Ways to Build Your Alternative Modeling Portfolio


The important things you will need for your alternative modeling career is a portfolio. If you’re just starting off, it is understood that you won’t have too much in there, if anything at all. If this is the case, there are a few ways that you can add to it and begin its growth.

One of the best suggestions here is to make friends in one of the many facets of alt modeling. This could be a make up artist, photographer, fashion designer, rigger, even an event coordinator. There are so many different positions out there were these people could hire you themselves or suggest you for work. These are little gigs that will get your name out there and photos taken of you that you can slip into your alternative modeling portfolio.

This means that even if you’re modeling out of the goodness of your heart for your friend – having you out there all made up and in her burlesque costumes is definitely going to be a nod in the right direction. There will be alternative modeling photographers at the event snapping photos for websites, catalog for the clothing, even the photographers own portfolio. Request copies of these photos so you can add them to your own portfolio.

Search for photographers looking for models interested in alternative modeling. There are various places where you can find photographers looking to build their own fetish modeling portfolios and need to find models. Even photography students have assignments where they need models and place ads looking for them.

In a situation like this, it is VERY important that you talk a bit, meet in public, and get to know who you’re doing your alternative modeling for. You don’t want to put yourself in danger. If you ever get the feeling that something is not right, follow your gut instinct and don’t go through with the meeting or shoot.

One of the most obvious things you can do is hire a photographer yourself. If you’re serious about getting your alternative modeling career off the ground, there’s nothing wrong with putting money into it. Look at it as an investment into your fetish modeling or alt modeling career. Everything you invest now is towards making your alternative modeling career better.

Without a portfolio, there’s a pretty good chance it will be hard to get alternative fetish modeling jobs with a lot of bigger places. It’s best to start building your alternative modeling portfolio now so you can be ahead of all the other alternative models looking to make it in the industry.

Flaunt Your Tattoo Work in Alternative Modeling


It can be a real pain when in this day and age places still have you choosing between how you look and a job. Be glad that a career in alternative modeling is becoming a booming choice! One of the most common forms of body modification is tattoo work. Think of the many adults in your life and how many of them have at least one tattoo? It would probably be easier to tally up those who don’t have one! Even with as common as they are, there are still modeling companies that don’t want girls to have any ink work done. With alternative modeling you’re able to put those work worries away and express yourself in your looks any way you want


┬áVarious places have their reasons as to why tattooed models aren’t hired. Some are specifically looking for clean cut, ‘innocent’ looking models and perhaps their demographic isn’t interested in girls into tattoo modeling. It’s best to not approach these places. Mainly, it’s a waste of your time. No reason to go to try and be signed at a place that isn’t interested in fetish models (and yes, those into tattoo modeling and alternative modeling would be considered fetish models). They’re going to tell you ‘no thanks’. Save yourself the trouble. Along with time, some places that do mainstream modeling simply aren’t able to get the kind of jobs in the alternative modeling field as agencies specifically tailored for this kind of niche would be able to.


It’s in your best interest to research the numerous modeling agencies and companies out there and see if they have specific types of models they want. If you’re serious about tattoo modeling and alt modeling, there are plenty of places that will want fetish models like you! Don’t let some people in the industry lead you to believe you’ll be working for no-name, make nothing companies either. The rise of fetish models and the consumers that want these hot alterna-babes in their work makes the call for hiring such models on high demand.


If you love expressing your true self through tattoo work, piercings, dyed hair, any of the above, and want to be a model – it’s in your best interest to look for alternative modeling agencies. Deal with someone that knows the industry, knows what is actively being sought after and how to get your name and image out there. By being familiar with things in the industry you can avoid wasting time and get busy starting (or furthering) your career in alternative modeling.