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A Mother's Guide to the Facts About Children Modeling

by Lolita Clark

As a mother of a child that models and has been featured on many TV shows, commercials, magazines and even voice over's. I did everything myself to start her modeling and acting career with little to no money. So my aim is to provide mothers  and fathers like myself tips on important facts about child modeling. So lets get started!

First of all real agencies don't charge anything for reviewing childrenís snapshots. The submission is free as well. All you need to send is a snapshot unless they specifically ask otherwise. A legit modeling agency will not make an appointment, with you without seeing a snapshot of your child first. If a real agency calls you for an appointment you will not be charged or offered any portfolio deals. At least not until your child gets a few jobs done and they may see a benefit of making a portfolio for him or her.

Some agencies might pay for it, some will ask you to pay but your child would be a working model by then. There is nothing wrong in taking some of the earnings and investing them into further career advancement. Top modeling agencies need new kids but they don't charge you for doing business with them. They charge clients that hire their models and then take a percentage from that amount before paying you for the work done. I feel like saying it over again to ensure this settles in your mind. Last, but not the least, the real modeling agencies will not guarantee work for your child or promise any special treatments when it comes to "go sees" or jobs. Unless it is a requested "go see" specifically set up for your child, you will be standing in line with everyone else.

You know what a real modeling agency is but how do you get to it?

  1. Search the web for top legit modeling agencies in your city and find out their submission requirements.

  2. Take a few snapshots of your kid.

  3. Send the snapshots to each agency as per their requirements listed on their sites.

  4. That's all there is to it

At this point you know how to tell a real agency from a fake one. You know how to find the best agencies and how to submit your child to them.
Letís move on to a very important part of the process - dealing with rejections.

How to deal with rejections by children modeling agencies:

Don't get frustrated. You must not. It is a process, that's all. The letter you received probably suggested to try again later. They actually mean it. Kids grow and change a lot within months and agencies always look for new faces. Take new snapshots with another haircut may be or a different angle or choice of clothes (make it plain though) and try sending these letters again in a month or so.

Always remember. If your goal is to make your child a model you should never give up and keep trying as the industry needs different looks and there are opportunities for everyone.

The Success.: How to deal with it and what to expect.

Getting accepted is an accomplishment of a great magnitude. Staying in the industry takes some serious sacrifices of time, - both yours and your childís as well as consistent effort and persistency.

If your child is accepted by a modeling agency, how fast things will become busy depends on luck and your willingness to attend lots of "go sees". In case of my daughter it took about 7 months. I know kids who didnít have this period at all. Be prepared to get very short notice calls from your agency about next day jobs or "go sees". Sometimes they can call at 5PM or even later in the day but normally there is enough time to re-schedule your plans.

In the beginning of your child's career, you may go for a lot of "go sees" and they would not seem to work out. It is very important not to get discouraged and skip on the "go sees" because most companies keep the snapshots "on file" for a long time and you may get called for work later on. If you get vacations days at work, you'll probably be taking them for going to work with your child.

Children Modeling. Is it worth the effort?

Is it worth it? It depends on your objective. I've seen parents who do nothing but this work with their kids. Most children love doing modeling as this is fun for them. At the same time it is also very hard work believe it or not. As a result, children learn how to be responsible, work in a team environment and control their emotions from a very early age. Of course there is a monetary factor present as well. Most of the parents I know never tell their children that they are earning anything. The rationale is not to hide the earnings from them but to concentrate on the fun and creative aspects of this work.

So now that you know the deal, you may ask what's in it for me to tell you all the "trade" secrets of children modeling business. The answer is rather simple. I have tried to helped many kids into modeling as well as my daughter Lola Ann Clark who is very  successful. Some children have quit because their parents couldn't handle the load, some still do it and quite successfully.
I also hate the industry of lies and deceit that has grown so big, charging hopeful parents crazy amounts of money by selling fake promises that there seem to be no way to stop it. This is my attempt to shed some light on this industry and making you aware of it. It is your choice to use it or not.

Finally, I enjoy the process. I love to see my daughter Lola Ann Clark on cover pages, on the web, on huge posters for Burlington Coat Factory, TV shows like Team Umizoomi, Sesame Street. She even does voice over's and also appeared on The Rachel Ray Show . It makes me feel good to see her shine in what she loves to do. It also allows me to meet new people, learn of what they do and show them what I can do to help others.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article on child modeling and learned some useful information.




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