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How To Be A Teen Model Guide
A Parent's Guide To Teen Modelling
It's perfectly natural to want to show our kids off to the world because of course they are the most beautiful children who ever walked the Earth! As they are getting older, perhaps they themselves have shown an interest in modelling and have approached you totally out of the blue - as teenagers are prone to do! They say they want to become a model and you have panicked and don't know where to start? Most parents immediately think negatively, imagining all sorts of untoward practices going on and don't want their children anywhere near this seemingly seedy side of the profession. This is perfectly natural, you are their parent and you are their protector, even though they only grown grunt a couple of words to you these days and show you little respect!
We won't lie to you; there are definitely those around who wouldn't think twice about child exploitation or worse. It's a fact of life within the modelling industry but there are ways of letting your child take up modelling, perhaps part-time or if they do want to do it as a career, in a safe and controlled environment. The best way to get into modelling is for your child to have some professionally made photographs undertaken by a legitimate commercial photography company for example, somebody who is experienced in bringing out the best of your child without compromising on the quality of the shot or making the images look sexually appealing to ease your mind. Once you have got this sorted out, then is the time to approach a registered model agency.
Here at UK model agencies. We would always advise for a younger teenager to find work with an agency if they are new to the industry, freelance modelling is an art in itself and you really need to know what you are doing before accepting any modelling jobs. There are legalities involved, child licensing laws which we will explain, but companies asking for models will try to extract longer working hours, perhaps start messing around with agreed pay deals. If you go it alone and are inexperienced then modelling can certainly be a minefield. But if you put your trust in a model agency, they know exactly what they are doing and wouldn't dream of putting your child in any danger without examining the modelling job under close scrutiny.
The first thing to think about if your teenager is still at school is that you will have to chaperone your child where ever they need to be. No matter what age your child is, sometimes they haven't got the ability to even consider the concept behind the work, and what it will entail for them. Considerations such as balancing modelling with schoolwork, for example, are one of the major things to think about. Their education will still be as important as it was before they took up posing in front of the camera. Many teenagers do think that modelling is a way out of finishing exams, an easy life without having to use their brain, but this simply isn't true. Of course, it's not rocket science, but they still need to have common sense and they need to have the maturity to deal with the pressures of the job. A model's life can be very hard, travelling from place to place, experiencing bitchiness and nastiness, but also making new friends along the way.
In our 'How To Be A Teen Model Guide For Parents', we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have but don't hesitate to get in touch. Our partners, La Mode London have a specialist model advice service that they also provide a fantastic experience in the way of their commercial photography shoots, experts in their field. A good photographer will always give a model some advice if they ask for it -it's just knowing what the right questions are to ask in the first place!