The modeling industry has certain set standards for all niches of modeling and child modeling is no exception. Yes, your child may be beautiful and talented for this line of work and he may be a natural in front of the camera too, but still, he will need to do some preparations to tackle the pressures of this highly competitive profession. Rewarding returns will come only after that.
How to prepare your kid?
- First of all make sure that your child is agreeable to the idea of entering the business of modeling. This is because there are time commitments and dedication involved in this job and if he is not really willing to partake in all of this with eagerness and enthusiasm, there’s no point taking the effort. The results will then surely fall short of expectations.
- Children look best in their natural self and hence more than posing rightly in front of the camera, you need to teach your child the importance of following directions. This is what most photographers would love to find in a child model.
The first and foremost job that you have in hand for making a model out of your child is to find out a good model service company in the arena. Remember that a genuine service provider would not charge you a single penny for registration. The services they offer like Portfolio build-up or Z-card crafting will be paid ones though.
You would need to provide 2 digital photographs (a head-shot & a full-shot) of your child to the agency for the purpose of assessment and fill out a form for online registration. They will get back to you if they find your child’s prospective interesting for child modeling.
You will also need to accompany your child to auditions, if called, even at a day’s notice if necessary. You can’t pick or choose them at the start-up level.
You must know the ‘Child Labor laws’ of your state, as there are certain rules and tenets that you and the modeling agency are mandated to follow by law. You can’t overstep them.
Is portfolio an impending necessity for child modeling?
Well, the answer to this can be both Yes and No. “Yes” if you believe that pros would do a more professional job in the matter and “No” if you have moderate photographic skills in your hand. 3 well-clicked shots (head, smile and full-figure) taken amidst natural surroundings will be good enough in that case. Even if you are going for a portfolio, remember to choose not a very expensive package. Children grow up faster than you know and he might need a different set only 6 months later.
Finally, never overfill your child’s schedule with child modeling chores, as it will leave him exhausted and tired at the end. Remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, weight and routine is important for any child at a tender age and if he is able to pack that up properly, he will be successful in all his endeavors in life.