How to get your Baby into Modeling.
So one of the most popular questions I get asked is “Say Jonah, how can I get my baby or child into modeling?” and I say, “that’s a great question my friend, let me write an incredible blog about it.” They know their baby is cute and want to give modeling a try, but they don’t know which steps to take in order to do so.
Now, it is important to note that not all babies are created equal. Remember, they must be cute and adorable (which most seem to have this down), but they also need to be able to sit, smile and cooperate as well. Personality is really key in baby/child modeling. The child must be able to take direction well and play nice, as he or she may be modeling next to other babies, pets, etc. Do yourself a big favor and before you perform any of these steps, ask yourself, “is my baby really model material?” If you answered yes, then let’s get to the juicy stuff.
- 1st things first, you need to find that wonderful little baby an agency. You can do this by going online and searching local agencies, or you can check for them in the yellow pages. It is important to note that not all agencies have a child division. So find a couple and contact them to see if your child would fit with their agency.
- Secondly, get some photos of your child. Most agencies will not require professional photos immediately. They will want some regular photos though. Specifically, a smiling head-shot, a full length body shot, and a few other miscellaneous shots with hats or toys to show personality and versatility.
- Thirdly, now that you have an agency in mind, and some photos to send, go ahead and submit these photos to the agency along with any other requirements needed i.e. measurements. You can call or email the agency to see if anything else is needed.
Now if you have done all this and still haven’t heard anything back for a while, take some more recent photos and re-submit. Children grow rapidly and it may be time for some new photos. Agencies are busy and they may not need your baby right now, but they may need them in a couple of months. Always keep trying and keep submitting.
Some final wisdom would be to never pay money up front; either for photos or classes. In regards to children, agencies usually don’t require professional photos up front. Later as your kid works more and more, the agency may have you pay to create a composite card or to be placed on the website. This will cost money, but hopefully you have made a little money as well. It is an investment in your babies.
So if your kid is model material, all you need to do is: find an agency, get some photos, submit and re-submit your photos to the agency you choose, and you will eventually be watching your baby or child bring tears of joy to families everywhere.