One model shares her tips on how your child can break into the big, bad world of modeling.
As glamorous as it all can seem on the outside, it's no surprise that in reality, modeling can be a pretty ugly business. So what do you do if your daughter has dreams of making it in the sometimes scary world of models? Don't worry, momlogic has the answers. We sat down with former Ford model Judy Goss, mom of two and author of "Break Into Modeling for Under $20."
Judy tells momlogic, "The world of modeling is a glamorous one, but as enticing as it sounds you need to know how to protect yourself and your child from unnecessary fees, scams and potentially dangerous situations."
Judy's been in front of the camera as a much-in-demand model, as well as behind the scenes as a high-powered agent. She knows the business inside and out and was happy to share her top tips for making it in modeling with momlogic.
Judy says it's important to follow her "4-P Process":
1. PREPARATION: Don't EVER pay anyone to try and get representation! Any legitimate scout or manager presenting you to a modeling agency will get a commission from the agency. Everyone else trying to charge money is taking advantage of you, including trying to charge you for professional photos BEFORE you get an agency as well as modeling schools and conventions -- none of it is necessary and sometimes a turn-off to agencies.
2. PRESENTATION: Keep it simple! Natural looking make-up, simple outfits and no outlandish patterns or accessories when you go and see modeling agencies in person. They want to see the REAL YOU.
3. PICTURES: The pictures you send into modeling agencies should be simple make-up and clothing. Modeling agents prefer non-professional pictures! A couple of head shots, a profile of your face and a body shot in a bikini -- my book goes into detail on how exactly to do this yourself right at home.
4. PROMOTION: Target market yourself! Call the modeling agencies and make sure they have a division that is appropriate for your type of look and measurements.
And lastly, you want to be wary of certain websites or agencies that promise to make your child a star. Breaking into children's modeling can be particularly difficult and competitive. But, there is one site that gets a thumbs up from Judy. She says thecutekid.com is a great place to start. "Besides the site, they have a contest for "Cute Kid of the Year" -- the winner gets a $25,000 scholarship!! I know them very well, they are 100% legit, and they have many stories of someone (Huggies, Carter's, Duracell, etc) discovering a kid for modeling campaigns!!!"