Absorbed by the excitement that their child has the potential to be a model, parents frequently find themselves sidelining the possible negative aspects of the job. Absolutely, there are hundreds of things to be thrilled about if your child’s got the right look and personality for the camera, but you should be aware of the less glamorous realities before you consider this route for your little one.
This post has been put in place to inform you of some of the situations that may arise by being a parent of a child model. By no means are we trying to put your family off from entering the modelling industry, but just like a new job for you, it’s important you know everything that’s expected of your child before you both accept the position.
Modelling requires a great level of commitment from a person, especially when working in a demanding situation such as on set. Photo shoots are hard work for the best of us, let alone a small child. Smiling, laughing and moving about will use up your child’s energy very quickly and although there are rules and regulations in place to protect your child’s wellbeing, as a parent you should be confident that your son or daughter is healthy and active enough to initially engage in such work.
Companies employing children often work far faster when it comes to taking their photo than those that work with adults. Depending on the job, some agencies will have a model double so when the first child model starts to show signs of tiredness they can be relieved without forfeiting the project deadline. Toys and entertainment may be provided to keep little ones happy and relaxed too.
As for your role as a model parent, you are expected to attend every casting and job that your child has been invited along to. You are the sole provider and protector of this person and although your son or daughter will be in a working environment full of industry professionals, your presence throughout the entire process is essential.
Naturally, your child will also be faced with tough situations such as rejection. If your child is young then this may be the first time that they have ever experienced this feeling thus it’s terribly important that they understand rejection is normal and has no reflection on their self/personality. At such an age, unless your child is particularly difficult to work with, rejection will occur simply because they don’t fit the project brief.
It’s actually worth us mentioning at this point the impact this can have on a mother or father; some parents actually take negative news far more personally than the model. It is imperative not to let this affect you or your child and you must remember that this is a dog eat dog world where not every beautiful child will be employed. Rejection is extremely common as competition is tough but bear with it and when success comes it will be so much sweeter.
On a different note, and one that many people don’t think about when their child starts modelling is the possibility of their look changing as they grow older. Parents tend not to think about this when their child is young and starting out but as time goes by it becomes natural to expect such a body transformation. It’s important to remember from the outset that children’s looks develop as they get older, their skin will go through various changes and their weight will fluctuate and calm again. This may affect their modelling work.
Similarly, as they grow older, they may no longer want to work within the modelling industry so it’s important that you respect this and bear these possibilities in mind.
As we say to all of our prospective models, work is not guaranteed, but if your little boy or girl has the quirky look and cute charm that agencies are hunting for, we are confident they will be snapped up when the time is right for them.