Frequently Asked Questions

I want to become a model, where do I begin?

It is no surprise that entering a new industry may be overwhelming. Within any field, to increase your chances of success, it is advised to get professional training and education.

Modelling is extremely competitive, so you need to learn how to stand out from the crowd to get noticed and perform your best at castings.

As an aspiring model, it is best to get guidance and training from a modelling school. Make sure to conduct thorough research into all the model academies, as it helps you make an informed decision into where to invest your time and money, in order to reach your goals and chase your dreams.

For aspiring models we recommend the Comprehensive Model Course to kick start your modelling career. This 11-week program covers the core mandatory modelling modules, as well as conforming modules, with a strong focus on personal development. This course was specifically designed to equip new talent with the mental and physical tools they will need to succeed in the competitive modelling industry. Mentoring is available throughout the course, and afterwards, to all students seeking extra help and guidance.

Students finish the training with a diverse professional portfolio – photos given in hard copy in our unbranded portfolio book, as well as digital copies in how and low resolutions. We apply to all top modelling agencies in Melbourne on behalf of all of our Comprehensive Model Course graduates.

What are the requirements to join AAM?

There are no physical prerequisites to enrol in our model courses. Modelling agencies have their individual requirements for their talent based on their clientele. At AAM we have a holistic approach and train all aspects of the diverse modelling types – giving you a better understanding of where you might be best suited to and what you excel at most.

I always wanted to do modelling, but I lack in confidence and am very shy, can AAM still help me?

Absolutely!!! Confidence building is one of our main focuses and is discussed in almost every class. The very first official module is dedicated to just that! We talk about confidence, what it means, where it comes from, how to deal with rejection, anxiety and stress. Our amazing trainer is a health professional who has a high interest in the human psychology, so this class is very powerful and has transformed many of our graduates.

We keep our class sizes small for intimate and personalised training. You will be in training with like-minded people, who are also there to learn about the industry as well as improve their self-image. So it is a very safe environment to overcome your fears with the support and guidance from your mentors. 

How do I know if I have what it takes to be a model?

These days a description of a model is as diverse as the job itself. There is no longer one particular look for a model. The uniqueness of each individual is appealing to different agencies and clients. The key elements are to be committed, dedicated, professional, reliable, well presented and have some experience. If you do not have any experience, the next thing an agent or client would look for is training and education – which is what we offer here at AAM.

What is the minimal and maximum age?

You must be 13 years old + to join our training, as we do not do children’s modelling.

There is no maximum age. We believe you can work in the industry at any age.

Do I really need to spend money on photo shoots to put together a portfolio?

If you are unsure where to start and what to do to in order to get into the industry, it is best to get professional training and education for guidance on how to become a successful model.

Agencies don’t always have the time and resources to train their new talent. Newly signed models need images for their profile and online presence, so they get sent to test shoots. However, no training is provided on these test shoots and the model is expected to perform. This can be very overwhelming for a newbie and this is why we recommend starting your portfolio with professional trainers for nurtured guidance, giving you a great support system like AAM.

Are the photo shoots and images an additional cost to the course fee?

No, the shoots and photographs are inclusive of the training in Comprehensive Model Course and Editorial Short Course. There are 4 diverse shoots during the training, with a professional creative team of makeup artists, hair stylists and fashion stylists. Shoots are run and shot by a fashion photographer. Students receive 1 professionally edited photograph per shoot printed in a portfolio book, and in digital copies in high and low resolutions. This is all inclusive in the course fee, with no extra costs. But if you wish to get additional images, they are available for purchase and will be retouched for you.  

What is an e-comp card?

A composition card is a model’s business card. It usually has one main photo on one side, and a few more images on the other side, together with the model’s measurements and contact details. With the current digital shift, the industry has moved onto e-comp cards, with many agencies creating an electronic version of the composition card, rather than printing the physical copies. The great advantage is, when your measurements change, or you want to update the photos, it is easily editable with the e-file! Not to mention, it is super quick and easy to apply for jobs and agencies with your e-comp card!

All our Comprehensive Model Course students will receive their own e-comp cards upon completion of the training.

I really want to do the course, are there payment options for me?

To enrol in the course, you will need to pay 20% deposit to secure your spot in the small class. We have payment plan options which commence after the course starts and you can pay as you study. Payment plans are fortnightly payments over 8 weeks, or you can choose to do it over 10 weeks and minimise the repayment amounts.

How do I apply for the model course and join in the fun?

Feel free to fill out the ‘Enquiry form’ or email bookings@australianacademyofmodelling.com.au so we can send you all the detailed info on our course and the enrolment process.

We offer free and no obligation consultations, where we can have a chat to discuss all of your questions or concerns.