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How do I get my kid in the modeling/acting industry?

A lot of the questions I receive are very much like this one – where do you begin?

Well, it depends on a variety of things: your child’s age, where you live, etc. but the best place to start is your local area – besides TheCuteKid website, of course!

To procure agency/manager representation, you really have to live in the area (or about an hour away) in which you would be going on appointments with your child, or be willing to move immediately to where you send their pictures.

The talent agencies normally do not represent children under the age of 4 – there is no getting around that, it is a standard industry rule. I had to wait like everyone else – don’t you think I was DYING to get my twins representation before the age of 4 for acting? Absolutely! But I to had to wait, even though I live in the NYC area and have a ton of resources because of the location.

So if your child is younger than 4, you should focus on the modeling end of things for now – and whatever open calls you see from TheCuteKid website. Google “model agency your town” and start researching! Call the agencies you find, and ask questions – is there a fee to join, do they have a children’s division, where can you send your pictures?

The modeling and acting industries are hard WORK – and once you get representation, it’s even more work going on all of the auditions, callbacks and the preparation it takes. The “overnight success” phrase is a myth, spun by the media to make celebrities seem all that more intriguing.

If your child is older than 4 and you want to get them into acting, then you should start having them participate in school plays, acting camp, workshops for kids and that type of thing. Acting takes more of an investment at first than modeling does – you can get away with sending in casual snapshots to a modeling agency (even after joining the agency you can use use non-professional pictures depending on their age), but after a child is past a certain age for acting you will be looking into getting a profesesional head shot, resume, etc.

I hope this helps, the fact that you are reading this shows that you are moving in the right direction! Learn, learn, learn – knowledge is power in this industry to avoid falling into the hands of the wrong people.


  • Tina Boyd | March 26, 2009

    My daughter is 5 about to turn 6 and she has been asking for modeling and/or acting for about a year. We live in Orlando, Fl and I’m not sure what to do.
    We’ve had her in beauty pageants for the last 2 years and she has done really well, but I don’t think many actually go on to modeling which is what they advertise.
    We have gone to a couple of “open calls” in our area and she has been picked each time, only to find out that there was a school or another larger casting call that would cost hundreds of dollars.
    I’m not sure where to turn. I’m wondering if you can suggest anything. Is there a modeling company that will not charge? Is this standard? Can I just walk in to our local John Casablanca with a couple pics and my daughter? What would work the best? Does she need acting classes, modeling classes to get started?
    I just want to make sure that if I put money in I’m puting it in the right place. I know that the pageants were fun for her but no real place to be. Maybe a little stage experience and she’s also not afraid of a crowd or cameras etc.
    I would love to get her started as soon as possible, but I’m woefully ignorant of the good ideas versus the bad ones.
    Thanks so much,

  • Ashley | March 27, 2009

    hello judy. I have a 10 month old daughter and everyone says i need to put her in contests and peagents. do you have an advice on where to start? thanks so much Ashley.

  • LIsa | March 28, 2009

    hi judy ! my daughter(Stormie) turned 4 mar.7i put her in the ck contest 4 mar.09 i see she is in the sneak peek winners does that mean she can’t win for mar.? i summited 3photos of her & 1 of my son(John)he is 8. i jus moved to atlanta i put Stormie in a mall photo contest the everyone (including the photogr) said i should really try to do more with her (iv’e always been told this)but i dont know where to start! iv’e been reading alot on it (online,sag,BBB etc..)iwish you could take alook @her and give me your honest opn! can you please give me some advice?! thank-you Lis!

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