View Full Version : child modelling?

05-07-2010, 10:50 AM
whats your view on whether children should model or not? a friends daughter is now doing quite a lot of it and of course dd is now interested

we're quite sure the agency is ok since friends daughter has been doing it for awhile but im still not sure

on the one hand its an experience for them and its wrong to stand in the way but in the other way of thinking the school wont even let us take photos of the class plays and yet were ok with children modelling?

i dont know what do you think

06-07-2010, 02:26 AM
This is a charged subject.

I personally do not like anything that makes a child look like a grown up. That show Toddlers and Tiaras makes my skin crawl.

I suppose if a child can model to still look and act like a child then that is fine.

06-07-2010, 07:18 AM
My friends childrens are with an agency and model occasionally - it's mainly adverts etc and they are very much children in the photos - no obvious make up etc.

You do seem to have to be available at the drop of a hat, I had considered it before but its the last minute call to get to London for an audition that put me off as we have so many other commitments, schools need to be accomodating as well.

They love it :yes:

06-07-2010, 03:04 PM
My personal opinion is that it *can* be fine; but just like with everything else in the world...moderation is the key.

Children should look like children, doing things that children would do. They should NOT (IMO) look like adults doing things only adults would do.

I have friends who allow their children to do some catalog modeling and it has been a very good experience for them, I have also seen some REALLY horrid examples of parenthood within that realm.


06-07-2010, 03:20 PM
A friend of a friend's son does catalogue work for next etc. They don't earn a fortune by all accounts but they put the money away for him for college etc.

06-07-2010, 09:26 PM
I think if it's done in moderation then I don't see the problem. I think as with any situation it depends if the parents are sensible with it. I'd have no problen with Niamh doing it if she still looked like a child :yes: There was a show on TV once where a little girl's Mum was shown actually threatening to GROUND her child if they didnt get the acting/modelling job :thud:

06-07-2010, 09:45 PM
wow nothing like putting pressure on a kid!

Yes, moderation is truly the key to everything.

06-07-2010, 10:52 PM
My sister got my niece involved with modeling with a reputable company here in New York. This was a few years back when my neice was an infant and toddler. My neice did some print work and was able to get a couple of commercials as well as a few appearances on a soap opera. The money was good but as my neice got older she didnt want to do it any longer so she stopped. She was never made to look like anything other than the precious baby that she was.

07-07-2010, 09:32 AM
That's good to know Butterhead. I think that show, "Toddlers and Tiaras" (which I absolutey REFUSE to watch) makes it look like children are used (and in some cases abused) in the name of child modeling and talent shows. :sigh: