Thursday, April 25, 2013

Totally Unrelated to School - Child Modeling

I am posting this because when I went looking for information on going on an audition for child modeling I couldn't find anything helpful. Also, I know that people have strong opinions on child modeling - this is not a post on the pros and cons of child modeling.

My oldest daughter has been signed up with a modeling agency since she was about 9 months old. She was an adorable baby (of course - every baby is adorable) and she had a very sweet temperament that made taking cute pictures easy. We signed up with an agency that did not require any money upfront and that did not require professional head shots. (Zero investment on our part.)

For five years I have continually updated her "portfolio" - sending in new pictures as she changed. Not once in this time did we even get a call for an audition.

Well, finally we did! She was invited to audition for a local clothing company in Seattle. We lived in Seattle when we signed her up with the agency and have since moved to Vancouver. We decided to go for it and make the long drive (and spend a little time with grandma and grandpa).

The problem was - I had no idea what to expect. I was completely clueless as what to do and what to tell my daughter to do. So, for any parents who just got the call for their child's first audition here is what happened next...

I dressed my daughter in a brand new sundress with shoes that were relatively new looking (I did read about the importance of good shoes on a blog about child modeling auditions). Overall, she was looking her very best. Although she was wearing no make-up or jewelry (something required by the company).

At the audition I was surprised to see that most of the other kids were just in jeans and t-shirts. They weren't concerned about what they were wearing because most of the pictures were being taken of the kids wearing the sample clothes (lots of moms pulling clothes on and off their kids). I don't think that this is the case with some auditions, but this is what happened for us.

My daughter tried on about 20 different outfits. Each time she got something on she would stand in line for a turn with the photographer. She would then stand in front of a white sheet backdrop and smile (just like a school picture).

When she had tried on everything in her size they excused us to leave.

At the request of the agency we brought "head shots" (8x10s of her school picture copied at Kinkos) and a "resume" (a list of the classes she had taken - ballet and gymnastics). We did notice that many of the kids had professional photos and long resumes, but I didn't get the impression that it was that important.

I hope that this was helpful - I hate not knowing what to expect in a new situation.

I will say that my daughter had a lot of fun and she is still young enough to not really understand (or care) about getting the job or not. To her, today was a crazy game of dress-up and that is just fine with me :).

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