Model Bags & Kits
Essential Items Models Take To Modeling Jobs
Whether you are an established professional model or you are a new model just starting out there are a few essentials that you will be expected to have with you every time you go on a modeling job, audition or go-see.
A good model is a prepared model. Just think how good you will look if you can say to your client – “Don’t worry, I have that!” Your client and agent will love you and you will get booked again and again!
Here are the basics you should have in your models bag or kit:
1. Your Book (Portfolio)
ALWAYS have your book with you at go-sees, interviews and bookings, and castings even if you’ve already been hired for the job. Your book should contain your photos and modeling comp cards ONLY – no contact sheets, negatives, notes or junk. Your book should be neat and tidy, not a catch-all for stuff.
If you don’t have a portfolio yet, that’s ok. Take some good snapshots with you and make sure you have copies that you can leave with the client or agent.
TIP: We recommend that you get a Tablet or iPad so that you can pull that out easily and show the digital copy of your model book on the spot!
2. Basic Makeup Kit or Palettes
You will need the basics such as foundation or BB cream, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadows, liners and mascara. Male models don’t need all the items that women do, but men should invest in a good concealer palette, bronzer or blush palette. Even male models can use a little touch-up here and there.
3. Black and Nude Colored Undergarments
Women should have a selection of undergarments such as a regular and pushup bra, strapless bra, one-piece bodysuit, panties, thong, boy cut underwear, stockings and socks. Just in case the client would like you to wear their undergarments be sure you have some panty liners. It is polite to use a panty liner when wearing garments that are not your own. Also, remember to have other feminine products with you at all times.
Be sure to Pack a black Bikini in your bag!
Male models should have a selection of undergarments such as simple boxers, boxer briefs and low rise briefs that are form fitting to your body. Men should also have clean white and black t-shirts and tanks.
Often you will know the type of booking you are going to ahead of time so you can ask your agent or booker what type of shoes to bring so you’re not lugging around heavy shoes. If you are not signed to an agency then make sure you look up the requirements for the casting you are attending to ensure you have the right footwear.
Always have a pair of black pumps or strappy shoes (no platform in the front) in your model bag.
5. Hair Products
Brush, comb, bobby pins, clips, elastics, hair spray, gel and other hair products are very important to have in your bag.
If you have a hair style that will take hair extensions we definitely recommend that you have extensions in your bag. Think how great it would be if you can change your hair from short to long in just a few minutes!
6. Skin and Body Products
Deodorant, moisturizer, makeup remover, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, mouthwash, floss, mints, etc.
7. Small Sewing Kit
A small sewing kit with a needle, thread, extra buttons and pins can be a real life saver when you need it.
8. Notepad, Pen and Paper
Nothing is more annoying than a model asking a client or agent for a pen and paper to write something down. Be prepared. Even if you have a cell phone or tablet that you can make notes on having a pen and paper can be quick and easy. You can always add the notes to your phone or tablet when you have more time.
9. Bottled Water, Healthy Snacks
Photoshoots, fittings and shows can often go on much longer than planned. Don’t try to work when you are starving, besides no one wants to work with a hungry, grumpy model. Remember that a professional model will never eat while wearing the client’s clothes! If it is absolutely necessary be sure the client’s clothing is covered with a towel or something to protect it.
10. Cell Phone with GPS
Always plot out your route and where you need to be beforehand. Having a cell phone with GPS (Google Maps or Waze) or a city map is essential.
Tip: Make sure to plan out your route before the day of your casting. If you have to take public transportation like the bus or train, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for delays.
11. Cell Phone and Charger
We know you’ll remember your cell phone, but don’t forget to take your charger or have a second charger that you always keep in your bag ready to go. Remember to put your cell phone on silent or turn it off while you are working and on the client’s time.
Tip: We recommend you put a portable charger in your bag. Most of the casting you will be waiting in line to be seen and will not have easy access to a plug. (Make sure the portable charger is fully charged the night before your casting)
12. Something To Pass The Time
Sometimes there can be long wait times between shoots or when it’s your time to work. Bring something with you to keep you occupied so you are not just wondering around or looking bored. Listening to music, playing a game on your cell or iPad or reading a book is a great way to keep occupied and not bother others who are working.
12. A Few Extra Items Just In Case
Alternative outfit to change if they don't like the outfit you are wearing (short skirt or LBD, Jeans, Tank, something with less of a pattern).
Cash - a $20 bill in case you need it in an emergency