted by foreign work, with benefits such as travel and higher pay as key persuasions, not to mention the chance to work with international brands that could redefine portfolios. But parents also often struggle to understand why this career is so time consuming and may potentially disagree with its interruptions within school. And it’s true, modelling is completely different from any other full time career and is definitely unlike most other part time jobs most kids have at school.
Especially within my family, fashion hasn’t really been a huge topic around the diner table, but overtime my parents and friends have increasingly began to understand the complexity of my time table and the potential long term benefits of this career. My personal goal in life is to wake up every day and look forward to the work I have to achieve, not just for financial interest but for pure passion and enjoyment. I believe anything worth fighting for to achieve in life takes time, but as like any career hard work and dedication eventually pays of & your increasingly strong experienced portfolio will help you reflect this.
Here are a few simple quick tips I would recommend any model working abroad alongside school.
- Be honest with your school and parents, open communication is key as your schedule is often uncertain so it’s ideal to help with any unforeseen situations.
- Always be flexible, be prepared to miss the occasional social obligation, but try and balance both. Modelling truly helps develop organisational skills and helps you understand how to balance daily obstacles.
- Keep a homework diary both physical and online. Even set reminders on your phone for the evenings, or whilst your waiting in castings to try & balance homework.
- Have a daily or weekly checklist, make goals and to do lists to help you manage, you never know when you may have a free day and can catch up on work.
- Remember to keep looking after your skin, body and general health. Since most models sometimes do homework at night, remember to have a full night’s sleep. Otherwise things will start to catch up with you and it will become increasingly hard to co-ordinate your daily schedule.
- Be positive & think about the bigger picture. Even though it maybe hard now, all of this hard work will pay off so keep going and don’t give up!