I meant that title literally. Everyone knows how expensive having and raising children is. People are constantly trying to find ways to stretch their dollar when it comes to providing for their offspring. But has anybody really ever given much thought to having your offspring provide for you , even before they could walk and talk? I’m referring to putting your infants and toddlers to work by having them model in commercials and print ads. What parent doesn’t think their baby is cute? All babies are cute. Some may be cuter than others, but I think all babies in general have some cuteness to them. What’s cuter than a baby model?
Could your baby be a baby model?
So why not show the general public how cute your baby is in the latest Gap clothes. I mentioned in an older post, Kid Couture, about how I didn’t understand why parents would spend a ton of money on designer baby clothes. . Supermodels often get free clothes from the designers they model for, so maybe it’s the same deal for babies and kids. It would save parents a ton of money on baby clothes!
Since your child is still an infant, they wouldn’t be missing any school. You would still be spending time with them, watching them be all cute for the camera, smiling and waving at them.
Turns out though, it’s still a job. And that means work.
The Work Involved with Child Modelling
You have to send in photos: a head shot and full body shot of your child to as many modelling agencies as possible. They don’t necessarily have to be professionally done, but make sure your child doesn’t have chocolate ice cream all over them.
The modelling industry is a business, and with businesses, sometimes there can be scams. They won’t necessarily ask for money on the spot, but they pressure you into spending thousands of dollars on a professional portfolio. According to Parents Magazine, these photos should be about $200. If you’re not sure, verify with your local Better Business Bureau.
Being a Committed Parent
After signing on with a reputable agency, you and your child will have to go through many meetings in which interested clients determine if you child has “the look”. Since your child is oblivious to this and everything else, it is your job to take the time to go to the appointments. Your child might not necessarily get work right away, so if you really want this for your child, it is up to you to stay committed.
Although it may be hard not to take it to heart, you have to prepare yourself for rejection. Of course it’s heartbreaking to think that someone would not want your sweetie pie in a Babies R Us ad, but it’s like searching for any job. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
You won’t necessarily see the big work or the big bucks right away.
Here are the going rates:
“The standard rate children get for catalog work is $75 an hour,” Braunstein says. Posing for product packages — a soap-box label, for example — may pay a bit more, perhaps $125 per hour, but editorial work for magazines may be even less lucrative, ranging from $25 to $75 an hour. (Parents pays child models $50 hourly.)” – Deborah Skolnik, Parents Magazine
That’s pretty good. I wish my parents put me in baby modelling. It definitely would have helped with tuition!
It’s Not For Everyone
The first few years of a child are important and you want to be able to spend as much time as you can bonding with him/her. You can’t put a price tag on that.
Raising a child is hard enough, let alone having to put in extra work if you don’t have to. Not that many people would be too keen on spending long days dragging their child to multiple photo shoots and coaxing them to smile and be comfortable around strangers. But if you’re looking for a way to make some extra money and fund your baby’s education, modelling might be the way to go.
Then you could tell everyone both you AND your baby have side hustles! Being cute would your baby’s full-time job. 😉
(Side note: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have a combined net worth estimated at $300 MILLION. They began their acting career at the age of 9 months in the television sitcom Full House. Source: Celebrity Networth).