Models are everywhere we look, even if we do not realize it. In advertising, in magazines, billboards, catalogs, and more — all have models. And child models are no different. Think of all the circulars that you see for your local big box stores and the kids’ clothing section. Those kids are considered child models. They get called upon for certain tasks, and if they are up for it, they complete the assignment, and the finished product is what you see in the circular.
We all think our kids are adorable and most definitely model-worthy. But is it something that you want to pursue for your child? There are a lot of things to consider before going down this path, but if you’ve decided it’s right for your family, we break down some of the industry’s tips on how to get your child into modeling.
Your first step should be researching if there are any modeling agencies in your area, since many modeling agencies prefer if you live close to them. Many metropolitan areas, versus suburban areas, are where you will likely find modeling agencies. Once you do locate one, you are going to want to find an application. Some are available online, while others will want you to formally send in three or so headshots of your child and their information.
The agency will likely want to know your child’s clothing size, as that will most of the time be a factor for if they will land a gig or not. Some of the most popular sizes are 3, 5, and 10. So, if your child lands in one of those categories, there is a better chance that a modeling agency might want to sign a contract with them. However, if your child is not those sizes, do not get discouraged! Children of all sizes are needed — it just depends on the agency. So, if one agency does not want to book your child or sign a contract with them, you can simply move on to the next company.
Your child does not have to be drop-dead gorgeous to be a child model. Actually, quite the contrary. Many companies are looking for kids that fit in with today’s demographic of children. They are looking for kids who are easygoing and “fit in” with their aesthetic. If you do end up signing with a modeling agency, make sure you have done your homework on them and make sure that it is a legitimate company, as sadly, there are many scammers out there. Every company is different, as is every audition.
Sometimes, you have about only 24 hours’ notice to get to an audition. You have to be willing to travel at a moment’s notice if your child’s modeling company calls you up and says there is an audition that would be a great fit for your child. That isn’t to say that they will absolutely crush the competition and land the role, but auditions are an integral part of child modeling. The company not only has to see how the child looks, but how they act, their demeanor, etc. Those are all important factors on whether or not they may land a gig.
Child modeling does not come without costs. While casting calls and auditions are free, it may be a good idea to start saving up some money. This will be for things like travel, food, clothing, getting your child professional headshots, and more.
Modeling can be a time-consuming activity for children, especially if they do land a gig. There is a lot of “hurry up and wait” going on. This is because that the photographers want to get the light just right, or if the shoot is outside, it has to be at a certain angle. There are plenty of factors that can take up time.
We suggest bringing snacks and something for them to do while they wait. The same goes for when they are at an audition and the line is out the door. You can keep them occupied by bringing a tablet and some snacks that they can munch on while you wait in line. That way, they won’t be bored.
Child modeling can be fun and rewarding for your child if it’s something they’re interested in. Just be sure to do your research — and to be prepared.
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