Child modeling has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many parents keen to capitalize on their children’s good looks and charming demeanor. But how do you become a child model? What skills do you need? And what are the potential pitfalls of being an aspiring child model? In this article, we discuss the ins and outs of child modeling as well as provide some valuable advice on how to build your career as a child model and make sure you have the greatest chance of success.

Child modeling agencies

When it comes to child modeling, one of your best resources is a reputable child modeling agency. The entire process can be overwhelming, but with a good agency, you’ll have experts who guide you through all of it. The first step when finding an agency is to do some research online; search for top child modeling agencies or something similar and you’ll quickly get a list of options that have been vetted by industry insiders. Here are some other things to look for in a child modeling agency is there a fee to join? How much does it cost per month? Are there any additional fees involved (like photoshoots)? What kind of training will I receive as part of my membership? What kind of support will I receive from my agent and/or team members? Do they offer additional services like portfolio building, website development, etc.? Is there a cancellation policy if I don’t like their service or don’t feel supported by them (and vice versa)? Can I speak with someone directly about their experience at each agency before joining them? Are they willing to provide references from former clients/members who are happy with their service?


How much do child models earn?

It depends on what type of modeling you want to do. As a commercial or print model, you might earn anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 per shoot. If you’re interested in runway modeling and your height and weight are proportional for your age, it’s possible that you could earn more than $10,000 for one day of work. However, that’s rare!


Child model castings

It’s a common misconception that all modeling agencies seek only perfect children. In fact, many of them have websites with images of kids who appear very different from one another (which can be hard to believe at first, especially if you’re looking for a model). Nevertheless, even if your child doesn’t fit some fashion industry definition of ideal beauty, she could still do well as a model; it depends on what type of modeling she wants to do. If you think your child has potential as a model and want to see her portfolio and get her started, there are certain things to look for in a good agency. 


Getting discovered as a child model

It’s always possible to be discovered. If you’re lucky, a talent scout or modeling agency will stumble upon you, or you might have family who already work in show business. But for your purposes, it’s probably more important to know how to make yourself discoverable. Whether you dream of being a model or an actor (or both), think about what qualities that person has: They’re well-spoken and polite, they dress well and pay attention to detail (even if they’re going for a particular look), and they’re confident without being arrogant.


Why do child models go to school?

For starters, it’s important to remember that children are not mini-adults. Working long hours on set or with a high-profile agent can impede a child’s ability to learn and grow properly. That’s why child models must attend school, even when it cuts into their professional time. A good agency will make sure that doesn’t happen by arranging for tutors and extracurricular activities if school is in session.


Child model fees

Well-known children’s modeling agencies can be very selective, so you may want to consider having your child take photos at one of these well-known kids’ modeling photography studios. They can provide professional headshots that could help you get your child started as a kid model in no time. Most also offer composite cards and portfolios for a variety of different levels of experience and prices. You might want to ask if they have a special deal or a discounted rate for first-time customers, too. The good news is that getting started in children’s modeling doesn’t necessarily mean having to invest in a whole portfolio right away, although you may decide later on that it makes sense to have some more updated images taken as your child progresses in his or her career.


Are child models allowed on social media?

Yes, but with limitations. There are sites aimed specifically at young fashion models that have a more lenient policy regarding sharing photos and videos. In general, child models should not be posting any photos on social media platforms without supervision from their parents or agents. Allowing children to use social media freely can come back to haunt them later in life when employers look up their digital footprint before hiring them for new roles. Using social media as a child model gives potential future employers easy access to your work. Especially if you’re being represented by an agency that regularly shares content publicly on your behalf.



Since children usually have more free time than adults do, it’s not uncommon for them to get involved in modeling. However, when parents are deciding whether or not to send their kids out on auditions, they have to consider a number of factors. For example, there may be issues with age and ability; for instance, a 6-year-old simply isn’t physically capable of doing things that an 8-year-old can handle.