Could Your Child Be a Model?

3 on swingAlmost every mom has wondered if her child could become a child model. After all, she’s cute, loves being photographed, has a great personality and, best of all, looks as good as the kids modeling in catalogs and magazines.

The answer is maybe.

You see, a cute face and a winning personality are a great start, but they do not guarantee your child’s success. Modeling success has as much to do with the parents as the child, because parents must be responsible for supporting their child’s modeling career in a variety of ways. For example, you’ll need to get your child to a photo shoot on schedule, or the photographer , and often a whole support crew, are unable to complete the shoot. In fact, many top photographers say late arrivals and cancellations are the biggest challenge when working with child models.

Parents also need to be prepared to handle the other responsibilities that are required to help their kid get jobs as a child model, such as taking their child to meetings with potential clients, called go-sees, working with the modeling agencies, and acting as chauffeur and therapist for their budding child star.

Still interested? Here’s what you need to do to get started:

First, mail in 3 color photos of your kid to the child modeling agencies. Send a closeup photo of your child’s face, called a “head shot,” a full-body photo and a photo of your child posing without props. That means no toys, no cute stuffed (or real) animals, no cute costumes or hats. Be sure to include contact information and general information about your child, such as height, weight and age.

Do you need to have a professional photographer take the photos? Again maybe. Most agencies claim they can spot a potential child model from non-pro photos, but a talented photographer could spot the “look” that agencies want that you might miss. Another photo tip – kids grow up fast, so it’s a good idea to take new photos every 3-6 months to update the agency files.

Child models are used in catalogs, magazines, ads, TV commercials and even “industrial” work, such as training videos for companies, corporate brochures, even in training manuals. When an agency needs a child model for these jobs, they go through their files, picking by either age, 7 to 9 or 8-10, for example, or by size, for example a size 5 girl.

It’s important to keep in mind that being the parent of a child model is a big investment of time and energy. Parents, mom in particular, need to be sure they can provide that investment to ensure their child’s modeling success. For those parents and kids who do have the dedication, the rewards are great in both income and in the self-esteem your child can gain.