- 1). Build a portfolio. If you believe your child has what it takes to become a model, a portfolio that includes basic information about your child and a selection of photographs is the first step in getting your child started in a modeling career. Have a set of professional photographs taken, but include natural shots you've taken yourself. The wider range of pictures you include in your child's portfolio, the better his or her chances of getting accepted by a talent agency or manager. The photos should be 8x10, both in color and black and white shots. If your child has any experience in the entertainment industry, a resume listing those credits should go into the portfolio as well.
- 2). Secure an agent and an entertainment lawyer. The agent will be able to open doors for you in the modeling industry. The agent or talent agency will receive between ten and fifteen percent on each job secured for your child, but the money is worth it. An agent will get more work for your child than you can.
An entertainment lawyer is also crucial. You may feel that no one can manage the legal issues of your child's career better than you, but contracts can be tricky. Any lawyer will do, but an entertainment specialist is best. They deal with legal entertainment issues everyday and are familiar with details associated with the entertainment industry.
You can find talent agents and entertainment lawyers by consulting an online database (see resources). Some of these resources cost, but the results they produce are invaluable.
- 3). Follow all application guidelines once you've found suitable agent candidates for your child. Submit only the type and number of photographs the agency requests. Include a short letter of introduction that tells a little about your child, any previous experience he or she has, and what your goals are for your child. Thank the agency for considering representing your child. Keep the letter short. Most agency guidelines will let you know when you can expect to hear from them. Do not give a follow-up call or email until the waiting period has come and gone.
- 4). Attend auditions with your child, but stay on the sidelines and out of the way. Most photographers will understand a parent's need to be present. As a parent, you have that right. Getting in the way or trying to do the photographer's job, though, could cost your child work in the future. You're there to monitor, not to do the photographer's job.
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