Every now and then (well, actually it’s a little more than that) we get asked how long it will take before a child starts making a name for themselves in the world of child modelling. And each and every time we give the same rather non-committal answer; ‘it depends.’
Yeah, we know, it sounds like a complete cop-out of an answer, but it really is true. Success as a child model depends on attitude, effort, opportunities, and sometimes a healthy dose of good luck.
And while parents can help their child with attitude and effort, and we think luck might have something to do with fairies, opportunities are something that the right casting agency can help you out with.
It just so happens that we know of a little old kid’s talent agency in Australia that knows a thing or two about child modeling and even acting. Now, we don’t want to spend too much time tooting our own horn (honest!), so instead, we’d like to explain to you how choosing the right agency can help give your kid the best start in their life as a child model or actor.
And as for that rapid rise to success and fame? We’ll get to that a little later.
It’s all about who you (we) know
First off it’s the connections in the industry. When an agency is in business as long as Bubblegum Casting, you get to know who the movers and shakers are in the industry. You know who the best photographers and casting directors are and what they often look for in a child model.
This gives you, the parent of your little star-in-the-making, the perfect opportunity to prepare for auditions in the best way possible. You’ll get access to expert advice from people who have been in the industry for decades which will improve your child’s chances of making it through the first round of auditions.
Not a bad head start, is it?
Location, location, location
Say you’re based in Sydney or not too far from the city, then, of course, it pays to have a local agency working for you. We’ve heard plenty of stories in the past of kids who signed up with agents outside their state on the basis of their reputation only to find that most auditions and shoots involved too much travel time.
A kid’s talent agency in Sydney who also has offices in Melbourne and Brisbane (ahem… Bubblegum Casting!) can ensure that auditions aren’t too far away. They will also take into account how far you are willing to travel and put your child forward for shoots that are nearby.
But what about that rise to fame?
Once in a while a golden opportunity comes along that could see your child grace the cover of a national magazine or become the face of a major brand’s advertising campaign. And while those chances don’t come along every week, if one does, it could be the start of something big.
Opportunities like these could involve local auditions and then a trip to shoot on location or in a studio in another city so they will take a little more effort from both parent and child.
But trust us, the reward is well worth the effort.
Kids who take part in campaigns with national coverage may find that companies, casting directors, or even photographers request them based on their previous work.
So yes, with the right agency putting your child forward for the right jobs, he or she could make their splash in kids modelling within a year. Exciting stuff, right?
So can Bubblegum Casting guarantee success?
The short answer to that is no. And if anyone makes such a promise to you, then we’d love to hear how they propose to do it.
What we can do, however, is put your child in the best position possible to take advantage of any of those ‘golden opportunities’ that may come their way once they sign up with us.
We spend a great deal of time making sure that all of our talented children are prepared for the fun challenges they will come up against as they launch their career in kids modelling. We help them get comfortable in front of the camera and teach them that being themselves is the best approach when it comes to auditions and shoots.
If they follow our advice and try their best, then the world is their cupcake. But like we mentioned before, it will take some effort from both parent and child if they are to stand a chance of making it into the big time.
In the world of child modelling, a year is a long time, and with the right team and support behind your child then in that time, anything is possible.
Are you and your child looking for a casting agency in Sydney? Or perhaps Melbourne or Brisbane is your hood? Wherever you’re based, you know what to do! Get in touch today, and one of our lovely agents will arrange a time to have a chat with you and your child about your hopes for the future.