Last week, I posed for hundreds of photographs for an upcoming student showcase marketing campaign for the University of Toronto. It was a great experience, and it wasn’t just because I got to model for U of T. Models and celebrities make posing for photos look easy, whether it’s on the red carpet or modeling for the latest ad campaign. But the truth is, they’re probably thinking pretty hard about what they’re doing. Here are 5 life lessons modeling can teach and help you become a better person:
1. We all have flaws. The camera does a good job pointing out your flaws. Your posture. The way you don’t perfectly smile. The crease in your pants. This is the same in life. We all have flaws and imperfections. For myself, I can be impatient, too critical on others, and even care too much on what others think of me. As modeling teaches us, we have to work with all parts of ourselves. Our flaws are what make us human. By accepting our flaws, it gives us a chance to improve and become better versions of ourselves.
2. Learning to accept criticism. Photographers, make-up artists and photo editors are very critical when it comes to getting the right photograph. They are not afraid to be open and critical on how you can take a better photo. Criticism is a very hard thing to take, and it can really hit your ego hard. I am not the best at always taking criticism, and have gotten better at hearing it. Just remember that not all criticism is a bad thing. A lot of times, it is coming from a place with good intentions. Be open to what others are saying to you. They may actually have a point.
3. Patience. During my photo shoot, the number of times I had to fix my pose, change my clothes, and regain my confidence was insane. My patience really got tested during this time frame. In the end, I knew I had to. I didn’t have a choice. When modeling, you have to be patient and go with the flow. This is your moment to shine. We all need to have patience. Whether it’s achieving our goals and dreams, working with people, driving through rush hour traffic; Patience is a great and necessary trait to have.
4. Influencing and inspiring others. There were many moments in the photo shoot that my confidence took a hit. The one person who picked up my spirits right away was a guy named Matthew. He was awesome. He got me to smile and just enjoy the moment. It was a great lesson on the importance of influencing and inspiring others. It’s important to help others to become greater than themselves. It is not always the easiest thing to, but it is a great feeling to help someone to overcome and achieve a goal. It’s also a great way to build and leave a legacy on others.
5. Take risks and chances. Many people are afraid to pose in front of the camera. The idea of not taking the perfect photo or seeing our flaws revealed to ourselves is scary to many. That is why many will never do modeling. It is also the same in life as well. People are afraid to leave bad relationships, make a career change, or even go back to school. It is always important to take a chance on things. You may succeed or fail from it. No matter what the outcome is, don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you fail, at least there won’t be any regrets and you made an effort.
It was a great time posing for photos. Looking back at it, not only did I get to live out my short modeling stint; it reminded me of some very important life lessons. I know that self improving and growing is never going to end. Life lessons come in different shapes and forms. The way this photo shoot reminded me of some key life lessons, is something that I will carry with me for a long time.
Have a great week!