There are a few things models should always have with them, even if there is a full crew expected at the shoot. Heaven forbid, but if your hairstylist doesn’t show & you showed up looking like you’ve got sex-hair, the shoot is about to be a disaster. So, if you pack the following things, you should be good in a pinch no matter what disasters strike!
1: a good attitude. No, not a hungover attitude. A good, wide awake, energetic, ready-to-pose positive type attitude 🙂
2: makeup. These items are your basics & should be in your bag incase the MUA is not there. Items with * beside them include both male & female models.
~translucent/anti-shine setting powder*
~clear brow gel*
~eyeliner (black, white & a colour to match your brows)
~eyeshadows (neutral brown, black, shimmery white or gold if you are an ebony toned model)
~blush (a peach tone & a pink tone that flatters you, no shimmer)
~bronzer* (no shimmer)
~lipstick (one nude, one red, one soft pink, one deep brown/deep plum/deep burgundy)
3: directions and phone numbers. Don’t just store them in your iPhone, print them and pack them in your bag. If you get lost & have no reception or your phone dies, you can still go to a gas station or ask a transit personnel for directions. Or if you have the numbers of the crew written down, you can call from a payphone to let everyone know you’ll be arriving a bit late.
4: hair things.
~flatiron. Preferably a round barrel that can do both straightening and curls.
~texturizer/messy hold gel*
~a hair elastic & bobby pins
5: clothing. Always bring the basics, even if wardrobe is provided. I have seen it happen so many times where we have used a model’s white tank or leggings.
~skinny jeans (slim jeans for the men)*
~white tee if you’re ivory-medium/black tee if you’re medium-ebony*
~g strings. black, white & nude. not thongs with those thick straps in the back. g strings.
~bras. strapless in nude/black/white. pushup in nude/black/white. at the very minimum you need these 2 types.
~white or denim button down shirt*
~nylons/pantyhose, 1 nude & 1 black
~a blazer/leather jacket*
~a pencil skirt
~ 3 pairs of shoes, minimum. 1 classic black/dressy. 1 bold & trendy. 1 casual (flats, boat shoe, etc. Runners don’t count)*
~accessories. a hat, a tie, suspenders, jewelry, etc. Whatever you have that you like & is vintage, classic, or ultra trendy. Leave stuff from 3 seasons ago at home.*
6: clean nails. Nails should be freshly manicured on hands & toes with a clear or neutral lacquer. No lacquer required for men.*
7: snacks. There may be no break or it may be a long time before dinner. Bring things like fruit or veggie sticks, protein drink, granola bar, cheese wedges, etc. Nothing greasy or carbonated (which could leave your waistline bloated in photos).
8: iPod. Bring music you love. Play it while you model. Put stuff on it that will get you in the right kind of mood for your shoot. Somber, upbeat, grunge… whatever does the trick. And even if you can’t play it in the studio (for whatever reason), you can pop on your headphones in between changes and get re-focused and re-charged.
9: safety pins. Always.
10: your business card/comp card. You just never know who you might meet 😉