If you wish for your baby or toddler, who is below two years old, to have a career in modeling, then you need to have the 3 Ps when it comes to getting modeling jobs for them. These 3 Ps are patience, passion and perseverance. It’s very crucial for you to have these qualities because children within this age range have different needs and easily get uncomfortable. Whenever they are placed in a stressful environment and situation, they are quick to react and cry their hearts out at the bat of an eyelash.
So, if you are a parent who wants to place your child in the modeling world, you have to be well prepared in dealing with your child at all times and in every situation. To help you do this, here are some of the best tips to aid you in coping with everything:
1. Be Realistic.
The first question you need to raise when you’re about to sign up your child for a career in modeling is “why am I doing this”. The next question “what benefits can my child and I get from modeling”. The questions that will follow these will help you dig deeper as to why you are pursuing a modeling career for your baby.
If you answer all of these questions positively and without a hint of doubt, then you seriously wish a life of modeling for your child. The success rate for parents who are eagerly willing for their child to go into modeling at a young age is quite high. This might help you decide on whether you really want this path for you and your child.
2. Find Jobs via a Reliable Source.
Auditions for modeling can be found in different sources such as newspapers, fashion magazines, modeling agencies, parenting magazines and even in books. However, the most popular way to acquire jobs today is through the internet. You can quickly and conveniently search various jobs for baby models over different websites. You will also find thousands of jobs through the most convenient means possible just by being a member of an online talent resource company.
3. Make a Baby Modeling Portfolio.
In the world of modeling, you need to have a professional portfolio and since your children could not make it themselves, you have to do it for them. Your child’s professional portfolio is among the primary requirements you have to present whenever you and your child go to modeling auditions.
4. Take Rejections In a Positive Manner.
You are not the only one who wants your baby to be in the modeling limelight. There are also tons of parents of tots and children who are not yet two-years old who want to take advantage of their child’s spectacular looks. If your baby gets rejected then modeling professionals may have their reasons behind not choosing your baby. Keep in mind that that the management of products or services also has their own criteria when it comes to what they require for their ‘star baby’. Maybe your baby just does not meet the criteria they imposed, so don’t take it personally.
5. Know Your Child’s Value.
Always keep yourself informed. According to Sheeri Braunstein, a booking agent for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York City, you have to be keen when it comes to your child’s paychecks. The standard rate for catalogs is approximately $75 per hour, whereas editorial pages for magazines only range $25 up to $75 on an hourly basis. Modeling for product packages pay about $125 hourly. Children for TV commercials can get lucrative rates. When a commercial was shot but never went on air, they can receive around $475. However, if a commercial goes on running for up to several years, your child can rake in up to $100, 000.
Even with these tips, you still have to think a lot of times before pursuing your child’s career in modeling. You need to weigh all the advantages and drawbacks before you should decide to have your kid enter this business at an early age. Be warned that modeling jobs for children under two years can be risky, especially to their health.