Ready To Do More? Kids and Children Stock Photos. For an inside look into the world of baby models, Parents spent a day with month-old Katie Lahey as her mom took her to visit a casting agency and pose at a photo shoot.
But before you do Steer clear of scams. Sometimes it's hard to spot a shady business, but experts agree on one dead giveaway: Most reputable agencies don't start collecting fees until your child has already worked in which case, they usually take a cut of about 20 percent from you for setting up each modeling job and the same sum from the company that hires your child.
Use caution on social media. Comedian and Dad Is Fat author Jim Gaffigan has a lot to say about the joys and struggles of parenting his five kids provide him with plenty of material.
Another trick to beware: Sometimes fly-by-nighters won't ask for money outright; they'll say they need you to spend many hundreds or even thousands of dollars on videos or fancy photos of your child, which they claim they'll then send out to potential clients. Most reputable agencies usually want no more than regularly updated home snapshots or, at most, a set of professionally shot composite cards, which feature a collection of several small photos of your child.
To be safe, check out the agency with your local Better Business Bureau. And follow your intuition, which may prove to be the best guide of all. Be prepared to interact with clients.
Once you sign on with an agency, the real work begins. Still, a majority, you'll go in for a go-see. If you do end up heading to a go-see, "you're in and out in about 15 minutes, but if there's a wait, it could be an hour or so," Escoto shares. Also factor in the time it takes you to travel to and from the site.
You can deduct the travel expenses on your tax return. But go you must: You may have as many as two go-sees a day, then none for weeks. And your child could get hired right away, or it may take 10 or more tries to catch a would-be client's eye.
If your child does get selected, you'll be contacted by your agent. Though you may have visions of millions rolling in from your child's modeling, this is rarely ever the case. Some child models might get only two or three jobs a month, and young kids usually work no more than two hours at a time.
That said, different markets have different rates, Escoto says. Experts also note that it may be the most prestigious-seeming client or job that pays the least, but the paycheck isn't the main incentive. Ivana Firestone, a mom of three child models and a former model herself, explains that her daughter recently did editorial work for a well-known publication.
And that next job may very well be more profitable. TV gigs can yield bigger payoffs, though you'd have to go through a talent agency or an agency division that specializes in television. The process is much the same: Many commercials starring children under 4 years old are filmed several times with several babies: Only the child whose segment is selected ends up making the big bucks. That said, TV work is definitely a gamble that you may come to determine is not worth it.
Then you'll have your fitting and your shoot days. So, that's four commitments before you've even made a dollar. Don't take rejection to heart.
If you do decide to help your child pursue a modeling career, prepare yourself for this certainty: At some point, someone's going to reject her.
It may happen right away, in the form of an email, or later at an agency interview or go-see. Don't let it bother you. Remember, modeling agencies and their clients don't always look for the most beautiful or perfect-looking child to sell a product or represent a story. They may want anything from a tiny brunette with a spray of freckles across her nose to a gap-toothed boy with curly red hair.
And "more and more clients" have been embracing and looking for kids with disabilities or special needs, Escoto points out. It's definitely worth a try. Communicating this to your L. Mom Cathi gives the toddler a bath, feeds her breakfast, then dresses the sandy-haired girl for the day, which will include visits to a casting agency and her modeling company as well as a photo shoot. For now, though, it's Cathi who's doing all the work—packing a bagful of her daughter's toys, snacks, and a change of clothes.
Does Katie know what's going on? I would never do this if she didn't have the temperament. After a bus ride across town, Cathi and Katie arrive at Utopia, where they meet with several booking agents.
The agency represents top children's photographers, who shoot advertisements and catalogs for such clients as GuessKids. The session is brief: Booking agents use this time to make sure the child is comfortable with strangers, attentive, and able to be engaged by a photographer. One of the agents asks Cathi what other modeling jobs her daughter has done, and Cathi runs through some highlights of Katie's odd gigs to date, including a print ad for Baby Gap's holiday line and several fashion shoots for Parents.
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