Your baby may be flooded with compliments about how he or she will make a good model but that doesn’t mean you can say that your child is ready or even “destined” to be part for the industry. Being a baby model is more than just having a pretty face. Beyond those wide, innocent eyes, the cute button nose, and a beautiful smile should be a child with a great personality.
Having a gorgeous baby isn’t enough for a child to land a modeling gig. But if, as a parent, you believe your baby has a knack for it, here are helpful tips you can apply before you try to have your child join the modeling world:
1. Cultivate good character
Beyond being photogenic and smiley, modeling agencies will want a child with plenty of character. Your baby should have the sparkle and good temperament to handle sometimes time-consuming photo shoots. Since the child will be meeting a lot of strangers, it’s important that he or she is sociable and good-natured.
The kind of work your baby may get will vary. He or she could appear anywhere from an in-store advertising poster for baby clothes to a national TV ad for nappies. With a pleasant and friendly personality, your baby will be able to handle any modeling job and effortlessly smile in front of a camera.
2. Do a test run
During a shoot, a director or photographer will set up the shot they want and look at things like background and lighting. A stylist will also be around to decide on how your baby should look. These things may seem a bit overwhelming for your child so make sure to do a test run before the actual shoot.
To see if your child has what it takes to handle a shoot, ask someone such as a friend or neighbor whom your baby isn’t familiar with to pose with him or her.
Then, leave the two of them alone for a few minutes and see if your baby is calm around a stranger. Most shoots will take 2 to 3 hours so it’s crucial that your baby is okay about dealing with different people even if you’re not always close by.
3. Research agencies
It’s important that you spend adequate time to find a great baby modeling agency with which you can entrust the start of your child’s modeling career.
You have to make sure that your child works with a reputable one. Find an agency that has a solid track record of bookings gigs for their talent, and an excellent reputation to ensure that your baby’s well-being won’t be compromised.
4. Be patient and prepared
Casting calls can take several hours which isn’t an ideal situation when you have an infant with you. Make sure that when you attend an audition that you come well-prepared. Bring with you plenty of baby toys, snacks, and drinks to survive the waiting game.
Don’t forget to consider your baby’s daily routine. Feed your infant beforehand so that he or she isn’t irritable and hungry. Later on, your will have to adjust your child’s routine as well as yours to accommodate your baby’s modeling work schedule.
5. Always be available
Before registering your baby with a modeling agency, you have to be aware that jobs often come at an unexpected time.
You should be able to drop everything and get in the car to bring your child to the location of a shoot quickly. The more available you are, the more chances that the agency will call you as soon as a job pops up.
6. Be punctual
To save yourself from stress and arriving to a shoot all flustered, see to it that you remember schedules and arrive early during photo shoots.
This way, you still have plenty of time at your disposal to prepare for the shoot and prevent your baby from getting stressed. Your baby can pick up on your emotions, so if you’re frustrated, it would be hard for your child to relax and stay calm during the shoot as well.
7. Enjoy the shoots
Treat each shoot as a fun activity for your child so that it can be a wonderful experience for both you and your baby.
This is a great opportunity for you to make friends and start a career for your child. What’s more, you get plenty of treasured memories and photos that your baby can look back to when he or she is older.
8. Never force your baby
Your baby may have what it takes to be a model but if he or she isn’t comfortable being surrounded by lights, cameras, and strangers – don’t force him or her.
Forcing your baby into an unpleasant environment will only stress him or her out, and it simply won’t be worth it. Your child’s well-being should be your number one priority.
Getting your child into modeling should never be a forced decision.
Your baby should be 100% ready and comfortable with modeling before you sign him or her up.
More importantly, if and when your baby starts modeling, be sure to set aside a chunk of his or her earnings so he or she will have access to the best educational programs and to ensure a bright future for your child.
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.