This is an incredibly important question that either parents or teen models must ask themselves because let’s face it; not everyone is suited to a life in front of the camera.
And believe it or not, we’re not just talking about good looks, great teeth, and a clear complexion. A child model’s confidence and attitude can be just as important.
It’s not the same as taking photos at home
A child may seem like a natural in front of the camera at home, but standing in front of a group of strangers in a professional setting is very different.
They’ll need to be comfortable posing next to adults and other children that they don’t know all while taking directions from the photographer.
So if your child usually shies away from photos with distant relatives, then there’s a chance they may not be best suited to this industry.
It’s lots of hard work
Some parents and models have told us how surprised they were to learn that modelling takes so much effort. They thought they would just roll up to the shoot, take some photos, and be on their way home in the space of an hour or two.
This is rarely the case as shoots often involve multiple wardrobe changes, background changes, and several hair and makeup sessions. So yes, it can get very tiring.
Rejection can be hard to take
Rejection is something that is unavoidable in this industry, and it happens a lot. Everything depends on what the company or photographer are looking out for, and if a child doesn’t have it, then they won’t get the gig.
It’s nothing personal but for some children and parents, the rejection can be hard to take. This is particularly true for teen models who are much more involved in the business side of their career.
Both parent and child need to be able to deal with this and know from the outset that rejection will happen.