Inevitably, if you have a cute baby (and don't we all), someone will ask you if you have thought about getting him/her into modeling. For many, the world of baby modeling is a great way to sock away a few extra dollars in the college account and spend time with our baby.
Back when my daughter was eight months old, I took her to an open casting call and she got a call back. And while we did not follow through, the number of people at that weekly open call (close to 500) should speak to the popularity of child modeling.
It is a lucrative business if you can make it work. Obviously, not everyone who models as a baby is destined for greatness, but there are more than a few who used it as a springboard to movies and a career.
Twenty-five years ago, a close family friend persuaded a mother named Jarnette Olsen to take to take her 4-month-old babies to an audition for a TV sitcom that was about to begin filming. Because the babies did not cry, they got the role. And now they are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, two of the most successful child actors in history.
It is not just them, Drew Barrymore started as a child model, as did Katherine Heigl and Alyssa Milano and Sarah Michelle Gellar. It is not a one-way ticket to stardom, but it is at least an opening in the door, right?
There are drawbacks, but you have some control over contracts, obviously and you don't have to do anything you are not comfortable doing. If something does not feel right, you can always walk away.
And even if your baby does not become the next Miley Cyrus, baby modeling is one of the few generally effortless ways for a child to start building a good college account. So if you have the time and the inclination, why not give it a try?
Would you try baby modeling?