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Parents Guide to Baby Modeling

Updated on May 2, 2018
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

Applying for Baby Modeling

Your baby needs to be willing and excited about modeling. As the parent, you need to willing and excited, too.

You will take the time out of your own schedule to take the baby around to agencies. You will meet potential clients. As long as you can handle trudging to and fro, both you and the baby will reap the rewards of a successful career.

Parents who have a full-time job can't take part in developing a modeling career for their baby. The trudging around takes hours and hours in the middle of the day. You have to be ready at a moments notice. Working a 9 - 5 job is not practical.

Baby Acting and Modeling


You need to take into account how well your baby can handle the demands of modeling. Observe your baby with strangers or the babysitter. How does he or she behave? Keep this question in mind as you consider baby modeling. A baby who can handle changes in nap time and feed time makes a great model.

It is a good idea to live close to a modeling agency—most 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.

Baby Casting Calls

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 or a headshot. A portfolio is not necessary at first.

Send the photos to a couple of agencies with a letter of introduction. You should get calls back. If not, send photos to other agencies until you get an interview.

Be ready at a moments notice. Some modeling jobs need to be filled right away. If you and your baby stay prepared, you’ll get a lot of work.

By keeping your horizons open, your baby will receive offers for work as a model and in film and television.

Baby Ads 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 is your child. Be it 6 months old, 4 years old or 15 years old – opportunities are available for your child to start modeling. The growth of film, television, cable, and Internet industries make it worthwhile. That means more opportunities for modeling and acting jobs.

There have been countless movies with child actors starring in minor and major roles. Most of them were baby and child models. 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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Baby Clothes Model to Acting

The rewards you receive for helping your daughter or son pursue a modeling or acting career are many. You get to spend quality time with your child. He or she will learn something new every day on the set.

Children who work in modeling or film develop self-confidence. They have a better understanding of others. Working in modeling or 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.

Artifex
Artifex

Baby Modeling Acting

What does it take to have a child “make it” in the movie business?

If a child is willing and excited about modeling and acting, that is great. The parent needs to be as willing and excited. Both are taking time out of his or her own schedule. They go to auditions, shoots, and film set. It could take all day to take the young actor or model around. Most times the work is longer than eight hours. They both get paid for it. It is part of being successful as a model and actor.

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. Popular locations are San Francisco, Miami, New York, Austin, Texas, and Seattle.

Winston and Khan
Winston and Khan

Baby Modeling Gigs

Here are some suggestions to get your son or daughter started in modeling or acting:

  • Encourage your child to enroll in the drama department at her school. He or she can enroll in a local acting class for children. Before enrolling in a private acting class, ask to sit in on a class. You can even talk to the parents of the class – get feedback – make sure it is the right class and teacher for your child.
  • Research and find a legitimate agent. Agents who register with the union are the ones your child should see. They follow the laws and regulations. If they don't, they get fined.
  • When you meet with an agent, find out what they need as far as headshots and resumes. Sometimes agents have standard handouts they give their clients that give specific instructions. Make sure you read these instructions and understand them. If you have any questions, ask them right away.
  • Make sure you practice with your child on being in an interview with an agent or casting director. Have them practice talking about themselves. They need to practice so they are comfortable and can make a strong first impression.
  • Always be very encouraging with your child – always on the positive side.
  • Remember to have fun!

Baby Modeling Jobs

Give support to your son or daughter. They will become models and break into the film business. Yet, it is a competitive field and a 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!

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 months ago from Northern California

      Natalie, Thank you for your comment. Baby modeling is a great way for Moms to make extra money. It takes a special kind of baby who is willing to model.

    • Natalie Frank profile image

      Natalie Frank 

      3 months ago from Chicago, IL

      What great pictures! They really add to the article. I haven't seen a lot of articles about this and I know that lots of parents want to get their babies into modeling. Thanks for the article.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      8 months ago from Northern California

      Emmy, Thank you for reading my article. Yes. Kids have such an imagination.

    • Emmy ali profile image

      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      8 months ago from Egypt

      lots of kids love to act when they are playing especially girls. I liked reading your article, lovely photos, thank you.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      So true, Catherine. It's fun modeling, but you have to be comfortable.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      9 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I have done some of this modeling myself--grandma roles, not baby roles. It is a lot of fun. If your baby or child likes it, do it. Once I was at an audition. Several people are brought into a room to be filmed together. A beautiful little girl about 4 or 5 years old, burst out crying and had to leave without being filmed. It was clear that the mother had worked hard on the girl's hair an clothing. My point is--if you try to force your child, you will just be wasting your time and making your child unhappy.

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