Is your beautiful baby photogenic with clear skin, a gorgeous smile and bright eyes? Do they have a happy, sociable character and love meeting new people. Then your baby has what it takes to become a model.
If friends, family and even strangers comment on how beautiful, happy and smiley your baby is, it might be time to start thinking about getting your infant involved in modelling. But, where to start?
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Follow our top tips on how to begin your child’s modelling career.
How to Get into Baby Modelling
How Much do Baby Modelling Jobs Pay
Find a Modelling Agency
Stay Away From Scam Agencies
Do You Live Close to the City
Apply to the Agency
Meet the Agency in Person
Signing the Contract
Get Professional Photographs Taken
Does Your Child React Well to the Camera
Build a Portfolio
Get Used to Rejection
Parents Have a Big Role to Play
Modelling is Enjoyable for Mum and Dad Too
- Find a baby modelling agency that is suitable for you and your infant.
- Get a set of professional photographs taken.
- Apply to a few reputable agencies that appeal to you.
- Meet with the model agencies that are interested.
- Pick the one that you connect with and trust the most.
- Attend castings set up by the agency.
- Start working on photoshoots.
Baby models could make anything from £150 to £2000 per photoshoot depending on the brand or designer who hires your child to feature in their campaign. The rate in the industry for baby models starts from £20 per hour depending on where you live. Shoots may only last a couple of hours and you will be paid for just for this period of time.
Jobs in London are likely to pay more than northern cities in England or Scotland for example like Manchester or Glasgow. You may get a lot of jobs in the first year yet do be prepared to have months where work is scarce.
It is very important to find child modelling agencies that you trust and have good connections with brands. Take a look online and make a list of those that appeal to you.
Ensure that you investigate who they have worked with before and how trustworthy they are in the industry to avoid being conned. Stay away from those who ask for large upfront fees. If you receive social media messages from Instagram accounts claiming to be an agency simply call them to verify. Use a number for the company that you find yourself not one they’ve sent you.
Make sure that you live in a realistic distance to the agency that you are applying to. Travelling far with a small child is not realistic and may make them irritable by the time they arrive.
It also may result in losing work as you can’t get there in time. You may only get 24 hours notice. Clients and child model agencies will not care about your logistics. Therefore, make it easy for yourself. Living near larger cities will open up many opportunities for your young child whether it be to shoot a TV commercial or campaign imagery.
Fill in their application form on their website including your contact information and your child’s age and height. You will also be expected to attach three photos that need to be to a professional standard. Most likely they will ask for one headshot and two full body shots. It is actually quite a quick process to register.
If successful an agency may take a few weeks to get in touch with you. They are very busy and have a lot applicants to sift through. They will ask for you to make an appointment to come in and see them face to face. If they are pleased with your babies behaviour and character they will then ask for you to sign the contract. Never trust anyone who doesn’t want to meet in person and expects you to sign a contract over the phone.
Don’t feel pressured to sign it then and there. Make sure you understand every aspect of the contract and always ask questions if you don’t. You could get someone to look over the legal document before signing on the dotted line.
Setting up a photoshoot to capture photos of your baby girl or boy is great modelling and personal experience. Child models adapt well to new situations but giving your little one a chance to get used to the camera, lights and people is a good idea for future work. Also, you can find out if your baby has what it takes for child modelling.
Easily irritable and sulky infants will not bode well with the photographers and organisers at the shoot. If your child is clingy and does not react well to new people it may be wise to steer away from the modelling industry. The photographer or company will prefer to work with playful, happy and cheeky babies who are sociable from a young age and play independently.
Of course, all babies cry at some point yet monitor your infants behaviour the majority of the time. Also, babies will need to be prompted to smile and laugh with the use of props such as their favourite toy or funny face expression as they obviously do not understand that an image needs to be captured.
Clients will have some patience with children yet a baby who cries throughout the whole shoot and needs to be held will not be hired. This shoot is a great time to find out if they will be suited to the industry demands.
Use their photographic work to build a portfolio online. Many brands do work in the traditional sense and ask for your baby to attend an audition whereas others will use the online platform to make their casting decision. If asked to attend a meeting you could also have a printed portfolio to show your child’s talent.
It’s natural to feel upset when your child is scrutinised in this way but unfortunately that is the nature of the industry. Do not be over defensive at the audition as your baby may be well suited to the next role. It is important to not take it personally as most models have to attend a lot of auditions until they find modelling work.
Do remember that as a parent you will have a huge part to play in the success of your babies career as a model. Infants are entirely dependable on their parents to ensure that they are safe and ready for the day ahead. It will take a great amount of time that will disrupt your life and is not a part time hobby.
There are many enjoyable aspects of baby modelling and by seeking great advice you will be able to make informed decisions. Modelling for a respectable, highly sought after brand such as Next, Mothercare or Mamas & Papas will gain worldwide exposure for your baby. Many mums adore the designs at Next and therefore, the label will be searching for infants who can promote their clothing successfully. It will be a positive move for your babies career and making a great first impression may result in future work as your baby grows into a toddler.