How to Get Your Child Into Modeling
We all just love looking at those adorable kids used in commercials and photo ads promoting some of our favorite products. Some parents see those adorable kids and think of the possibility of getting recognition for their own children. Modeling agencies for children provide opportunities for children to become supermodels. The talent agents are professionals who will be able to accurately predict whether your child can make it in the industry. That said here are some tips for getting your child into a career in modeling.
Many parents let their children model as a way to earn money for college down the road. This may or may not be a reasonable expectation. If your child is an instant hit and becomes an in demand model then you might get the money you need for college. A more realistic occurrence is that your child might get picked for gigs once or twice a month, so you won’t earn nearly as much as you planned.
You should also keep in mind that models must be free from visible defects like birthmarks, scars, etc. In addition to physical appearance your child must also be well-behaved, obedient and friendly in order to get along with staff and other cast members.
Find an Agent
A talent agency will be a valuable source of help in establishing your child’s modeling career. Search for an agency that is closest to you, but it should be one located in a major city where a lot opportunities are available. Do not pay any money to the agency upfront since it is not necessary. Agencies earn a commission whenever your child lands a gig. The right agency will be able to provide you with casting calls where your child can audition.
You’ll not be accepted by the first agency that you walk into. Many agencies will decide not to represent your child for one reason or another. That does not mean that you should give up or think that your child cannot make a career in modeling. Be persistent and keep on looking until you find an agency that is willing to represent you.
If it were easy to get children into modeling, a lot more parents would be doing it. That is to say that you have to stay motivated and determined in spite of the odds. You’ll have to prepare yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and financially for the challenges ahead.
It is extremely important that you learn to follow guidelines. For instance, when you’re looking for representation make sure that you submit exactly what the agency requests, in the way that they specifically ask for it. Many agents will refuse to represent you if you fail to follow simple instructions. It will signal to them that you might be just as careless when you attend casting calls.
It is important that you follow instructions if you want your child to have a successful career in modeling.
Crystal has written this article for One Source Talent, a talent recruitment company with 10 Years of Experience.