I'm a stay-at-home mom and the proud parent of a child model. Getting your child into modeling isn't as challenging as people think!
Getting your child into modeling is as easy as mailing, or emailing, some snapshots to a modeling agent who represents children. Sounds simple, right? It is, or rather it can be.
There is a misconception that parents have to spend tons of money on professional photographs, modeling classes, and fancy outfits to get their child into modeling, or wait for them to somehow get "discovered." That is simply not true. Read on and you'll learn how to get your child on the road to modeling, a little bit about what the child modeling industry is like, and if modeling is a good fit for you and your child. Please remember that the guidelines I'm giving you are general guidelines based on my own experience. There are exceptions to every rule.
How Can I Get My Child Into Modeling?
Here are the steps and questions I considered when we approached child modeling. These four questions/steps proved to be simple, cheap, and better yet, fun!
- Is Your Child the Right Personality for Modeling?
- How to Find an Agency
- How to Take Photos for Child Modeling
- Is Modeling Right for You as a Parent?
1. Is Modeling Right for Your Child?
The first thing it's important to acknowledge is that modeling isn't a great fit for every baby, child, or teen. It's probably obvious that friendly, outgoing children are best suited to modeling, but there's more to it than that! There are different ways to handle modeling at each stage, so first things first . . .
What Is the Best Age to Begin Modeling?
Any age is a great age to begin modeling! Models of all ages, shapes, and sizes are needed to sell products or illustrate ideas. Therefore, any time is a great time to get started.
Babies, Toddlers, and Modeling
Babies should be generally easygoing and not afraid of going to people they're unfamiliar with. Toddlers are, of course, unpredictable and can sometimes be hard to manage, but at least need to be able to cooperate and follow directions.
Children and Modeling
Child models need to be obedient and cooperative. A child model may be asked to do all kinds of uncomfortable things, like stand on a cold beach in a swimsuit, wear shoes that are way too small, or have their hairstyle changed three times in one hour. If your child hates to have his hair combed, styled, and sprayed, or hates to repeatedly change outfits, modeling may not be right for him. If your child feels uncomfortable around adults he doesn't know, modeling may not be right for him. While clients and agents alike understand that kids will be kids, they prefer easygoing, well-mannered children who follow directions well, catch on quickly, and don't complain.
Teens and Modeling
Older children will be expected to project a certain degree of professionalism. This is because when modeling as a teen you are beholden to many of the standards that adults are held to. This means having a healthy, realistic perspective; if you're trying to model, you may be held to seemingly unfair height, weight, and measurements.
The number one thing to remember when you're a teen attempting to model is that your body is perfect just the way it is; changing slowly, changing quickly, or not changing at all. Modeling is not worth straining over body image and changing your diet and exercise routine drastically. That being said, the advice above stands: Individuals that are easy to work with and can follow instructions will do best in the modeling industry.
What the Job Is Like for a Child Model
The video above is not my child, but I wanted to include it to show you what a modeling shoot can be like. As you see, it can be slow at times, with quite a bit of standing around and waiting. The little girl in the video is ideal for modeling because she does not seem to mind having her hair styled and her face made up. She waits patiently for the staff to style her and pose her, and listens and takes direction well even though she appears to be quite young. Modeling seems very glamorous, and often the finished product is, but the day-to-day reality of it can mean lots of auditions that lead nowhere, and long, boring days for the kids when they book a job.
Most photographers, stylists, and "child wranglers" are accustomed to working with kids and try to make photoshoots as fun as possible. However, there is no guarantee that this will be the case every time. Also, while some jobs may be a fairly quick in-and-out, others may last many hours and require multiple hairstyles and clothing changes.
Is Modeling Right for Your Child? In Summary
Your child or teen also needs to be resilient. This is a tough field. No one is ever offered all the jobs they audition for. Of course, a baby or toddler will not have a clue that they weren't selected for a job, but an older child will figure it out quickly. If a go-see does not materialize into a job, your child needs to be able to put it behind her and move ahead to the next one.
Are You A Child or Teen Interested In Modeling?
Talk with your parent or guardian about becoming a legitimate, professional model. Be warned that many illegitimate sites exist online meant to potentially lure children and teens into unsafe situations. Be especially wary if you are stopped by someone at the mall or on the street. Your best bet is working with your guardian or a trusted adult to establish a portfolio and connect with an agency. Safety is your first priority.
It can also be helpful to read first-hand accounts of people who have modeled before. This can help you decide if it's a good career choice for you!
2. How to Find a Modeling Agency
Finding a modeling agency that is reputable, fair, and foremost, not a scam can be a daunting task. Fortunately, I've broken down exactly what needs to happen for you to find an agency (not a management firm) that you can trust.
Make a List of All the Agencies in Your Area
Start by looking in the yellow pages or doing a Google search for some modeling agencies in your area. Unlike the world of adult supermodels, child models don't usually fly all over the world, jetting from job to job. For the most part, a child model's jobs are in the metropolitan area where he or she lives. This brings me to another point: In some parts of the country, there may be zero modeling agencies and zero modeling jobs. If you live in a large metropolitan area, your chances of finding an agency with plenty of clients, naturally, are better. So consider where you live and don't get your hopes up too high if you live in a remote area. I certainly don't want to squash anyone's dreams, I am simply trying to paint a realistic picture.
Tips for Researching Modeling Agencies
Once you've compiled a list of agency names, do a little research to make sure they are trustworthy, legitimate agencies, and to make sure they accept children.
- Agency Limits: Some agencies accept only older children and not babies, some accept only adults.
- Agency Feedback: One great place to get feedback on agencies is the Backstage Child and Teen Models message board. Join the board and use the search button to start digging. You can also start a new thread and ask experienced members what they know about any specific agency.
- Google Agency "Scams": A quick Google search of the agency's name with the word "scam" can be a big eye-opener also. If an agency is SAG-franchised (Screen Actors Guild), then they are most likely legit.
The Dos and Don'ts of Getting Your Child Into Modeling
There are lots of scammers out there who prey on parents' lack of knowledge of the modeling industry, and there are modeling schools that will lead you to believe that they will help your child find modeling jobs. If you want your child to get modeling jobs, get them an agent, plain and simple.
- Someone who runs, owns, or works for a modeling school is not an agent, although they may let you believe that they are.
- Your child does not need to take any kind of modeling classes whatsoever. They are a useless waste of money.
- A legitimate modeling agency will never charge their models money, only pay their models money for work they do.
Find a reputable modeling agency.
Pay people who work for a modeling school because they say they can help your child.
Work with agencies that pay models and do not charge them.
Sign up for modeling classes.
Take your time taking careful headshots at home to save money.
Pay money for headshots right away, especially for babies.
I'll say it again: Get your child a modeling agent, not modeling classes. Your child does not need classes on how to pose for a photographer. If she can follow directions on set ("hands in pockets . . . chin down . . . look up . . . smile!"), then she is good to go. A parent's lack of knowledge of the industry, combined with the hopes and dreams they've pinned on their darling child, can be a perfect storm for a scammer or modeling school. There is no reason to pay anyone any money to get your child started in modeling. If your child is signed by a modeling agency, the agency will work to get your child modeling jobs, then take a cut of what your child is paid. That is how modeling agencies make their money. After your child is signed they may ask you to pay for headshots or a fee to be featured on their website, but that shouldn't be mandatory right away. They can use the snapshots you've provided to get started. Babies and toddlers don't need professional photos until they are at least three years old. Be suspicious if an agent wants you to pay for headshots for your baby or toddler.
3. How to Take Photos for Child Modeling
Once you've got a good list of legitimate agencies, it's time to start taking photos to send to them. You absolutely do not need professional photos at this point, nor do you need a bunch of fancy clothes. Dress your child in something clean, casual, and simple, preferably in solid colors as prints can distract the eye from your child's beautiful face. Think about what colors look great with your child's eyes, skin, or hair. What you're after are clean, clear photos that show off your child's beautiful features to their best advantage.
What you're after is three or four nice, clean shots:
- one closeup of your child's smiling face,
- another closeup with a thoughtful, pensive expression,
- one 3/4 body shot, and
- one full-length body shot.
In at least three of the four, your child should be looking directly into the camera. These are just guidelines; use your best judgment when selecting photos. Do always send at least one close-up of your child smiling and at least one full body shot.
Do not cover the hair
Choose clothing colors that go well with your child's natural eye, skin, and hair color
Clean, casual, simple, solid-color clothes
Nice, simple, clean hairstyle
Hair in eyes
Drool or runny nose, or food on face
Outdoors or in a chair
Child alone in the center of the frame
Other children, people, or pets
No distracting backgrounds (i.e., floral couches, piles of laundry, etc.)
Photo Tips and Hints
The three or four photos that you choose to submit to agents should be the best of the best. As I stated earlier, you absolutely do not need professional photos at this point. However, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to get good shots on your own.
Bring Your Camera With You (Everywhere)
Take your time, perhaps enlist your spouse or friend to help, and make it fun for your child. Don't expect him to sit for hours while you take photo after photo. Take your camera with you wherever you go and snap away for a few minutes here and there until you get some you are happy with. Take tons and tons of photos. The more you take, the better your chances are of getting some really good ones.
Lighting, Lighting, Lighting
Another hint for photo taking is to thoughtfully consider the lighting. I am not a professional photographer by any means, so I need all the help I can get. I have found it helpful to take photos outside in natural light, early in the morning or later in the evening when the lighting outside is soft. An overcast day can work, too. Taking a photo in full, bright sun often results in the child either squinting as she looks into the sun, or her face hidden in a dark shadow if the sun is behind her. If I'm taking photos inside, I prefer to put my child near a bright window and turn the flash off. Flashbulbs often cast too bright a light and wash out your child's features.
Start Submitting Your Child's Photos!
Once you've chosen your photos, it's time to start sending them to agents. Check each agency's website for their submission guidelines. Most will tell you exactly how they want you to proceed and exactly what and what not to send them. Here are my tips for starting your relationship with an agent off on the right foot:
- Follow their instructions explicitly. Asking for an exception or not following directions is not a good start to the agent/parent relationship.
- Some agencies will want you to submit only through the US mail, some will require that you only email them, some will offer you a choice.
- Most will want to know the basics about your child: name, birth date, height, weight, etc.
- Don't forget to include your name and phone number so they can contact you.
- I also included a cover letter describing my child, and stating that I was a stay-at-home mom who lived close by and had a very flexible schedule. Don't be afraid to "sell" your child and yourself to them a little.
- Most importantly, be professional and polite. They are looking at the parents almost as closely as they are looking at the children, because, in a way, parents are representatives of their agency when they take children to go-sees (auditions) and bookings (jobs).
The Wait Begins . . .
If a modeling agency is interested in your child, they will contact you, sometimes that very day, sometimes weeks or months later. Some agencies will also contact you to let you know they are not interested, however many agencies do not have the manpower to reply to every submission, and unfortunately their silence means they are not interested.
If you are lucky, you'll be contacted and asked to bring your child in for an interview. Sometimes children are offered a modeling contract at the interview, sometimes the agent will want to mull it over and contact you later. If your child is not accepted at one agency, perhaps they will be accepted by another. If you don't get any bites at all, don't despair. There are many reasons why some children are offered contracts and some are not, and it does not mean your child is not "cute" enough or "pretty" enough. For example, if your child is a little girl who wears a size five and has blond hair and blue eyes, and this particular agency already has six or seven girls who fit that description on their roster, they may not want to add any more at this time. Additionally, modeling agents usually know what kind of "look" their clients prefer, and if your child doesn't fit that description they may not be interested. These are just two examples; there are many, many reasons why one child is offered a contract and another is turned away. Do not take it personally. Only the agent knows what they are looking for and why they choose some children over others.
If your child is not accepted, the general wisdom is to continue taking and refining their submission photos and submit them again in about six months. If you are persistent in this way, your child may eventually be signed. However, do know that child modeling is a highly competitive and selective field. Agents are bombarded with tons of submissions every day, but only sign a tiny percentage of them.
4. Is Being the Parent of a Child Model Right for You?
As a parent, it is best that you look at child modeling as a fun adventure for you and your child. Do not expect that your child will get rich, pay your bills or buy you a new car. Obviously, different kids living in different cities have different degrees of success, but as a parent it is helpful for you to look at it as a hobby or an adventure. It is good practice to put all your child's earnings toward their future college tuition. If they make enough to pay for college, terrific. Chances are, they'll be able to pay for at least a small chunk of it. Modeling can be lucrative, but not to the degree that some people think. Again, every case is different.
Thick Skin Is Important for You and Your Child
Modeling is a highly competitive field. Just as your child needs to be able to move ahead after rejection, so should you. If you have a child in the modeling business, you cannot take it personally when they are not selected for a job.
As the parent, it is your responsibility to get your child to go-sees and bookings on time, and often there is little notice: maybe a day, maybe two days, and often an agent will call you in the morning and ask you to have your child at a go-see a little later that day. Many parents who work full-time find it difficult to keep up with the demands of having a child model. Before an agent signs your child, they will most likely inquire about your availability to drive your child to and from go-sees and bookings. If you have inflexible working hours, the agent will want to make sure that your spouse, a grandparent, babysitter, someone, can get your child where they are required to be, before offering your child a contract. Modeling is a business. While it is beneficial for you to view it as a hobby or adventure, you must also see it from the agent's point of view. Modeling is a business, and the photographers, casting directors, etc. usually work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. There will be an occasional weekend go-see or shoot, but going into child modeling thinking "we will only do this on the weekends" is not realistic.
In Summary: What to Do and What Not to Do
We've covered a lot of ground in this article, but breaking into the modeling industry really comes down to the following point dos and don'ts.
Don'ts of Modeling
- Pay money for management upfront to a person at a modeling school, or for classes.
- Pay money for professional pictures.
- Pay money for headshots right away, especially for babies.
Dos of Modeling
- Find a reputable modeling agency.
- Take your time taking careful headshots at home to save money.
- Check in with yourself and your child to determine if modeling is a good fit for both of you.
Best of luck on your modeling journey and thank you for reading this article! Don't hesitate to ask questions and leave comments below.
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Ayla Taylor on August 25, 2020:
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Ariola on August 14, 2020:
I would like to engage my girl into modeling, she is 6years of age, slim,tall, chocolate in complexion and she has a pretty face.
PRECIOUS on August 08, 2020:
My daughter is 4 years, so cute and adorable will wish her to be signed up for modelling.
Sindisiwe Radebe on July 18, 2020:
My son is 11years very good in photos and his just made to be a model. We are based in Newcastle but not afraid to locate at any city. Please help me register him to any agency
Rajni Singh on July 18, 2020:
My child is 2 years old so very cute face so it's starting for modeling ,thank you
Asanda on July 08, 2020:
I would like my child to take part his name is kwenza is14 months
Jose Ramirez on April 21, 2020:
why you can't have anything no family pictures than that's sounds dumb and stupid
Tshepo Mohlala on April 10, 2020:
Hello,just want to register my daughter in the modelling agency.
Fanele Cele on April 08, 2020:
I m interested in modelling and acting . I really like it . Please makey dream come true.
Vivian on March 17, 2020:
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Angie on March 17, 2020:
I wish i could be a model, ive wanted to since i was 5, im 11 and turning twelve in april, which is next monthe. I live in miami beach
Siyabonga on March 16, 2020:
Id like to get my baby into modelling industry
Tsholofelo on February 23, 2020:
Hi my daughter is 3 years old,good looking and smart.i will like her to join modelling.
Tina on February 10, 2020:
My child has been excepted for representation (18month old girl) in Seattle, but the agency is asking for money ($165) to put her picture that I provide on their website.. is this normal???
It is a SAG-AFTRA agency, does that madder?
Rethabile on January 29, 2020:
I realy would like to be a modeling child with 12 yrs old
Izza on January 18, 2020:
I rly want to be a model. I am 10 live it chicago
Rethabile on January 12, 2020:
I want to be a model..
Nandica on December 26, 2019:
Am really interested in modeling and 10 and i live in hazyview
Nomsa Qhimngqoshe on December 13, 2019:
I want my daughter and her friend to be models so I need your help my daughter is 10 and her friend is 11yrs old they have a beautiful smile and they are natural so can you please find them an agent that lives in khayelitsha
PATIENCE on November 25, 2019:
Great info. Thanks
Camila on November 04, 2019:
Be who you are ❤
jobran alhadad on October 30, 2019:
My son is very nice and his Arabic features are very beautiful. I think it will be a very cool model show for children 's clothing is two years old
RADHIKA on October 24, 2019:
Hi My Self Radhika. I Want to get my niece into modeling. She is 2years old beutiful little girl with fair skin tone n curly hair and she is looking like a doll. so please informe me how to get my niece into modeling.
Jenn Projinzi on October 16, 2019:
My daughter has beautiful brown hair and a clean face, but we’ve been trying for the past year, and she still haven’t been accepted in any agency!
Lakeisha Buford on October 09, 2019:
My babygirl is about to be 5 she is very beautiful and she love smiley and walking and showing off her smiles how can I sign her up
Hello on October 08, 2019:
I rezlly like models but my parent's wont let me am so sad because i love modeling
Sydney Brown on October 03, 2019:
Hello! My daughter is six. Very beautiful Native American girl. Great skin. She wants to try out modeling so I said let’s give it a shot.
Hi on August 24, 2019:
Ny 6 year old daughter is so beautiful n have very nice legs ceey photogenic i will love for her to be a model. Gail
Ec on August 14, 2019:
I want to be a model but my parents won’t let me I’m 12 years old but I do competition gymnastics and school cheer so I can’t do modeling
Jessica on July 25, 2019:
My 13 yr old daughter is beautiful and is very photogenic and really wants to be a model
Aaliyah on July 05, 2019:
I have no comment but acting and modelingis my thing
Maureen on June 18, 2019:
My child really want to be a model so can I sign her up her name is samantha
Lionise Pacius on June 15, 2019:
hello my daughter johana is really interested in modeling shes about to turn 12 she really wants tobe a model but i dont know where o start or to do
JustADreamer on June 07, 2019:
I am 12 years old. I believe I can be a good model. I visit Texas ever year and my dad and I were thinking about this modeling agency in Austin. Yet I only come to Texas every year for 6 weeks in the Summer. Do you think I could still model? I live in Nebraska where there isn’t many opportunities. I really want to become a model!!
Reta Gourgees on June 03, 2019:
Hi my daughter she is 6 years this month she is going to turn 7 years
How can I apply to be middle
amisha budhaar on May 27, 2019:
How to apply for my kids ?
NoorAujla on May 12, 2019:
Hello , i am a beautiful girl and 13 years old i want to become a model so much but problem is that my parents have not money
I am an indian Can i do modeling in small amount of money
Naresh Kumar on May 10, 2019:
My child is of 5 years age ...very fair and good looks and attractive too..i want to send into kids modelling
Parwin Freeman on April 30, 2019:
I have a beautiful 7 years old he is 4ft 5 inches he is African and Afghan
Greg on April 29, 2019:
Thanks for sharing this advice which I think is spot on based on my experience. My daughter has essentially zero experience modelling and got a taken on by an LA agency after an open audition in San Diego. However, I do think it requires the guardian to have a ton of free time after getting representation to drive to every audition. Additionally, it needs to be pointed out that in many states (especially California where I live) the child's income if NOT family income and my guess is that can turn into a mess rather quickly if not handled properly.
Angela R on April 18, 2019:
I have a beautiful 3 year old boy who is extremely handsome and photogenic. Everywhere we go he always gets compliments. Perfect olive skin and curly hair with big brown eyes and a smile to light up the room. I am looking how and where to get him into modeling, I cant let his good looks go to waste!!
Christina on March 31, 2019:
Kids modeling what do i need to do if i want my kid to model
LAURA WREN on March 15, 2019:
Every told us everywhere we go he is so cute so handsome what really made me pay when he went to his eighth grade physical as pediatrician said my god she’s so perfect so cute it’s a shame to not share that send me something I’ll send you some samples of pictures that I took with my iPhone and you’ll see what I’m talking about
Gabbie on March 14, 2019:
Portia Mkhonza on March 14, 2019:
my daughter she is 8yrs she likes posing alot she want to be a model she is a nice person she likes people and it wil be easy to work with
Noah Mercer on February 17, 2019:
Im 6 years old and Im ready to be a model.
Erica Oh on February 17, 2019:
I am 9 and I have long light brown hair.I am very young and I want to become a model. Ian not shy at all and I don’t hunk I will be good at this
Abdullah on February 16, 2019:
My child is of 5 years age ...very fair and good looks and attractive too..i want to send into kids modelling
Dana on February 12, 2019:
I am 10 I have light brown hair and brown eyes I have straight a’s in school and I’m kind and I’m 52 pounds
Demarion on February 09, 2019:
Can I be a model my name is Demarion Smith
Amunigun Adetoun Ann on February 05, 2019:
I am 13 years i have a long hair
Sarah on January 21, 2019:
I’m eleven have hazel eyes but I have braces. I don’t think any angencys will want me because of that. If I don’t smile maybe I will get one.
Joyce on January 13, 2019:
I have a two beautiful daughter who are active, helpful ND Modeling they are very talented. The other one she loves singing the other one she loves acting
hassan raza on December 26, 2018:
hi i am hassan raza and i am interested this ad but i am 11 years old my eyes is very beautiful and i am full of confidence please reply me.
Talyn Nikol Shavers on December 22, 2018:
A little shy but very pretty with beautiful hair ang good grades
Omo on December 14, 2018:
This is very informative. Im considering my 14 months old son, quite active and outgoing, i hope we get somethung good.
Pearly on December 04, 2018:
I am 16 years old. I am intersted in modeling i have got a very beautiful smile and body shape.
Theresa Williams on November 23, 2018:
Model on October 28, 2018:
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Leesa Johnson on October 10, 2018:
Your suggestions are really great for persons who want to make a career in modeling. Always keep confidence and do hard work, to achieve the right destiny. It has a huge scope so don't worry about failure word into this line.
Caydence felt on October 09, 2018:
I always wanted to be a modle but I'm only 11years old but look like I'm 13 if anyone knows any modeling out there plz tell me
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Hassan ansumana on September 04, 2018:
My name is hassan ansumana and i am 12 amd i like model so much
Pam Pierson on August 23, 2018:
Where can i send my grand daughters pics that are legit and nothing creepy. Not looking to be rich shes just that beautiful
Roxanne Soto on July 23, 2018:
Very helpful information!! Thank you!
Jalonna on July 23, 2018:
I really want to be a model
Sophorn Yort on July 19, 2018:
I am so glad to find you here, so I just need the sending of my daughter to a modeler
What can I do next dear ? I believe that she did it
Aaliyah on July 09, 2018:
I really believe in myself i can be a model and i really want to
Siboney Vielman on July 08, 2018:
Where could I find a modeling agent? For my toddler
Andrew on June 02, 2018:
I have a daunhter that whats to become a model and acting
Emma on April 20, 2018:
Tiara on April 18, 2018:
I really want to be a model. But, my mother doesn’t know where to start or anything like that. I’m 11 years old and I hope someone will get back to me
earllaya on April 18, 2018:
i am very nevous because i like modeling i need some steps to start i am 5'8 13 years old i really want to make it big i am fierce and i have personality and is talented and cant wait to see were modeling will take me when i find an agencie
emily on February 24, 2018:
i really want to be a model
Maria on February 17, 2018:
Her dream is about her being a model
mamaw on February 15, 2018:
I have a tween 9 soon to be 10, and wants to model so bad and commercials. I think she would be a natural. I was wondering how do I find work for her and send in her pics ect. I am so worried about scam and exploiting. I need to advise and help please.
Help on January 09, 2018:
I have a daughter that's really in to modeling I told her I would try to get her in to it but I have no clue where to begin
Debra on October 16, 2017:
I have a few pictures I would love to send in of my 9 almost 10 year old daughter. Where do I go to send them in?
Rnjit kaur on October 11, 2017:
Thank you for this.this was helpful msg.
Andrea Parker from Florida on February 03, 2016:
Thank you so much for this. I have often wondered about this very thing for my daughter and you have shed a great deal of light upon it.
Amy Buthelezi from DFW on August 29, 2014:
This was helpful.. I thought that you had to pay to start modelling successfully but sounds like it's better not to! Been thinking about sending in some photos of my 7-month-old. But I wonder if that's too young..
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 18, 2013:
Thanks for reading and commenting, BNadyn. You should take some photos and send them in -- you never know! I am not from Florida but I believe there are some areas of the state that have lots of opportunities during the winter, when it is cold up North and companies need to do beach bathing suit shots for spring advertising. You should check into it!
Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on September 18, 2013:
Great information! I was considering putting my kids in modeling. I think they would have fun with it. I've had people approach me about putting them through classes or asking for money up front first and I'm glad I didn't go that route. Useful tips here, thanks. :)
marissacreange from Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 13, 2013:
This was very informative, thank you for your tips and pointers. I look forward to reading more of your hubs!
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on March 07, 2013:
Thanks so much idigwebsites. Did you model as a child? Your profile photo is gorgeous!
idigwebsites from United States on March 07, 2013:
I wish my parents had known those tips before! Anyway, good tips and advice, the do's and dont's. Voted up and useful. :)
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on February 24, 2013:
Thanks Dr. Mark, sometimes I think it is more fun for the parents, because it is very exciting (not to mention an ego trip) to see your child in a magazine or a on billboard. My daughter was once featured on a huge sign in a fashion store, and that was really cool for me as a proud parent. However, the kids are the ones doing the work, so they need to love it. Some kids love to dress up and prance around in front of the camera, but others never feel comfortable hamming it up like that. It's great that as a parent you allowed your child make the decision! Not all parents in this business are that level headed and understanding.
Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 21, 2013:
Good advice. My daughter had several shoots when we lived in Chicago but she finally told me "This is no fun and I dont want to do it anymore." We stopped taking her at that point, because like you said, modeling is not right for all kids.
Voted up and useful.
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on October 14, 2012:
Thanks HoneyBB, the internet is a scary place, especially for innocent kids who are not accustomed to thinking about someone wanting to hurt them or exploit them. Thanks for reading!
H Lax on October 12, 2012:
Great Hub and great advise to O.S.
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on May 31, 2012:
To the reader with the initials O.S.: I deleted your comment because you included your phone number and your full name. Please do not post your name and phone number for random strangers to call you - that is very dangerous and could get you into all kinds of terrible trouble. If you want to get into modeling, show this webpage to your parents and ask them to contact modeling agencies where you live. Also, please talk to your parents about how kids can stay safe on the internet. Here's a link with some basic info on internet safety for kids: http://make-website.com/netkids/how-kids-can-stay-... Take care and be safe!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 17, 2011:
Voted Up;Useful;Beautiful and Interesting. Great hub. Well-written and presented.
keepitnatural from Yorkshire, UK on November 08, 2010:
Great hub, very interesting & useful information! Thanks.
morgan on October 26, 2010:
i cant wait to become a model ang really good info by the way xx
triosol on October 02, 2010:
triosol on October 02, 2010:
Great Information. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information.