When you’re making a music video, you may find yourself in need of a few models to star in it. Though asking your friends to star in your productions is easy and convenient, they may not be able to bring the level of talent or certain look you’re going for. However, finding models to cast doesn’t have to be terribly difficult or time-consuming.
Here’s how to find models for your videos.
1. Search for local models on Instagram.
No matter where you live, there’s likely to be a few people in your neighborhood who are trying to become actors, models, or music stars. For many of these people, Instagram is their preferred platform. Search through friends of friends to find the people you want to contact.
Check out this video to get an idea of the kind of people you’re looking for.
2. Contact them through a mutual friend or send a DM.
Once you find the people you’d like to cast in your video, either reach out to them through a mutual friend or send them a direct message. Be professional but also friendly. Link them to previous work you’ve done so they can get a good idea of what you’re creating.
This video will provide a few helpful tips for contacting models through Instagram.
3. Don’t ask them to work for free.
Professional models are hardworking people. They have to hussle to book photoshoots and other paying gigs because they often have more than one job. Therefore, you should be prepared to offer your models more than just their name in the credits. Even if you can’t pay them, offer them free food or allow them to keep the clothes you have them wear in the video.
This video breaks down how Instagram models make money.
Instagram is a great place to find and contacts models for your music videos. Try to find ones you have friends in common with, and be prepared to pay them.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.