Modelling agencies represent models for work in print, television and film. Agencies that specialise in children work closely with both you and your child to promote his career. A children's agent should communicate well with a child and answers a parent's questions. Child agencies can be found locally, regionally, nationally and worldwide; however, parents of child models should find a local agency to represent them when they begin their career.
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A model management company and talent agency, Wilhelmina was founded in 1967 by fashion model Wilhelmina Cooper. Its headquarters is in New York but also has offices in Los Angeles and Miami. The agency works directly with kids in New York and with children around the country through affiliate agreements with local agencies in their Wilhelmina Kids division. They represent both models and talent for film, television and print. Many successful young acting stars began their careers as models with Wilhelmina, such as Natalie Portman and Katherine Heigl.
Atlanta's Young Faces
Atlanta's Young Faces was launched in 1986 and has grown to become the largest child agency in the Southeast. The agency works with all models but specialises in children under the age of 12. Their children's divisions include Baby/Toddler, Child Fashion Modeling, Kids Commercial and Teens. The company performs model searches throughout the state of Georgia, and its clients include Disney, HBO and Mattel. Stars who got their start as models with the agency include Raven Symone and Michael Roescher.
Ford Models has been representing models around the world since 1946. Its headquarters is located in New York but has offices around the country where models who cannot move to New York can begin their careers. The agency often invites children, ages 6 months and older, to work in New York for the summer. Children represented by Ford have appeared in print worldwide as well as in commercials and film. Target, Vogue and Vogue Bambini magazine have used child models from Ford.
DMG Model Management
DMG Model Management in Dallas has been representing men, women and children since the 1980s. Its fashion, talent and commercial divisions work directly with children for work in catalogues, commercials, print advertisements and fashion shows. Modelling and talent scouts from agencies in New York, Europe and Japan visit DMG to find new faces. Catalogue and print ads for Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie & Fitch and Deliah's have used child models from DMG. DMG also brings its clients to the Modeling Association of America International's annual convention in Miami, where agents from around the world scout for new faces.
Emerald City Model & Talent
Emerald City Model & Talent in Seattle represents kids for print, television and film, and bookings have included catalogues, industrial films, print ads, television programs such as "Northern Exposure" and films, including "Sleepless in Seattle." Founded in the 1980s, the agency specialises in "real people" (all shapes and sizes). Its clients include Nordstrom's, Sears, Nintendo and Baskin & Robbins.
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