I want my boys to model. Not JUST because I think they are cute,but because they have loads of personality and one day, they’ll need college tuition. Makes sense right? They are homeschooled so we have literally nothing to stop us from going for it.
I have been researching for a while now and what I have learned I’m sharing now. Enjoy! Now, if you know something that I don’t please share. I’m sure there are others that would love to get their kids into modeling as well.
1. Follow submission guidelines
Some agencies requests submissions via snail mail, but submission guidelines vary between agencies. Submissions should include accurate measurements of your child and current photos, no: hats, bows, sunglasses, food on the face, face paint, etc. Snapshots by mom or dad will suffice.
Every single submission is reviewed, and if the agency is interested, they’ll follow-up with a phone call to discuss the next step: an in-person interview. If you don’t receive a response, wait six months and try again. Whatever you do, resist the urge to follow-up with phone calls or emails, which are strongly frowned upon.
2. Have the look and personality of the moment
Blonde hair and blue eyes may have once been the look du jour. But Not ANYMORE!! As The world diversifies so will the need for diverse models.
Wallflowers need not apply; outgoing, independent kids do best on set. “Photographers love the confident children that walk in the room and take charge,” says Vernon. If your child is selected for an interview, let their personality shine, keeping the interview as casual and natural as possible.
3. Flexible schedule
Last-minute jobs are standard in the business. The Kim Dawson Agency employs homeschoolers and kids from private and public schools. Agencies prefer talent that lives nearby, where most of the work will take place. Even a town over might be considered too far.
4. Well-behaved parents
While kids are being courted, so are their parents. Agents can smell a stage mom a mile away — a deal breaker for most. From following directions during the submission process to knowing how to act on set, agencies want to know that parents are going to play by the rules should their child get signed. Vernon says turn-offs include: “the parent that always talks for their child, tries too hard to convince us that her child is perfect or over exaggerates her child’s abilities.”
Should your child get signed, she warns to practice caution on social media. “I had a child almost lose a part in a movie due to the fact that somebody posted on Facebook that she got the job prior to the movie getting to release it.”
5. Stay away from scams
Unfortunately, scams are prevalent in the modeling world. A basic rule of thumb is that agencies shouldn’t make money unless their talent makes money. Steer clear of lesser-known agencies that request a signing fee or push young children to participate in costly modeling classes or workshops.
Now the good part!
TOP BABY MODELING AGENCIES
Once you’ve decided to take the agent route, the next question is what are the top baby modeling agencies? Take a look at this guide from The Bump to find the right one for your aspiring baby model.
John Casablancas Modeling & Acting Agency. Established in 1987, John Casablancas is the premier modeling agency in Connecticut.
Pros: The agency has ongoing relationships with more than 400 Connecticut companies. Clients have been featured in Target ads as well as ads for Eastern Mountain Sports and Eblens.
Cons: If you’re looking for an agency that is strictly for baby models, this is not the one. The agency also serves teens and adults.
Contact: For more information on getting your child to become a baby model, you can fill out an online form or call the agency at 860-563-5959.
Future Faces NYC. Future Faces NYC has an excellent reputation as being one of the top children exclusive agencies for baby modeling.
Pros: Future Faces is a “boutique agency,” meaning it carefully hand picks each model with the certainty of success.
Cons: Because of its reputation, the agency receives hundreds of submissions daily, so competition is fierce!.
Contact: For more information, e-mail Future Faces at email@example.com call 212-203-6898.
Model Scouts. With decades of experience, Model Scouts of New York City has placed clients with big name companies like Vogue and Marie Claire.
Pros: There are a lot of success stories to come out of this agency like placements for the winner of America’s Next Top Model.
Cons: Besides receiving a high volume of applicants, this agency does not specialize in baby models, but still places them frequently.
Contact: To get started you can fill out an online form and upload photos. The agency can be reached at 888-888-0512.
Wilhelmina Kids & Teens. Wilhelmina’s routes can be traced back to 1967 when it was founded by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper. Wilhelmina Kids & Teens in New York City represents newborns to teenagers, making it a good choice for baby modeling.
Pros: Wilhelmina is a big name and carries a lot of prestige. Being repped by this agency is a big deal.
Cons: Everyone wants to be represented by the best, so competition is fierce. Bring baby’s A-game!
Contact: Your best bet is to submit online. You could always go the snail mail route, but why waste time?
Paloma Model & Talent. A family-owned and operated business, Paloma Model & Talent is run by two sisters in Southern California.
Pros: The agency is on the smaller side, providing more personalized attention. Even better? The owners are mothers who can relate to many parents’ concerns about baby modeling.
Cons: The agency is rather new, having been established in 2011. Some parents looking to get their babies started in the industry may see this as a drawback.
Contact: Paloma Model & Talent is extremely eco-friendly, so nearly all submissions are done electronically through an online form.
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