Embracing rejection in the fitness modeling industry

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Rejection in any form is tough.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is a fitness model encouraged me to apply to the same agency that signed him. I have never thought of myself as ‘model material,’ but I had fun during my photo shoot for one of my recent blog write ups. What ultimately made the decision as well, was the prospect of being able to increase my networking within the fitness industry.

So I thought, what the hell.

I checked out the agency’s website and went through the application process, and a few days later I received an email asking me to come in for an audition.

While I submitted the application not expecting any reply, I was thrilled when a response did come. Since I am a competitive person, I wanted to get ‘signed,’ so to speak. With little idea what to expect, I headed to their office one Wednesday morning.

After being buzzed in I walked into a small room with a few people typing away on their computers. Amongst them where photos of beautiful models with lithe physiques. A wave of intimidation followed.

I spoke to the interviewees about myself for a few moments and shared my goals within the fitness industry. During our conversation they explained that their agency seeks out fitness models that not only look the part but can perform the workouts at any given shoot correctly. I knew I was at least in good enough shape to perform the workouts and as they gave me the run down of what being a fitness model entails, I found the idea of becoming a fitness model more and more appealing.

After a few minutes of casual conversation, I was brought into their studio to take a couple Polaroid shots. Not knowing much about posing, I did my best given their instructions which was little more than either to smile or look straight ahead. They took about four photos and each time I wanted to see how they turned out, but I figured asking may look unprofessional.

Within 15 minutes, I was on my way out, and I left feeling less than confident, but I was happy I at least gave it a go. There is always a gut feeling and intuition that tells you how something went, and something within those 15 minutes felt off.

A week and a half later I finally received an email saying I didn’t make the cut. Naturally, I was a bit gutted. But like with any form of rejection, I want to know the real reasons behind any no. There are of course a lot of boxes that need ticking, and a whole lot of competition, but I always like to be in the know regarding what I could have done to improve my chances.

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A few friends said I should try with other agencies, and I will do so in the future. But I know there are a few things I can do to better my chances. More to follow on that.

In the end, rejection is inevitable in every industry, and I think the key is to not take it personally while remaining determined and focused.

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How do you all deal with rejection?

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