Mother Knows Best: Tips From The Parent Of A Child Model

Having a child in the modeling industry can be both an exciting and, at times, a chaotic experience. And Lisa Pimber — whose son, Kaeden, was not only the first boy to have his face on every bottle of Downey on the shelves of Target, but was also featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Scottsdale Living magazine — has experienced it all, and shares a few tips on what it takes to be the parent of a child model.

child model parent tipsThe life of a parent with children in the entertainment industry can be both exciting and overwhelming. As for me, my son Kaeden was signed by a modeling agency at age three, and after just two months, he landed his first gig as the first boy to be pictured on the bottle of Downey.

Living in California at the time (about two years ago), we drove to auditions in Los Angeles, which is where the Downey audition was held. Kaeden wore, as requested, a light blue shirt and blue shorts, as did the 15 other boys who were selected to audition. Just a week later, we received the call that him and his dad would be flying to San Francisco for the photo shoot. We got the job!

child model, parent tipsAfter this photo shoot, Kaeden auditioned a minimum of once per week, with gigs ranging from commercials to retail stores. My husband became a full-time dad, taking Kaeden to all of his auditions and booked gigs. Take note: Because you aren’t notified of most auditions until the night before, one parent always needed to be ready and available on the drop of a dime. That was my husband, but he always enjoyed spending time with Kaeden. And, in between jobs and auditions, my husband would work with Kaeden on the alphabet, reading and vocabulary, and most importantly, manners.

child model, parent tipsKaeden’s baby sister, Hailey, came along and joined into the fun. Her first audition was when she was 11 months old for a Johnson & Johnson’s commercial. She did an amazing job, but because I refused to have her hair cut, as she only had a little to begin with, she didn’t get it. It’s my belief that if you don’t feel comfortable, you can say “no”; there are always other jobs. And, a few months later, Hailey booked Carter’s, a children’s clothing store.

Both children enjoy what they’re doing, modeling. Kaeden, now seven years old, has been in two commercials, on three Mattel toys, in one independent film, on two product labels, and on several in-store ads and Internet ads for retail stores and businesses. Hailey has been on a few clothing labels and several Internet promotions. We moved from California to Arizona about two years ago, and since then, it has been very difficult to attend all auditions due to the cost and time it takes to drive to L.A. with little to no notice.

My advice to anyone wanting to enter the talent/entertainment industry (especially child models) is to do your research first. I’ve also provided some tips below:

If an agency says they will take you, but you have to pay money upfront, do not sign. We have never had to pay a cent for our agent in California.
However, you will need to pay for your own photo sheets, composite cards and zed cards, which are basically a compilation of a few photos to take to and leave at an audition ― much like a business card or headshot. These photos are extremely important, and you should always be prepared to pay between $150-$300 a session for three to five looks. Keep in mind that you must update your comp. cards every six months; babies need to update them more often as they grow and change quickly.
Be willing to travel on a day’s notice for an audition that can take as little as three to four minutes. There have been times when we would leave Phoenix at 5 a.m. and get home at midnight for Kaeden to be at school at 8 a.m. that morning.
You cannot pick and choose the auditions. You must commit 110 percent to each and every audition or your agent may not submit you for work.
Know the children labor laws as there are several laws for working on set. For instance, if you work in California, you will need to apply for a Coogan account for your child. This means that some of his/her earning will be deposited and blocked until they reach the age of 18. This must be renewed every six months. You can find this information on the California Department of Public Relations’ Web page.
We believe education is our children’s No. 1 priority, so be sure you speak with your child’s school to arrange how they can get their assignments turned in when they can’t make it to class. When our Kaeden is absent from school, which is often, we always get homework from the teachers for him to complete so he doesn’t fall behind. And with a teacher always present on set to help the kids with their homework, Kaeden has even received Honor Roll Student of the Year at his school for all four quarters, which has made us so proud! With Hailey in preschool, her dad makes sure she knows her numbers and alphabet; this year, he plans to have her reading before she starts kindergarten.
If your child makes more than $400 a year, they must file taxes. It’s best to keep all receipts and expenses documented, just in case they need to file taxes. Kaeden has filed taxes since he was three years old, and both kids are saving their hard-earned money for school. Kaeden even has his first year of college paid for from his paychecks.
While the industry seems like a lot of fun, there’s a lot of work involved for the child ― and even more so for the parents. People always ask us, “Why do you do it? Why do you spend money to travel to auditions?” It’s all about supporting my children in whatever they want to do, whether that is to be become movie stars or models. Education will always be their No. 1 priority, but we plan on giving our children every opportunity they deserve. We will be right there to support them with whatever they decide to do outside of school, and if one day they decide they don’t want to model anymore, than we will stop and move to something else they would like to learn.

Good luck, and one last tip? Never take it to heart. If you don’t get a job, there will always be another audition and another gig. Just have fun, and enjoy yourself.

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What I Have Learned About Child Modeling

When I was little I wanted nothing more than to be a model or actress. I made my mom take me to those open auditions you hear on the radio where they try to sell you portfolio picture packages or acting classes. My mom wasn’t into paying for that stuff, so I felt like I never truly could be “discovered.” HA! I am so glad my mom never paid for those things now knowing what I do about this industry. When Baby A was born I decided to look into modeling because as most parents think, “my girls are so beautiful!“ Not only that, but Baby A really has a special demeanor about her. She is one of the happiest babies I have ever met. That, paired with her adorable features, I thought she would be a good match and actually enjoy modeling. Not to mention college prices are only rising, so it would help put some extra cushion in her savings account.

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Waiting on set gets boring. Time to eat the tag off this new outfit they put me in.

I recently posted a picture on social media of Baby A on set of her latest role — playing a Baby (duh) for a commercial. She has also done a handful of print ads for various local Twin Cities companies. I had quiet a few Facebook friends come out of the woodwork asking how I got her set up doing it, so I thought I would write a post on what we have learned so far. We are by no means experts, but thought I’d share our experiences over the past six months of doing this.

1. Submitting to agencies — don’t pay for fancy pictures! Every agency I submitted the girls into simply asked for any type of picture (non-professional is fine) at least 4×6, but not exceeding 8×10, in size. Usually if you go to the agency’s website it will have information on what they want you to send to be considered. Babies change rapidly, so make sure they are very recent pictures. I sent in three 4x6s of each girl to four Twin Cities agencies. A headshot, full body shot, and candid shot. Include all information on the back of the pictures (parent name, their name and stats, contact information) and mail them out. Some agencies will take emails (only one did in my case) — most said mail submissions only. We stuck only to submit with local agencies since we are not willing to travel for castings. Just Google “modeling agency, Minneapolis” or wherever and lots should pop up.

2. They will contact you. Trust me, if they are interested in your child they will. And in most cases, if you are contacted by multiple agencies you can work with ALL the agencies (unless you have to sign a non-compete, which is not normal unless you are highly regarded). So now — assuming they contact you back, what does a relationship with an agency look like?

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Making new Baby and Mommy friends while waiting between shoots.

3. The agency will contact you about castings that your child fits the bill for. Then if you are available to take your child to the casting, you will schedule it through the agency. Go to the casting with your child. Generally, it is 15 minute (or less) process. They want to see the child’s demeanor and also the parent that accompanies them. Don’t be that overbearing stage parent. Let the professionals do their job and step back. If they need you to step in, they will ask. Then off you go. They will contact your agency if they deem your child is a good fit. Sometimes you get paid for “go-sees”/castings/auditions (if the client specifically asks for your child), but most of the time you do not.

4. Congratulations! Your child is cast! Now what? You will be given a time to arrive on set and they will generally do the rest (outfit, hair, makeup). Be sure to bring baby lotion, bottles, diapers, a blanket, and a toy to occupy your kid in case you have to wait. Usually they have a craft table with food if your child is eating solids. Most clients pay by the hour, but some will do fixed rate (I have seen this for video shoots). If you only work a few minutes, most pay for the full hour which is nice. Generally the rate includes the image/video rights forever or for “X years” and this is laid out in the contract that the agency would have sent you (ask your agency if you don’t see this). Again, let the professionals do their thing and be there in case of questions and if they need your intervention if the child is getting upset.

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I don’t usually take pictures on set as I don’t want to appear to be “that mom,” but was able to sneak a few at our last commercial while the crew was busy working.

5. Print vs Video. We have found print to be quick and easy. Baby A goes to a quick 10 minute casting and on the shoot date she is on set for less then an hour. Video productions are another story. Baby A went to a casting for about 15 minutes and then got a call back the following week for another 15 minute casting — neither of these were paid. She ended up being picked and was given a flat rate if her video footage wasn’t used (say she got fussy and they couldn’t use her and used the other Baby) and another flat rate if they did use her footage for the commercial. You don’t know what rate you will get until after production when they decide which Baby footage to put in the commercial (in our case they were shooting with her and only one other baby). This is typical with babies, to have a “back-up.

Next, they had her go to a fitting a week later which took about an hour. Finally, the shoot date. We had to arrive for a 7:50 a.m. call time and were given no idea of how long we would be “on set” (I asked). Luckily, they shot the Baby scene first, so we were out of there by 10:30 a.m. During that time only about 20 minutes was spent actually shooting. The rest was waiting a lot in a small trailer with many other actors, doing make-up, and getting her dressed. Then more waiting. Lots of waiting, but it was a fun experience and everyone was nice (professional and busy, but nice and accommodating).

6. Getting paid. Depending on the terms the agency has with the client, you will get paid once the agency is paid (usually 30-45 days out). The agency will take a percentage for doing their part (10-20 percent is common) and you will get the rest. Remember taxes are not taken out, so set some aside for that at the end of the year so you are not surprised!

My advice is if you child does enter this world, know as a parent you are there for only a few things: support, transportation and guardianship. I guess similar to putting your child into sports — you let the coaches do their thing. The amount of pride you feel as a parent seeing your child smile in front of the camera is pretty awesome, I must admit. I suppose it is similar to seeing your kid win a soccer game.

4 How-To Tips to Get Your Child Into Modeling

After our story on 50 Cent’s two-year-old landing a $700,000 modeling campaign, many of you shared adorable photos of your little ones on our Facebook and asked for child modeling advice. We did a little research over the weekend and found some valuable insight into the industry. Keep in mind that making $700,000 is very rare, even for adult models, and probably won’t be the case for your child.

Before investing the time into finding your child an agency and going on castings, first make sure that modeling is something that he is genuinely excited about. Your kid should never feel pressured to model or feel like you will be mad if he decides it’s not something he wants to do. Once you’re certain that your little one is really on board, take note of the tips below.

Take clear and clean photos.

When taking snapshots of your kid, note that less is more. As adorable as the photo of him with cake and sprinkles all of over his face may be, that typically isn’t the photo that agencies want to see. Instead, he should be facing the camera; no hat, sunglasses or makeup. “You can easily take this kind of picture at home with a digital camera,” according to BabyCenter.com. “Make sure the pictures show your child’s features and take a variety of poses, including head shots and full-body shots.” The photos should be in color.

Once you’ve taken several quality photos, send two to three by mail to reputable agencies “with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a short letter stating your interest,” Charles Ramsey, owner of Product Model Management in New York City, tells Parents.com.

Don’t spend a fortune on photos.

You don’t have to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on professional photos. Some agencies may try to convince you that this is necessary, but it is not and agencies that say otherwise are probably running a scam. Margaret Pelino of Ford Models tells Parents.com, “But why would you spend a fortune taking pictures of, say, a 3-year-old? He’s not going to look the way he does for very long.” Simple at-home snapshots are actually preferred among many top agencies. An agency may ask if you have a composite card (a card with several small photos of your child) which shouldn’t cost much more than $200.

Never pay money upfront.

One of the biggest signs that an agency is conning you is if they ask you for money upfront. Most reputable agencies will not start taking money until your child has been signed and companies are booking him for work. Parents.com says that once the model is signed, the agencies “usually take a cut of about 20 percent from you for setting up each modeling job and the same sum from the company that hires your child.” If an agency is trying to persuade you to pay any initial fees, especially if they’re costly, decline their offer and continue your search for representation elsewhere.

Go with a reputable and registered agency.

Doing your research on agencies is critical so that your child is protected and has a good experience. Pick an agency that is registered with the Better Business Bureau and one that has an impressive portfolio to reflect their credibility. You representation should have some proof, whether a page on their website or via their social media, of campaigns that they’ve booked for their clients. For example, Future Faces’ official Facebook page has multiple photos of their clients in ads for top brands like Ruum and H&M.

For safety purposes, never leave your child alone with an agent or photographer. Be with him at all times, even if the agency is reputable, to ensure that his physical and emotional safety are protected.

We hope that these tidbits helped. These are just basic pointers and you should continue to do more research if child modeling is something of interest to your family.

Junior Eurovision 2006

The reason for posting these videos on a blog about “models” is because Google does not like this kind of websites and I need some other kind of content to balance, otherwise website will no longer shown on Google search. Second reason is that I like children music and dancing and I am sure that most of you also like.

My favorite songs: 04 and 06, my favorite dance: 04, most beautiful kids 06 and 08.

01 – Portugal – Pedro Madeira – “Deixa-me sentir” – Portuguese – 14th – 22 place

02 – Cyprus – Luis Panagiotou & Christina Christofi – “Agoria koritsia” (Αγόρια κορίτσια) – Greek – 8th –  58 place

03 – Netherlands – Kimberly – “Goed” – Dutch – 12th place – 44 points

04 – Romania – New Star Music – “Povestea mea” – Romanian – 6th place – 80 points

05 – Ukraine – Nazar Slyusarchuk – “Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Хлопчик рок н рол) – Ukrainian – 9th place – 58 points

06 – Spain – Dani Fernández – “Te doy mi voz” – Spanish – 4th place – 90 points

07 – Serbia – Neustrašivi učitelji stranih jezika – “Učimo strane jezike” (Учимо стране језике) – Serbian, English – 5th place – 81 points
Contains only 2 lines of chorus in Serbian, while 24 lines of verses are mostly sung in English and a few lines are sung in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.

08 – Malta – Sophie Debattista – “Extra Cute” – English 11th place – 48 points

09 – Macedonia – Zana Aliu – “Vljubena” (Вљубена) – Macedonian – 15th place –  14 points

10 – Sweden – Molly Sandén – “Det finaste någon kan få” – Swedish – 3th place – 116 points

11 – Greece – Chloe Sofia Boleti – “Den peirazei” (Δεν πειράζει) – Greek – 13th place – 35 points

12 – Belarus – Andrey Kunets – “Noviy den” (Новый день) – Russian – 2th place – 129 points

13 – Belgium – Thor! – “Een tocht door het donker” – Dutch – 7th place – 71 points

13 – Belgium Thor! – “Een tocht door het donker” – Dutch – 7th place – 71 points

15 – Russia – Tolmachevy Twins – “Vesenniy Jazz” (Весенний джаз) – Russian 0 1th place –  154 points

Recap of all the songs of the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest