Parents Guide to Baby Modeling
Does Your Baby Have What it Takes
If a baby is willing and excited about modeling and the parent is just as willing and excited to take the time out of her own schedule to take the baby around to agencies and potential clients, then both the baby and the parent will reap the rewards of a successful career.
Take into account how well your baby can handle the demands of modeling. Keep this question in mind by watching how your baby behaves around strangers or when he is left with a babysitter. A baby who can handle changes in naptime and feed time makes a great model.
It is a good idea to live close to a modeling agency—maximum an hour away. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Dallas are the top cities for modeling work. In minor cities, the modeling agency might have a satellite office.
Get a couple of good photos of your baby. You can even take the first photos yourself to see if any agency calls you back. The photos could be three-quarter shots. The portfolio is not necessary at first.
Send the photos to an agency with a letter of introduction. You should get calls back.
Be ready at a moments notice. Some modeling jobs have to be filled right away. If your and your baby are prepared, you’ll get a lot of work.
By keeping your horizons open, your baby might be offered work as a model and in film and television.
Legitimate Modeling Agencies
Remember legitimate modeling agencies well never ask you for money. Their job is to give you money for the work they get you and your baby.
No matter what age your child is – 6 months old, 4 years old or 15 hears old – opportunities are available for your child to start acting in a film. Film, television, cable, DVD and Internet industries are experiencing a dramatic growth, which means more opportunities for acting jobs. In recent years, there have been countless movies with child actors starring in minor and major roles. Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine is one example. Dakota Fanning of Charlotte’s Web stars in the least one movie a year. She even worked with such notable stars as Tom Cruise (War of the Worlds) and Denzel Washington (Man on Fire).
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Children Working In Film
The rewards from helping your daughter or son pursue an acting career are numerous. You get to spend quality time with your child. He or she will learn something new every day on the set. Children working in film develop self-confidence and a better understanding of others. Working in film is a very effective way to pay for your child’s college education. Most parents act as the child’s manager and earn 20% of the child’s income.
What Does It Take to 'Make It"
What does it take to have a child “make it” in the movie business?
If a child is willing and excited about acting in film, and the parent is just as willing and excited to take the time out of his or her own schedule to take the young actor around to auditions and film sets, then both the child and the parent will reap the rewards of a successful career in film.
Moving to Hollywood is not necessary to get your child started. Many cities have their own film production community. At times major film companies come to cities and towns all across the United States to film on location. San Francisco, Miami, New York, Vancouver, Canada, Austin, Texas, and Seattle are popular locations for film productions.
Here are some suggestions to get your son or daughter started in film:
1) Encourage your child to get involved with the drama department at her school, or enroll your child in a local acting class for children. Please note: Before enrolling, ask to sit in on a class or two and talk to the parents – get feedback – make sure it is the right class and teacher for your child.
2) Research and find a legitimate agent. Agents who are registered with the union are the ones your child should see because they are regulated and need to follow the rules of the business.
When you meet with an agent, find out what is need as far as headshots and resumes are concerned. Sometimes agents have standard handouts they give their clients that give specific instructions. Make sure you read these instructions and fully understand them. If you have any questions, ask them right away.
3) Make sure you practice with your child on being interviewed and talking about themselves, so they are comfortable and can make a strong first impression.
4) Always be very encouraging with your child – always on the positive side.
5) Remember to have fun!
Supporting your son or daughter while they become models or break into the film business is a very commendable act. The rewards are plenty. The best you can do is keep researching and staying on top of the business. It can only make your job a lot easier. Good Luck!
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