Think that your child’s cute face should be displayed for all to see on Gerber jars or packages of Pampers diapers? Well, you’re probably not alone. Most parents think that their child is the most beautiful baby in the world; and my husband and I were no different. If you’re looking to get your child into modeling / acting, here’s some information on the process based on our experience.
There are three main children modeling agencies in Toronto including Minor details, Kamera Kids (part of Sutherland Models), and Carolyn’s Model & Talent Agency. To sign up with Minor Details (www.minordetails.ca), if your child is under the age of 3, you need to pay $50 each year and send any picture of your child that you want to be featured on their website (doesn’t need to be professional). For older kids, the annual registration fee is $100 and the agency takes their own pictures of your child at no charge. Minor Details will pretty much accept all children who are interested in signing up with them.
To sign-up with Kamera Kids (www.kamerakids.com), you need to pay and annual fee of $195 for newborns to 18 month olds (they don’t accept kids ages two to three). For kids three years and over, a professional photo shoot along with comp cards are required and there’s an annual fee of $350. Lastly, all children who are over the age of six have to attend a weekend workshop that costs $425. Kamera Kids is more selective about what babies and children they will work with so if this agency interests you but you don’t get accepted, don’t get discouraged. They want to mainatin a small number of kids who are the same age and look alike. On the same token, they frown upon parents who are not able to make all of the shoots while with Minor Details, they understand that you won’t always be able to go.
With Carolyn’s Model & Talent Agency (http://www.carolynskids.com/carolynskids/Home.html) when you sign up your baby / toddler, you need to pay a $300 registration fee that’s good for three years. For older kids, you will need to get professional pictures taken. If you use their photographer, the cost is approximately $600.
Of course, the agency that you choose needs to make a living as well (on top of the annual fee you pay them). On average, each agency will take anywhere between 15% to 20% of what your child makes per job.
Personally, we’re not in this for the money. We do this because it’s fun! Therefore, I picked Minor Details. Although we may not have received as many jobs (my son did receive around ten calls in his first year) or high-paying ones (most of his jobs were for catalogue shoots), we didn’t have to invest too much money and we didn’t feel pressured or guilty if we weren’t able to make it out to a job. If your child wants to do this more seriously, you may want to consider joining Kamera Kids.