The role you play in your child's model career is crucial to their success. Unfortunately, it is common for the parent to be the one who falls short on their responsibilities. Luckily, I've put together some general tips so you can help your child's dreams come true.
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1) DON'T BE A STAGE MOM
We’ve all watched the stage moms of reality TV in horror and thought, “I’d never do that!” But just because you’re not breaking the family budget to pursue tiaras for your toddler doesn’t mean you’re immune to the perils of stage mom syndrome.
Are you a stage mom? Most of us would think not, but an honest look at how we feel about the challenges and opportunities our children experience can sometimes reveal troubling symptoms.
2) DON'T BE A KNOW-IT-ALL
Definition- a mother who has, apparently, worked in every single theater profession and knows how to handle your job better than you do.
Agents put a lot of time and effort into their clients careers. If you're constantly going against their advice then they simply won't waste their time anymore. Put some trust into them.
3) DON'T SLACK
Definition- a mother who never seems to receive the emails, never brings her child to rehearsal on time, and never actually seems interested in what their child is performing in.
It can be super frustrating, for those of us who have dealt with them, to communicate. This is a very fast paced industry where reliability and response time are highly valued. Set up email notifications on your phone, keep your phone on you at all times, and don't ignore the agents calls.
Bringing your child to a booking late or unprepared will most likely result in the casting director crossing out their name immediately. This goes for bookings too: if you're not reading details the agent sends and are constantly unprepared they will terminate your child's contract.
It is important to understand how important the model is to every production. If you're an hour late, the client still has to pay everyone for their time. You don't want to be the reason they exceeded their budget. It's a big deal.
4) PREVENT TANTRUMS
If you're child is still fairly young and regularly having meltdowns, you need to learn how to prevent them. It is catastrophic if the model is being uncooperative and can't follow direction.
Something I always tell parents before a booking is to never give their kid candy or anything sugary. It is common knowledge that after a sugar high comes the crash.
Another common thing parents do it letting their child play outside or at the park right before a shoot. This lets them get some energy out. This is especially important if the shoot is expected to be more than 2 hours.