You may have to sit on a set, with your child doing modeling work…so breathe. Read a book, knit, etc. A calm Mom is a patient Mom, one that agents will want to work with. If you are a high strung type A personality this is probably not a good idea for you.
Reality is…if they don’t like the mom, they won’t hire the baby! Period.
We say this with love!
The photo above is a perfect example of what NOT to do. Hoods or hats, sunglasses, etc. covering a child’s hair is NOT a good idea. You do NOT want to hide the child’s hair or cover it with anything! With very young children you do not have to do professional pictures, regular snapshots from home are fine…UNLESS the agency you are represented by requires professional pics…they might. But BABIES change all the time, every month or so they look different, so why spend $$$$$ on headshots? Think about it. Some jobs are called “directly booked” that means the casting director saw your babies photo and booked the baby right directly from the photo. The casting person wants that same child to walk in the door, not 6 months previously when mommy did the headshots. Use your head about this.
Have you ever been told in the mall or grocery store …”Your child should model, he/she is sooo adorable!” I know all parents think their children are the cutest out there, but hey, we’re their parents just a little biased.
It does take a special kind of parent or child to get into baby-toddler-and child modeling. Parents have to take it all seriously, show up on time etc. Kids MUST BE FRIENDLY! SHY is not a word that should be a description of your child. Submit your CUTIE PATOOTIE NOW!
Kids Models – Baby and Child Modeling
O.K. So the worst thing a parent can do is get on the phone and blab about “Johnny not booking the Gap commercial”….IN FRONT OF JOHNNY!
If you are a parent in the entertainment industry, you are lucky to have the opportunities! Don’t blow it by becoming a horrible industry parent. PLEASE do not put pressure on your child before an audition, it serves no purpose for the child. Don’t discuss NOT getting a call back either, that can make your child feel bad, and a failure.
If you focus on having a great time at the audition, enjoying the fact you are there, it will show in your child’s behavior and how they come across to other people. When they aren’t under pressure they are more themselves, and come across better to a casting director.
Have fun with it! If it’s not fun, take them out! 🙂
…That’s all folks!
Children Models – Baby and Child Modeling