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My Child Wants to Be a Model – How to Support His or Her Dreams

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“Mum, I want to become a model!”

“That’s great, honey.”

If you’ve had such a conversation with your child some time ago and you thought it was just a phase until he or she started sashaying everywhere as if it were Fashion Week, it may be time to start taking the declaration more seriously. Your little one truly wants to become a model.

It’s a wonderful thing when children know what they want to become, and it is a parent’s job to support the dream. For modeling, there are different ways for you to express your support – here are some of them:

1. Do your own research

The first step to take is to gather as much information as you can about child modeling.

The Internet is a great repository of knowledge regarding the industry, and most other things. You will find personal accounts on it, and those which are provided by industry professionals. Basically, you will get a sense of both the good and the bad.

Do not stop with the data from the Internet. If there are people you can reach out to who can provide you with relevant information about modeling, get in touch with them. Learn more about the realities of modeling from these people.

With a solid collection of information, you, as a parent, will be able to prepare for the demands of your child’s dream career. At the same time, you will be able to have a more meaningful conversation with your child about the career he or she is building at such an early age.

2. Sit your child down for a talk

It is important to open the lines of communication with your aspiring model, and be as honest as you can about what you know and your concerns. In return, your child can express if he or she understands what is expected of him or her.

Through this earnest talk, you will be able to determine how serious your child is about modeling. Will it be something to just pursue on the side? Or, is it something to pursue full-time, which will alter your family dynamics?

3. Manage your finances better

Building a career for your child can be a costly investment.

If you want to show full support for your child’s modeling dream, it is imperative to budget your family’s income well to accommodate the expenses attached to your little one’s modeling career.

4. Enroll your child in modeling lessons

There are academies that specialize in developing modeling skills.

Your child can benefit from taking lessons at these academies so he or she does not go into the industry clueless, and still needing a lot of work and instruction.

5. Look for a kids’ modeling agency

Once you have established that your child is dead-set on becoming a model, start looking for a good kids’ modeling agency. Your child needs the help and guidance of industry experts when it comes to launching his or her career.

A reputable modeling agency will look after your child’s affairs and welfare, find job opportunities, and make sure that he or she is always working in safe conditions as well as getting the right compensation for his or her work.

In addition to these, a modeling agency will connect your child with the people who can help him or her build a solid portfolio to advance his or her career.

6. Learn more about health and fitness

It is crucial for parents to be well-informed about health and fitness so their aspiring young model knows the proper way to maintain and manage his or her physical appearance.

With all the news about models developing eating disorders and body dysmorphia, parents should pay close attention to their children’s health. This will enable them to help any of their children who wants to become a model to cultivate a good relationship with food, and develop a healthy body image.

The influence of parents is vital to a young model’s ability to remain happy and healthy despite the demands of the industry.

So, those are the ways to show your little one that you are behind his or her dream of becoming a model. By doing all of these, not only will your child feel that you are involved, he or she will also realize that, more than anything, you love him or her.

Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia's biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.