Let’s start with the nitty gritty: The requirements
Are you the correct age?
Teen models are generally aged between twelve and seventeen. If you (or your son/daughter) are younger than this, you will be classed as a ‘Child Model’. If you are older, you are considered an ‘Adult Model’.
You will need your parents approval!
Before approaching UK Models or modelling agencies, it is really important that you get your parent’s go-ahead. You need to have supportive parents as this is a process that you will need to take a parent with you, for help, guidance, and security.
Don’t think of them as cramping your style, they’re actually free security, information points and transport. Having a supportive parent or legal guardian is really important as agencies and brands will ask them to be present whilst attending castings and photo shoots.
What do teen models actually do?
Teen models are used to advertise products and services, from the latest fashion trends to promotional educational material.
They may appear in magazines or on websites, in advertising campaigns, on billboards or in TV commercials. In short, if a teenager would buy/be interested in a product or service, agencies will need to find a teen model to show it off!
Teen modelling can be a great way to get a taster of modelling on a smaller scale before pursuing it as a full time career. Teen modelling can be a lot of fun as well as a way of building up confidence and gaining experience of the world of work.
Don’t forget about your education!
Agencies understand that education is important and should always come first, however modelling is also seen as very beneficial for young people in that it builds confidence and experience of the working world.
If you (or your teenager son/daughter) are interested in pursuing a career as a model, it will always be on a part time basis whilst you are still of school age. By doing this you can get a good feel of what it is like to work as a model without missing out on any of your education.
It’s not all about looks. Trust us!
Teen models need to have a strong confident personality and be determined even if there are knock backs along the way. You will need to be able to take direction, be versatile and be able to let your personality shine through, but most of all you have to enjoy being in front of the camera.
To be a successful teen model you need to have a really outgoing personality and a determined, hard-working attitude. It’s really important to have body confidence (this doesn’t mean be thin, it means you need to love the skin that you’re in) and be able to take direction from professionals.
The most important thing about being a teen model is to love the work that you’re doing; if you can say that, you’re bound to find success.
How can UK Models help?
UK Models give teenagers the opportunity to find out if they show model potential.
If you are offered one of our professional model assessment shoots you will have the opportunity to work with our creative team to experience being a model in a real fashion shoot. This allows us to assess your potential and is an opportunity for you to find out if modelling is something that you really enjoy, it can also be an opportunity for you to create and build your very own professional model portfolio and take on our support until you are working in the industry.