The Benefits of Child Modeling

When it comes to child modeling you may think that overbearing moms and spoiled kids are the biggest obstacles; but the truth is there are many variables to consider. There can be both positive and negative effects, including eating disorders, self-esteem issues and the perceived over-emphasis on appearance that a modeling career can bring. However, modeling can also be a very positive influence on a child if properly guided. There are tremendous benefits, including the ability to deal with competition, overcoming shyness and following instructions. Young girls also learn to become leaders and often go on to have better speaking and interpersonal skills.

Child modeling is very competitive and there are often more models than there are jobs. Many agencies receive hundreds of submissions every month and only a small fraction go on to receive commercial modeling assignments. This may seem a bit depressing, but there is always a chance that your child can become successful in this industry. Even if an actual paid modeling gig is not received there are still a great deal of benefits to being a model. The key is to be consistent and attend casting calls, beauty pageants, keep an up to date portfolio and apply for as many jobs as possible. You may also consider applying your child for an online modeling contest. This is an additional way to have some fun, gain exposure and perhaps win cash!

Recently the media has depicted child modeling as a dangerous and potentially harmful activity. However this is not the case. Despite the hype, research from North Carolina State University shows that competition can actually be beneficial, helping your child hone problem-solving skills and learn to win and lose gracefully. The key is for parents to “stress the basics of fair play, good sportsmanship and putting forth good effort.” In fact, modeling can teach children many valuable life lessons – but proper guidance is from parents is essential to making this work.

Many children struggle with shyness and this can be a barrier later in life. It affects the ability of the child to make friends and even land a job as they become an adult. Modeling can help a child out of her shell and learn to become comfortable working with others. This includes competing, working with photographers and attending casting calls and working with other models in beauty pageants. Each event can be an opportunity to teach your child to speak clearly, walk tall and smile. These skills will help your child throughout her life.

Children can also learn valuable skills in regards to money management. As a child model there is money to be made and you can reward your child with a percentage of her earnings from each modeling job and this will teach her how to save money and spend it responsibly. Learning the value of hard work and the importance of saving and spending is another important lesson that will serve your child as she becomes an adult. This lesson also reinforces the importance of a good work ethic and the benefits from doing a good job.

As we all know young children often have difficulty following directions and this is a very important lesson. In the modeling industry models are expected to work together, wait their turn and listen carefully to the photographer’s instructions. Each casting call, photo shoot and modeling event have different requirements and your child will have to adjust to each situation. Be sure to compliment your child on her photo shoots, not by referring to her looks, but by praising her attentiveness to direction and willingness to listen. Soon your child will gain a great sense of pride from her accomplishments and this leads to a child that is able to follow directions and adapt quickly to any situation.

The ability to handle rejection is also a very important lesson that every child must learn. There are times in everyone’s life that we experience this and it is important to learn to accept it, work harder and succeed. Rejection may seem like a harsh lesson for a child to learn, but it’s crucial to understanding the concept and learning to cope. If learned correctly rejection leads to the desire to work even harder. It is important to praise your child regardless of the outcome and let her know that you are proud of her.

Young children can also benefit from the competition of modeling by learning to relax. We have all been under stress in our lives and it is important to understand how to handle that stress. This lesson will help your child in school and in work. When mistakes happen, be a relaxed role model and don’t overreact. Instead, encourage having fun while trying your best. Practice breathing techniques focuses on positive thoughts. Learning to cope with stress is a very important lesson that will help your child throughout her entire life.

Contrary to what many may think modeling is not all about looks. It is about confidence and the ability to conduct yourself with grace and self-esteem. Children look to adults for guidance, therefore if you emphasize looks, your child will too. Instead, focus on being professional – saying “please”” and “thank you,” being punctual, waiting quietly and listening. Believe it or not behavior is often more important than appearance. Don’t be pushy, pester the casting agents or criticize the other children. Avoid focus on landing the job or online modeling contest, and help your child enjoy the experience for what it is.

It is also important to avoid common stereotypes when it comes to a model’s accepted appearance. Most people think models are skinny and to much emphasis on this can lead to eating disorders. Instead focus on healthy eating and exercise habits. Teach your child to be proud of herself and to respect her body. This will lead to a healthy self image that will increase her chance of a happy and successful life.

It is also important to always be aware of your motives in regards to child modeling. Is this your dream or your child’s? It is ok to provide motivation and even a little ‘push’, but make sure you let your child know that the goal of becoming a model must be her dream and you love her regardless of her decision in this matter.

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Advantages to Online Modeling for Teen Models and Teen Modeling | MyModelPlace.com

Dreaming about great successes in modeling? Then, it’s time to understand how things work in online modeling and follow the trend! From teen modeling to acting and beauty pageants, today’s world is all online! High visibility, constant update of offers, comfort and simplified applications are some of the reasons why you should consider becoming an active presence in the online world! Register today as a model and become number one tomorrow!

Let’s be honest; it’s not easy to become successful in modeling if you don’t work hard and you show high professionalism and seriousness! However, to be committed and to put all your efforts into it, doesn’t necessarily guarantee a top place in the ranking. This means that you have to do the extra steps…  in other words. it’s time to understand better the benefits of online modeling! As it turns out, you have all the reasons in the world to become an active presence online!

Greater visibility! One of the greatest advantages of online modeling is definitely the visibility you have. In simple words, your profile can be accessed by numerous managers and potential clients. All you have to do is become an official member on the site and follow all the steps indicated in the tutorial. It is that simple to become a famous name online!

Lots of jobs! The good news is that in the world of online modeling everything moves very fast. In other words, you will be able to find daily new postings of modeling jobs, casting calls, beauty pageants and so on. Due to the constant updating of their databases, it will be easier to find a great job in teen modeling, a good acting opportunity, etc. And it will take you only a few clicks!

High convenience! Imagine how comfortable it is to manage an online account! Basically, in online modeling, valid also for kids and teen modeling, it is important to have a great portfolio. Once created the profile on the site and added the portfolio, all there is left to do is constantly updated with new photos or videos. In other words, you do all the works in front of the computer! And the same comfort when you look or apply for a job!

Top 5 Tips for creating a perfect portfolio

Curious about how to create the best and most effective portfolio?  If you re new to modeling, or maybe you have been modeling for a long time but need to update your model portfolio, there are some important factors to consider.  As you have probably seen most people take boring head shots in bad lighting and usually as a ‘selfie’ in front of a bathroom mirror.  This is a terrible way to start your modeling portfolio and usually this is the number one error that most new models make.  Sure, selfies are popular on social media, but most likely they will not get you a modeling gig or even a second look from a legitimate client or company.

In order to get the most from your portfolio we have list 5 of the most effective ways to get noticed and present an up to date image portfolio.

The Setup Lighting:

You need the right environment to get the most out of your images. As most models know, lighting can make all the difference in the world.  This is probably the most important aspect of creating the right environment for your portfolio.  Too much light and too little light can make or break an image.  If possible have your images taken in a professional studio with proper lighting.  Avoid (at all costs) fluorescent lights as they tend to saturate images and even make your completion appear ‘blotchy’.  Also avoid direct lighting.  This means that you should not have a bright light shined directly on you.  Diffused light is your best bet.  For example have you ever poses for a picture at the beach while facing the sun?  If you have you’ll notice that you are mostly certainly squinting your eyes and the direct light will add hard shadows to your facial features.  The best option is to have a well lit area in which there is light all around you, not behind you or directly in front of you, but diffused in order to illuminate the entire area.  This is why you will see umbrellas on professional lighting equipment as they help to scatter the lighting effect.  If possible use continual lighting – not flash.

Make-up

Now this concept comes naturally for most females, but it is amazing how so many people either overdue their make-up or doe not apply it correctly.  For portrait images the best way to go is simple priming.  Priming helps even out your skin so that your foundation looks smooth and natural. Plus, it helps the camera create a glowing look rather than one that highlights the bumps beneath your foundation.  It is also important to consider mattes.  Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you’re going to be photographed, you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. If you are using a camera flash the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self.  *BTW as explained in the first tip we recommend not using a flash.

For best results apply your make up in natural light or (is possible) in the actual studio lighting. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up and it will look different once you change into the new lighting for your photos. Some lights may even wash you out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong and how to look better in future pictures.

Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light, leaving you with a shine. They may also leave you looking washed out in pictures. I’m sure neither of these looks are what you have in mind when trying to figure out how to look good in photos.

To get the most out of your best feature, try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward coloring around the eye.

When it comes to eyeshadows, try to avoid pastel colors. Pastels have the potential to give you a washed out appearance in a well lit studio. However, deep, rich shadows will make your eyes pop! If you want to play it relatively save, go for a gold or chocolate brown; if you’re feeling especially daring, try out an emerald or even red!

Diversity

We have all seen image portfolios that consist almost exclusively of headshots.  While a great portray is important, it is equally important to include a wide variety of image styles, poses, outfits, and full body shots.  Think of this from the perspective of a potential client.  The company you are seeking a job from may need a model with particular psychical features; such as a fitness model role for health related ads, or a plus size woman for ads promoting diet and exercise.  During your portfolio shoot make sure you include various outfits, from formal wear to swimwear.  Include a variety of posing styles and don’t be afraid to show of your personality – nothing is more boring than image after image of a blank staring portrait.

It is also important to update your portfolio on a regular basis.  Even if you are doing this on your own time and for free.  Keep your images current!  As we all know our appearance changes over time and it is important that your appearance in up to date in he images.  Posting images frequently can also help you to stay on top and gain further exposure.  An active model receives more views and has a better chance of landing a modeling gig.

Sex Appeal

Sex appeal is something that can be invoked in all of us and it can be displayed in a conservative way or trashy.  I’m sure everyone reading this knows the difference.  Now when I say ‘sex appeal’ I don’t actually mean ‘sexy’ as in Playboy or any other sexually suggestive imagery.  A better word for this may be charisma, however since this article is toward females, sex appeal seems to be the best term.  Many models are beautiful, all in their own way.  And showing off that beauty in a modest way when it comes to images in swimwear, lingerie, etc. can help boost your portfolio (depending on the type of work you are seeking).  However be careful not to go overboard.  Be conservative in your facial expressions and posing styles.  For example you may be cast for an acting role that requires an educated woman in a professional career, however there are occasional scenes that require swimwear or even lingerie.  You want to show that you can present both roles with confidence and style.

Alternate Media

Include video in your portfolio.  This concept is still fairly new in the world of modeling when it comes to ‘portfolios’.  However due to the rise in online media video is now where it’s at.  I can’t tell you how many models I have seen that look great in pictures, but freeze once a video camera is pointed at them.  You need to show that you can handle both with confidence.  If you are seeking an acting role then take videos of yourself playing certain roles.  Even if you are only interested in becoming a model be sure to add video to your portfolio.  This can even be simple video of you going through various poses.  Adding a little flare of personality can also be extremely beneficial.  Did you know that Youtube viral videos are one of the hottest items in marketing today?  Modern modeling, especially online modeling takes more than just images and you should always add video to your portfolio.

Tips on how to succeed in kids modeling and young models

Tips on how to succeed in kids modeling:  When it comes to success in kids modeling, there are a few basic things to do at all times. From a unique, expressive portfolio to promotion on specialized sites, from participating at beauty pageants or casting calls, each of these actions can bring you one step closer to number one. After all, young models must learn as soon as possible that success is made of little details! So, pay attention to each detail and you’ll closer to success sooner than you might think!

Dreaming about countless success in the world of kids modeling? Looking forward to learn more on how young models make it in this world? Then, it’s time you learn how; what to do and what not to do, what tricks could be of help and so on. Let’s see exactly what you have to do for becoming number one!

Create an amazing portfolio! In other words, if you want to be noticed, you have to make yourself noticed! And the best way to do this is by putting together an impressive portfolio. As it turns out, young models have to go after the regular rules of the modeling world. So, if you want to have a great entry in kids modeling it’s important to have a professional gallery of photos, a video and a suggestive description!

Register on a specialized site! On the other hand, it doesn’t help you if you have a great portfolio but you keep it at home. The next step is to find a site specialized in kids modeling and create an account. It takes a few minutes and it allows you to add photos, videos and any other materials that could bring you attention. And even though you will be competing with other young models, it doesn’t matter: there is something unique in each of you!

Apply to all open jobs! The truth is that in this world you have to be active, you have to be responsive, dynamic and open to any opportunity that might show up on the way. So, if you see an interesting beauty pageant or a casting call, don’t think twice: learn more on application rules and apply! In the end, you never know where an opportunity might rise so don’t neglect any chance you have!

So, as you can see, it is important to play all your cards, so to say! At the same time, you have to pay attention to each and every detail as details will make the difference in your future success or failure. Then, trust only reliable specialized sites: a serious site will definitely bring you in the front seats of the artistic scene. More than that, it will be easier to find a manager and many great jobs with only a few clicks!

Top 5 Best exercises for fitness models and fashion modeling

Health and beauty takes some effort as we are not all born with perfect genetics.  This often means practicing a healthy diet and maintaining a daily (yes daily) work-out regiment.  Lately there has been a surge in female gym memberships and in increase in group fitness classes.  Unlike the old days of leotards and aerobic classes, group fitness classes today often include weight training, core training and even kickboxing.  However some of the most popular exercises today for women focus on core strength, legs and glutes.  The trend in female gym memberships has increased by 80% over the last 5 years as more and more women understand the benefits of proper exercise to enhance their strength and beauty.

Of course this is not to imply that women have not always worked hard to maintain their heath, but in the past there was always a reluctance to add weight training to their daily regiment due to the fear of gaining too much muscle.  As beauty trends change this has become less of a concern and women today and becoming more involved in strength training and it has proven to be a very positive influence on not only their strength but their overall appearance.

This new trend in weigh training is especially important for fitness models.  Even professional fashion models are beginning to hit the gym to improve their overall posture and maintain and tones look.  Although many exercises, in regards to weight training, are the same for men and women, some exercises are almost exclusively for women.  These exercises mostly focus on the glutes, inner and outer thighs, and specific core training.

Chady, a fitness expert was asked about the subject of weight training for women and her response was rather cheeky (pun intended), “Let’s get one thing clear: It’s all about the bum. Sure, built biceps fill out a shirt and six-pack abs are the prize of every beachgoer, but the back is where it’s at. A bodacious booty is essential to a good physique-and not just for stage-bound fitness contestants. Everyone seems to want a great bum. Photos of posteriors flood the Internet and are often the most viewed-and “liked”-body part on social media. There’s just something magical about a beautiful butt!”
When focusing on core and glute training there are 5 top exercises that can help you achieve the look you are seeking.  This is not only helpful for fitness models, but people in general that wish to increase their strength and appearance.

Squats:  Squats are the king of lower-body exercises. Why? Well, they work pretty much every muscle in your legs while strengthening your core, hips, and lower back. Just make sure you get the most out of the movement. With a back squat, stopping at parallel or just barely below puts most of the emphasis on your quads, leaving your glutes less engaged.

Weighted walking lunges:  These elevate your heart rate and will make you sore the next day. With your arms at your sides and a dumbbell in each hand, step forward. Lunge and alternate legs with each step. Lunge low. Make sure your front knee never extends past your toes.

Barbell hip thrusts:  The hip thrust activates and builds the upper glutes to a much greater extent than squats, and even to a greater extent than deadlifts. Sit on the ground with your back against a bench, feet planted firmly in front of you, and a padded barbell in your lap. Keep your knees stable, raise the barbell by extending your hips, and push your hips upward with your glutes. Rise until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees, then slowly lower back to the ground. Squeeze your glutes at the top.

Stiff leg dead lifts:  To do these properly and take the focus off your lower back, push your hips back as far as you can until you feel a deep stretch in your hamstrings. I prefer to keep my feet positioned in a close stance, but you can make them sumo-feet wider than shoulder-width apart and slightly pointed out-to switch things up. Keep the bar as close to your legs as you can. Keep your back straight. Go down as low as you can while feeling a deep stretch, and then come back up. Don’t let your lower back round.

Spilt Squats:  With these, as with most exercises, positioning is the key. The closer together your legs are, the more you target your quads. The farther you place your front leg in front of you, the more emphasis you place on your glutes. With your back foot situated on a bench or box and your chest high, drop your back knee to the floor. Go down as far down as you can. Repeat.

Probably one the most difficult tasks in any of these exercises is the will to do them regularly.  It is important to make your fitness goals part of your everyday life and not just a passing trend.  There is an increasing field of modeling jobs for fitness models and maintaining a high level of fitness will not only benefit your health but help you land some awesome and fun modeling jobs!

Is the latest Sports Illustrated cover image too provocative?

Is the latest Sports Illustrated cover image too provocative?  Recently I was at my local grocery store buying the usual items when I passed by the magazine rack and noticed the cover image on the 2015 Sports Illustrated magazine.  Wow..  Now I’m no prude and I certainly appreciate the beauty of the female form, but I wondered if that image was a little to revealing for your average swimsuit addition.  It also seemed slightly out of place as it was displayed in the checkout aisle where families often pass through to purchase their items.

But maybe this is just me and I’m being a little too reactionary to the image.  In today’s media it is important, or at least it seems to be the goal to ‘shock’ viewers and therefore gain more exposure.  Perhaps that is the reason for pushing the envelope with the recent Sports Illustrated issue.  I have to admit that I have never bought a Sports Illustrated magazine, so as far as I know this has been the norm all along and I just never noticed it.

This could also be part of a larger trend which is mostly driven by online media.  Barriers on what was once considered ‘adult content’ has become more mainstream.  Consider the recent hit, 50 Shades of Grey.  Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM). Originally self-published as an ebook and a print-on-demand, publishing rights were acquired by Vintage Books in March 2012.  The explicitly erotic scenes featured in 50 Shades of Grey have become widely accepted by most of our current culture.

It seems that the border from mainstream actor/actress to adult performer is becoming blurred.  On one hand this may be a good thing as concepts of nudity and sexuality are becoming embraced as natural, but on the other hand it has the potential to be dangerous and bordering on pornography.  As most adults already probably know, the age of the Internet has brought many sexual taboos to the forefront of the mainstream audience and this has begun to change our concepts around the world regarding sex and relationships.

Perhaps I am getting a little off topic as this article was originally designed to focus on the latest Sport Illustrated Swimwear addition.  Another thing that came to mind was the advertisers that pay to promote their ads in the magazine.  For example Google recently changed their Adsense (pay per click advertising) policies to deny any website that displayed ‘provocative’ content.  This means that if you own a website and wish to convert your traffic into Adsense pay per click sales you would first have to receive approval from Google.  Their review team would check your website and see if it meets their criteria.  According to Google, the image of Hannah Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated would be considered too provocative and therefore Google would deny the application.   Of course you cannot display pay per click ads on a physical magazine, but does this policy indicate that the image should be considered ‘adult’?

This topic is important to us at MyModelPlace.com because we want to provide an open platform for online models of all ages, while at the same time presenting our site in a friendly and family oriented fashion.  Of course this is not always easy as some people view any content which may be considered ‘sexy’ as provocative.  This is particular difficult when promoting  teen models and  child modeling, as it is very important not to present an image that can be misunderstood as provocative.

Where to find the best modeling jobs?

Where to find the best modeling jobs?  Interested in launching your career in the world of modeling? Then, it’s important to participate at all the casting calls and model contests that sound interesting. For having access to all these interesting  modeling jobs, it is recommended to register on specialized sites and keep an eye on the offer and demand. Registering is simple and takes literally a few minutes. Not to mention that it is easier to get in contact with important managers on the market. After all, if you want to be in the top positions, you need to have the right contacts!


When it comes to becoming famous overnight, the truth is that there are limited ways to do that. And, more often than not, the most efficient solution is to enter the world of modeling as soon as possible. If we take a look at the humble beginnings of many Hollywood starts, we will discover that most of them have this in common: the long list of modeling jobs contracted before acting!

So, if you want to enjoy the same fame worldwide, the first step you have to do is find all the casting calls and modeling jobs opportunities and register on the list. The good news is that nowadays you have a strong and powerful ally: the internet! Yes, the internet should be your closest friend, so to say, in the fight for finding the most interesting casting calls or the most advantageous modeling jobs.

Actually, all your answers can be found on specialized sites. From casting calls to beauty pageants, from model contests to special events, these sites have listed literally dozens and dozens of interesting modeling jobs. What you have to do is register on the site and browse according to your interests.

The site is very well organized and the menu couldn’t be clearer. For creating an account, all you must do is follow the instructions. Once registered, there won’t be that much to do: upload a portfolio and start browsing for interesting jobs. It seems that the list of jobs is constantly updated with great projects and you need to be constantly browsing it.

At the same time, the site can intermediate a possible relationship between you and your future manager. The site addresses managers as well, thus facilitating your collaboration with them. This means that it is very likely that a profile on the site might bring you an attractive offer from an important manager active in this field. The truth is that once your profile will be public, you never know what could happen tomorrow.

In the end, details make a difference and having an account on such a site can really make a difference for your future career in modeling. Join today this large community of professionals!

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