Could my child be a model?
Could your child be a model?
I get so many parents contacting me online asking if I think their child could be a model and I hate that I don’t have time to reply to everyone because I’m also running workshops, running another business, still modelling and also bringing up my wonderful little mini model, so I’ve written this post with information that I am usually asked. 🙂
Most under 13’s honestly just need to have a cute smile and be really good in front of the camera, happy with strangers and have a patient personality, as well as being good at taking direction. The main thing with under 13’s is finding an agency that doesn’t already have someone similar on their books – if there’s no one on their books like your child and they have the right attitude for modeling as mentioned above, they’re 99% going to be signed. If your child doesn’t have the right attitude and doesn’t actually want to model then please, please don’t force them as modelling is a tough industry, you need to really want it for it not to damage you (rejection etc). Likewise, if your child really wants to try modelling and you’re not so sure, please go for it and let them try it! As long as you do your research (I’m happy to guide you personally on one of my workshops online or offline, or you could buy my book) and they genuinely want to try it, then it will not do any harm! If they don’t like it, then at least you’ve done good for your child and supported them, help them to try something else out. If they love it then WELL DONE YOU, I know it can be really hard when you don’t know much about modelling, or you’ve heard the horror stories, or you just don’t really see the point in it, but by helping your child in to modelling who really loves to do it, you’re developing their confidence, helping them know themselves more and how to express themselves and you’re also giving them a really cool creative outlet. They might become a star, they might not, but it will be a very very valuable experience for them, it could even pay for their university 😉
Most over 13’s and up to 17 are scouted to be developed in to mainstream modelling and therefore do usually have to adhere to requirements, but there are so many modelling genres that your teenage child will probably be able to find something that works for them if they really want to become a model. Attitude is also very important, but usually teenagers won’t act like children, so therefore good behaviour is not really mentioned when joining an agency at this age. At this age it’s more to do with keeping health and having the right lifestyle (more information on that in my book).
What to expect
In all modelling you need to travel, you need to be able attend castings in major cities which are sometimes at last minute and you should be prepared to travel abroad for shoots as well. You need to be available, or have someone else available to take your child everywhere, so a flexible job/career would be beneficial.
You’ll also experience rejection, well your child will, but it will affect you as well. It’s a good and a bad thing, you both need to be somewhat strong when entering the modelling industry, but it will also make you a lot stronger. You just need to remember to make sure your child knows there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, there are just different briefs set by clients and nobody can be right for every brief.
Your mini model might become a supermodel, or they might just make a comfortable living from modelling, or they could even use modelling as a platform in to another career that they love! Some examples are: acting, singing, journalism, fashion, photography, make-up artist, casting director. These are only some examples, the actual list is LONG! The contacts you meet whilst modelling are VERY VERY valuable and if you have a budding fashion designer in your family, modelling could very well be their way in!
I’m a Mum to a mini model myself, she absolutely loves photo shoots, castings and meeting new people, but if she told me tomorrow that she didn’t like it anymore, or her enthusiasm for modelling disappeared then I’d stop it straight away, we have to be careful not to put our ego before our child’s needs/wants. It really is brilliant to see your child in magazines and catalogues though!
If you need anymore help/advice then feel free to email me for a personal consultation at [email protected], or even check out my modelling training packages on this website or buy my book. There’s something to suit every level and budget, but I’ve learnt that you can’t put a price on your child’s happiness and future, it’s my favourite and most valuable investment. Love Kim xX