I did a little research and found a great article in Parents magazine that was a few years old at the time. The article gave some background about the industry and followed a model mom for a day “on the job.” The first myth debunked in the article: CHILD MODELS DO NOT MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. This is NOT a “don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000” industry as the gorgeous supermodel Linda Evangelista said in a Vogue interview published in 1990. The Parents article portrayed the day itself as less-than-glamorous; mostly schlepping around New York with a potentially ornery child. I wasn’t exactly sucked in to the child modeling world, but my interest was definitely piqued.
The first consideration – and this is even more important than an attractive child, I think – has to be your distance from New York City and your comfort level with navigating the city. (Or LA, or Miami, etc.) I’m a city girl in a country town (well, I went to college and worked in NYC and now I live in Litchfield County, CT) and I am comfortable getting around the city, know the subways pretty well, and can drive the streets with the best of the cabbies. A little less promising, however, was our 100 mile distance from the city. When I lived further south in CT, I could drive to my old neighborhood in the city in an hour and fifteen minutes. That driving experience was what was burned into my brain. Now, however, it’s a solid two hours – on a good day. But as my spouse tells me often, once I get something into my head – I go all-in.
So I decided to make a go of it.
Next time: learning about agencies and submitting pictures.