Guide to the Facts About Children Modeling
by Lolita Clark
As a mother of a child
that models and has been featured on many TV shows,
commercials, magazines and even voice over's. I did
everything myself to start her modeling and acting career
with little to no money. So my aim is to provide mothers
and fathers like myself tips on important facts about child
modeling. So lets get started!
First of all real agencies don't charge anything for
reviewing childrenís snapshots. The submission is free as
well. All you need to send is a snapshot unless they
specifically ask otherwise. A legit modeling agency will not
make an appointment, with you without seeing a snapshot of
your child first. If a real agency calls you for an
appointment you will not be charged or offered any portfolio
deals. At least not until your child gets a few jobs done
and they may see a benefit of making a portfolio for him or
Some agencies might pay for it, some will ask you to pay but
your child would be a working model by then. There is
nothing wrong in taking some of the earnings and investing
them into further career advancement. Top modeling agencies
need new kids but they don't charge you for doing business
with them. They charge clients that hire their models and
then take a percentage from that amount before paying you
for the work done. I feel like saying it over again to
ensure this settles in your mind. Last, but not the least,
the real modeling agencies will not guarantee work for your
child or promise any special treatments when it comes to "go
sees" or jobs. Unless it is a requested "go see"
specifically set up for your child, you will be standing in
line with everyone else.
You know what a real modeling agency is but how do you
get to it?
Search the web for
top legit modeling agencies in your city and find out
their submission requirements.
Take a few
snapshots of your kid.
Send the snapshots
to each agency as per their requirements listed on their
That's all there
is to it
At this point you know
how to tell a real agency from a fake one. You know how to
find the best agencies and how to submit your child to them.
Letís move on to a very important part of the process -
dealing with rejections.
How to deal with rejections by children modeling agencies:
Don't get frustrated. You must not. It is a process, that's
all. The letter you received probably suggested to try again
later. They actually mean it. Kids grow and change a lot
within months and agencies always look for new faces. Take
new snapshots with another haircut may be or a different
angle or choice of clothes (make it plain though) and try
sending these letters again in a month or so.
Always remember. If your goal is to make your child a model
you should never give up and keep trying as the industry
needs different looks and there are opportunities for
The Success.: How to deal with it and what to expect.
Getting accepted is an accomplishment of a great magnitude.
Staying in the industry takes some serious sacrifices of
time, - both yours and your childís as well as consistent
effort and persistency.
If your child is accepted
by a modeling agency, how fast things will become busy
depends on luck and your willingness to attend lots of "go
sees". In case of my daughter it took about 7 months. I know
kids who didnít have this period at all. Be prepared to get
very short notice calls from your agency about next day jobs
or "go sees". Sometimes they can call at 5PM or even later
in the day but normally there is enough time to re-schedule
In the beginning of your child's career, you may go for a
lot of "go sees" and they would not seem to work out. It is
very important not to get discouraged and skip on the "go
sees" because most companies keep the snapshots "on file"
for a long time and you may get called for work later on. If
you get vacations days at work, you'll probably be taking
them for going to work with your child.
Modeling. Is it worth the effort?
Is it worth it? It
depends on your objective. I've seen parents who do nothing
but this work with their kids. Most children love doing
modeling as this is fun for them. At the same time it is
also very hard work believe it or not. As a result, children
learn how to be responsible, work in a team environment and
control their emotions from a very early age. Of course
there is a monetary factor present as well. Most of the
parents I know never tell their children that they are
earning anything. The rationale is not to hide the earnings
from them but to concentrate on the fun and creative aspects
of this work.
So now that you know the deal, you may ask what's in it for
me to tell you all the "trade" secrets of children modeling
business. The answer is rather simple. I have tried to
helped many kids into modeling as well as my daughter Lola
Ann Clark who is very successful. Some children have quit
because their parents couldn't handle the load, some still
do it and quite successfully.
I also hate the industry of lies and deceit that has grown
so big, charging hopeful parents crazy amounts of money by
selling fake promises that there seem to be no way to stop
it. This is my attempt to shed some light on this industry
and making you aware of it. It is your choice to use it or
Finally, I enjoy the process. I love to see my daughter Lola
Ann Clark on cover pages, on the web, on huge posters for
Burlington Coat Factory, TV shows like Team Umizoomi, Sesame
Street. She even does voice over's and also appeared on The
Rachel Ray Show . It makes me feel good to see her shine in
what she loves to do. It also allows me to meet new people,
learn of what they do and show them what I can do to help
I hope you enjoyed reading this article on child modeling
and learned some useful information.