5 Reasons You Should Consider Raising a Child Model

5 Reasons You Should Consider Raising a Child Model
Child modeling is a growing industry around the world as more and more companies, and brands are looking for young stars to be the fact of their products and services.

Modeling can be a lucrative career for those who are focused, passionate, and hardworking, and who, therefore, can make a career out of it; however, beyond the financial benefits, it is an activity that can have a significant impact on all aspects of your child's life and development.

To learn more, read on for five reasons why you should consider raising a child model.

1. Modeling teaches valuable skills

Many parents are unaware that modeling can help their child develop a wide range of valuable skills.

While all modeling careers are different, there is one thing that remains the same across the board, and that is that throughout the modeling process, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to learn valuable life skills that will be of use long after he or she has stopped being a child, or a model.

Some of these valuable skills include decision-making skills, proper hygiene, and wellness habits (essential life skills that should be learned as early as possible), and time management expertise.

The sooner your child can learn these essential life skills, the more ingrained they will be in your child’s behavior. By being a child model, your son or daughter is more likely to acquire these life skills earlier than their peers as they will be exposed to situations ‘regular children’ don't customarily face.

2. Modeling boosts self-esteem

As a parent, one of the most challenging things you will need to deal with is watching your beloved child deal with low self-esteem.

While it is natural for children and young adults to experience rejection and go through periods of worry and anxiety about themselves, you still want to be doing everything you can to encourage them to be confident and happy within themselves. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most powerful lessons that child models can learn from the industry.

Having high self-esteem not only makes an individual a better model but being a good model helps raise self-esteem – a winning combination for children and young adults who are involved in the business.

Known for celebrating all kinds of diverse figures, modeling is an industry that roots for people to be their best selves while celebrating beauty and imperfection at the same time.

3. Modeling helps develop independence

By starting a career in modeling as a child, you are helping your son or daughter to become a strong, independent person. After all, modeling is one of only a few lines of work that involves opportunities for children to make decisions and interact with adults regularly.

It is by working with these professionals that your child will develop perseverance, thoughtful attention to detail, and professionalism.

One of the most critical aspects of being independent is applying money management, which happens when you are making your own money. As a young model, your child will be earning his or her own money, granting you a perfect opportunity to teach him or her how to manage it properly. Additionally, make sure to emphasize the importance of spending within your means and saving money for the future.

4. Modeling is fun and creative

While there are, indeed, benefits to all types of jobs – particularly when you are young – it is always better when the job is also enjoyable.

No one is saying that modeling is an easy work (the days can be long and grueling); however, it is hard to argue against the fact that modeling is easily one of the most fun and creative jobs an individual can have. Not to mention, you also get to be surrounded by and learn from a significant number of other professional creatives.

Plus, modeling exposure will help your child in developing confidence and the skills necessary in communicating with other creatives, which includes learning to listen actively.

From discovering how to articulate their ideas to how to take or follow instructions, what it means to conduct yourself as a professional to the importance of trying something new, modeling is a surefire way of making sure your child becomes a well-rounded creative person.

5. Modeling can lead to a variety of careers

There is no doubt that by choosing to get your child involved with the modeling world, you are also setting them up with to have the drive necessary to achieve success in other careers and industries.

For many people, modeling itself is a short-lived career; however, that doesn't mean it is a trivial pursuit as the skills that are learned and rich experience acquired will open doors to other exciting career possibilities.

These opportunities include becoming a stylist or a makeup artist as the insider knowledge of the fashion and beauty industry brings a greater awareness of style and trends, as well as professional know-how.

Alternatively, many models transition into acting or blogging and vlogging due to their confidence in front of the camera. If this is the kind of transition you would like to see your child making, then it is best to have them signed with a reputable teen casting agency.

Have you ever considered raising a child model? If so, what questions do you have or what do you find is holding you back?

Alternatively, if you have raised a child who has been involved in modeling or other forms of entertainment, let us know your tips, tricks, and experiences in the comments below!
AUTHOR BIO: 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.