Models Direct has worked with child models for over twenty years and are used to offering advice to parents who would like to give their offspring the best chance of finding this type of work. Here are our top tips on how to help your child model to find success.
How To Help Your Child Model Find Success
Modelling isn’t just for grown ups. Many potential child models will be missed by modelling agencies as parents find themselves unsure about where to begin, how to decide whether or not modelling would suit their child, and who to trust within the industry to represent them should they feel it’s something that they would like to explore.
Models Direct has worked with child models for over twenty years and are used to offering advice to parents who would like to give their offspring the best chance of finding this type of work. Here are our top tips on how to help your child model find success.
Research. Spend some time thinking about who you would like to represent your child and be aware that ‘showcase agencies’ will not actively find you work. If you are offered representation always check that the agency is regulated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and that its terms and conditions comply with the legislation that governs employment agencies. Officials from BIS carry out regular inspections on modelling agencies, examining both their activities and their offices and sticking with regulated agencies will protect you from scams. There is a wealth of information on the world wide web for those who wish to find out more, so get informed and this will help you to make the right choices.
Develop talents. While modelling is a competitive business at any age it can also be extremely rewarding for those who successfully gain modelling assignments. If you feel that your child will enjoy them, additional hobbies, such as dancing or singing classes, could work in their favour and raise the chances of them gaining work. Often, such pass times will also naturally increase self confidence as a positive side effect, regardless of the level of success that they go on to find as a model. Never force your child to take up additional activities but if you feel that you have found one that they really enjoy this could be really good for them. If your child enjoys being the centre of attention or is a natural performer, consider appropriate hobbies which could help them to build on their talents and a healthy self image in a way that is enjoyable and encourages social interaction; shown to be of benefit to your child.
Be flexible. If you are keen to get your child involved in modelling it will help to be open to a variety of work. TFP (trade for print) work, for instance, can be a good way to begin. It will give you a chance to see whether or not your child really enjoys modelling and will often result in some fantastic images either way, which can be treasured whatever you decide. The experience of TFP work offers an opportunity to increase your child’s confidence and may well lead to further modelling jobs. Most importantly it will help you to decide whether or not modelling suits your child.
Be proactive. As the parent of an aspiring model you will need to be proactive on their behalf. After accepting any offer of representation be sure to keep any online profiles up to date with current images and a brief biography where possible. Collect references from any work taken and build on your child’s portfolio over time.