Step 2: Training
Your cat needs to be well-trained. No photographer is going to put up with a cat chewing up the toy and peeing on the bed. Your cat needs to be able to hold a sit and a down position and respond to basic commands. If you really want to get good at cat modeling, train your cat to do very specific commands, like step forward, put their head down, back up, touch something, etc. These will come in handy when a photographer is working to get just the right look.
Step 3. Head shots
This is actually how you get into cat modeling. Just like with humans, agents will put together books of head shots to shop around to clients. The clients simply go through the book and find the cat they want. The agent calls you up and you’re in business..
Getting an agent and getting into an agent’s book of head shots may be the hardest part.
Try contacting your state’s film board and ask for a list of animal acting agencies and start calling.
If the agent wants money for head shots, keep looking. Do not pay the agent, it’s a scam just like with human modeling, do not pay them. It is in the agents best interest to get your cat jobs so they get paid. If you want to go get head shots on your own, that’s up to you. If the agent believes they can make money from your cat, they will send you to get head shots.
Step 4. Be patient
Just because they have your cats headshot in the book, doesn’t mean the phone will start ringing.
And if you do get a call, just have fun.. enjoy it while it lasts and don’t expect to retire and live off your cat.