What You Need to Know About Getting Your Child Started in Modelling

Have people been telling you that your child has modelling potential? Is your child keen to try it out? Modelling can be a really fun avenue for kids to pursue. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to have something like a catalogue shoot to look back on fondly later in life?

Getting your child into modelling can seem both appealing and bewildering at the same time. It’s good to know a few things before deciding if it’s the right endeavour for your child. This blog has been written to help shed some light for you.

Child Modelling – What’s involved?

Step 1. Learn to Model

Like any job, modelling requires a set of skills. Our Kid’s Modelling and Confidence Course offers aspiring young models a chance to learn about and try out what a model does, such as how to pose, walk, present for castings, take direction, have photos taken and participate in a real-life fashion parade. The students have an opportunity to ‘have a go’ in a fun and safe space with people who have real-life industry experience. It’s a great way to see if your child enjoys modelling in a gentle way, with more encouragement and fewer expectations than a real-life model job. After the modelling course, we can sit down with you and your child to discuss their model potential and the next steps.

Step 2. Find an Agent

From here, if you decide to pursue modelling for your child, the next step is to find an agency to represent them. Each agency is unique, as is each child. We can recommend agencies that are reputable and would suit your child. It may be necessary to try a few agencies in order to find the right fit.

Step 3. Understand Costs and Commitments

A model agency represents a model and finds them paid work. It’s important to note that many children’s modelling agencies have set-up costs involved, such as registration fees and photos. The agency will also take a commission from each job your child does. Make sure you understand all of this before you commit.

Step 4. Put Forward for Modelling Jobs

Once your child is represented with a modelling agency, they will be put forward for jobs. This happens in a variety of ways. Your child will attend castings (which are like auditions) for specific jobs, often held at casting agencies. They may attend go-sees (meet and greets) with advertising agencies or directly with clients (brands). Since the pandemic, the nature of being put forward for jobs has turned digital, such as Zoom meetings or submitting a video. This is actually a bonus in many ways – less time spent travelling and parking! It can also make the process a little bit more challenging, as making an impression in a digital way isn’t always as easy. However, this is a skill that can be developed, and we cover this topic in our Children’s Modelling and Confidence course.

5. Start Modelling!

There are many different types of child model work available, including television commercials (TVCs), photo shoots, videos, extra work on TV shows/movies, feature roles, speaking/silent acting, runway fashion shows and more!

How Can I Support My Child to Do Modelling?

It’s good to know what’s expected on-set and how you can support your child to be a star! They may be required to take direction, use good listening skills, be patient and possibly wait around, and have hair and make-up done. In some cases, they may be doing a photo shoot for winter jackets in summer, or vice versa! Instilling good manners and polite behaviour in your child will make the jobs more enjoyable for everyone, and possibly help lead to more work in the future.

Handling ‘Knock Backs’

All models attend many castings, but only land a few of those as jobs. Understanding that the ‘knock backs’ may be nothing to do with your child’s look or ability is something that parents need to navigate in a delicate and considered way. The reasons why casting agents or clients may choose a model can be vast and varied. It’s not always down to ‘just a pretty face’. Developing a ‘thick skin’ or casual attitude is important. The last thing anyone would want is for a child to become self-conscious or worried about their looks due to modelling knock backs. It’s meant to be fun and confidence building! Again, this is something that we address in our Children’s Modelling Course.

At Suzan Johnston, we love introducing the world of modelling to children. It can be so fun and creative! If you would like to chat further with us about our Kid’s Modelling and Confidence Course, please get in touch today.