Expert Q&A on Child Modeling

They've Got the Look

Q. My son (now 4) loves to be photographed. I am thinking of putting him into modeling (maybe later for our baby daughter) because of their mixed-race features -- they just look different. Being only 2 hours from NYC (we live in Connecticut), I guess it is not too hard to do some shoots, but I don't know where and how to start. -- bruiny

A. Before considering modeling for your child, there are some questions you should ask yourself. Have you considered the expense of travel to and from go-sees and jobs, clothes for auditions, haircuts, etc.? Is there someone available to take your little one on go-sees and to jobs? Does your child really want to do this? The process has to start with some soul searching for you and your family.

Q. My 3-year-old daughter won first place at our local mall beauty contest last March. We went on to state finals in Indianapolis and won fourth runner-up. They said that she won a chance to go on to regionals, but the cost kept rising for the entry. Does this sound like any major deals would have come out of this? -- Amanda192

A. My best advice to you would be to first figure out what is best for your child. Although beauty pageants and modeling share similarities, they are quite different. If you are interested in exploring the world of modeling, research agencies in your area and find out what they require for an application. Most legitimate agencies only require snapshots.

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