The Complete Guide to Child Modelling

At Bubblegum Talent we think that all children are wonderful. So when an eager parent gets in touch hoping that we’ll sign their kid up, we totally understand their excitement and enthusiasm, and if we’re honest, we get a little caught up in the excitement too.

It’s at this point, though, that we have to remind parents that child modelling isn’t just about taking a few photos and watching the college fund grow. You see, while modelling can be lots of fun and a great way to make some extra cash for your child, it’s not quite as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but the rewards are pretty great.

Whether you’re the parent of a child model or an aspiring teen model yourself, you may need a little helping hand as you take your first steps in the industry. Luckily for you, our Complete Guide to Child Modelling provides that help. From finding an agent to getting paid and everything in between, this guide provides you with all the information you need to improve your chances of success. See below a few examples of the practical advice you can receive:

  • Is your child suitable for this industry?
    • 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.
  • Finding a Reliable Agency
    • When Bubblegum  first opened its doors back in 1981, there were very few agencies that represented children. This made it much easier for parents to  find a reputable agency as generally speaking, most were pretty good.
    • These days, however, it’s a little different. Yes, there are still plenty of amazing agencies out there that do incredible work for their models, but there are also quite a few that are only interested in collecting membership fees and adding as many models to their books as possible.
    • It’s extremely important that you do your homework and find the agency that is right for you. Try to  find genuine people who have experience working with the agency. Check the agency’s client list and ask to see samples of their models’ work. Most will share their models’ success stories on their social media profiles so you can also take a look there.
  • Does your child need a Working Permit?
    • Children who work in the entertainment industry are required by law to have a work permit for both paid and unpaid work. The permit ensures that the child’s best interests are taken into account at all times.
    • Your agency should handle the application process, and the permit will need to be signed off  by your school.
    • The laws and regulations regarding child employment in the entertainment industry may vary slightly from state to state so take the time to check your local government website.

These are just a few examples of the topics broached in this guide. It will help you navigate through the complicated terrain which is child modelling and answer questions you’ve never even thought to ask!

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