Kids modeling is a competitive industry and getting started can be a challenge. But the opportunity to work among people who share your passion for the business and want to see your kid succeed makes the journey all the more worthwhile. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before delving into the exciting world of kids modeling.
1. Does my child love the camera?
Kid modeling thrives on talented kids who are energetic and have fun in front of the camera. They are typically kids who are excited to socalise with new people and have great communication skills, as they need to take direction and work promptly with clients. You’ll know your kid is enjoying the modeling process if they are invested in the task at hand such as a photo shoot or audition. As a parent you are entering the modeling world also, with that you are investing your time. So, make sure your child is excited about the opportunity and has that drive to succeed.
2. How much do I need to invest?
Time is the main source of investment when entering the kids modeling industry. Driving to various castings and shoots is apart of the busy modeling lifestyle. In terms of investing, you will also need to put together a portfolio of your child’s best photographs. A portfolio is kind of like a modeling resume that gives clients the opportunity to see your child’s personality and look. It is a good idea to invest in a professional team when building a portfolio, as they will provide advice to you and your child on how to make it in the industry.
3. Which agency should I choose?
There are numerous kids modeling agencies around Australia. Do your research into what agency is close to you as well as checking out how reputable they are. It is helpful to search their websites and client lists to get an understanding of what brands they work with. This will help you decide what agency you think fits your child best and what is most comfortable for the both of you.
4. How do we act at castings?
It is best to go into a casting being yourself and feeling confident. Keep up a professional front and be polite when meeting clients and new people in the industry. Think of castings and auditions as job interviews, it is completely normal to be unsuccessful sometimes. In terms of rejection don’t dwell on it too much. It is a learning experience, each casting will help your child mature and improve upon their skill for their next opportunity. Keep a positive mindset and don’t take it to heart because the right job will be on its way.
5. How do I network?
Networking in the kids modeling industry is meeting new people. These could be clients, photographers, make up artists and hair stylists. Anybody who could help improve your child’s career, the more people you meet within the industry the more opportunities. Social media and industry events are a good way to start networking.