Parents are always looking for ways to teach their children new things and to encourage them to engage in creative experiences. For parents who’ve already contacted us, they’ll know that modelling is a remarkable way to introduce children to a range of skills not usually found outside the classroom or sports field.
Child modelling is very important to our clients. They want the best fit for their campaigns, and it’s our job to provide the best child models to fulfil their requirements. Our clients are nationwide and know the value of child models; after all, children are irreplaceable to convey the right message, and frequently only a child will do! Child models are continuously desirable, and so they should be!
Diversity in child modelling is an important factor for us, and our clients. Yes, happy, good-looking children are always required for all sorts of campaigns, although it’s constructive to think of child modelling from a fresh perspective. Consider the following from a parent’s view:
- Does your child engage well with other children, and adults?
- Are they comfortable around bright lights and the occasional loud noise?
- Does their personality stand out – have they the “sparkle” that sets them apart from other children?
- Generally, are they compliant and well-mannered?
- Can they adopt different poses and facial expressions (sometimes, assignments call for children who can look realistically sulky!)
- Does your child have an unusual feature that really stands out?
- Can you and your child be flexible – sometimes even at the “last minute”?
- Are they comfortable with travelling?
- Do they get bored easily?
The above list is not to deter your children from trying their hand at modelling. Far from it: the more characteristics and attributes a child can assume the better. However, most clients will expect child models to be bright-eyed, (relatively) well-behaved and not shy. Children should enjoy modelling, so it shouldn’t be classed as a chore for them. Professionals on set will have a particular set of instructions, although assignments often aren’t as arduous as you’d think – photographers and producers are normally easy-going and children are well looked after. Many children think of their modelling assignments as fun days out, bringing home fantastic memories that are sure to be envious to their circle of friends (it’s not every day an eight-year-old can say they’ve been paid to be the star of the show!)
As children are constantly growing, fashion trends appear with inevitable regularity. Companies are always looking for the next craze – in clothes, accessories and advertising campaigns. Almost every month brings a new opportunity for children to star in one of our client’s promotional jobs.
It’s difficult to predict accurately what’s behind the corner for children’s fashions (especially in these peculiar times). However, skimming through a plethora of recent catalogues may reveal that the following will be a big hit amongst kids in the approaching weeks:
- Fur-lined winter coats (Parkas) and boots – think miniature explorer gear.
- Bermuda-style shirts and floral dresses – best wait until April for these!
- “Genderless” colours, with less emphasis on traditional “pink” for girls and “blue” for the boys.
- Handcrafted designs – possibly due to smaller designers utilising the pandemic to work on their ideas.
- Sandals and low-slung trainers – let’s hope the weather permits regular usage!
2021 could be the year your child makes it in front of professional cameras. Meanwhile, we’re always available to answer any queries parents might have. Like child models, now is not the time to be shy!