Quite often when people think of modeling they envision tall, skinny and striking looking people walking the runways of Paris, Milan, New York and other major fashion markets. They believe their young child could be years and years away from entering the modeling industry.
What many people don’t realize is that there is an entire division of modeling, which is actually even bigger than the fashion division, and it is called Commercial Modeling.
In the Fashion Modeling Commercial industry, woman need to be between 5’9 to 6’0 tall, have to be younger than 21 when getting started, have 34/24/34 measurements, and must live in a fashion market, men are between 6’0-6’2 and wear a size 40 jacket. In Commercial Modeling we come in all shapes, sizes and ages.
I have been cast and worked with babies who were 3 months old, and have worked in ad campaigns with people in their 80’s. If you have an interest in getting your infant involved in commercial modeling ads, then getting started at anytime is the right time.
One of the nice things about getting an infant modeling work, is that it is not unusual for a photographer or an art or creative director from an ad agency to actually hire more than one infant for a job. Babies are very unpredictable, and in case one of them does not work out, they have a back up ready to go.
For those who are thinking of getting their child or teenager into the business, one very important thing to keep in mind is does the child really want to work in the industry, or is it the parent who wants their child working in the business. If it is the latter, then you might find very quickly that you will have a very unhappy kid.
The key to having success is treating the modeling industry like any other job. Get the right information prior to entering the industry. Learn how to find a great agent. Understand what is expected of you, and what you can expect of your agent.