Bringing your child to his or her first modeling audition is definitely a milestone. This is especially true if your little tyke has always wanted to be a model and is really looking forward to seeing his or her photos on the Internet, a magazine, or billboard or to walk on the runway.
When your child has been called to join a child model casting call or audition, it serves as a great proof that your little one already has what it takes to be a model.
It is also a validation that it’s not only you, your family or friends that see your child as talented or cute. Other people also see his or her potential and are seriously considering him or her for a commercial or runway modeling job.
Preparing your child sufficiently for the audition is a great way to help your child be at his or her best during the big day. You can also show your support (which he or she will really need) during this important event in the following ways:
Undoubtedly, you already have some details about what the audition is all about or which brand is holding the casting call. Before the audition starts, make sure you explain to your child what he or she is supposed to do when he or she has the floor and what will be expected of him or her.
Give some advice and tips on how he or she should pose, walk, how to turn his or her head, etc. Although you may not be a modeling expert, you will still have a better idea of the best poses or type of runway walk he or she should be doing, more than your child.
You can have him or her practice some “moves” at home until your child gains the confidence required to do them “naturally.” Your little one will then score some points if he or she knows the right things to do during the audition.
If your child has siblings, whether they are interested in modeling or not, leave them at home on the day of the audition. Hire a babysitter or ask a family member to look after them if you are the primary caregiver.
Your little model needs all the support he or she can get to nail the audition. If you bring other children during this big day, your attention will be divided. It is important that you focus your attention on your child during the audition and nobody else to ensure his or her success.
Sometimes, during modeling auditions and casting calls, it can take an hour or two before your child will be called. During this waiting time, your child may get hungry. And when your little one is hungry, he or she will tend to be irritable, lose focus, and feel sleepy.
Ensure your little one doesn’t get hungry and maintain his or her energy by bringing plenty of snacks and bottled water. It is best to bring healthy snacks such as fresh fruits (an apple or banana), nuts, or protein bars since they are proven natural energy-boosters.
While waiting for your child’s turn, make sure he or she doesn’t get bored and lose interest in the task at hand. You can do this by bringing in one or two of his or her favorite toys and books during the audition. If there is a playroom or outdoor play area, let your child play for a few minutes.
However, don’t bring noisy toys to avoid disturbing the other kids in the audition venue.
Lastly, although you want your child to ace the modeling audition, don’t speak
unless a casting agent talks to you. This means not making any excuses for your child if he or she stumbles or is having a hard time following instructions.
In case your child makes a mistake, you can ask the persons in charge if he or she can start over. However, don’t say more than you have to.
More importantly, don’t get angry at or show your disappointment when your child makes a mistake. At the end of the audition, tell your child he or she did a good job. And even if he or she doesn’t get this one, there are other auditions and casting calls you can go to.
So whether your child will be going to his or her first modeling audition or has already been to several ones, always follow the tips above. They will help you be the best, most supportive parent you can be to your young aspiring model.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia's biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.