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Catalog modeling is a popular industry that is always in demand, as companies are always looking for fresh, young faces that can sell clothing and products. If your child is photogenic, enjoys taking pictures and is a people person, then catalog modeling just might be his calling. There are a few ways you can break into this industry. These options include working with a modeling agency or independently submitting your child's photos to contests that these clothing lines host. Whatever route you choose, persistence and patience is the key to success.
Find an Agency
Find a few modeling agencies that currently represent working children's catalog models. The easiest way to find modeling agencies with a strong presence in catalog modeling is to contact the advertising department of magazines or stores to find out what agencies they use to supply their models. Many department stores don't have a lot of time to screen models, so they rely on specific agencies to send talent they know will meet its requirements. An agency that's used exclusively is a good lead because it shows that the agency is reliable and that it also has a steady source of potential jobs for your child.
Choose an agency to work with. You might want to consider working with more than one agency. Make the agent well aware that you want to focus your child on catalog modeling so he or she can provide the appropriate work for your child.
Send a Head Shot
Send these agencies a head shot and a full body photograph of your child. Include a resume with any modeling experience or jobs your child may have completed. If your child doesn't have much experience, focus on his or her talents, hobbies, training or classes she has taken. Include your contact information, your child's age, weight, height, hair, eye color and clothing sizes at the top of the resume. Check the agency's website for its recommendation on how to submit new talent pictures and information. Some agencies might prefer that you submit this information by email while others prefer you mail it.
Start a Portfolio
Build a portfolio for your child displaying at least five different looks. These photos should show your child's photogenic nature and attitude. Because you're interested in catalog modeling, you want to include photographs of your child in various outfits, playing with various toys and different poses. These pictures should include a formal wear shot, casual wear, swimwear and a close-up shot. Purchase a large portfolio book with clear view flaps to display your photographs in.
Go to a Go-See
Attend all go-sees and casting calls that the agent set up for you. It is important to be on time and professional at all times. Have your kid dress the part. If you are going to a go-see for clothing company, dress your child in the latest outfit sold by that company.
Enter Modeling Contests
Locate and submit your child's photographs to modeling contests and competitions sponsored by your favorite clothing companies. The Gap, for example, has an annual casting call for children nationwide. The grand prize winner of the contest who has the most online votes win a professional photo shoot and a chance to be featured in ads and its stores nationwide. The Children's Place also runs periodic modeling contests.
Be wary of agents who ask for up-front fees.
Stacey Price started writing for various websites in December 2009. She has an associate degree in public health administration from South Eastern University. She has spent many years working in a hospital setting in the human resource field. She also writes about travel, parenting and beauty/personal care, drawing from more than seven years experience as a licensed cosmetologist.