Fashion Modelling Jobs for Kids, Teenagers and Students
Becoming a model is the aspiration of many young teenagers all over the world, yet it remains one of the toughest occupations to break into. Models don’t just magically show up on magazine covers and Sunday paper advertisements; the photos that we see gracing color prints both off and online are the result of long hours, tedious studio sessions, and strict diets. It’s not all fun and games, but if you’ve got what it takes and are determined to succeed then get ready for a wild ride into the realm of teenage modeling.
The very first step you MUST take if you’re under 18 is to ask your parents’ permission to be a model. If they say no, then you might as well put off the idea until you’re legally an adult. Underage models have to get their parents to sign agreements before the model can enter into a modeling contract with an agency, plain and simple.
If you do gain the support of your parents, then it’s time to start working on your portfolio. Your portfolio is basically a collection of your best modeling shots that you’ll have to showcase to potential clients, like modeling agencies. Your portfolio is like your business card, and will usually be the first thing that an agency sees. You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure only your best shots are included in your portfolio.
Portfolios typically cover years worth of modeling shots, too, so if yours is currently looking a little scarce then you might consider either paying a photographer to get some great shots, or getting a photography enthusiast that is just starting out to take your shots for free. It’s quite common for beginning photographers to help out beginning models, since the two usually work hand-in-hand; plus it’s a win-win for both parties.
Becoming a model can be a long, competitive experience that may not pay off. The best preparation you can do is to build upon your portfolio, put yourself out there, and apply with as many agencies as possible. Shooting for the moon isn’t always the best way to start out in modeling, so don’t be afraid to take jobs that may not seem as glamorous as you had originally hoped. Many models work their way up from the bottom of the pyramid to the very top, so if you think you’ve got the endurance to make it in the modeling world, then maybe it’s time for you to strike a pose!
Job Summary: Modeling
- Suitable for age range: Less than a year old and upward (Gerber and Pampers need baby models, too).
- Safety and security: Safety and security can be a legitimate concern in the modeling world. It’s not uncommon for models to spend a lot of time away from parental supervision, as well as becoming exposed to drugs and alcohol. Special care and consideration should be taken with each and every modeling job.
- Can improve your: Self esteem and work ethic.
- Can continue as a career? Many successful models today have careers that started at a very early age.
- Required soft skills: Ability to listen and follow orders.
- Required hard skills: Ability to work long hours, to work with large groups including photographers, lighting specialists, managers, agents, and choreographers. Modeling is a stressful career that requires a strong head and solid work ethic to succeed.
- Resources and network:
o ModelLauncher.com – Enter online contests that help you start a modeling career.
o ModelMayhem.com – Where Professional Models Meet Model Photographers.
o DiscoverFame.com – Is Modeling Right For Your Teen?
- Where & how to find one? Submitting a solid portfolio to modeling agencies around your area is a good first step, but don’t be surprised if you have to expand and travel to suit the needs of agencies that may be interested. Searching online for agencies that will accept submissions for talent is another way to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to set up a website for your portfolio, as well as creating online modeling profiles for agencies to check out.
- Estimated pay: According to ModelSalary.org, the average annual salary for a female model is $59,500. Female models just starting out can expect to make around $49,000 over the course of their first full year of modeling with an agency, although male models make significantly less, averaging around $31,500 for their first year.