Does your baby meet Baby Modeling requirements?
The first thing you need to ensure is that your baby meets all the requirements to be a baby model. For example, baby modeling age requirements for the Gap is between 8 and 13 months old. The requirements for each contest or casting call will be well defined in advance. I cant tell you how many parents went through all the leg work only to find out thet didn’t meet the minimum requirements. Save your self some trouble and be sure to verify you meet the minimums.
Do You have what it takes to be a baby modeling parent?
Determine the level of time, effort and commitment you have to enter the world of baby modeling. As with teenage and adult modeling, your baby will have to be signed with an agency who can set him or her up with auditions and “go-sees” for potential baby modeling jobs. These auditions are held during the workday and there can be from a handful of other contenders to a few hundred other hopefuls. As a mother with 2 sons, I must say modeling is something they both enjoy and have fun while playing with the other kids. Also bear in mind that baby modeling is highly competitive and no matter how attractive and wonderful your child is, there are no guarantees of success. Hard work and perseverance to find that “right” job is probably %90 of baby modeling.
Your the photographer, get your best baby modeling pictures ready.
Take photos of your baby to send to local child modeling agencies. It is best to take a few basic, straightforward shots of your baby that show him or her in a natural setting. Avoid using backdrops, props and toys in the photo. The baby should be dressed in a simple outfit that is neither distracting nor ornate. Remember, the point is to capture the child’s smile and personality and to let that shine through. Take several photos, both head shots and full body shots. Every agency is different, however, all are looking for babies who are friendly and personable, have a “spark” that draws attention and a child who is easygoing. Many agencies are also interested in babies who have unique features or an unusual or exotic look that commands attention.
And keep in mind that It isn’t always fun and games. A typical photo shoot can last up to two hours; between the teething, stranger anxiety and missed nap schedules, even the experienced kids can dissolve into meltdowns. Think about it, if your child doesn’t like being stared at by a literal wall of unfamiliar adults, sitting still, or changing in and out of clothes all day, baby modeling may not be right for them. What parents don’t realize is how much hard work it is for you. Having a child model becomes a full-time job for the parent.
Find your agent.
Now, when you’ve decided you have the time to spend with your child, and the photos to show the agencies, its time to start searching for a modeling agency or modeling agent. Its best if they specifically work with baby models.Research local child modeling agencies in your area. Agencies should be registered with the Better Business Bureau, have an outstanding reputation in the industry and most important of all, they should never ask for any money upfront. Reputable modeling agencies earn their money by obtaining jobs for your child and collecting a commission from that employment. Make a list of several agencies that appeal to you and begin sending them photos. Include two to three different images of your child and be sure to write your name and contact information on the back of each photo. It is also important to include your child’s name, age and clothing size. When sending the pictures include a brief letter or note to the agency that also contains this information.
Get ready for casting calls.
Once your baby has been signed by an agency they will begin contacting you about potential modeling opportunities and send you to castings in the area. The available jobs can be for anything from local store ads to supermarket fliers, clothing retailers and TV ads to regional magazines and more. These modeling “go-sees” as they’re called, are often crowded with up to a few hundred children vying for one or two jobs. They may take a Polaroid or digital photo of your child once you’re there, but bring a few extra photos just in case they request one. Be sure that your child’s name, your name and the modeling agency contact information is written on the back of the photo.
If an agency is interested in possibility representing your baby, they will call you and your baby in for an interview and take some test photos. It’s important to be prompt for your interview because it shows that you are on time and responsible, two qualities that are imperative when it comes to bringing your baby to auditions. Remember you are their source of money so they will send whoever they think has the best chance of getting the job.
While you are looking for the correct agent. Start entering your baby in modeling contest. Contest like the Gerber Baby contest, and the Little Model. You will find that topic specific magazines often will have contest where you can just send in your forms and photos.
You did it, Your Baby Modeling!
Once your baby becomes local star, consider sending your child’s photos to reputable, well known modeling agencies in a major metropolitan area like NYC or Los Angeles. By virtue of being in the center of the modeling world your child stands the best chance of landing high-paying contracts with major clothing retailers, national advertising campaigns and television programs as well as motion pictures. After all, this is what Baby Modeling is all about. (-: