I wanted to chat about the children’s model world which I knew nothing about until Scout entered it. I’ve received several emails asking how I got LS into modeling and I wanted to share how it all started. We’re just like the rest of you who had no clue where to start! I didn’t know anyone in the industry nor did I know “someone” who knew “someone” that could hook us up. Instead I did some serious research on reputable agencies in my city and started internet stalking their reviews. After searching for a couple of days I decided to submit Scout’s photos to Generation Model Management. GMM was established in 1984 and known for representing some of the most beautiful children in the business. I can spot a generation kid at every casting we go on!
Here is the process to getting accepted into Generation modeling agency:
- E-mail pictures to email@example.com
- Tell them where you live
- Email 2 clear, well lit pictures
- Include your child’s name, height, and date of birth
I know a lot of us want to explain why our kid is so perfect but really there’s no need. Do not send a collage or any creative photos done on your favourite phone app. Just follow each step and submit. If Patti thinks your kiddie has star potential, then she will call you in for an interview.
Expect a very laid back environment where your child can be themselves. You will be greeted by an assistant and escorted to an office filled with 3 desks. You will meet the president and her right hand associate, Ellen who keeps Generation running like a well oiled machine. They will interview your child to get a feel for his/her personality, don’t worry it’s just small chit-chat. If they love you then they will hand you a couple of vouchers to take with you on your first job!
Since I take all of London’s photos I found it easy to keep her pictures up-to-date along with height and measurements (You have to do this every 3 months). She was first casted through photo submission and did not have to go on a “go-see“. Her first job was for Saks 5th Avenue, modelling Armani Junior. Seeing her shoot these miniature styles was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen (probably because she’s my daughter). After this, she worked the entire summer on various jobs including Barney’s children’s video, Barney’s holiday cover, FAO Schwartz, Toys r’ us, etc. She loves every minute of it especially when they have lots of other kids on set, she thinks it’s a big playdate. It’s very interesting to see all of these miniature models who are so well behaved and professional.
That’s it! It’s really not that tough. The hardest part is actually doing it! My word of advice is to research agencies in your city and make sure they’re legit! Never pay an agency an upfront fee (that’s a scam). Lastly, if your child is NOT having fun, don’t do it! A successful modelling career consist of children who actually enjoy it.