How do I get my 2 year old daughter into modeling?

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I'm considering having my daughter try modeling but have no idea where to begin any Ideas or and suggestions would be great.

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Marcie - posted on 10/29/2012

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A lot of people have so many negative and judgeamental thoughts about putting children into modeling. It's her child, not yours. She did not ask for your opinion on rather you all thought it was a good idea or not, she simply asked for tips on how to get started! Yes they do have toddlers as models, who do you think you see in JcPenny or Khols Ads modeling clothes for toddlers...TODDLERS! You see them in ads for children things all the time rather in a catalog, magazine, commercial, etc! It is not awful to put your child into modeling or acting, at this age it can be a harmless way of contribuititing to her college fund. I am a former Model myself and it can be lots of fun! I modeled from age 15-21, I got out of it at an early age because I didnt like the pressure or other things associated with it at an older age. Child modeling is so different though, though competive, there is not as much pressure to look a certian way. I do agree that it should be something your child wants to do and that she enjoys doing, give it a try and see if she likes it, if she doesnt than I would give it up. Like all great althletes, dancers, musicians, actors, models, and etc.. you have to start somewhere and most of them started at 2 or 3 years old, it does pay to start young! kudos to you for having an interest in your childs future, unlike some other Mom's who don't want the "hassle" of sewing a seed into their child's future. However, like I said before, give it a try, see if she likes it, if not, try something else. I have a 2.5 year old myself and she is a little character, she has expressed great interest in music and dance and she is so dramatic. So I asked her if she wanted to take a dance class and she said yes, now at this age they really are too young to really know what modeling or "dance class" is or understand it, so it's a good idea to try things. So, we're going to start with Dance classes, and if she likes it, then cool, if not, we'll try something else. I've thought of putting her in a pagent before because she is such a ham and loves the center of attention..but I have hesitated, because the modeling industry is tough and harsh. I have body image insecurities and perfectionist issues due to my days of modeling. I also cannot leave the house without looking like I am about to step on a runway, but I was a teenager when I modeled. The child modeling industry is a bit different, anyways I have hesitated to try anything modelind related, but this past week we were at a halloween festival and she was entered in a costume contest by her Grandma and she had to go up on a stage and do a little modeling, and she just loved it, she loved being the center of attention, she was twirling and waving, and just showing off. (She isn't shy at all) But, does this mean she would like modeling or pagents? I dont know, but I do know she had fun, and really thats what it's all about. So, to answer your question..ask yourself these questions, Are you willing to put in the time and effort? Do you have the time? Is your child shy? Shy children usually dont do well in the modeling industry. Then your first step in getting started would be to find a modeling agency that represents children in your area. Be careful of scams, you shouldnt have to pay any upfront cost for anything. You will need a couple headshots of your child and a couple full length shots, these do not need to be professional shots. Then the agency will set you up with casting calls. You can also attend casting calls on your own, without being represented from an agency, but if you live in an area other than Califronia, New York, Orlando, or Chicago, it might be more difficult for you to find casting calls on your own, which is where an agency comes in handy. Make sure you look the agency up on the Better Buisness Bureau before signing with them, just to be sure they are a good company. It is alot of work for you Mama at this age, so make sure your willing to devote your time to it. It could be like a full time job for you if she really gets into it, because it is so time consuming. Don't listen to others saying it will steal her childhood away, she will still have plenty of time to be a child and have fun and if she enjoys having her photo taken, she will have fun with it. Check out the cutekid.com as well, they are really legit, but because of it's popularity it could be really difficult to get a casting through them, but they can give you a list of agency's in your area and some other tips as well. Sorry for the book, just wanted to give you my experience too, thought it could be helpful! Good luck!

Medic - posted on 03/29/2012

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I do not think children should be put into modeling/ pagents/ acting unless they specifically express the want to do so. Every parent thinks that their kid is the cutest, and yadda-da. The industry is not child friendly and puts and emphasis on looks that will go with your daughter as she grows up. Children that are put in the spotlights have a greater chance of eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and depression. There is plenty of time for her to do these things when she is older and fully understands what she is wanting. Let her be a kid for now and keep it on the backburner for when she speaks up. I have thought about both of my kids doing it but once we did the research and talked to a few people we decided against it for our kids sake. Now if when they are older they decide that this is something they really want then we may decide to revisit it, but for the time being we focus on what they can bring to the table not what they look like.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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Jessica, it is clear you only want mothers telling you what a fantastic idea it is. This is a very hot button topic, you will learn that. Maybe consider first for your child if this is the best thing for her self esteem as she is getting older, her childhood, and financially. It can be quite expensive, especially if you go the pageant route.

Holly - posted on 03/14/2013

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Hi! I am a mother of twins and an experienced, working print model. Yours is the question I get asked most frequently, so I wrote the steps down that you need to take to get your child into modeling. The link to my article is below. Good luck, and please follow me on twitter for more advice. @hollylowejones...http://voices.yahoo.com/get-child-into-m...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/29/2012

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Well, Jessica, if all you wanted was unequivocal support, you should have said so...

but, seriously, I was the same as Teresa...I knew my kids were cute enough, but I didn't want the hassle of having to run them all over the country for their jobs, and I honestly would have never done it, unless they had wanted to.

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DAquanik - posted on 08/07/2013

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My daughter is 4 and models for my tutu business I started and does amazing she loves being in front of the camera she was looking thru a magazine and asked why her pictures arent in there I asked her does she want them to be she's like DUH lol Im not rich by far but I honestly feel if my baby shows any kinda interest we try it and if its too much for them then we move on to the next the only requirement for me is that they can talk, I dont trust anyone so if they cant say mommy i didnt like...then we not doing anything until they can...Kudos to you Jessica Im about to start this process as well

Rosalind - posted on 04/03/2012

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I think it's a great idea, only ofcourse if your daughter enjoys it. I'm sure you'll find that out at the first event. Then you'll know if it's for her and you. Heck if I could get my daughter into those gerber or carter's commercial I'd be all over that. But she's not that independent and I wouldn't want to put her or myself through the stress. Years ago when my nephew was three or four my sister got him into modelling for JcPenny.. not sure how easy it is these days..but worth checking out.

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Something valuable worth reading? Cuz I don't think you should do it. I was just saying it nicely.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012

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Thanks you Teresa, finally someone with something valuable worth reading.

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I kind of wanted to do the same thing when my twin girls were little. Hey, they were adorable. I thought they could be the next Mary Kate and Ashley... lol Nothing like that is available where I am though and I'm actually glad it never happened.



Good luck though!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/29/2012

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If you really want to, google casting calls. There should be something in your area. But, I don't know that they use 2 YO's as models. Pageants, yes, commercials, possibly.



ETA: I agree with Little Miss...by putting a 2 yo into modeling, without any verbal interest from her ( and yes, a 2 yo WILL say what they want/don't want to do, mine did), you kind of are already acting like a stage mom.



But, that is definitely your prerogative, to put your kids into whatever activity pleases you.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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And clearly from my user name, I am always right ;)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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Sorry, but this is open to everyone. It is not a private forum. If you do not wish to have serious people have serious opinions, you can either refrain from posting, or expect to have a lot of different people with differing views than you answer. If you are looking for someone to pat you on the back and say "hey that is a fantastic idea" then find a group in here for pageant moms. Otherwise, expect others to disagree.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012

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Clearly from your user name you seem to have opinions that are not that much helpful or good. Please refrain from answering to my post. Thanks!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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Oh BTW, most kids will pose for a camera. More do than don't. They love to look at their pictures.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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That still does not determine how tall she will be or if she has the body for modelling. She may not want anything to do with it anyway. Shy force her during her toddler years, and take away her childhood? She has plenty of time to be an adult.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012

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I'm definitely not referring to pageants. My daughter is definitely taller than most kids her age that's due to the fact that her dad is 6'5 and I am 5'8.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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You don't. She is 2. And there is a difference between pageants and modelling. For models, you do not need to start at 2. What if she ends up being 5ft? Models are usually tall. Just saying.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012

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What two year old tells there mom or dad I want to do this or that but hey you need to begin early on in life, like most professional athletes and models and actors have. When ever she sees a cell phone or camera she begins to pose, so that is good enough for me to try to ask questions about it. I'm not a stage mom, I have a 10 year old and never thought of having him do this type of thing. I'm inquiring because of her charm and charisma yes at 2 years old.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/29/2012

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Well, let me ask you this: does your 2 year old WANT to do this or is it something that YOU want?



Because if she has not looked at you and said "Momma, I wanna be a model", and you are doing it because you want too, IMO, you should rethink that.



Now, if she HAS expressed a desire, look for casting calls/pageants in your area. I'd just google it, but (for example) Denver has casting calls a few times a year.

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