Wilhelmina Kids, Age Kids, CommercialKids.com and Future Faces NYC are modeling and talent agencies that work with kids. Many talent and modeling agencies work with kids, but It is important to avoid scams when selecting an agency for children.
Most experts agree that any agency asking for money up front is probably a scam. Agencies typically don't begin collecting fees until they book a client for a job, then they usually charge about 20 percent of the payment. Disreputable agencies also try to charge large amounts of money for custom photo shoots. They claim that the prints go to prospective clients. Most reputable agencies agree that a few home photos that are occasionally updated as the child matures is all that is needed.
Initial contact with a prospective agency should be done by mail, with a letter stating the parent and child's interest in modeling and two or three color photos. Generally, a head only shot and a couple of full body shots suffice, along with the child's age, clothing size, hair, eye color and address written on the back of the photo.
The hourly pay rate a child model receives varies greatly depending on the type of work. Sometimes the most prestigious bookings pay the least, knowing that the tear sheets provide excellent material for a child model's portfolio.