Modeling Jobs For Kids – How to Get Your Child Into Modeling

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Modeling Jobs For Kids – How to get your child into Modeling.

So one of the most popular questions I get asked is “Say Jonah, how can I get my child into modeling?”  and I say, “that’s a great question my friend, let me write an incredible blog about it.”  In case you aren’t following…   this is that blog.  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 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. (For great resources, check out: I Got Talent Now, Interface Modeling – Modeling Jobs For Kids and How to get your child into Modeling!

  • 1st things first, you need to find that wonderful little child 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 child 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 child 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 child.  So if your child 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 child bring tears of joy to families everywhere.

Respectfully,

Jonah Taylor

P.S. Also check out similar articles like: How To Get Your Child, Kid, Toddler, or Baby Into Modeling!  or head back to Modeling Wisdom!  I hope this article helped you better understand how to get your child into modeling and how to find modeling jobs for kids.  Agencies such as Got Talent now and Interface Modeling and Talent may provide some help and guidance!

13 Comments

  • gracie

    Reply Reply August 28, 2012

    I am a child/teen model and I think this blog is great. I have just started my own blog about child modelling from the models point of view. It is no way as big as this but it would be great if you could leave a comment. The web address is graciesaycheese.blogspot.com

  • Bel

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    I am a Manager of a child model with the infamous Ford. I’ve read the pages in your website pertaining to model and child models. The information you have posted on the website is accurate and straight up. I couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you for sharing the information, especially with mothers who want to get their child into modeling.

    But I would like to comment on just one thing–the difference between a local modeling agency and a national agency. My granddaughter signed up with a local agency for one year. It was relaxing. She had one print ad with Bright Starts. The following year, she signed up with Ford. It is a totally different ball game. It is demanding and it is very, very competitive. Print ads do not pay as much as commericals. And I have to say, that the Director of the Children’s Division told us this straight up.

    So, if you are looking for a good local agency. Here is my advise. You shouldn’t pay any money up front. Two things you should look for: (1) Is the agent telling you everything that is important for you to know and that you should know?; (2) Is the agent receiving compensation by commission only? If the ansewer to both questions is yes, then it is a good agency.

    • admin

      Reply Reply January 8, 2013

      Thank you so much for your advice and insight! I love it when people add their thoughts and wisdom. Many individuals will appreciate your input, thanks again.

  • Bel

    Reply Reply January 28, 2013

    We were notified last week that Ford is closing the children division at the end of the month. I have to say, we enjoyed our experience working with the staff at the agency. I plan to leave additional comments on Mr. Taylor’s webpage this week on child modeling. I call it child modeling in a nutshell.

  • Bel

    Reply Reply January 29, 2013

    For parents out there, here is “Child Modeling in a Nutshell”. This is my advice:

    1) Child modeling classes – Don’t spend the money on modeling classes! Save the money to get your child to and from auditions and photo shoot. Since the agency sends your child to auditions, your child will get a lot of experience. And, your child will also gain experience with the photo shoot–the job! Of course, you will have to work with your child. From the auditions, you will know what type of professional development your child will need to get that job. So, you work with your child–provide that one-to-one lessons with your child. Who will be the best person to train a child than a parent? By the way, I have seen fathers at the auditions.

    2) Photos for the agency – Read the requirements for submission, send exactly what the agency ask for. If the agency says, head shots will do, send them head shots. Read the blog on this page. Just a little insight information–we went to the open casting call at the agency. In the line, parents had professional photos in their hand. We had only a snap shot photo in our hand. In 3 hours, 500 applications were processed through the revolving door at the agency. Only 5 kids were selected from that stack of applications. And you know what else? At the time the child’s mother spoke to the agent, the child was sleeping. So, the agent saw only one side of the child’s face. The agent paid more attention to the photo.

    3) Model Material – The blog said it all. In addition, it is like any job–when you get a call from the agency to meet with the Director of the kids division–your child is going for an interview. How does your child interact with other people or strangers? I can honestly tell you that personality is an important trait in this business.

    4) Modeling Agencies – As I was recently told by one of the clients of a national company–local or national, it doesn’t matter. In addition to what is written on this page, parents, “use your intuition”. All I can say is, “If the flags are there, don’t sign the papers”. It took us three months to sign the contract with the agency We were scared–we have never done this before. We had to make sure that we could make the commitment. Because, it is a heavy commitment. But if you take your time, think about it, check the items on the contract, make sure there are no flags, and can commit to it, then it is decision time.

    I hope this helps.

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  • Pauline Heath

    Reply Reply January 20, 2015

    Great article! Thanks for the helpful information. This really helps for parents like me. Try to check this site http://www.exploretalent.com/modeling-jobs. What do you think about their list of modeling job?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 21, 2015

      Hey Pauline! Thanks for reaching out:) I took a quick look at a few and they appear to be decent modeling jobs. However, you really don’t know until you attend one or two and get a feel for the professionalism of the site. I hope this helps you along the way. God bless you and your family:)

  • Nicole Ramirez

    Reply Reply April 20, 2015

    Hi I am looking for some modeling advice for my 19 month old son. We signed him up with a modeling agency in January and we haven’t received one job for him yet; they send us different jobs via email but they’re are never any jobs for babies or for children his age usually the jobs start at around 4 years old. I’m very disappointed because we paid $120 which was supposed to be for a printing fee. The lady from the agency told us that the hundred and twenty dollars would be spent on sending his photos to different companies. Im worried we might have gotten scammed:( We live in San Antonio Texas and maybe there aren’t very many opportunities for him here. Anyone who has any advice for me that would be great! I would really love to get him into a national modelling agency but I do not know which one would be reputable any advice is appreciated thank you. By the way my son is singed with Entourage Modeling Agency.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply April 20, 2015

      I hear your concern Nicole:) Most modeling agencies these days require some sort of digital fee now. Some more than others but $120 does not sound too outrageous (I have paid more). My best advice is… hang in there:) For example, say Entourage hypothetically distributes 50 jobs/month, and of those 50 jobs only 5 require a young American child. Now let’s say that there are 15 young American children signed with the agency… point is, sometimes you just got to hang in there.

      You are on the right path. Here’s what I would suggest. Stick it out for a few more months and let the market provide some opportunities for your son. If still nothing after a few months, then try your hand at another agency. Entourage may be a great agency, just not for your son. Give it time, pray, and keep trying. Good things are coming:)

  • Tessa rivers

    Reply Reply December 18, 2015

    My name is jakiya rivers I am 10year old 4’11.Tessa rivers.

    • Niya

      Reply Reply May 12, 2016

      Hi im Niya Simp
      I am 13 yrs old
      I would love to be a model

  • parth chawla

    Reply Reply July 13, 2017

    hi i m parth chawla . i m 7 year old .I would love to be a model .i live in chandigarh

  • Michael Dolan

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    Where do I show you a pic of my beautiful granddaughter? If this is a legit site, prove it !

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