Modelling kidswear can be a fun and enjoyable experience for children, giving them a taste of a possible future in the fashion or TV industry, whilst still remaining lighthearted and social. If you’re thinking about taking this route with your child, there are something to consider, so read on for some key points about child modelling from Chocolate Clothing.
Sending some professional snapshots (including headshot and full length) with details such as height and shoe size to reputable agencies can be a good place to start. Check out the Netmums Child Modelling Club for a list of suggestions, or research casting agencies for any opportunities to be cast in brand campaign adverts.
Location may have an effect on whether your child is chosen for a modelling job – most kids fashion shoots don’t last over 2 hours, so think about the viability and expense of travelling to short jobs. In the UK most children’s modelling opportunities are in the major cities – London, Manchester and Liverpool.
Your child’s overall disposition is a great indicator on whether casting agents and photographers will pick them for a campaign; bubbly, happy kids who are motivated enough to wait around at shoots and relaxed enough to be prepped for being photographed are what they’re looking for. Parents’ attitudes also play a big part!
Key points to remember:
- Be realistic – there are many things to be clear and realistic about before setting off on this journey and getting involved in the children’s fashion industry – lifestyle, earnings and longevity being the main ones
- Be aware of scams – not all agencies are who they say they are, do your research and check authenticity to avoid financial and safety issues rising. Only contact brand PR departments or reputable children’s modelling agencies
- Don’t take rejection to heart – this is obviously more for your child’s benefit; experiencing rejection is healthy and a good thing to learn whilst young, even though at the time it can seem unmanageable. Around 75% of all applications made to a London agency are rejected each year!
- Allow your child to remain a child – beginning a modelling career at a young age is like starting work before you’ve even left school; keep playdates regular for them to feel involved in their peers lives whilst their own lifestyles may change due to fittings and photoshoots
Take the leap and your child could be modelling for Chocolate Clothing in no time!