How Do I Start a Kid's Modeling Career?
The first thing you should get is pictures of your child. Your best option would be to go to a professional photographer. Not only will they take pictures that will make your child look natural, but they will also be of high quality. A professional photographer will be a bit expensive! For the parents who cannot afford to pay for a professional photographer, you could opt to take the pictures on your own. Ensure you do this with a good quality digital camera as the pictures need to be clear and focused. Try to get shots of your child's natural smile as casting agents can spot a plastic smile from a mile away.
Your next step would be to look for children's modeling agencies in your area. The bigger the town you live in, the chances you will find more modeling agencies. Make sure you do some research on all prospective modeling agencies. A modeling agency should not charge you any money for them to sign up your child; this typically means that they are an unscrupulous agency. Find out what careers they have launched and look through their model base. Big agencies may be well known but smaller agencies may give your child more personalized attention. You should decide what would work better for your child.
While you are waiting to be notified about auditions by the modeling agencies, you could also scour for opportunities for your child on your own. Visit our local malls and find out if they need child models for their kids' clothing department. This may not be what your child had in mind, but it will give them some form of experience. You may also come across casting calls for children in the newspapers or on websites online. If your child is cast for a photo-shoot through these auditions, you should not be expected to pay the modeling agency a commission. This is because they did not get the opportunity for you. All other gigs that are contracted by the modeling agency will require you pay them their stipulated commission.
Always accompany your child during go sees. Go sees are whereby your child will be expected to meet with the client that has contacted the modeling agency. There are like mini auditions that are done in person at the client's office. Having you there will make your child less nervous. Plus it would not hurt their confidence if they had you there cheering them on.
You will also need to remind your child that getting into the modeling industry could be a tough road. You will have to stay motivated so that you can keep their spirits up.