What Age Should Your Child Start Modelling?
If you’re thinking about getting your child into the modelling or entertainment industry, you’re probably wondering what is the best age for them to start. While there are pros and cons to starting at any age, there are also a number of factors to consider as well. Is your baby comfortable around new people? Does your child thrive when they are the centre of attention? Or do they enjoy performing or having their photo taken? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it may be time to look into finding an agent.
If you want to start them young, many agencies will take on children from as young as 3 months old. Surprisingly there is a lot of work for babies, especially under 6 months, as clients often need multiple babies for one job. Babies onset can often be more placid and relaxed than older children, especially if they are well-fed and well-rested! However, due to their age, there needs to be a lot of commitment and understanding from parents, as they will be the ones driving it.
Kids and Toddlers (2-9)
Some parents prefer to wait until their child is a bit older before getting them started in the entertainment industry. This can come with a lot of positives as when children get older and start to develop their personalities and interests, they can be put forward for more acting, speaking and performing roles. They will also be more receptive to taking direction and can be on set for longer. However, toddlers and younger children are also more prone to tantrums and misbehaving. If they decide they don’t want to do something, then they won’t do it!
Tweens and Tweens (10-16)
By the time your child reaches the tween or teenage, entering into the industry needs to be driven by them. If your child is a little performer and dreams of being in front of the camera, then getting them started at this age is perfect. Children aged 10 upwards are able to take direction, memorise scripts and lines, participate in workshops and training, and work longer hours on set. There are a lot of positives to starting at this age however, rejection and criticism at this age is more common and part of the industry and something that you should prepare your children for.
Whatever age you decide to start your child in the modelling and entertainment industry, remember that it is never too late or too early as each child is different in their development, personality and interests. Some people find success at an early age, while others don’t develop an interest and break into the entertainment industry until much later in life.