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I took DD9 to an open call for a dancewear company a couple of years ago because it happened to be near us and on a day we had nothing else to do, a site I had ordered from so I was on their email marketing list so it was dropped in my inbox. She didn't get it and they seemed to be looking for her to display 'tricks' she knew for the test shots they took that she didn't have. She doesn't do competition so a nice arabesque would have been all she could do for them. But dance is expensive and my kid is cute (obviously I'm biased, we all think our kids are cute) so I was wondering if anyone has experience and if its worth looking into. I work full time so the full time momager thing is not going to be possible for me, so I am wondering what you need to do to get into it. I don't expect her to be going to Milan but I figured, 'its someone's kid getting paid to be in that local catalog, why not mine?'
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My daughter modeled for a costume catalog years ago, and eventually she got into doing gymnastics attire instead. We live in an area without options for talent management, so it's not like she worked with an agent. Both times, we initially applied though the company's model application process for the first time. In the case of the gymnastics company, we never had to apply again after the first time, they would just call her back whenever they wanted her. One thing it seemed like they were looking for is how fast could they get what they needed. Time is money at these shoots, and if they can consistently get what they need from a model in two shots instead of twenty, that's something they seem to look for. A dancer who is good at taking corrections will thrive in those situations.
She really just did it for fun, as there wasn't really much money involved.
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My DD16 modeled for Revolution Dancewear one time; she got $40. It was fun and neat to see her name in the catalog, but not sure I would do it again.
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My daughter models for a local dance costume company, and has enjoyed the experience. She bonds with other area dancers and makes a little spending money. The days are long (with very little actual modeling), and the schedule is fluid, so that can be tricky from a parent's perspective.
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Dancewear stores often post casting call on social media page for their shoots. As for the regular child modeling, you’d need an agent/manager. Direct bookings are hard to come by so if you choose to go this route, you’re expecting to go on whole bunch of castings and auditions. Personality is also important, it’s not all about looks.
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Google the various catalogs... they often give you instructions on how to apply to be a model. No agent needed. Often you just fill out a form and send in some photos. Of course, if your dd is chosen & you're not local you may incur travel expenses. And if the goal is to help finance dance that may not make it worth your while.
Tbh the best way I've found to deal the expense is just to do what we can to keep those expenses down... think long & hard about how we spend each & every penny. There are always choices to be made & there's nothing wrong w/saying 'we can't afford that' or "let's go w/this more affordable option". It's going to cost you no matter what, yes, but how much it costs is ultimately going to be up to you.
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My daughter was asked to model for Curtain Call a few years ago. It ended up being too much of a strain on our time and money as traveling to PA made the money she would earn not worth it and they wanted her at the height of comp season. We ended up passing. Had we lived closer and could work with their schedule a little more it would have been fun but I don't think it would have supplemented much of her dance costs.
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The girl that DD15 knows that does some dance clothes modeling just gets free clothing.