I’m not sure if they saw that I posted about the fact that our kids are in acting classes or if they saw me mention that my daughter wants to be a model or if they just contacted me because I’m a well known blogger, but The Model Child asked me to review their book. I was quite grateful to receive the book because I have a lot of questions about the industry. I want to be safe and not taken advantage of and we may already have been. One key piece of advice is not to pay to be represented. We joined a school that sort of represents them as well. It’s a very expensive school and they have learned a lot but I’m still not sure it was a good decision. The book also talks about finding an agent, taking good photos and the behavior of your child and as a parent. Yep that’s right, if you’re a diva parent your child won’t be selected.
For many parents, a charismatic, energetic child with an adorable smile or big personality inspires dreams or plans of a career in the child modeling business. But entering and being part of the industry is hardly as simple as being discovered by an agent and appearing in magazines. For parents it can mean navigating everything from contracts and taxes, to pitching agencies and managing relationships. There are peak times of the year to work schedules around, in some cases travel, and of course, auditions. While the industry is highly professional, scams and other problems can be an issue for those who might be new or unfamiliar to the industry. Once your child has landed in the business, there is the next step of trying to sustain, grow and manage his or her career and work. The Model Child: A Parent’s Guide to the Child Modeling Industry provides parents of both aspiring and working child models of all ages the tools to understand the business and make the most of your child’s experience.
Insight and information from seasoned professionals in the industry, tips on how to work with agencies, and a realistic look into what to expect during agency meetings, auditions and jobs fill the pages of this useful guidebook. A glossary is included with familiar and common industry terms, anecdotes and helpful details to empower parents to understand the child modeling business, and ultimately benefit their child and his or her career.
In addition to being a resource for parents of child models of all ages and stages in their career, The Model Child also regularly hosts Open House online events on its Facebook page where parents can ask questions, gain insight, and other information from child model professionals. A photo contest is also held to give one lucky child the chance to gain exposure as The Model Child’s book cover model, which includes a chance of a lifetime trip to New York City including round trip airfare for the child and one parent or legal guardian, lodging, and meeting with top child model agents to gain a first-hand experience of the child modeling business. The contest’s $20 entry fee includes a 75% discount on the print copy of The Model Child book. Children age’s three to twelve that are not currently represented by a New York modeling agency are welcome to participate.