Baby modeling can be a pretty controversial topic with folks who have strong opinions. While researching how to get into modeling it is a good idea for parents to think through the pro’s and con’s.
Children and parents can have very different experiences with their little models. For some it can be a lot of fun and a pretty easy way to earn some extra spending money. These parents generally take baby modeling pretty lightly and if their child ever got disinterested or showed signs that they were not handling it well they would move on. However, there are other parents that end up pushing their kids way too hard (and for the wrong reasons) and it can lead to some of the concerns below.
As you begin your baby modeling career and start heading to casting calls, it would be good to understand what to look out for so you can keep you and your little models happy and healthy.
To help you we’ve put together a list of the top concerns and worries parents have about baby modeling so you know ahead of time.
That baby modeling can be traumatizing to kids. The modeling industry can be a pretty harshe subjected to an environment that can harm you mentally and emotionally.
That they will need to miss school. Casting calls, bookings and commercial shootings can happen just about any time. For babies and young toddlers this isn’t really an issue as they are not in school. But for children that are a little older and have hopes of using modeling to get into acting, parents start to worry about how it will affect their schooling. Most states have pretty strict rules on work permits and total time away from school to help control this. One way to think about it is to treat it as though it is just another extracurricular activity and not invest much more time than that.
That kids should be playing instead of working. Many parents are against baby modeling as they feel like it is a form of child labor. Many parents plan to use the money their child makes from baby modeling and put it into a college fund. One advantage of doing this vs working a second job and putting your child in daycare is that you get to spend that time together. Beware however there are many parents against it. But our feeling is the world would be a much less cheerful place if there were no smiling babies on tv or print ads of any type. As long as its a fun experience for both baby and parent whats the harm?
Children don’t want to model anyway. Only their parents want the to: either for money or some kind of fame (or to make up for something they lack). Some parents feel as though your infant or toddler should only model if they want to – and need to be old enough to understand that and make their own decision. This would obviously mean that they would need to be older to do this.
Being thought of as a bad parent. Some parents are concerned that they will be viewed upon negatively by other parents and that “Putting babies into modeling is like pimping them out” of “All this modeling of babies is only means the exploitation of the innocent, who have no voice of their own.”
They will get their feelings hurt. There is no beating around the bush here. Modeling can be a harsh industry. Companies are always focused on finding a certain look or personality for a particular shoot or campaign. Because of this rejection is a part of the job. This can be difficult to overcome and can certainly lead to your child getting their feelings hurt. One way to overcome this is to treat it as a learning opportunity – how to develop persistence towards reaching your goals. But, if you or your child can’t handle this level of rejection modeling really may not be a good idea. In addition to the rejection your little model could assume why they are not getting selected has to do with how they look – which isn’t the case, but can be hard to teach that lesson to toddlers.
Becoming a Stage Mom. Stage moms push their little models much harder than they should. They become swept up in the experience of potential fame or are trying to make up for something in their lives. Stage moms can end up ruining their child’s experience (and maybe childhood) as well as being totally crazy for the folks around them.
Letting modeling get to their head. Many parents get concerned that modeling will get to their childs head. That it will make them too self important. That they
There are good habits that you should start to live by as you and your little model start your modeling career. By following some of the advice below you will set yourself up for success and hopefully get yourself invited back! These tips work for casting calls or bookings. Either way work hard to put your best foot forward and use this as a learning opportunity for your little model.
Be well behaved and respectful. Casting calls and bookings can be stressful on all of the staff that is involved. You want to make it easy on them and stand out.
Smile and be happy. To help present yourself and your modeling agency well being upbeat and smiling will definitely help. It is important to remember that modeling is a job and jobs can be a lot of work, so you may not always be in the best of moods, but while you are there, your overall presentation to the casting director and staff is very important
If your child is a little older, stress the importance of listening to the directions of the photographer, casting director, or staff. The more your little baby model can follow directions the better they will do in this industry.
Be on time and preferably a bit early. You should aim to be 10 to 15 minutes early to allow for finding the right room in the building and finding a restroom or changing a diaper quick if needed. This is even more important when you are at an open casting call. First impressions matter a lot in this industry. If you can make a great early impression on the folks that are making the decision, that will go a long way for your success. Compare that to showing up as one of the last few people there when they are all tired and just trying to make it through.
Always be respectful. Use your good judgement for those around you and those that are at work. Being quiet and sit still as long as you can. If you need to hop on a call or let your toddler burn off some energy, step outside a bit. It is a much better solution to be polite and respectful than be seen as the parent and model that is a hassle to deal with.
Have your little models stats – current height, weight, measurements, and clothing sizing on hand. Some auditions will still ask you for that info.
Always make sure you have your special shoot back packed. Purchase a lightweight tote bag (or large diaper bag) with the following items on all your casting calls and bookings. Your voucher, minor work permit, your coogan account information, a favorite attention getting toy or two, white shoes or booties, white diapers (babies), hats, headbands or barrettes. It is also important to pack non-messy stacks for you and your little model.
Be professional and courteous at all times. Remember it is a job and the people there are working. Modeling is a pretty different industry than most folks are used to. Remembering that it is a work environment will help keep things in perspective and generally on your good behavior.
It might make sense to have a few headshots with your agencies information on it. You never know what may happen and if they know how to book you at a later date all the better. If that opportunity came and you were empty handed you’d be kicking yourself later. Even companies that are just doing catalog modeling usually will also do commercials of some sort and your little model may be a great fit.
Be supportive of your child. Instead of being a crazy stage mom, it is important to capture as much learning out of the experience as you can for your child. Along with that is being supportive so they know they can pick themselves up and keep going. Parents play a large role in demonstrating that ability and teaching that skill to their children.
Always bring non-messy snacks and water. Waiting can be hard enough. Waiting when you are hungry and thirsty can be unbearable for kids (and parents).
If it doesn’t go well try to use it as a learning opportunity as we mentioned above. But keep it fun as well and swing by for a nice snack or something on the way home. If it isnt fun for your little one it won’t be worth it for them or you.
Don’t be “pushy” when you are at casting calls. Like we mentioned above, you never know who you’ll be interacting with and the decision power they have in your success.
Don’t be late. Other than being rude in general, it could put you at the end of the line. Which, depending …
After you’ve signed on with a your baby’s agent there are still a few key next steps to take before your baby has fully become a working model. The good news is most good agencies will walk you through all of this either through a small class with other parents or through some literature that they hand out. Either way, here is what you can expect as a general process to get you ready for what is ahead. Pretty soon your little one could be a baby modeling superstar!
Take Some Photos
Your agency will need to build a small portfolio of photos to show clients. Depending on who you talk to they will recommend you either take decent photographs your self or to have a professional photographer take some shots. There are benefits to either way, but if you are just starting we lean towards taking them yourself, particularly for infants. They change so fast and mostly you just need to show their cute little personality and have some good lighting. If your child is a little older and you’ve decided to get more serious it may make sense to get some professional photographs taken from someone who specialized in baby and child modeling since they know the industry. The photos do not need to be glamorous or overly posed, just get some that show their personality – head shots and body shots.
A ‘compcard’ or ‘zed card’ is essentially your baby models portfolio of their best 5 or so images that your agency picks. These used to be actual cards that models would have printed but now most agencies just used websites – particularly for baby modeling.
Get Ready for Go-See’s
Once you have your portfolio up your agency will start sending you to go-see’s. These are essentially casting calls or auditions with clients for a particular job. You go see if you are a good fit. These can get scheduled with short notice so it isn’t a bad idea to have a small bag packed with some basics to keep your baby entertained while you’re there. Maybe some small toys and books and other normal essentials. If it is a well run Go-See you should be in and out in 45 min. you’ll get there, sign some paperwork, wait a little bit, spend some time with the photographer, then you’re out. Others can be more open and chaotic. They may have hundreds of kids and no set schedule so you could be waiting a while. It is really important in go-see’s to try and figure out how to have your baby in the best and most playful mood you can for when their turn is up since personality is so important. That is where the napping, lunch, and play strategy comes into place.
Sometimes the client will do a second round, called a ‘callback’, to narrow the candidate selection down. With baby and child models they will always be picking some backups as well as you never know when a temper tantrum could happen. If your baby is selected your agency will negotiate a rate and tell you when to show up for the shoot.
After that your baby will officially become a model!…
Teen models have always had a special place in the fashion circuit of the modeling world. Popular companies like Old Navy, Aeropostale, Abercrombie and Fitch, Billabong, among others always have targeted the teenage group, hence their need for teenagers who would best model and reveal the image they want to expose to the industry. Consumers in the teen demographic ages from 12 to 17 were the ones seen with the highest-spending power that is why they have been the targets of most of these companies. They provide the best marketing opportunities to these clothing lines.
The clothing manufacturing business maintains a tough and competitive market and so is the modeling industry. One day you may be among the highest paid teen models, but the next day you may have slumped your way down, down under. It is, therefore, vital that these models know how to keep their model portfolio updated and attractive to keep the jobs coming in freely. If you do not keep up with the rest of the pack, then you shall be left behind and another teenage model would most likely take your slot. It may not be that easy, but with the right attitude, everything should fall into the right platform, all at the right time.
If you are among the many aspiring teenagers who are so eager to follow the footsteps of Tyra Banks, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, or Naomi Campbell there is a great number of modeling opportunities that await you. With popular clothing lines looking for teen models, then you are most likely to get some slots within that career path. You just need to be able to keep your model portfolio more exciting than the rest of the teenagers who are vying for the same posts. Make a professionally looking digital model portfolio, one that would keep it as attractive as it could get. It is your best armor so far, so make it persuasive and appealing to modeling agents.
Teen models can promote themselves online with the help of online modeling websites. It has been the latest technology of the modeling industry, where agents and companies can just browse through the profiles of several models and select one that they need for a particular modeling job. All that these aspirants need to do is to upload their profiles into the online model portfolio so they can have themselves known in the online modeling industry.
Compared to models of the ’80s, teen models of today have more opportunities and many more aspiring teens have already tried their luck on this exciting industry of online modeling. If you wish to choose this career path and make it a lucrative job, then build yourself up and keep your model portfolio at its best. It is never too late to start, nor is it too early to quit. You can still fashion your way to make a budding career in the modeling industry. And with the industry continuing to grow by the day, one should not worry about not finding one modeling job that will fit his or her modeling talents and skills.…
Runway modeling is one of the first things that comes to mind when people first hear the word ‘modeling.’
Tall, gangly runway models in Paris, Milan, and New York seem to be the epitome of our view about the modeling runway. Presenting garments before an audience at a live fashion show, is exactly what the purpose of modeling on a runway is for. During this, your primary purpose is to sell the clothes and show everyone else how good they make you feel.
It may look easy just to walk to the end of the runway and turn back, but it takes a lot of skill and talent. Runway shows, especially the really big ones, are even choreographed!
Being Ready for Runway Shows…
Learning about runways beforehand will help you be ready for fashion runway shows. You’ll know what to expect by learning background knowledge ahead of time. And even if you won’t be walking the runway, it is still pretty cool to know about it! Runway models must walk well as well as have a great personality and character.
Backstage at a fashion show can be complete chaos. You have to change quickly from one outfit to another in just a matter of a few minutes.
Organization is a Key Factor…
Once you are done changing backstage, you have to appear on the runway again with complete composure and self-confidence. Everybody makes mistakes, and runway models are no exception. Even top high fashion runway models have made mistakes. It is good to remember that if you make a mistake while on the runway, keep going! You must not let your audience know that you have made a mistake. Some high fashion models make it look like their mistakes were part of the choreography of the runway show.
This is useful because you can make your audience believe that you did it on purpose, they would have never guessed!
Different Types of Runway Models…
High fashion runway models are usually between 5’8″ tall and are usually not taller than 6’1″. They generally wear between a size 6 and a size 8, of course, there are exceptions. There are also petite runway shows where the models must be between 5’2″ and 5’6″ in height. Most importantly, runway models must maintain their professionalism when they are working with and for their clients. Professionalism helps them handle the situations better, as well as putting you on a better standing with you clients.
Many clients appreciate models who maintain their professionalism and are kind, thoughtful, and understanding to those around them. Runway shows can be hectic, but when a model maintains his or her professionalism, it makes the job easier on everybody.
Tips for the Runway
- Always be on time. This means arriving about 15 minutes early and letting the receptionist know that you have arrived, this timeliness and responsibility will definitely impress your client for the better.
- Be familiar with the clothing that you will be modeling. For example, if your garment has pockets, make sure you know where they are.
- Always be prepared with the necessary accessories. Being prepared will help make everybody’s life easier.
- When you are walking down the runway, imagine that you are holding a quarter in between you buttocks. This will help your form while modeling.
- Learn to wear all garments and accessories while showing your character. Even if you do not like what you are wearing, you must portray to the audience how much you like it and how good it makes you feel.
- Be polite and kind to everybody, including other models.
- Arranging your garments and accessories in the order of which you will be wearing them will help your backstage changing be more organized throughout the entire runway show.
- If a designer comments on the outfit that you are wearing, keep modeling until the designer is finished with his or her commentary.
- Be prepared in case you are told to take off labels or tape them inside of your outfit. Always carry tape in your model’s bag for this very reason, make sure you are prepared for any situation.
There are many different model types. Today, there are even more opportunities for people to become models because of the wide range of necessity. Models are now needed of all shapes and sizes.
Character Model Types
Character models represent specific professional looks such as a teacher, doctor, or grandma. Character models look like an average, everyday kind of person. Most character models work part-time, and get paid approximately $50 to $250 per hour.
It is often hard for a character model to make a living off of just this type of modeling. You are most likely to find character models in publications such as television commercials and print advertisements.
Child models can include just about everybody from babies to kids that are 12 years old. Most child models look like average, everyday kids that love to play and have fun.
If you look younger than your actual age, you might be able to stay in child modeling longer, and if you look older and more mature for your age, you might have a shorter career in child modeling. Child models wear minimal, if any, make up.
Successful child models need to be flexible, responsible, and very well behaved. You cannot be afraid to try new things. Child models can earn up to $75 per hour.
You will find most child models in some fashion shows, print advertisements, and television commercials.
Ethnic Model Types
Ethnic models are usually people who are of Asian, Hispanic, African American, Native American, or Indian descent. Demand is in, and opportunities are high for ethnic models.
Ethnic modeling can have several different categories such as part modeling, fashion modeling, and full figure modeling. You can see ethnic models in certain fashion runway shows, print advertisements, and in television commercials.
Full Figure Model Types
The demand for full figure models is rising. Some modeling agencies are now adding full-figure divisions to the different types of modeling that they already do. Full figure models can appear in catalogs, television commercials, and print advertisements such as ShopKo, and Lane Bryant.
High Fashion Models
High fashion models are usually 5’8″ and taller, but no taller than 6’2″. High fashion models can be males or females. High fashion models generally get paid the most amount of money. Most high fashion models are hired by clients to perform in runway shows.
New high fashion models can expect to be paid about $250 per hour, while famous high fashion models have made $30,000 for a single fashion show. You are most likely to see high fashion models in runway fashion shows, and in magazines such as Elle and Vogue.
Junior Model Types
Junior models tend to look unsophisticated and natural. Height is not as critical for junior models. Now there are even modeling opportunities for plus-size junior modeling because the modeling industry has grown.
You can find most junior models in Seventeen and Teen magazines, as well as television commercials, catalog and print advertisements and runway fashion shows.
Mature Model Types
Mature models are becoming high demand because of the constantly increasing number of older people in the world today. Many businesses want to appeal to older people, and they do this by having mature models to help represent them.
Most mature models have certain requirements such as: you have to be tall, have good skin, facial features, and hair, and you have to be thin.
Some modeling agencies now have a mature model division for mature models. You will most likely see mature models in print advertisements, some television commercials, and catalogs.
Male Model Types
In the modeling industry, male models have just as much of a chance as female models. There are many jobs out there for male models of all different kinds.
Requirements for male models are: you should be between 5’11” to 6’2″ in height, have a classic facial features, and a well-toned body.
Most male models can earn a salary anywhere from 1,000 to 15,000 dollars per day. You are most likely to see male models in runway shows, television commercials, and print advertisements.
Part Model Types
Part models model specific body parts such as hair, feet, hands, and legs. Part models are sometimes required to hold certain poses for long periods of time, this is why part modeling is not as easy as it looks.
You will see part models mostly in print advertisements. Some models can make a really good living just off of doing parts modeling.
Petite Model Types
Petite models have delicate facial features and usually have a small bone structure. Petite models usually wear sizes 2 through 6. Their height is approximately 5’2″ to 5’6″.
You are most likely to see petite models in print advertisements, television commercials, catalogs, and petite fashion shows.…
Core exercise know-how can help you achieve a better-looking body. Many models have attractive bodies that they are well known for. In the modeling industry, it is good to have an attractive body because this will help your overall look. The modeling industry demands physical characteristics that are very exacting. Many models participate in physical activity to help keep their bodies in shape because of the high demand of physically fit models.
Vital Core Muscle Strength…
Core muscles play a vital part in helping with your posing, as well as fluidity when moving between different posing. Core muscles include your buttocks, neck muscles, abdominal’s, and upper back muscles.
Core Muscle Strengthening…
Some of the activities that help strengthen your core muscles are; walking, yoga, self-defense, and running. It is a good idea to get into the habit of exercising daily to help keep your muscle tone.
Exercise can help your muscles become stronger. Learning core exercise can help you get stronger muscles.
Daily Exercising Tips…
In other words, exercising daily will help you keep your habit of exercising when you have a busy schedule. You can learn to exercise even when your schedule seems overbooked. Preparation is a key factor in whether you get a modeling job or not. While at a photo shoot, many poses will have to be repeated or held for long amounts of time.
It is good to prepare now by establishing a core exercise routine so that you will be ready for any job.
Core Exercise Advice and Tips
- Do your exercises slowly, jerky movement can hurt and injure your muscles.
- If you are stretching, only stretch as far as you are comfortable with, over-stretching can cause injury to your muscles.
- Breathe evenly throughout your workout.
- Keep good form when doing your workout so that you know that you are doing it right, this will help to decrease your chances of injury.
Exercise will help you achieve stronger muscles. You should get into a good habit of exercising regularly, try these quick and easy toning exercises to help your overall body image.
These exercises can help your posture by training your muscles to remember proper poise and posture.
- Stand approximately eight to nine inches away from a wall and line up your back with the wall (your back should be directly against the wall).
- Now bend your knees and squat down so that your legs are parallel to the floor. Hold for approximately 10 seconds.
- Go back to your starting position, and repeat a few more times if necessary.
- Grab hold of a doorknob.
- Pull yourself away from the doorknob and hold for 10 seconds.
- Repeat this process a few more times.
- Sit cross-legged on the floor.
- Put the palms of your hands together and slowly raise your arms over your head until your wrists are touching the top of your head.
- Now extend your arms high above your head while keeping the palms of your hands together.
- Repeat a few more times.