Should I Let My Child Model?

July 5, 2012  |  Posted by: Kathy Tyner

The lights, the camera flashes, the excitement! Many parents want their child to be a star, and maybe you feel that your child has that certain extra “something” that would make them a successful model. Or maybe your child has approached you with a dream to make it big in the modeling world. Of course, you probably have questions. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if your child should model.

Do They Want to Model?

This may sound like a silly question, but it’s important to ask yourself whether your child actually wants to model. Be honest with yourself: whose idea is it to start your child in modeling? If getting your child into modeling was your idea – or the idea of any one else other than your child – it’s critically important to know the truth about whether it’s something they want to do. Even if it was their idea, make sure they fully understand what modeling entails. Modeling can be fun and rewarding for many children, but only if it’s something they love and enjoy.

If your child is older, have an open discussion with them and encourage them to share their feelings about modeling. Revisit this conversation as often as you need in order to make sure they’re still having fun. As long as they are enjoying themselves, feel free to continue with their modeling!

Benefits of Modeling for Kids

Perhaps the most obvious one, modeling can help children develop a healthy sense of self-confidence and poise. But modeling classes can teach children so much more. Many modeling classes teach proper etiquette and social grace, important skills that will help kids in social and professional interactions throughout their lives. They will learn how to carry themselves with grace, develop a habit of good posture, and learn how their face and body can be used to communicate and express emotion and feelings.

Modeling can also teach kids about responsibility and time management. They must be at specific places at exact times, work within time constraints to prepare themselves, and develop an effective schedule for their lives while managing multiple responsibilities. As long as it doesn’t become overwhelming for them, it can be excellent practice in life management.

Also, modeling can be a great way for kids to expand their social circle. If they decide to pursue a career in modeling, the network they begin building now could be helpful in their work later in life. And whether they continue in modeling as adults or not, it’s an opportunity to make great, lasting friends with similar interests.

How Do I Get Them Started?

Modeling classes and lessons are a great way to help your kids or teens get the experience and skills they need to get into modeling. They will learn the foundations of succeeding in the industry, as well as techniques they can use to perfect their craft. With classes under their belt, they’ll need a professional-looking headshot to bring to auditions and to send out to help them get the jobs they want.

Still Have More Questions?

KD Conservatory has acting, musical theatre, and film production programs to help prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry. Contact us with any of your questions, or check us out on Facebook for ongoing updates and information!

 

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