Each day, maybe even without knowing it, you flip through magazines, pass a billboard, or see a commercial on the television with an adorable cherub-cheeked child that is the “face” of a brand or is helping to promote a specific product. You might find yourself wondering how adorable your child is and how you can get them into the business. But is child modeling a lucrative business? We delve into the topic a little more to see exactly what it entails and what it indeed pays.
Why children models?
Advertisement agencies need to reach certain amounts of customers. People create an instant connection because, well, humans relate to other humans. What better way than to catch their attention than with another person? Of course, it depends on what is being advertised. But when it comes to clothes, baby accessories, and more, children make great models that parents can relate to, since they have children themselves.
That is why advertisement agencies are constantly looking for children models to help advertise their products. Just take a look at any department-store kids’ clothing or toy section, and you will see a bubbly child on a sign somewhere.
Does it cost a lot to get into modeling?
So many parents think that they need to spend massive amounts of money on photographers to get expensive headshots, a new wardrobe for their child, and modeling classes in order to get their child in the modeling business. But this is simply not so. A great way to begin is to do a quick Google search of modeling agencies that are around your area. However, one must note that if you live closer to a metropolitan area or a more populated area, your chances of finding reputable modeling companies are high. But if you happen to live in a remote area, there may not be one close to you, unless you are willing to travel.
If you find some on your internet search, write them down and make a list of them.
After you have made your list, take a good, hard look at it. Look up the agencies or companies that you have on your list. Make certain that they have decent reviews and a good reputation because the last thing you need is to be scammed, especially when it comes to your child. You do not want to lose money on an irresponsible agency or person that may claim that they can get your child into modeling. The best thing is to ask around, too. Find some groups online, and see who they may recommend.
After you have found your list of reputable agencies, it is time to start taking photos. But you do not have to go out and spend a ton of money on glamour shots. Taking simple photos with some simple clothing will do just fine. Pick out colors of clothing that bring out your child’s eyes. You don’t have to find pageant dresses or tuxedos, just regular clothing. You can even take the shots with your phone and then retouch them at any photo kiosk in any multitude of stores.
Submit your photos
Now comes the time where you submit your photos to the agencies that were compiled on your list. Some will call you back, and others may not. They’ll ask you to come in for an interview with your child. Some agencies may hire directly on the spot if they are interested in having your child model for them. Other companies prefer to mull it over and will get back to you. Some may not get back to you at all, and that is okay. You do not want your child to have too many modeling jobs, anyway. You still want to keep those precious childhood years, after all.
Is it worth the money?
This all depends on how much money you envision making with child modeling. It could be a small side business for you and your child, especially if you are in a more rural area. If you live in a metropolitan area, a few agencies can offer all the way up to $150 an hour. However, some agencies prefer to pay by the day. It all depends on what agency you are going with. If your child does land a gig, make sure you look over the contract carefully so that you don’t miss anything.
At that point, it may be wise to get an agent for your child, depending on how far you would like to go with it. If you and your child would like to even possibly make a career out of this, an agent will be able to help guide you throughout the process.
So can child modeling be lucrative? It all depends on the factors listed above. If you are willing to travel, it can definitely bring in some extra cash for your child, and it might even be enough to start a college fund! But if you are interested, it is definitely something that you could look into and get more information on it.
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