Parents can help children get into modeling by submitting photographs to agencies, signing with an agency, watching out for scams and meeting with modeling representatives. Parents of child models needs to exercise patience, as the profession typically does not make models immediately wealthy.
The first thing for parents to do is take photographs of their children for submission to modeling agencies. Photos don’t need to be professional quality, but parents should include both head shots and body shots in their submissions, along with information on the child’s age, clothing size, hair color and eye color. Agencies are often looking for average-looking children, rather than the most gorgeous ones.
After receiving photos, an agency may offer a modeling contract to a child. It’s typically best to sign a non-exclusive contract, as this allows a child to work with multiple agencies and maximize work opportunities. Parents also need to be on the lookout for modeling agency scams, which are common. A reputable agency typically does not advertise or ask for money upfront. An agency that tries to solicit payments from parents is almost certainly a scam.
After signing with an agency, a child can begin meeting with advertising representatives, also known as attending “go-sees.” These are brief meetings with firm representatives who want to meet a child and determine if she or she is right for their purposes. These meetings typically last only about 15 minutes.