Modelling agencies UK under 18 cater for babies, children and teenagers. At the age of 18 you are classed as an adult and therefore, will be represented by an establishment that is specialises in high fashion or commercial modelling. Those aged under 18 must only sign to an agency that caters for your age range as their are strict rules in place, which are designed to keep young and impressionable models safe. Children and teenagers must have their parents consent to be signed to an agency and accept modelling opportunities, which adults do not require as by the age of 18 you are considered mature enough to make your own choices and decisions.
In the grand scale of things 18 is still classed as a considerably young age to dictate your future. With very little life experience to guide and call upon can result in some regrettable decisions. It is important that you still seek support and advice from older figures that you admire and trust to offer words of wisdom. This confidante may be a parent, aunt or uncle, friend or industry professional that you are linked to. Do not be shy or embarrassed to ask for help as close connections will be more than happy to help you. At times you may not agree with their opinions as you find their over cautious attitude annoying yet remember their words derive from love and experience in a sometimes harsh, cruel world. Take their advice listening carefully to the main points and act how you see fit. You will cherish this support throughout your career so keep those you need close at all times telling them your concerns, achievements and goals.
Those under 18 are separated into categories such as babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. The age ranges do need to be divided as the needs required are extremely different. Babies and toddlers are totally dependent of their parents and can be very unpredictable, children are more aware of their duties and little more independent and teens begin to develop a level of maturity (we hope). Therefore, it is extremely different to cater for all ages under one umbrella. The similarity is the need for parental consent, which should be presented to the mother or father of the model when signing to an agency or accepting a job role. If you are not presented with such a document do not proceed as trustworthy candidates will abide by the rules of the industry. As a parent ask for a contract to sign that gives permission for your child to appear on the model list or feature in a fashion campaign for a brand such as H&M, Marks & Spencer and Next. It is important for mothers, fathers and guardians to be aware, understand and be wise to how the industry works to keep your child safe. Unfortunately, scam artists lace the industry with a bad reputation yet there are a lot of reputable, trustworthy organisations that will enhance and ignite your child’s career, it is just about spotting the right ones.