Could Your Child Be A Model or Actor?

Kick-Start Your Child's
Acting and Modelling Career
& Avoid Scams and Pitfalls

Child modeling scams are a huge problem. Countless nefarious operations prey on the hopes of children and the gullibility of parents. A certain percentage of parents are so flattered by these faux agencies that they are easily motivated to shell out thousands of dollars in modeling classes and overpriced photos. These "black sheep" agencies will never tell you the truth about your child or about the modeling industry.
A Guide to Child Modeling

In many ways child modeling is similar to adult modeling, but there are some special considerations that apply only to children.

1.  The children most likely to be successful have to have all of the following qualifications:

a.  They should be small for their age.  That lets them play younger roles in advertising, and have more life experience and maturity than a child of the age they are playing.
b.  They need to be comfortable around adults, and have outgoing, pleasant personalities.
c.  The need to be well-behaved and take directions well.
d.  They should have acting ability, not only to get commercial acting jobs, but because print work also requires acting.  Your child had better take acting, singing and dancing classes (NOT modeling classes).
e.  The child has to want it.  They have to want it so badly that they pester the parent to get them into modeling, and they have to have the kind of personality that lets them focus on a single task and meet its demands.  If modeling is the parents’ idea, it’s almost certainly a bad idea.
f.  They need a parent who is supportive without being pushy or critical, and who is available on short notice to take them to castings, classes or jobs.  One parent has to be unemployed, or have a night job.
g.  They need to have the freedom to take off from school from time to time to pursue modeling.  That means good grades and a cooperative school administration.  In some states, child models also have to get a work permit for each job, which may require the permission of the school.

2.  Child modeling pays roughly half of what adult modeling does.

3.  Location is much more important to child models than to adults. Parents located more than 50 miles or so from a significant media market city cannot have more than a tiny chance of any significant work for their child.
  
4.  You don't need a "portfolio" but you do need a couple of  professional quality pictures and you need to update pictures every year because children keep growing. So, It’s ideal to go for a mini-portfolio.

5.  When you have a website, keep them updated on the children.  Kids change rapidly.  If they lose a tooth or gain braces, tell the agency.  It’s embarrassing for everyone if the child shows up for a job and isn’t the size the client needs.

6.  Children must always have a parent at any shoot, but the parent should be away from the set if possible.  Parents should never give directions to a child during a shoot, unless specifically asked to by the photographer.  “Seen but not heard” applies to parents.

 

The only hope you have is to get representation from a good, brick-and-mortar agency that doesn't sell modelling classes. To do that, you have to do all the things above.

 

 

 

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