ADVICE FOR PARENTS
We know that your child’s future and ongoing welfare is your number one priority. Child modelling can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity for your child but it’s important that you know the right steps to in what can be a daunting task.
Your child will require a parent, or guardian present at all times, and please be aware that this journey will be one that you embark on together. Your ongoing support and supervision is invaluable and will be a key factor in determining the future success of your child. Junction 8 Models’ experience has taught us many useful tips and advice with you, the parent in mind.
We have a very strict rule that any models under the age of 22 must be accompanied by a parent, or guardian, for the accessing of any of the services we supply. The primary purpose of this to ensure the safety of your child, and secondly, but equally importantly, we feel that below 22 years of age, your child will benefit from the support you can provide and that you can best help make objective decisions untainted by unrealistic aspirations.
Below we detail a realistic positive and negative aspects list of what can be expected if your child looks to break into the industry:
- Modelling can provide a modestly lucrative income for what is usually part-time work
- Many models often use modelling to support themselves through higher education
- It helps develop the child on many fronts: organisational skills, experience, dealing with commercial issues and decisions, meeting new and varied people, travelling to new places
- It is great for a child’s confidence and their development
- The AMA estimates that a child model will on average earn between £4,000 and £5,000 per annum (this is based on 2015-16 data).
- Brings parent and child together in a common goal
- Engages children and young adults to enter new situations without fear and apprehension.
- Any child under the age of 16 or in full-time education must be licensed to work in modelling or entertainment. Reputable agencies which represent children are aware of and adhere to Child Licensing Laws and will organize this for you.
- It is as stated a very competitive industry, and rejection can be an ongoing part of the process
- It might involve an element of time away from home & related travel
- There are a number of initial hurdles to overcome
- There are costs associated with becoming a model, although these are tax deductible
Modelling can be an exciting and enriching opportunity for your child. However, they will need your full support if they are to succeed as a model. As you will probably be their manager, you will need to accompany them to their modelling shoots and to also ensure that the jobs they take are appropriate for a child of their age. All models work as part of a team – as your child’s manager, you will become part of that team so be prepared.