The advent of social media, their accessibility, and ease of use has made it easier for parents to share to the world photos and videos of the innate cuteness and charm of their kids. But for many parents, having photos of their little ones liked or shared on social media isn’t enough.
They want to see their kids on the covers of magazines and on large billboards. These parents also want their little ones to be the face of one or more well-known brands.
If you are one of the many parents who want their kids to achieve some level of popularity even at an early age, one of the routes or options that will immediately go to your mind is for your little one to be child model.
But before you approach a child modeling agency, you have to be certain that your son or daughter has what it takes to be a model. Here are some signs that will let you know your child is modeling material:
1. Your child is self-sufficient
Although your child will depend on you for a lot of things, if he or she is capable and happy doing things on his or her own, he or she scores points on independence.
Child models have to be in a good mood and put on a beautiful smile on their face throughout an audition or casting call, and during a shoot. They should be able to do this even if a parent can’t talk to or remind them every minute or so.
If you know that your child can work on his or her own with little or no supervision and doesn’t rely on you for the smallest things, he or she has one of the most important traits a model should have: self-reliance.
2. Your child can understand and follow instructions easily
During go-sees, auditions, and modeling casting calls, your child will be given various instructions on how to pose, smile, walk, etc. The same thing will happen during actual commercial shoots or fashion shows.
For your son or daughter to find enjoyment and success in the modeling industry, he or she should be a good listener and follow instructions easily.
Since your child is still young, it is alright for you or another person to explain the instructions or repeat them to your little one. However, your child will definitely stand out and have an easier time coping with the demands of modeling if he or she can understand and follow instructions to a T right away.
3. Your child is sociable
Models interact with people all the time. Aside from meeting and talking with casting agents and directors, your child will have to mingle with other kids attending the audition or casting call, other parents and people involved in the event.
Because of this, your child needs to be friendly, outgoing and able talk to different types of people. A child who withdraws from people and social interactions will typically have difficulties coping with the social component of modeling.
But if your child is naturally friendly and can easily converse with others, even people he or she just met at a playground or anywhere else, your little one will love being a part of the modeling industry.
4. Your child is confident
Even if you think your child takes photos well, can take directions, and is simply the cutest kid in the world, if he or she is shy and doesn’t believe in his or her talent and potential, you will have a hard time convincing him or her that he or she is modeling material.
To succeed and stay long in the modeling industry, models need to be confident. They need to trust in their capabilities and be determined to make it in this business.
If your child has always shown a clear sense of determination and believes he or she has what it takes to be a model, you can support him or her in this endeavor.
5. Your child wants to be a model
Finally, no matter how much you want your child to be a model, if he or she doesn’t want to be one, you can’t force your wants and dreams on him or her.
If your child is old enough, ask him or her if he or she wants to try modeling. Give him or her an introduction to modeling and gauge his or her reaction. Does he or she look interested or bored while you are talking?
Encourage your little one to ask questions as well. Make sure you answer them as completely and honestly as you can.
If your child wants to try modeling, support him or her in every way possible. Find your little one a modeling agency, bring him or her to auditions, etc. If he or she finds all these activities fun and exciting, continue supporting his or her decision.
However, if your child finds everything tedious and simply doesn’t want to do it anymore, know when to stop. Let your child pursue something he or she genuinely wants to do or achieve.
A successful child model can definitely be a feather in any parent’s cap. But before you immerse your child in this industry, you have to be sure he or she has the chops and that he or she really wants to be a model.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.