If you answered yes then you’re in the right place.
** I am located in the San Diego area, so most of my advice is for the LA modeling scene, but can be applied to other areas. **
I have gotten a lot of questions over the months about how to get a child into modeling. I’ve repeated myself to different mommies looking for information more times than I can remember. I figured that I might as well write it all down so I can just point you all in this direction.
I’d say the hardest part is taking that first step. Let’s dive in…
STEP 1 GETTING STARTED
– is my baby photogenic? Does he/she do well in front of the camera?
If you answered yes to most of these questions then congratulations! You can move onto step 2.
STEP 2 SEEKING REPRESENTATION
There are a few things you are going to need before you can start crashing auditions and opening up that college fund.
1. You will definitely need an agent for your son/daughter.
Tip: agents will NEVER ask for start-up fees. They only make money when you make money. Don’t pay anything up front.
Search online for different modeling agencies in your area if you don’t want to commit to the drive to LA. If you don’t live near or are able to commute to LA or New York than your work will be limited to local jobs.
My son worked with San Diego Model Management and LA Models.
Here are a few others that I’ve heard good things about:
Follow the instructions each agency has posted online. They will either require you to email pictures and stats or mail them in. Sometimes they require a resume and cover letter. This is usually the case for older kids.
I only applied to agencies that accepted email applications. I sent my son’s recent head shots and full body shots to LA Models on a Sunday and heard back the following day. They booked him for work THAT week. Be ready to start ASAP! However, sometime it can take up to 2 weeks to hear back, so don’t get put off.
Here is the ad that he shot the SAME week that he was signed on to LA Models
2. Bust out the photo albums
Your child will need a few RECENT head shots and body shots.
P.S. — ASHLEY DUCHENE photography is awesome. She is part of the reason we got represented so QUICKLY 🙂
Tips: You don’t HAVE to have professional pictures for your little one, but I personally think they help your kiddo get more work. Don’t let an agent tell you that you need to spend money on professional pictures. They aren’t required.
3. Stats, please!
Make sure to include your child’s statistics. Agencies want to know age (In months for babies) current weight, height, clothing size, and shoe size. They may also need to know if your baby is crawling or walking.
And don’t forget your contact information!
Later on, agencies may ask you to set up a LA casting networks account where you can update pictures, stats, and your child’s resume.
Just make sure to follow their instructions (on their websites) on how to apply for representation and they will guide you through the rest.
Once you get that email or phone call that someone is interested it’s smooth sailing from then on out!
STEP 3 CONGRATULATIONS!
Your baby can now join the workforce and receive W2s
Obviously your agency will give you the rundown, but here’s what you need to expect:
Your child YOU will be filling out a lot of paperwork
Get the paperwork back to your agent ASAP so your child can be available for work ASAP
You’ll need a computer, printer, and scanner.
2. Your child needs an entertainment work permit
Yep, you’re starting him young 😉
Read about it here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse-cl.htm
3. $$ “I’m in the money!” $$
Well, it’s not YOUR money. It’s your kid’s money. 🙂 Just be sure to handle it properly.
Set up a savings account & Coogan account for your child.
Decide what you want your child’s money to be going towards. It’s always good to set up a savings account for your little one. College is dang expensive now-a-days!
Coogan accounts are also required. These accounts protect a portion of your child’s money. A percentage of his/her pay will automatically be deducted and placed in a secure account that cannot be accessed by you or the child until they are 18 years old.
Your agency will deal with payment and cut your child a check after they take their cut. You can then deposit it into your child’s checking account.
Wait, I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. You’re little one isn’t getting paid yet. I’m pretty sure you all are still on step 1 of this journey 😉
More to come later. I don’t want to overwhelm any of you !
^^ This could be your baby 🙂