Advice For Parents

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Here at START UP Models we know that your child’s future is your number one priority. Child modelling can be an exciting and enriching opportunity for your child but knowing the right steps to take can be a daunting task.

As your child will require a parent present at all times, this journey will be one that you embark on together. Your support and supervision is invaluable, and can often determine the success of your child. START UP Models have some useful tips and advice with you, the parent in mind.

We have a strict rule that any under 22 year old models must be accompanied by a parent for any of the services we supply. The purpose for this is primarily the safety of your child, and secondly we feel that below 22, your child will benefit from the support you can provide, and you can help make objective decisions untainted by aspiration.

Below are the positive and negative aspects of your child trying to break into the industry:

The Benefits

  • Modelling can provide a modestly lucrative income for what is usually part time work
  • Many models often use modelling to support themselves through higher education
  • It helps develop the child on many fronts: organisational skills, experience, dealing with commercial issues and decisions, meeting new and varied people, traveling to new places
  • It is great for a child's confidence and their development
  • The AMA estimates that a child model will on average earn between £4,000 and £5,000 per annum.
  • Brings parent and child together in a common goal
  • Engages children and young adults to enter new situations without fear
  • Any child under the age of 16 or in full time education must be licensed to work in modelling or entertainment. Reputable agencies which represent children are aware of and adhere to Child Licensing Laws and will organize this for you.

The Drawbacks

▪ It is very competitive, and rejection is part of the process

▪ It might involve a degree of travel

▪ There are initial hurdles to overcome

▪ There are costs associated with becoming a model, although these are tax deductible

Modelling can be an exciting and enriching opportunity for your child. However, they will need your full support if they are to succeed as a model. As you will probably be their manager, you will need to accompany them to their modelling shoots and also ensure that the jobs they take are appropriate for a child of their age. All models work as part of a team - as your child’s manager, you will become part of that team.

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