Some of you have dug through my past posts and found this one about my children and modeling. I have had so many emails asking how we got started and where someone who is intersted in modeling should begin.
Since there are so many traps out there, I thought I would share a few insights after what we have learned ourselves or from other parents during the past seven years…
If you watch Dateline NBC, 20/20, or 60 Minutes, you can see the horror stories from parents who were stopped in the mall or other public places by someone claiming to be a recruiter for a modeling agency. These recruiters promised that their child had what it takes to be famous. (Let’s face it, we all know that our children are the cutest and most talented of all the kids we know. It is flattering when a talent agent confirms our own beliefs, right?)
Those news stories go into depth showing how less-than-reputable “agencies” milk parents out of money on the promise that their child can be famous. These agencies can suck you dry monetarily by requiring professional photo portfolios, expensive modeling/acting classes, and annual membership fees. I can tell you right now that if you come across one of these situations… run away, FAST!!!
Let me tell you that ANY good and reputable talent agency will not charge you anything up front to take on your child as talent. They will require you to come in for an interview and will base their admission of your child solely on how well they feel your child will book for them, should they sign you.
Tips on How to Choose a Modeling Agency for Your Child:
Fortunately for us, we have had a very good experience with modeling and it hasn’t cost us much more than a few printed photos, gasoline, and our time on auditions. We are very level-headed with our expectations, and as long as our girls enjoy it… we will continue.
I am hoping that if any of you have interest in your child modeling, you will be careful in how you choose one. If you know of anyone who has commented to you that they would like to get their child into modeling, please email them this link, or at least link to this post on your blog or Facebook where they can see it. There are too many parents out there who could be taken advantage of, and they need to know how to make an informed decision on a reputable agency for their child.
The agency that we use, may not be the right fit for your child and vice versa. There are great ones out there. So far our girls have had bit parts in two movies, four TV and radio commercials, and many photo shoots; however their most fulfilling modeling jobs to date have been on one little website called Adopt a ‘Do – Cute Girls Hairstyles!
* Note from Mindy: I want to give a special thanks to Stephanie who emailed me with the ad posted above. This one was done so long ago, just after we first started, and I hadn’t known that the photo was used in the final advertisement. Obviously, it was long before I dreamed up this hairblog!
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