5 Tips for Parents Interested in Infant and Toddler Agency Representation: Acting and Modeling IndustryRelationship
First, Some agencies vary on this, but I recommend getting professional, industry-standard photographs for your baby or toddler. Why? Because industry standard professional images show the potential buyer or casting director exactly what your child will look like when filming for your professional project. I do not recommend using portrait or snapshot photography as the only tool your agency can use in rendering. Unfortunately, your child will grow up very fast, so you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on his sessions, however, you do need to use the best photographers you can afford. Typical shots for lifestyle markets can range from $ 350 to $ 600. Also, unless specifically required by your agency, I do not recommend mass reproduction of these photos. After 6-8 months, you will need to shoot again and those images will be out of date. The benefit of taking these industry standard professional photos is that the agency can use them as well as parents having amazing photos every 6 to 8 months for the child’s scrapbook.
Second, Remember that every agency is different and that infant and toddler projects are often the smallest part of what the agency does. So you shouldn’t expect a call, audition, or reservation every month. However, a project could pay you back on the investment.
Third, the agency must know your baby’s temperament well. Does your child sleep? Talk? Smile a lot? When does your child sleep? Does your child get warm easily with new people or does he take a little time to warm up? This is important, as some projects and buyers require specific types of babies. Not all projects need a baby with a perfect smile.
Four, feel free to enter your infant / toddler in online contests and projects. This could help pay off your investment in images and the amazing photos of your child could help you gain additional exposure. Just be sure to complete all projects with your talent agency.
Finally, Always check with your agency via email and email any updated snapshots you take of your child. For example, if your child has his first tooth, the agency should know. This is important as your child changes frequently and the booking agency or person should be aware of these changes. Also, it’s important to make sure your agency has the correct sizes, as not all 2-year-olds wear a 2T.
Have fun with the images and give your agency the best tool they have to represent your baby / toddler!