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How To Handle Criticism And Rejection In The Promotional Modeling Industry

30 Nov

criticism1In any aspect of your career whether it be promotional modeling, print work, or runway, criticism is never easy to deal with. What you are about to read will completely change your outlook on how you react to constructive criticism. Make sure to ask yourself a couple questions, adjust your attitude, and show gratitude. In the event industry there will always be someone, whether it be your agent or event manager that will tell you areas that you can improve on.  Try your best to refrain from taking it personally. You should always have room to improve and become more educated no matter what you are doing. The absolute best way to row is to take constructive criticism especially from those who have more skills and experience in the modeling industry.

Ask Yourself

The first thing you need to do is ask yourself, what part of this criticism is useful to me and my success? It is completely natural to get defensive or standoffish when someone starts telling you what you are doing wrong and what you can improve on. Some people will come off as being harsh, but keeping your cool allows you to look past the hostility. This is where you listen objectively to what they have to say and think maybe “I can absolutely improve on that,” or “I agree, that makes total sense.” Take in what you understand and filter out the rest. If you can commit to turning these critiques into action you will surprise your employer the next time they see you. Ask yourself, “Will this action help me improve myself in the modeling industry?“Am I going to succeed more if I take these tips and turn them into actions?”

Adjust your attitude7408190_orig

Instinctively we become happy when praised and defensive when insulted. This is easier said than done, but the most powerful thing you can do is to: 1. Be aware of your strengths 2. Be prepared to accept your weaknesses. 3. Attempt to detach yourself emotionally and think logically. If you know you need to work on your posture or even the way you approach people, don’t get defensive when it is pointed out. It’s not a personal attack, more of a suggestion to help you succeed. Put on a smile and make your boss feel appreciated for the review. The best thing you could do in this situation is to keep your composure and stay professional.

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.” –Edgar Allan Poe

At the end of the day you know how awesome you are so don’t let criticism prevent you from following your dreams.

Show gratitude

Believe it or not, constructive criticism is the only way we learn about our weaknesses. When you are more defensive than accepting of the critiques given you tend to risk missing out on important insights. Good advice can educate you to better yourself in your craft. Saying thank you can be the hardest thing to do, but you have to be deliberate about it. Look that person in the eye and thank them for taking the time to evaluate you.

“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”Elbert Hubbard

Now that we are aware of how to handle criticism in the modeling industry make sure to take your critique as something more positive than negative. The three things to keep in mind are to determine if this person is giving you information that will better you, maintain a good attitude, and be thankful. So don’t let criticism get you down. You never know, you may learn a thing or two to benefit your career.

Comment below and let us know how YOU handle criticism. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Google + for a first look at our newly published blogs as well as jobs in the promotional modeling industry


One Response

  1. Heather says:

    Great Advice; separating yourself emotionally from what is being critiqued about your work or actions is vital so you aren’t personally hurt and can take the analysis with open arms, learn, rediscover yourself and move forward to a more effective you. I found this blog very helpful and uplifting. Thanks for sending it!

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