Child modeling....

Erinn - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any info about it?? What's your opinion of it? We were thinking about doing something like that with our 3 year old, but only for fun... not as a career... has anyone else had thoughts of it?

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Kayla - posted on 07/06/2013

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PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT IS FRAUDULENT SCAM

When first submitting my child to the agency, I got an immediate response about setting up a meeting with one of the talent managers, Stephanie. When I arrived for my appointment, there were about 10 other children waiting for their "meetings". This should have been a red flag to me. I waited a half an hour for my daughter's meeting and upon a short interview, Stephanie said that my daughter needed more photos even though I had tons of images. She said that she could use them but I needed to get more commercial looking photos that "shows the front of my daughter's face", she said. She then went went on and on about the fees that needed to be paid to market my daughter on PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's website (over $750 annual fee and some other initiation fees). This should have been another red flag. Wait. There's more.

She said the main way they get castings is through Actors Access but their bookers submit you themselves for paying gigs- which I doubt.

After 2 months, I heard nothing about auditions or any castings for my daughter. I asked Stephanie about it and she said I didn't have enough pictures of my daughter and that she recommends I take more with PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's trusted photographers and that I had to pay, out of my own pocket, for the shoots of my daughter. WHAT?! What agency makes you pay your way. If they think that you have potential to make them money from gigs why wouldnt they invest in your port? They will get their money back and more. I then mentioned if it was ok to find my own photographer to shoot my daughter and she said PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's photographers are better than any other photographer. I saw their photograper's website and their work looked decent but not that great to spend over $1000 on. There are three red flags here: 1) She didn't mention how PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT submits models for commercial print work or what source they used for that matter and 2) she made it clear that PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT was not investing ANY MONEY in me and 3) There's no proof PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT really submits your child.

They insisted I must buy expensive digital cards for my 4 years old daughter. I paid $365 for these comp card but had never received or seen one!!!

After stamping it in her head that I wasn't using PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's photographers she left it alone BUT proceeded to try to get me to pay for the upfront fees for the marketing materials for my daughter. She proceed, not once, not twice, but about three times to get me to do it. WHAT?! She then mentioned that she doesn't know if my daughter would book a job EVER. WHAT? Why did she signed my daughter on the spot then? By now it was clear to me that all of her attempts were to get me to basically give up some money.

In retrospect, all of those children that were at the office really didn't look like models. No offense, but a lot of them were not model looking. Their roster is extremely long but I doubt that they even find all of these kids work. If this was the case , they would be making tons of money and would be able to pay for these upfront fees and photo shoot expenses. Come on. Their office looks slightly dilapidated and small.

Parents have to pay $10 for submission.They make money by charging parents just to submit a photo of their child!

At the end of the day, this was my experience. Maybe they do find some, as in 2%, of their children talent work. But honestly, if they're using Actors Access then anyone else can find themselves work on their also. I've done and so can anyone else. I wish I read other complaints on here about PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT because there's a lot of time I wasted that I can't get back. For all of those out there reading this, dont sign with them. If you do, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY.

Good luck and never settle!

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if the kid seems into it then yeah do it, my husband and i are debating it to cuz rhya looooves her pic taken , she poses and everything its so cute. We said if we do try it all the money she earnes will go into a college fund for her. I did child modeling when i was 8 and i had a blast. i eventually grew outta it then got back into it when i was 18 and stopped again.

mainly leave that choice up to your kid, they will let you know if they arent into it

Therese - posted on 07/17/2009

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I did it with my son from when he was about 10 months to about 18 months. After that, the terrible 2s kicked in and he'd wreck havoc at any audition or go-see I'd take him on so we stopped. The agency was understanding and told me to take time off and call them when he was ready. As it turned out, he didn't really like posing for pictures and I didn't force him to get back into it. He's now acting and has done a few things (extra work in a feature film and cable show and starring roles in student films), but we don't go crazy with it; I prefer not pulling him out of school for auditions unless it's for something BIG. If modeling or acting is something you're interested in for your child, it helps if both parents work together to take the child to go-sees and auditions so that one parent's not the only one missing work. And if your child shows that she's not really into it, let her quit; turning it into something mandatory makes kids resent it.



To get into modeling, I submitted 4 regular home photos showing my son's face so that all his features could be seen. You don't need headshots until after your child has done some work. There are shady agencies out there that would have you believe you have to pay all this money for photos before they can help you--DON'T fall for it. Professional agencies charge you nothing up front. I live near NYC and dealt with Product Model Management. They are an excellent management agency, deal exclusively with children, and kept my son busy 'til he got "terrible", lol. They now have a website and accept photos online as well as by mail. Good luck!

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Kayla - posted on 07/06/2013

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PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT IS FRAUDULENT SCAM

When first submitting my child to the agency, I got an immediate response about setting up a meeting with one of the talent managers, Stephanie. When I arrived for my appointment, there were about 10 other children waiting for their "meetings". This should have been a red flag to me. I waited a half an hour for my daughter's meeting and upon a short interview, Stephanie said that my daughter needed more photos even though I had tons of images. She said that she could use them but I needed to get more commercial looking photos that "shows the front of my daughter's face", she said. She then went went on and on about the fees that needed to be paid to market my daughter on PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's website (over $750 annual fee and some other initiation fees). This should have been another red flag. Wait. There's more.

She said the main way they get castings is through Actors Access but their bookers submit you themselves for paying gigs- which I doubt.

After 2 months, I heard nothing about auditions or any castings for my daughter. I asked Stephanie about it and she said I didn't have enough pictures of my daughter and that she recommends I take more with PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's trusted photographers and that I had to pay, out of my own pocket, for the shoots of my daughter. WHAT?! What agency makes you pay your way. If they think that you have potential to make them money from gigs why wouldnt they invest in your port? They will get their money back and more. I then mentioned if it was ok to find my own photographer to shoot my daughter and she said PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's photographers are better than any other photographer. I saw their photograper's website and their work looked decent but not that great to spend over $1000 on. There are three red flags here: 1) She didn't mention how PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT submits models for commercial print work or what source they used for that matter and 2) she made it clear that PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT was not investing ANY MONEY in me and 3) There's no proof PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT really submits your child.

They insisted I must buy expensive digital cards for my 4 years old daughter. I paid $365 for these comp card but had never received or seen one!!!

After stamping it in her head that I wasn't using PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT's photographers she left it alone BUT proceeded to try to get me to pay for the upfront fees for the marketing materials for my daughter. She proceed, not once, not twice, but about three times to get me to do it. WHAT?! She then mentioned that she doesn't know if my daughter would book a job EVER. WHAT? Why did she signed my daughter on the spot then? By now it was clear to me that all of her attempts were to get me to basically give up some money.

In retrospect, all of those children that were at the office really didn't look like models. No offense, but a lot of them were not model looking. Their roster is extremely long but I doubt that they even find all of these kids work. If this was the case , they would be making tons of money and would be able to pay for these upfront fees and photo shoot expenses. Come on. Their office looks slightly dilapidated and small.

Parents have to pay $10 for submission.They make money by charging parents just to submit a photo of their child!

At the end of the day, this was my experience. Maybe they do find some, as in 2%, of their children talent work. But honestly, if they're using Actors Access then anyone else can find themselves work on their also. I've done and so can anyone else. I wish I read other complaints on here about PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT because there's a lot of time I wasted that I can't get back. For all of those out there reading this, dont sign with them. If you do, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY.

Good luck and never settle!

Amanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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I did alot of modeling and beauty pagents as a child and had a great experience. My mom didn't go all crazy about it and let me decide if I wanted to do it. If I didn't seem to be having fun or enjoying myself we would move on to the next thing. As long as you can take that approach it can be a really good thing. It can be a great confidence builder. And alot of girls come out of it with a great outlook on themselves and others.



Try just doing like Glamour Shots or something similar first and you can get an idea of how your child would enjoy a photo shoot.



And, if you do go into it, always remember you should never have to pay for anything. If an agency wants to work with your child they will. After the initial headshots and comp cards nothing should come out of your pocket. If you go to a casting call and they ask for money it's probabbly a scam. Good luck!

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my hubby and i are debating this for our 6 year-old (she'll be 7 in sept). we were at the county fair a couple of months ago and the john robert powers company was there. at the very time we walked past, not intending to stop at all, the main guy (who happenned to be on duty) ran up to us and asked if he could take a picture of our daughters (our other two are 21 mo and 5 mo right now). we said sure, but the only one we would even think about doing anything with was the oldest. he took the picture and our info and we thought that was that. well, just yeterday he called to see if our daughter was available for an audition on saturday. we told him we'd get back to him and today i will be researching the company to see what kind of reputation they have...



the point of the story is, i think the child needs to be old enough to make the decision for themselves. i would hate to have my daughter come up to me and ask why her baby picture is on some ad for the world to see. i don't know if my kids would think that's cool or not, but i'd rather not take the chance. now, my oldest has actually been wanting to get into modeling and acting for quite some time now (her life goal is to be america's next top model even though i stopped watching that show years ago and only watched it with her a couple of times), so we are seriously looking into it.

LaCi - posted on 07/17/2009

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We considered it... I ultimately decided against it because he is just a baby and he can't tell me yes or no.

However, if my son has those dreams at your kiddos age I will definitely do what I can for him. If he wants to be an actor he will be in the local arts school and I will find him and agent, I will fly with him to auditions, Support whatever it is they want to do :) as much as you can.

Rema - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have thought about it for my 14month old girl, but I really don't know where to start looking to get her started. if anyone out there that know anything about Modeling. could you please let us know.

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