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Kiddie Catwalk: Would You Let Your Child Model?

When it comes to letting lil ones strike a professional pose, parents tend to have a difference of opinion. Some encourage their children to cheese it up in front of the camera while others shun it. And, then there are the lil lookers that just sort of fall into jobs.

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cloud79 cloud79 9 years
i would, if it's just once in awhile, as long as my daughter want it too. It would be fun though,to get some extra cash and for her to get the experience
cmomgonutz cmomgonutz 9 years
My daughter, now 16, modeled when she was younger and the very worst part - aside from the dropping everything last minute to audition, driving, and waiting - is the rejection. She did quite well but when she was chosen, she felt guilt because someone else didn't get it. When she wasn't chosen, she took it personally and didn't understand the business decision side of it. For her own mental health, I took her out of it.
aehunter86 aehunter86 9 years
As long as you don't exploit your kids like Brooke Shields' mother, what the big deal? I don't have any kids but my brother and sis-in-law let my nephew model for some local things. It wasn't anything major but he had fun and they added the money to his college fund. (My brother's a retired Marine and a police officer and his wife works for a phone company, they're expecting their 2nd so any extra helps!)
kaenai kaenai 9 years
I wouldn't push my daughter into it, but if she really wanted to, I wouldn't have a problem with it, as long as she agreed that we have to be smart about it, and research the companies that wanted to hire her and make sure they're all legitimate.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
It depends. A little could be a real confidence boost and poise builder, pluse someone has to do it!
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
My son models for his father's website but I have never put him in anything professional (well except he once played on a playground and they took pictures for they play toys.)
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
It would all depend on the circumstances... As long as it is fun for the child I don't see why not...
blackjade blackjade 9 years
As long as it was fun, yes. I went to my first commercial audition when I was about 8 and I remember having much fun - plus I got the part. At such a young age I just thought it was cool that I got to get a day off of school and have donut for breakfast.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
After reading some of the comments, I wouldn't want to go to auditions or wait around... I guess I was thinking more like local things at a small boutique or something like that. I guess I would try it and see if we would like it or not.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
It would be OK once in a while, but not if it was interfering with our lifestyle or his being a child.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
My daughter has wanted to model for some time now, just not sure how to go about it.
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
Maybe little things. I did it when I was younger, just locally. I had fun and got to wear pretty dresses!
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I don't think I'd seek it out. But if an opportunity arose I don't know that I'd say No.
Im-with-tha-Dj Im-with-tha-Dj 9 years
I don't know. My daughter wants to model but she already is obsessing over her weight. She's only 6 so i don't want to put her into something that makes her worry even more. When she gets older, maybe.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
I wouldn't want to put all that pressure on my kids. all the let downs if you don't get the job or don't do well at an audition. it's too much stress for most adults to bear, let alone a young child.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
umm, it would depend. a small local gig would be fine, probably nothing else even if they really wanted to do it.
peepshow peepshow 9 years
I wouldn't shun it. But I would definately yank my kid out of there ASAP if I saw bad behavior (on anyone's part- kids, moms, agents, etc) coming from it. Or if my kid obviously didn't like it anymore.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Push them into it, no. But if it fell into our laps, I doubt I'd say no. Not that the chances of that are very high.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I wouldn't- I think it's too much pressure. I'd rather my kids just have the freedom to be kids.
lms lms 9 years
My daughter does model. She has also gotten a role in a movie as a result of her modeling, with a really nice paycheck. CJaneTyp is correct though. The industry tends to use the same handful of kids over and over again despite there being a ton of really cute kids. Some mutiracial kids do well in print and commercials, but in the grand scheme of things they still do not get as much exposure as caucasian children. Some clients will not use non-white kids and others that are required to fill an ethnic qouta will only use 1 maybe 2 spots. One non-white spot can be filled by any ethnicity child and alot of times they will pick an Asian child over a multi-racial child. It tends to go in seasons with what type of kid they are looking for.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 9 years
When I have children, I don't think I would push them into modelling, I don't want to be the next Dina Lohan
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
I am always telling my friends to model their kids because some of them are just so darn cute, but the truth of it, as I understand from people who have tried, is it's a whole lot of driving around and waiting for very little money unless the kid gets a major campaign. Also the reality is there are A LOT of very very cute kids out there so every audition is FULL of adorable precocious kids. One caveat- multiracial kids tend to do VERY well in print and commercials.
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