Baby Modeling: Yay or Nay?
Look through any magazine and catalogue, or even drive by any billboard on a highway, and you will see countless, adorable babies, modeling everything from baby clothes to grown up cars. Want to see you baby on that billboard, but having doubts whether modeling is right for them? Or maybe someone you know advises you against it? Read this article before deciding.
1. It’s good for child’s development
With the help of modeling, babies get exposed to new surroundings, as well as new people. Remember, babies and toddlers 0-4 years old absorb every new experience like little sponges. Each new, positive event helps them develop into well-rounded individuals.
2. It’s fun
Babies and toddlers have fun with modeling. Like sports, hobbies and creative endeavors, it is another fun outlet to experience new things. Many parents will say that their babies light up when they see a camera flash, and genuinely seem to enjoy the process of a photo shoot. As during those kids get to play dress up, or play with new toys and have new experiences! Great activity to develop child’s creative side.
3. Great for making friends
Taking your kid to auditions and castings means meeting like minded moms and future play buddies for your kid! Audition waiting rooms usually have other contenders waiting to be invited to the audition room. While you’re waiting, make conversation with fellow moms, while your kids play! This helps babies and toddlers to develop social and communication skills.
4. Superb bonding experience
Getting your baby into modeling will be a great way to bond with your child. You’ll be going to auditions, agency interviews, and hopefully, on booked photo shoots. This all will make your connection with your baby even stronger!
5. It expands your horizons
Modeling can get both the parents and the baby grand traveling opportunities to other cities, states or even countries and see the world. It’s a fact, going on trips with your children is without question one of the single most important parenting activities that you can ever do. There is simply no substitute for travel. It’s an enormous teaching opportunity for your children in a myriad of ways.
6. It brings joy to the family
The amount of pride you feel as a parent seeing your child smile in front of the camera is pretty awesome. As it is to see your baby in a commercial or on a poster for Baby Gap. Plus, think how many amazing photos you’ll get for your family album!
7. Short working day
State laws and union rules limit how many hours a child can work. So unlike modeling jobs involving grown-ups, which can grind on for many grueling hours, baby photo shoots are about as short as their subjects' attention span. Usually, lasting no longer than 40 minutes.
8. Financial benefits
With college tuitions going up each year, baby modeling has slowly but surely become a great way to start a child’s tuition fund.
Entertainment industry is not the easiest business to get into. Actors and models face a significant amount of rejection trying to get cast. That goes for both grown ups and children, both experienced and beginners. Of course, a small baby will not be affected if they don’t get the job. But you might. Spending your time on going to countless auditions, agency interviews and such, it can be discouraging and disappointing if your cute, adorable, perfect baby isn’t cast by casting directors right away. But you have to understand that this is a very competitive industry. And success doesn’t happen overnight.
For a parent (especially a working parent), time is incredibly precious. If you want your baby to model, then you have to whip out impressive time management skills. Also, auditions have a set time, and often can’t be negotiable, so prepare to take time off work!
Auditions happen all over the country, and sometimes the most exciting ones won’t be local to you. So if you’re truly serious about your baby’s modeling career, prepare to travel. And we don’t have to tell you that traveling with a baby can be incredibly stressful. However, as we mentioned above this part does have some great benefits to it!
4. Star syndrome
There is a tendency that child stars become a bit out of hand in the future and get a bit too self-conscious of how they look. However, this should not be a problem if the baby is only doing a limited number of assignments and under the watchful eyes of the parents, to make the right decisions when a bad attitude starts developing.
To say that baby product industry is booming would be an understatement. Wherever you see a baby product, you need a baby model. Baby models are needed for everything from clothing advertisement, packaging for baby toys or baby medicine, baby magazine photoshoots, commercials, book covers and so much more. So there’s always a plethora of auditions to choose from, if you decide to get your baby into modeling!
See what our customers have to say:
Aubrey Dawkins: I signed up my 3 and a half year old toddler a few months ago. We just got back from a photoshoot in New York. It was much fun! We also had a meeting with MMG agency and will be signing with them. Thanks so much KidsCasting!