Many moons ago when I was much, much younger I did some modelling for £15 hour. That was well over 15 years ago. I’d take that rate of pay now! Yes, it was nude (but it was for an artist recommended by an art college, honest). I’m informed by a source who wishes to remain anonymous that a life model can now earn upwards of £25 an hour. Life models come in all shapes and sizes, too, and no one is going to worry in the slightest about your frizzy hair, stretch marks and saggy tummy.
Contact your local art college to see if they want a model for an hour or two a week. The money is good and they like people to look real, not airbrushed. Do be safe though and makes sure it’s a reputable organisation. You’ll soon get over those nerves when the money comes in, which could be a real boost.
Now, most people think their children are the most gorgeous in the world but then we are biased. If your child is a bit of a looker and it isn’t only you who thinks so, it may be worth exploring the world of child modelling. You do need to live near London or another big city really because the fees aren’t huge (maximum for an entire day’s work is about £250, attending an audition can be just £18 and that’s all before an agent’s commission). Auditions are often arranged with little notice and too much travelling with a small child will just wear both of you out. The rewards can be good and the shoots can be fun and you get a professional shot of your little one to keep.
There is a great article on www.babyworld.co.uk about child modelling, which tells you what not to do and what a reputable company would ask for. In short, it suggests you don’t respond to small ads in local papers that make you pay for lots of photos and probably have no modelling contacts at all and that you don’t have professional photos taken at great expense. It suggests that you do check out how reputable a company is, ask to
see their model book, find out how long they have been established and see how busy the company is when you
go for an interview.
The article also suggests doing your own research – ringing the big catalogues, such as Next or Littlewoods, and seeing which agencies they use.
Local modelling competitions like ‘Baby of the Year’ can also be worth a go for the great prizes you can keep or sell. But do be thick-skinned and prepared for rejection.
You have to accept not everyone will think little Leah is the prettiest princess of all. Of course, they are completely wrong.
A few resources
Before your enrol your child or yourself with a model agency,
read this useful article: