Pros and Cons of a Child Model Agency

Whether your child has the ability to be the next Adriana Lima depends on whether a parent has the confidence to take the leap of faith and enable their child to pursue a career in modeling. Although it’s good to start young and enroll in a child model agency, there are hard choices to make.

Cons First

Let’s start with the cons! Then, shall we? Firstly, modeling is like any other job, requiring time, sacrifice, patience, and discipline; hard to ask from adults, and harder to ask from a child.

Children in their formative years are very active, constantly want to run and play, and rarely have any affinity for posing patiently in a studio. But this is only a con if a child doesn’t like modeling, or in worse cases forced into the industry. Remember this always, looking good alone isn’t enough. Anyone who wants to excel in modeling must have a good personality and work attitude as well. Hence, parents should only enroll a child into a modeling agency if he/she has the aptitude for modeling or loves the job.

Modeling has assignments throughout the day and you may get an important job during office hours. A child must be dedicated to going for a shoot after school, and a parent might have to request for time-off to send the kid to the assignment. It requires sacrifice to make it work. This then drives home the reason why a child must want to become a model at their own will.

There are many fake artists and scam agencies out there to exploit hopeful parents and families who want to see their kid become a famous model.

Key indicators of fake agencies include:

• Located in suspicious areas

• Guarantee you a job on the first day (Professional agencies know this process takes time)

• Call you for an appointment after office hours or odd timings

• Do not require a portfolio or contract (All good clients are attracted by your portfolio. It’s as important a resume.)

Pros

If the child has a vibrant personality, photogenic face and has aspirations of being a successful model, then modeling can be a very big pro. Kids, who become good models, do so because they like the perks of the work such as fame and attention.

A good kid model agency will have an extensive network of contacts, and your child might get exposed to big names and companies at a very young age. It presents a good opportunity to network, socialize and progress rapidly in later stages of a child’s career.

When the child hits their prime (teenage/youth) years, they can out beat their competition with more than just looks, but with significant experience in the industry. It’s always hard to tell if a kid wants to pursue modeling long-term, but if that is the case in future, acquiring experience from young matters.

Travelling is a possibility when joining a big modeling agency dealing with overseas clients and contacts. A …

Toddlers in Tiaras – The Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Just saying the words Beauty Queen causes you to think of gleaming smiles, evening gowns and diamond tiaras. Following the success of films such as Drop Dead Gorgeous and Miss Congeniality, beauty pageants are growing all the more popular in western culture. There was a time when pageants were specifically for girls and women over the age of 18, now however there are child beauty pageants which are open to girls under 12.

Initially the thought of girls in child beauty pageants are a bit shocking however, if you think about how naturally little girls go into their mother's wardrobe and try on jewellery and shoes, pageants are just an extension of childhood fantasies of being a princess. Provided that the outfits that the child wears in the pageant are tasteful, then there is little reason to object to them.

The different rounds in a beauty pageant can allow the child to develop skills that they may require later in life. For instance, the interview round can teach the participant about enunciation, voicing their opinions and general public speaking skills. In addition to this, they will learn how to be themselves and feel comfortable talking to larger groups of people, which can be crucial in school situations when presentations may need to be given in class.

The talent portion of a beauty pageant allows the child to develop their own talents and having to perform it in front of others will help them to overcome shyness. One of the main reasons that parents enter their children in child beauty pageants is to help boost their self esteem. Although not every child can win the overall competition, each child will be given a prize for taking part. In addition to this, these pageants encourage the child to be more comfortable in their own skin.

Many parents who have had children with birth defects will enter them into these pageants in order to teach them that they are not different to other children and can take part in the things that other children take part in. This works both ways, as the children in the competition learn not to judge others if they are disabled and become more accepting; This is something that a lot of children do not have the ability to do if they rarely interact with a disabled person.

Beauty pageants give children the opportunity to be made to feel like a princess for a day, there is the potential that some may feel it encourages children to grow up too quickly, but if the children have well grounded parents then there is little reason to think this. I know from experience that young girls spend hours just day dreaming about wearing diamond tiaras, high heels and makeup.

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