How to Become a Teen Model: The Top Tips to Know

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Giving serious thought to pursuing teen modelling as a career? We don’t blame you. We think it’s an excellent choice!

Teen modelling is a fantastic way for teens to make some money as well as make connections. These connections will be crucial if you decide to continue your modelling career into adulthood. If you’re wondering how to become a teen model, look no further. Keep reading for the top tips to know when pursuing a career in teen modelling. 

1. Convince Your Parents

Some parents fully support their children who wish to become a teen model. Others, not so much. Getting your parents’ approval is a crucial step in pursuing a teen modelling career. Even if you are independent and everything a client looks for, they may still require your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission if you are under the age of 18.

This is a step you cannot escape, especially if you are wondering how to become a child model versus a teen model. It’s important you try your hardest to convince your parents and help them understand that teen modelling is your dream.

Some parents are not very open-minded and may object to the idea of their teen pursuing a career in modelling. If that sounds like your parents, start by explaining to them why you want to become a teen model and allow them to voice their concerns.

Be prepared to clear any of their doubts, so your parents see that you understand what you’re getting into. When they see how informed you are about your decision, it will be easier for them to accept and support your dream.

2. Choose Your Field of Modeling

When people think of teen modelling or modelling in general, the first thing that comes to mind is often runway modelling. The world of modelling is so vast, so there are many diverse options you can pursue in a modelling career.

First, find out which field of modelling suits you best. Investigate as many options as you can, here is a list of examples: 

Runway Modeling — Models walk the runway and showcase the clothing line of designers, often high-end but can be commercial brands as well.

Commercial Modeling — Models help sell products to the general public, such as clothing, accessories, makeup, swimsuits, etc.

Fitness Modeling — If you are lean and fit or have an athletic build, this is a great path to pursue!

Parts Modeling — Has anyone told you that you have pretty hands? If anyone has ever completed a specific feature of yours, consider parts modellings—model products such as hand creams, shoes, watches, nail polish, etc.

Promotional Modeling — Promotional models interact with consumers face-to-face and promote a brand, product, or service. If you’re an extrovert or an overall people person, this is a fun field of modelling to be a part of.

3. Do Your Research

If you’re trying to figure out how to become a teen model, congrats on already accomplishing one of the most important steps: doing your research. Becoming a child model or a teen model includes its fair share of challenges along with its rewards.

One of the most crucial teen modelling tips is finding yourself a good modelling agency. Your agency acts as your representative when dealing with potential employers. They will guide you and help you understand the challenges you may face while building your reputation in the field.

They will also work on your behalf to organise contracts and work permits and to make sure that all the conditions and guidelines are met. Your agency also makes sure that you receive the best possible rates of pay. It’s also essential to find an agency with a reputation for looking after its models.

5. Stay Healthy

One of our most essential teen model tips is staying healthy. A health plan is truly inevitable if you wish to pursue a career in the fashion or beauty industry.

Find some time to squeeze in a quick workout. A great and easy way to start is by watching workout videos on Youtube. When it comes to eating healthier, it can be as easy as incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your diet and limiting your sugar intake. Upping your water intake will also do wonders for your skin!

When you exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, hydrate yourself as much as possible, you will see a healthier, happier, and more energetic you.

6. Create a Killer Portfolio

Stand out to potential clients by having a killer portfolio. Make sure your portfolio includes a variety of shots such as headshots and full-length photos. Be sure to include the three-quarter length and full-length photos of yourself.

Your portfolio should have a good balance of shots done ion location in natural lighting as well as shots done in the studio. A strong headshot is an absolute must!

When it comes to what you wear, keep it simple. Jeans and a t-shirt are okay, and avoid wearing long dresses or skirts. Don’t distract or cover up what the agents are trying to see: you, the model. There’s a famous saying in the modelling world, “The clothing shouldn’t wear the model, the model should wear the clothing”.

6. Securing Modeling Jobs

It’s important to note that just because you’ve signed your child with an agency, doesn’t mean they are guaranteed every modeling job that is offered. Your agency will get in touch when they believe your baby is suitable for a particular job. But before each job, you will have to interview for it first.

Basically, this is the process of casting for a job. Remember that you might not be the only parent/guardian with a baby that is interviewing for a modeling job, too. Once you have completed the interview process, you should hear back quite quickly if the modeling job is theirs or not!

How to Become a Teen Model

We hope you found our brief guide on how to become a teen model helpful! The teen modelling industry is a thriving one, so if you’ve been wondering if you should pursue a career in teen modelling, the answer is yes.

Do you think you have the motivation to work hard at teen modelling? Are you ready to take the next step? If so, we at Bubblegum Casting would really love to hear from you! Fill out our application form and get started now!

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WANT TO BE A CHILD
ACTOR OR MODEL?

At Bubblegum, we represent some of Australia’s brightest young stars, but even so, we’re always on the lookout for fresh new faces and talent.

If your child is aged anywhere from 3 months to 18 years of age, and you think they might have what it takes to shine in front of a camera or on stage, then we want to hear from you.

We’ll set up a quick informal chat where we’ll get a feel for your child’s suitability for working in the industry.

The lucky kids that make it onto our books benefit from in-house workshops and coaching sessions to help them brush up on their skills. They’ll also get great advice and tips from the Bubblegum team, some of whom have worked as child models and actors themselves! We’ll even arrange a portfolio shoot with our in-house photographer.

We want all the kids on our books to have their chance to shine and if that means working twice as hard to make it happen, then that’s what we’ll do!