A key question in every parent’s mind is “how long does it take to become a child model?”, and it’s a hard question to answer. Let’s imagine you’ve done all the right things: you understand why you want to help your child start modeling today, read up on how to help your child become a model and you’ve read my article on how to join child modeling agencies. So what next? How long will it take to become a success?
Well, there’s no solid answer. Taking the right first steps and applying to agencies is the only way to get started, but it doesn’t guarantee success after 24 hours, a week, or even a month! It depends on a number of factors – not least how much time and effort you put in at child modeling casting calls. But if you take my advice, do your best to make life easy for the agencies and photographers, and your child is well behaved, then your chances of succeeding will greatly increase.
How long you wait to get your first offer of a casting call or a contract can depend on whether the agencies are looking for children like yours at the time, so be sure to apply to a selection of agencies to maximize your chances of success. But of course, don’t be fooled into thinking that paying for professional albums or handing over fees to agencies who haven’t yet won you a contract is a good idea – any child modeling agencies that offer work for cash are likely to be scammers! (Check out my post on how to avoid scam child modeling agencies.)
Remember, you can sit and talk about wanting your child to become a model for weeks or months or years, but if you want to bring them success and get them signed up to child modeling agencies then you’ll need to go out there and do it yourself. Persevere, be determined, and you’ll succeed! Persistence is key: by ensuring that photos of your child are always floating around, or you keep getting seen at casting calls with a well behaved child then you’ll eventually find that people come asking for you and your child by name.
The key of course is to get started, make it fun, and enjoy the ride. The days out will be adventures, the photoshoots will be treats and the excitement of a casting call will be fun for all of you! Make the journey just as thrilling as the end result, and the time between first steps and successfully winning contract will fly by. Good luck!