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We all adore our own babies and consider them the most beautiful things ever - have you thought about the possibility of introducing your baby to modelling? It may seem like a great idea to get your nought-year-old earning an honest income, but it's a very competitive market and involves a lot of hard work on your own part!
Baby modelling agencies are inundated with hundreds of photos a week from new mothers who think their baby the cutest ever and should appear on billboards across town! Modelling agencies have to select very quickly and most pictures will be discarded straight off. What are they looking for? Cute and beautiful, yes, but they also have to look the part. Smiles are good, but after that, they just have to look like a normal baby! They need to be the average size, weight and shape, and not have too much hair.
Getting accepted by an agency is only the first part of the battle! Your agency then has to win work AND choose your baby from all the babies on their books! If babies are being sought by an advertising agency or TV production company, there are further rounds of casting to get through before your baby is selected to become the face of the latest baby food product!
You need to be dedicated to this career because it's up to you to get your baby along to castings and shoots - you have to fulfil the schedule, you can't expect your baby to be much help here! TV work requires longer hours than a straight photo shoot and the hourly rate usually works out slightly less. You may be offered a chaperone fee, but don't forget that the agency will take up to a quarter of your earnings in commission. Given the sporadic nature of work, it's unlikely to become a major income stream, but it's a lot of fun and if you haven't worked in media before, you'll learn about a very interesting world! Baby modelling could also be the first step to celebrity stardom! Brooke Shields, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan and Denise van Outen all modelled in their childhood.
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