Many of us have at one time or another have seen a gorgeous face smiling out from an advertisement and thought: “My child could do that!”
And quite possibly they could.
Many youngsters have the looks, temperament and appeal that big name brands are looking but what makes some, over others, into successful child models?
Well, very often it comes down to work put in behind the scenes by the parents as well as the agency.
The demand for junior models is phenomenal, with girls and boys of all ages required for all sorts of fashion promotions and advertising campaigns.
But at the same time, competition is stiff within the child modelling industry and there are steps you can take to ensure your little one stands the best possible chance of being selected.
Here are our top tips for parents hoping to see their youngsters making it within the world of commercial modelling…
1. Consider carefully whether your child is right
Not all children are suited to modelling. Agents are looking for little ones who are smiley, easy going and comfortable around lots of different people. We don’t expect all our child models to be happy-go-lucky all the time (everyone has off days!) but we do need to know that with the right care and attention on the set they will be confident enough to follow instructions and act fairly naturally.
2. Ensure their e-portfolio is up to date
Mums and dads, this is your job! Your child won’t succeed unless you work hard on their behalf. This means ensuring your little one’s portfolio features the right kind and style of photographs – and that these have been taken recently. They must be truly reflective of the way your child currently looks. We also need to be sure that measurements are all still accurate and that you keep the portfolio updated with recent and relevant experience.
3. Stay in touch
As the agency representing your child, we need to know you are reliable and will respond quickly when we need you to. Please make sure you contact details are always up to date and that you call us back as soon as possible if we leave messages for you about potential bookings. Once you have your own personal contact at the agency, keep in touch with us to let us know about anything you think might be relevant to finding modelling work for your child.
4. Look out for opportunities
Keep your eyes peeled yourself for modelling opportunities for your child and let us know if you spot anything of interest. As their agent we can carry out thorough investigations to ensure the work is genuine and safe; we can make arrangements around the booking and negotiate the best fee for your child. We will also ensure they are paid quickly!
Find about more about child modelling with Models Direct by reading what other parents have said about their experiences of working with us.
Then apply here if you are interested in exploring the opportunities further.