7 Things You Didn’t Know About Child Modeling


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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Child Modeling

I’ve always been a pretty open book when it comes to my children’s modeling experiences. Whether it’s landing the perfect audition or finding the best agencies to work with, I love sharing all of my child modeling and acting tips in this crazy, constantly-evolving industry on City Girl Gone Mom. And while I could go on and on about the obvious things like photographers, headshots and rejection, I also want to cover all the things you didn’t know about child modeling. AKA: all the things I wish I knew before getting into the biz. Save yourself the headache and read on to find out seven things you didn’t know about child modeling!

“If you believe in yourself and feel confident in yourself, you can do anything. I really believe that.”— Karlie Kloss

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It’s Not All About Looks

I know. “Models are hired on looks!” “It’s all about the face!” And trust me, I hear you. I see you. I get you. But while your cute kid may get noticed based on their looks, it’s their personality that will give them staying power in this industry. It ain’t all about looks, people! Agents now want to know more about your kid’s personality, how outgoing or shy they are, and how well they communicate with others. This is the key to a long-lasting career in the biz.

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It’s a Full-Time Commitment

Before you pull your kids from school, let me say that you shouldn’t drop everything to make modeling your top priority. That being said, if your kid is taking this seriously, you should, too. Sometimes that means having to say no to sleepovers or a fun extracurricular in order to attend or prepare for an audition. It’s a tough sacrifice at times, but the benefits are ten-fold. And your kid will get amazing opportunities and learn about responsibility and work ethic along the way.

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An Agent Isn’t Always Necessary

Depending on how big of a commitment you and your child want this to be, you may not need an agent. If you’ve decided that a smaller-scale career works best for where your kid is at right now, don’t feel the pressure to get an agent. There are so many websites out there that keep you updated on amazing castings from all over the country. Check those often and hustle on your own. Make sure to stay in-the-know on industry standards since you won’t have an agent to guide you.

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Money Adds Up

This isn’t a cheap business! While you should never pay anyone upfront to represent your child, there are a lot of different avenues where you’ll have to shell out some money. Whether it’s getting new headshots, clothing, or acting/modeling classes, things can add up quickly. Be prepared going in that you’ll have to spend some before you receive some.

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It Can Take a Toll on Your Kid

As a parent, your kid’s well-being should always be your top priority. This is a tough business with a lot of rejection and criticism in the mix. Make sure you’re checking in with your child and giving them the necessary tools to grow in the industry. I always check-in with my kids to make sure they’re still having fun and eager to do it, otherwise, there’s no point!

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The Pay Varies on the Project

I always get questions on how much the kids get paid or if there’s any money in the career and the answer is both yes and no. It really depends on the project you work on. If they land a job from a casting call, the pay is usually above standard rates, but it all depends on the company. It can be a lot of work for little pay or a little work for a lot of pay.

“Take care of yourself, be healthy, and always believe you can be successful in anything you truly want.”— Alessandra Ambrosio

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Your Kid Will Grow So Much

It’s not just about the money or the lessons about work ethic. Seeing my kids’ self-confidence skyrocket and their happiness go through the roof was more than enough proof of how much they have loved modeling and acting. At the end of the day, it’s supposed to be fun! And the change I’ve seen in each of my kids has been such a blessing to see.


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