K.S. asks from New Berlin, WI on September 26, 2008
Children in Modeling?
I know this sounds vain but I have heard a ridiculous amount of people tell me how cute my kids are and I'm starting to wonder if I should try to get them into modeling just a little. My idea is to put most of the money in a Roth for them so they would already have a retirement and it would have tons of time to grow. I don't want to take this too seriously and have them affected much so I guess I really just want to know about experiences other people have had. I don't know anything about how this works but I do know how this money could accumulate if we can just let it sit for 60 years!
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Thanks for your help! I plan on looking at some of the agency's sites online but I've started really looking at my kids's personalities and I'm not sure if it's a great idea. Yes, it would be great to get an IRA started for them but I don't think either of them would like it since they are both very "free-spirited" already. Thanks again for all your input.
C.S. answers from Minneapolis on September 27, 2008
I don't have personal experience, but I've had others tell me about it. One thing I think about trying it is just to see how they like and react to the camera. They may be cute, but if they don't cooperate with the photographer it won't be fun. They have to be agreeable to numerous clothing changes too.
S.H. answers from Green Bay on September 27, 2008
Be ware who you sign your children up with, there are some scams out there. We were taken for several hundred dollars and never heard from them. People said the same about our son.
Homeschool Mom and owner of a propserous wellness business,
K.S. answers from Bismarck on September 27, 2008
I was always told the same thing about my kids, so I know how tempting it can be. I guess all I really learned through the process is do not get caught up in those talent scout schemes. You know, the ones that come to town for the weekend and set up at a hotel. You show up one day so they can see you and then they call you back in the evening to tell you how much potential you or your kid has. So you go back the next day and they have a contract for you to sign and then they want a ton of money from you. Any reputable modeling agency will not ask for any money up front. They will spend the money to get the portfolio done because they believe that they will make money in the long run.
I was always told to send several pictures to the modeling agency themselves. If they are interested, they will call you. However, keep in mind that most child models you see just happen to be the kids of employees. Agencies very rarely book children. As far as I know, the closest agency in the midwest if John Casablanca in Minneapolis. I really never went very far with this because as a single parent with two kids, I knew I wouldn't be able to drop everything and fly to the big cities for a weekend for a photo shoot.
I hope something I said may have been helpful to you. Best of luck to you.
J.M. answers from Duluth on September 27, 2008
Your children are certainly very beautiful, especially to you! I used to work for a company that did major photography for a large, nationwide department store. We used children once in a while, often an employee's child. The agencies at the time were mostly interested in ethnically diverse children, and when there is a photo shoot the kids need to be the right age and with a certain "mix" of models in an age category. You can have a photo package made up of your kid/kids and submit them to all the agencies you can find. Please bear in mind, like the previous replies, that you will be responsible for transporting your kids wherever the photos are being shot, and you may wait around for a long time for a few shots to be taken. To me it always seemed like an extremely difficult way to make a small amount of money. Good luck!
R.B. answers from Milwaukee on September 27, 2008
Everyone keeps telling me the same thing and i keep thinking the same thing you dodo it and put the money away for them and i really think i might check into it for at least on of my children if not both
D.H. answers from Milwaukee on September 27, 2008
Not a silly question at all!! In fact, we get the SAME thing with our youngest son who is 5. We too have wondered where to start & who to trust. GOOD LUCK!!
K.D. answers from Madison on September 27, 2008
My youngest daughter who is 7 models at The ROCK Agency in Madison..they are located on Monona Drive. You need to call them to see when they have an open casting call where you go in and meet with the director and she will tell you yes or no. For little ones your 2 ages, they will tell you what kind of pictures to email them to put on their website for people looking for a certain look. They look not just for cuteness but uniqueness and ethnicity does help. My daughter has been at the modeling agency and has had around 6 auditions and has only modeled for 2 . One was a swing set company so she had fun doing that and the other was for a learning materials catalog. It can be expensive to start up and she got paid enough to get a fun toy she wanted..basically I wanted her to do it to help her shyness and she is pretty quiet and she has fun doing it, dressing up and getting her picture taken...It will not be a way for a child to make money..thats for sure:) Hope this helps:)
E.I. answers from Duluth on September 28, 2008
first of all... you have to consider the type of people that are in modeling. and what happens to the kids.
it may seem cute and wonderful on the outside.. but really, do the kids ever get to just be kids? ? do they ever get any time where they can just not have to be looking 'cute'???
there are millions of cute kids out there, and mand many moms who are pushing their kids into modeling for one reason or another. this isnt a decision you just make because everyone tells you your kids are cute. one persons cute is another persons plain. modeling is a tough tough business, cutthroat, mean, rejecting...
i would really really consider not doing this. enjoy your children, let them be kids. if when they are adults modeling is somethign they will enjoy, then great! they can make their good decisions about money and saving then... and still have plenty of time before retirement. chances are for years and years you may be running from here to there and all over to different auditions (or whatever they call them) and you may never make a penny.
think about the stories you hear about childrens modeling ... they are not happy stories. there are too few that are actually successful, happy, normal families...
i highly recommend that no one make their kids model. however, magazines like parents or parenting (i cant remember which one but maybe both) usually do yearly cute kid contests. these seem to be low-key, and simple... and fun. doing something like that might be ok. but i really dont know how much fun a kid in the modeling industry could really have.... and all the pressures to be perfect and cute... all the time?? where does that end? what kind of older children do they turn out to be? what kind of teenager??
you do what you think is best for your children and your family. just being told that your kids are cute isnt really reason to jump into a vicious, evil industry... it could cost you more than its ever worth... even if they would "make it big"... it could cost them their lives.
just let kids be kids... let them choose to model as an adult. theres more money in that anyway. :D
B.I. answers from Des Moines on September 27, 2008
when I was little my sisters and I and some friends took some 'modeling' classes to boost our self confidence. a cool lady agreed to teach us all. we had a big show for all our parents complete with catwalk and even a monologue we had to memorize... and we 'modeled' some funky eighties clothes. (it was the eighties). doing it that way was a good experience, we probably weren't the cutest kids, but it boosted our self confidence. we had a great time, but we paid for it. So if your object is for money... this probably wouldn't work, but if it's something fun for the kids this is a great idea you could get together and do with your friends and their kids. we got to 'be models' and feel great about ourselves, with no stress and no mess.