Your child’s cheeks may have developed muscles because of all the pinching she has to endure from her admirers. You may have been resigned to your child’s fate due to her extreme cuteness, but did you ever consider actually generating income from her endearing characteristic? You could enter your child into the world of modeling. Do know that child models could earn $60 to $75 per hour of photography sessions for appearing on magazines and newsletters (as the accompanying images for articles), and about $1,200 for appearing on full ads. If you think you can put this amount of money to good use – say, for your child’s college fund – then maybe you should start knowing how to get your child into modeling. Read on for great tips to submit your child to modeling agents.
- Look for reputable modeling agencies. This is really the place for you to start. Simply put, modeling agencies are the ones who will get jobs for your child. There’s really a wide demand for child models, but competition is very fierce and the best way for you to even know of available gigs is through modeling agencies. For all their legwork, modeling agencies usually charge about 15 to 20% of the total income of your child in every modeling assignment.
You could start looking for modeling agencies at your local yellow pages. Double-check the reputability of this agency through sites such as the Better Business Bureau.
- Learn to tell if a modeling agency is a legitimate one. The first warning sign of a fake agency is if they ask you for money up front, for charges such as handling fees, agency fees or signing fees. Legitimate agencies should also never charge you for photo sessions and modeling workshops. What legit agencies would do is to charge you a certain percentage of the income your child gets from a modeling job they get for you – in short, you should be charged only when the money starts to come in. Another warning sign to look out for are modeling agencies that aggressively market their services. Reputable and legitimate modeling agencies have a steady stream of talents and they don’t need to advertise themselves anymore.
- Know what to prepare. When meeting with child modeling agencies, you should prepare a portfolio of your child’s photographs. Before you prepare the portfolio, however, you should find out the requirements of the different modeling agencies that you have shortlisted. They could specify a certain number, size, type (full-body, headshot, etc) or setting of the photographs that you would have to submit.
- Avoid putting on make up to your child when photographing her. Most agencies look for fresh-faced kids, with minimum accessories. Do make sure that you photograph your child in very good lighting; some modeling agencies do not require professional photographs so you could just snap a picture of your child with your digital camera and have it printed.
- Be professional. Agencies would contact you for a face-to-face meeting with you and your child. This is so they could assess for themselves whether your child is really model material. When you have this meeting scheduled, make sure that you arrive on time and that you have with you a comp card (also known as a composite card or Z card; see next tip).
- Prepare a comp card. Comp cards are the equivalent of business cards for models. The comp card is an 8.5x5.5 inch piece of card stock; one side should have the cover page that has your child’s full-size portrait, while the other side should have a variety of representative shots of your child. This second page should also contain information on your child’s height, weight, eye and hair color, and contact information.
Submitting your child to modeling agents will definitely involve a lot of leg work from you specially at the onset, but be motivated by the thought that it will all be worth it if your child makes it in the modeling industry. Good luck!