Illinois Modeling Agencies for Kids

Moms and dads interested in child modeling for their youngster are in luck when they live in Illinois. Chicago is a major market for models, including child models. There are plenty of opportunities available for children who have what it takes to work as a model thanks to the Windy City. And, with this greater demand for child models, the number of modeling agencies available throughout the state is also increased.

Selecting an agency to represent your child must be done after plenty of research has been conducted. Not all modeling agencies are looking out for your best interest, and working with such a company could spell disaster for your pocketbook. The selected child modeling agency should be licensed in the state, charge no upfront fees or simply sell classes. Proof of prior modeling jobs/previous clients is also ideal.

Some of the best Illinois modeling agencies can be found in Chicago. Here are a few of those reputable agencies you can turn to for child modeling representation.

Ford Models

Ford Models is one of the most well-known modeling agencies in the US, with several offices in major markets, including Chicago. The agency has been around since 1946 and has worked with many well-known names in the industry. The Chicago office   works with children of all ages.

Stewart Talent

Another Chicago based modeling agency, Stewart Talent offers Open Call for children ages 4 to 12 each Saturday. This agency has been serving the needs of Chicagoland since 1980 and continues to be a recognized name in child modeling services.

AdKids

AdKids is also located in the Chicago area. This company works with children and adults, though specialize in bookings for children. AdKids provides children the opportunity to appear in print advertisements, commercials and more, with prior clients ranging from JC Penney to Land of Nod to Toys R Us and Arm and Hammer.

Hop Modeling

Hop Modeling accepts children ages 4 and older for appearances in print publications as well as television. The original Hop was opened in Atlanta in 1998, however the agency has expanded to include Chicago and several other markets as well. This agency requires the submission of photographs and a resume to be considered for a job.

Lily’s Talent

Lily’s Talent accepts models of all ages, though the selection process is extensive, with only the best candidates selected for representation. Babies, toddlers, children and adults who wish to be represented by this Chicago agency must submit three photographs for consideration. These submissions must be made by mail. It takes an average of 4 to 6 weeks for the submission to be evaluated and someone to get  back to you.

No matter where you are located in Illinois it is well worth your time to make the short drive to one of the above modeling agencies for kids. They’ll help you get your child into an exciting modeling career with some of the best names in the industry, all without wasting your time or costing you a ton of money.

Latest Comments
  1. Rich

    I would take adkids off that list. They want a ton of up front fees and your chances of hearing from them within the five year term is little to none. In addition, you have to use their photographer in order to update your kid’s photos…..another money pit. They also do not turn down anyone….which is another flag. Do your research and get an agency that wants your kid in order to get him or her a job to make revenue….not one that wants your up front fees to fund their business!

    • Danielle

      Thank you for your comments. I been trying to contact them with no response. This made my choice easy

  2. CW

    Wow thanks for the tip Rich!

  3. Demika

    Ford Models in Chicago are no longer accepting children. Both of daughters use to be with them.

    • Dana

      Would that include teens?

    • Curtis

      Ford Models sold their kids division to BMG models

  4. sherita

    I sent my submission to lily’s talent and I never got a response from anyone. I had to call them myself to see if any body looked at my daughter photos and the lady told me if they were interested they would call. But I waited a month an half for a response but there website states that they will contact you and that was false information

  5. sherita

    I sent my submission to lily’s talent and I never got a response from anyone. I had to call them myself to see if any body looked at my daughter photos and the lady told me if they were interested they would call. But I waited a month an half for a response but there website states that they will contact you and that was false information from lily’s talent

  6. Trisha

    I’ve used one of these agencies and yes you use their photographer and again there are fees, BUT the pictures are flawless, the jobs endless and you more than make up your initial investment.

    As far as them using every person, I couldnt say.

    • Sherri

      My granddaughteris perfect for modeling where do i go. She is 4

    • Suzy

      Trisha, Which agency did u use?

  7. Alex

    Also you forgot BMG models one of the best in Chicago.

  8. Jennifer

    Help I have a 10 year old wanting to model how do I start and with whom

  9. Toni

    I think BMG is a great Agency. My son is signed to them and gets plenty of work. Ad kids is a joke. My son was already signed and they wanted him to take new pics and pay up front fees, NOT. Good Luck on your search for a good agency.

  10. Ashley

    Any agency is fine, but I just want to become a model. It’s been my dream since a little girl. Please if want to contact me plzz.

  11. iyanna blount

    I like modeling and having fun

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