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If you've always dreamed of using your physical assets to network by making money as a promotional model, you may be afraid you're too curvy to work amid a sea of thin women. However, there are more opportunities than ever before for plus-size promotional models — from dressing as a pinup at a retro car show to modeling plus-size clothing or working as a food or beverage ambassador, the modeling world is your oyster. Read on to learn more about the promotional modeling industry to determine whether this could be a good fit for you.
How can you become a promotional model?
If you're interested in promoting food or beverages at events, you can apply for a job by visiting an open casting call and showing your skills or simply sending in a head shot and other information (including height, clothing size, and other personal details). Many food and beverage promotional models can earn $30 to $35 per hour, or $500 for a 20-hour week. This can supplement a part-time or full-time job to provide you with extra income to pay off debt, fund your education, or save for retirement.
However, your success as this type of model will largely depend on your personality and ability to work the room and attract attention — even when you're not feeling particularly social. Most of your time spent working events will require you to make small talk with strangers and encourage them to buy the food or beverage you've been contracted to promote. Although you'll be permitted to sample your own wares when promoting alcoholic beverages, you'll be subject to restrictions against becoming intoxicated while on the job. If you tend to be more of a wallflower in social situations, you could have better luck appearing in local ads or finding work as a clothing model, both of which require less customer and client interaction.
Where should plus-size promotional models seek work?
While many companies accept a wide range of model shapes and sizes, there are some areas where plus-size models can find particular success. Most pinup promotional models tend to be curvy and plus-size — you'll find these models serving beverages or posing for pictures at classic car shows and auctions. If you're blonde, fair, and busty, you'll likely be able to find work as a German beer girl, either during Octoberfest parties or working directly for a German beer manufacturer. You may want to begin searching out local events to determine the demographics of promotional models in your area and to get an idea of where you can find work. You can also visit sites like tradeshowcasting.com.Share