There’s more to baby modeling than just dressing children in cute, adorable outfits and getting them to smile and stay awake during a photo shoot.
If you think your child has what it takes to make it in the world of baby modeling, here are some facts you should know about before taking on the role of a baby model mom:
To book jobs, your baby needs to have the “right personality”
Agents are always on the lookout for babies that are healthy, bright-eyed, have amazing skin, and a charming smile. If your baby has all these, the next thing you have to think about is your child’s personality. One-year-old babies are already forming their unique personalities at this age, so carefully observe yours before making your final decision.
All agents and talent scouts want babies with plenty of character that stands out. They are also looking for baby models that are cheerful and good-natured. Moreover, they want baby models that are easy to work with.
Keep in mind that in the modeling industry, your baby will be constantly surrounded by and working with complete strangers. So if your child is uncomfortable and tends to cry easily when he or she sees unfamiliar faces, you may have to reconsider your decision. If he or she is always cranky around strangers, it might be best not to introduce your baby into the world of modeling no matter how adorable he or she looks.
It requires a high level of commitment and flexibility
Baby modeling is an industry. If your baby starts getting jobs, photo or commercial shoots will happen during weekdays, between the hours of nine in the morning and five in the afternoon.
If you are working and your schedule doesn’t allow you to simply drop everything when you get an unexpected call for a photo shoot or a casting call, think twice about getting your child involved in baby modeling. All agents and their clients are professionals working for a living and, hence, will not schedule their work around your availability.
Choose the right modeling agency to work with
A modeling agency will be your best partner in realizing your dreams for your baby. As such, it is important that you choose one that is reputable, reliable, and already has a good record for getting their models gigs.
To find a good baby model agency, go online. Use Google and social media to look up reviews. Visit each agency’s website and check their portfolios to get an idea of the models in their lineup.
It would also work to your advantage to select an agency that is within or near your location. If you decide to work with an agency in a distant city, you and your child will have to travel at your own expense for meetings or casting calls. You and your child will be stressed out by the frequent long journeys, too.
You can also ask other parents you know or those active on social media sites and forums about the modeling agencies they work with. Most of the time, you won’t go wrong with signing up with a highly-recommended agency.
Beautiful photos are essential
Once you have selected your child’s modeling agency, you need to submit several photos of your baby.
In general, child models do not need professional headshots until they are at least four years old. This is because kids grow quickly and, as such, spending the money on professional photographs isn’t a good idea or investment.
Although you don’t need to have your baby’s photos taken by a professional, you still have to ensure you will be submitting only the best pictures. Some tips that will help you with these are:
- Pick photos that show off your baby’s best assets.
- Make sure you submit several pictures with your baby smiling.
- Choose photos that capture your baby’s entire face. This means not putting a hat on your baby, and making sure his or her hair isn’t covering the eyes or any part of the face.
There is a variety of work your baby can get
Finally, once your baby starts getting noticed, he or she can appear anywhere — from TV, print, online, and even in in-store advertising posters.
Baby models also have the chance to play a starring role in baby care books and appear on packaging for baby toys, baby medicine, and other infant products.
Since your baby can’t make decisions and speak up yet, you have to be 100% certain that modeling is something that you and your child want to get into.
Your top priority should always be your baby’s health and happiness. And the same holds true whether your child becomes a model or not.