Child modelling, please help !!

(210 Posts)
cutiesmum Sun 11-Nov-12 17:37:49

Hi everyone,

I am totally new to this site so i may not have posted this in the correct place - apologies!
I am also new to child modelling, and would like some advice if possible.

I applied to lots of different child modelling agencies and sent off pics of my daughter. She has so far had a yes from Kitschkids, Bizzikids, Talent Management, Chillikids, Childplay, Scallywags, and Norrie Carr.

Grace and Galor and Bonnie + Betty both said no due to us not living in the London area sad

I have ruled out Bizzikids, Talent management , Scallywags and Childsplay.

I have read lots of reviews about Chillikids, Kitsch Kids and Norrie Carr and they all sound like great agencies.

Does anyone have experience or advice on these three?

I have been researching quite a while and need to make a decision asap so any help or guidence would be great!

Thanks smile

GlassCastle Sat 11-Jan-14 21:11:08

Posted too soon -

'Bonny baby' competitions I agree were ridiculous. Especially as the fashion up to the late 70's was for overfed looking babies. Not bonny at all.

Bahhhhhumbug Sun 12-Jan-14 12:29:17

I don't condone them though. I happen to live in a society where it is out there and cant help or avoid the fact it is on chat forums or the TV that I watch. It is ridiculous to try and force me to agree with you and with this industry by virtue of the fact I come into contact with it through no fault of my own. What would you like me to do ? move to a desert island where there is no TV and no child modelling agencies so that I can have a valid opinion on something.
Yes you can 'separate the two' otherwise vegetarians shouldn't eat in restaurants as they are condoning meat eating etc. Yet I know plenty who do and yet feel very strongly that people shouldn't eat meat and not just for themselves. There just aren't any (in my area at least and in general very few) vegetarian only restaurants.
Same with parenting chat forums they are in the main going to have child model pictures on their advertising.
I have had enormous support on Mumsnet with a severely poorly and disabled DGD and an adult son with health problems himself as a single dad too. Why should I not avail myself of that and in turn pass on advice to help them ,plus enjoy a bit of a chat / debate on a forum just because there happens to be the odd picture of a child or baby model on their advertising.
I have not , in short , the time nor the inclination to become a banner waving vigilante about child modelling and to be ensuring I completely boycott every aspect of life where it might feature. I have enough on my plate. But the fact still remains I don't like it and don't agree with it and I resent being called vile or bitter or a wannabee model myself or by proxy for my children or whatever , just because it is something I don't like personally.
I'm glad we agree on the Bonny Babies. My issue was more with the lining up of mums in competition with each other to decide who had the most beautiful child not the chubby aspect , though agree they were misguided with 'the chubbier the baby/child , the bonnier and healthier it was' in those days.

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 12:36:11

Bigjessie which makes me new lol!!! I've not been on here for years like the rest of you I'm not posting on every single thread! First comment on AIBU was New Year's Day on the piercing thread,

You seem to have a right bee in your bonnet with me!

Whiskwarrior Sun 12-Jan-14 13:04:22

I haven't been here for years either. You've been here for four months, that's hardly 'new'. And you've been posting all over other boards since then (I've checked too).

You know full well what the site etiquette is and when you go to post on a zombie thread for the first time you get a big red warning telling you all about zombie threads.

The fact that you then went and started a thread trying to garner sympathy through pretended ignorance is pretty low.

AIBU doesn't have a separate set of rules to the rest of MN. You behave here the same way you would on other boards.

But, each to their own.

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:08:20

Yeah I've posted on other boards I said that! But first time I posted on a thread here was New Years night!
Again yeah I've had a few months but not on it 24/7
I'm not a name changer like you said I told you I changed it once when I first joined as I used just my real name
I use my phone so I got no warning maybe because I wasn't the first to post on the old thread I don't know and I certainly didn't know what a zombie was!

Whiskwarrior Sun 12-Jan-14 13:13:44

And your reason for starting your little pity-party thread was...?

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:14:51

I asked the rules as I don't know them! Someone helpful posted them which I think some people ought to read!!

PedlarsSpanner Sun 12-Jan-14 13:26:39

Oooh handbags!

Whiskwarrior Sun 12-Jan-14 13:28:03

No, you didn't just ask for the rules. You also managed to get in that someone (me) was snotty with you. Which you also managed to get in on another thread last week, complaining about people being rude to you on the ear piercing thread.

If you can't stand robust debate, I'd suggest you stick to posting about vacuum cleaners and mops - you might not get so much 'rudeness' that way.

AIBU is well known for people disagreeing with one another - people get called names and bad language is used. It's not on to have little digs at people on other threads, whining that you're being picked on.

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:34:11

Whiskwarrior your probably right!!!
I cannot be bothered with arguing there's more to worry about in life about someone I've never met not liking me!

I'll stick to cleaning my house and let the playground bullies get on with itsmile

TheBigJessie Sun 12-Jan-14 13:35:25

Bee? No. But will counter accusations and inaccuracies. 'tis public forum. When you complain about people, they will give their side of the story. Right of reply is available to all.

Then, you will make yourself memorable, which will make it harder for you to claim new member.

Treated you as totally new to internet last week, and tried to give you guidance on how discussion works then.

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:36:56

Thebigjessie I'm just going to read from now on!

Whiskwarrior Sun 12-Jan-14 13:39:55

Playground bullies?

Interesting how disagreeing with someone and pulling them on bad form makes them 'Katie Hopkins-like' and 'playground bullies'.

But, each to their own...

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:42:19

Is ops daughter called Quinoa?

Weelady77 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:47:07

Or maybe zombies as old threads keep getting brought up!

Someonesensible52 Tue 04-Mar-14 13:11:30

My word you lot are hilarious with your rights to be so vile and judgemental but the pouncing on anyone who calls you on it.

Yes I know I joined only to criticise people who will now jump on me (because of course they have the right to criticise everyone, it's only wrong if you disagree with their harpy ways) and I'm resurrecting. an old thread.

A robust debate involves actually knowing what you are talking about and presenting the evidence for your viewpoint, everyone learns and therefore everyone is a winner. Also resurrecting. an old debate is usually a good thing. as new members will benefit from the varied views and old participants may view it with fresh eyes. Few here would last 5 seconds in a robust debate and should stick to petty opinion battles and trading ill resesearched judgement.

Oh my word I have just had a pop at Mumsnet members for their witchiness. That totally makes me the arse here...........

eastdulwichbedwetter Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:12

My friend works in advertising for a major agency and has often used contractors for babies for FMCG goods.

For the main, the agency makes money because the expenses and fees aren't that much.

If you have more than one child it puts a burden on childcare because the hours are long and other children have to get dragged along for 12 hour days etc

Yes, they want nice looking children, but if you are seeking validation it's more about the child's behaviour being amenable and about them being happy and docile.

For most shoots several children are booked as they are essentially unreliable so chances are you wouldn't even be used.

Bottom line, it feeds parents narcissism (=bad) it involves lots of schlepping and hanging around (=not that enjoyable for children) it doesn't make money for the most part for the majority (=a bit futile then)

If used as a baby unlikely this will continue into childhood, so it's a small window. All that hassle and angst worth it?

My friend wants to use my youngest but I just laugh!

It's like men in porn, hardly any of them make money but there's always a queue of them to do it....

Saturnsearcher Tue 04-Mar-14 16:20:40

I'm not sure I like children modelling at all frankly

chocolatemademefat Tue 04-Mar-14 23:37:41

I'm well jell that you have a cute kid. Why oh why was I saddled with a pig ugly one that no modelling agency would be interested in? Oh wait - he's actually gorgeous and I didn't have him to make money. Hope she makes you a millionaire.

Robfordscrack Tue 04-Mar-14 23:45:21

Nothing wrong with asking about child modelling OP, ignore the judgy pants being hoiked.

YouAreTalkingRubbish Tue 04-Mar-14 23:51:28


Mimishimi Wed 05-Mar-14 06:24:21

I'm nit exactly sure what your question is but my advice would be never to go with an agency that requires you to pay them. Reputable agencies will take (an often large) percentage of the fees earned from placing your child in a job. The other ones make a living off hopeful parents paying thousands for portfolio photos etc.

cakemakerg Thu 12-Jun-14 09:50:51

Well guess what? I am new on here also. I 'fell' upon this thread looking for info on model agencies. I have a 17 yo dd who was scouted by a model agency when she was 5. Like many on here I decided that I wanted my daughter to have a childhood. But now she is hoping to make a bit of money to help her through uni. She still looks about 14 which is why I looked at Netmums. But the fact that I decided not to go ahead with the agency does NOT give me the right to make judgements on those who choose otherwise.
All these so called 'goody two shoes' mums who think that it is wicked to 'exploit' your kids in this way really, really need to have a good look in the mirror. This poor mum - who came here for advice - has been hounded by the vast majority of you. Well done to those who held the voice of reason in this thread. You are in the minority. These vicious women have been described as 'vultures'. I have no doubt that that will not affect them in any way. I am sure that they have called others far worse and thought nothing of it. I am going to describe them as something that SHOULD strike straight to their Earth Mother hearts. YOU ARE CYBER BULLIES!!! You disgust me! You are simply jealous cats! If you have a point to make you can make it without the nastiness. I just hope your wonderful DD's and DS's do not follow in your footsteps because they will just be called scum.
I have joined netmums for no other reason than to make this post. You obviously do not have a life or any ambition for your kids other than to make yourself look good by pulling others down. NASTY NASTY NASTY!!!!!

wineoclocktimeye Thu 12-Jun-14 10:05:04

I'm delighted you joined netmums, I'm sure you'll be very happy there grin

Actifizz Thu 12-Jun-14 10:18:50


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