Consider these points before you make a decision:
- You will have to undergo a lot of stress and workload, which will be in addition to your career workload.
- Sometimes you will need to keep yourself free for an entire day to take them for auditions, wait there for your turn and then drive back home.
- If your kid gets selected, it means more breaks from your job. You should be available whenever you get a call and not just during the weekends or in the evenings.
- You need to see if your work schedule is flexible enough to accommodate all these demands.
If you have planned all this and your child is interested too, then you can take a step towards modeling. The first step is to know the traits of a child model.
Children do not have to be perfect to become a model. But here are some usual requirements:
- Agencies look for children with good features such as healthy skin, big and bright eyes, shiny hair and a smiling face.
- Conventionally good-looking kids are in high demand. Children are selected depending on the type of cover or advertisement.
- A “different” or unusual look might make your child unique. For example, young boys having long hair or an Asian child with green eyes or any other unconventional features could have an edge over others.
- A child’s overall personality also matters. A fearless, happy and smiling kid is preferred to a kid who always needs their parents around.
- The child needs to be friendly, outgoing and comfortable interacting with strangers as they have to meet photographers and baby wrangles. They should be okay with a crowd of other kids.
- The aspiring model should be good at taking advice and instructions from new people during shoots. A shy child will not be able to enjoy all the attention and thrills that come with modeling, while a carefree child will not like to listen to others.
Child modeling is as competitive as the adult modeling profession, but getting work is not impossible.