Things you should never do when working a promotional modeling gig.
When you’ve been booking promo models as long as we have, you get the negative feedback when things don’t go well. If you are doing any of these things while working as a promotional model, there’s a very good chance you won’t get booked again.
10 things you should never do on promotional modeling jobs:
- Never chew gum. Unless you are working a bubble-gum convention, chewing gum is an absolute no-no when working a promotional modeling job. If you are worried about fresh breath, keep mints handy.
- Don’t drink alcohol or eat garlic or spicy foods during the day. In our list of do’s, we encouraged you to be approachable. Smelling like alcohol or garlic could actually turn people away.
- Don’t wear too much perfume or essential oils. Yes, you should smell nice, but there can be too much of a good thing. Especially if are the person who wears essential oils. Perfume or cologne that is overpowering can keep people away.
- Don’t be on your phone. You are being paid to work, so stay off your phone. During slow times, ask your client what you can be doing. Don’t stand around on your phone. Put it in your purse or jacket pocket so you aren’t even tempted.
- Don’t be a wallflower. You are being paid to engage clients. If you stand in the corner and look shy it won’t help your client. Stand at the perimeter of the event space and greet visitors as they pass by, inviting them to step in and explore what your company has to offer.
- Don’t be late. This applies to arriving at the beginning of your shift and returning from your breaks. When you are late it sets the tone for the entire day. Be early!
- Try not to smoke before your shift. As a smoker, you carry a certain smell with you. The smell of cigarette smoke lingers for quite a while. It’s probably not a good idea to smoke a cigarette just before arriving at your promotional modeling job.
- Don’t leave the event space unattended. If it’s your break-time or the end of a shift, and you’re the only one around, go the extra mile to make sure there is coverage before you step away. Your client will appreciate it.
- Don’t wear new shoes or heels that are too high. You are going to be on your feet for a long time. Treat your feet well. If you are in excruciating pain because your shoes are brand new and end up being slightly too high or too tight, your discomfort will show. Break shoes in before you wear them for a promotional event, or find heels that are super comfortable. We’ve got some tips for avoiding foot pain on the trade show floor.
- Don’t bad mouth anyone for any reason, ever. You are not there to bash the competitors or even other promotional models who are working with you. Only allow positive things to come out of your mouth.
If you can stick to our do’s and don’ts as a promotional model, you should have a great event experience.
Be professional and courteous. Have fun, but not too much fun. Your client will likely book you again in the future if you can follow our list of promotional modeling do’s and don’ts.