Online baby and kid photo contests have been popping up all over the Internet, but few offer parents more than bragging rights among their closest friends and family. Well The Cute Kid
is an exception to the rule.
The site not only offers exposure to up and coming stars, but it also awards a $25,000 College Fund to the annual Grand Prize Winner. Children have been discovered on the site and gone on to be featured in ads for Gap, Carters, Macy’s and many more.
Mocha Baby Models caught up with Judy Goss, the Casting Director of The Cute Kid. See below for Judy’s background as well as our exclusive interview with her!
MBM: What was the inspiration for starting The Cute Kid?
JG: To have a legitimate photo contest for children and their parents, and to offer a college tuition fund of $25,000. It has since expanded to being a resource for parents that want to get their children into modeling with our VIP Kids Club.
MBM: What do online contests offer parents and are they legit? What does the contest entry fee cover, and what prizes are awarded?
JG: Online contests offer parents exposure and prizes if they are legitimate, like The Cute Kid. Besides entry into the contest you will also receive the following gifts: a subscription to Parents magazine, a free canvas print of your cute kid, discounts and special offers.
MBM: How has technology changed the modeling industry?
JG: It has made it faster!And less costly for parents by not having to print so many photos and composite cards.
MBM: Does The Cute Kid get jobs for the babies they feature? How does the site differ from an agency?
JG: Yes, we have had many children discovered on our site, whether they enter the contest or not. We do not book jobs, that is for a licensed agency.
MBM: From your experience, how does casting or booking jobs differ for ethnic, or multicultural babies and children.
JG: It doesn’t really differ much! There is on the whole less work, but it is the same opportunities for everyone.
MBM: Do you find most clients are looking for diversity when they book models for a job?
JG: Absolutely! Usually, clients try to represent every ethnicity.
MBM: What top 3 things should all moms know about baby and child modeling?
- Do not pay anyone to join an agency, with the exception of a website charge, which should be around $10 – $15/month.
- It doesn’t happen overnight – modeling is hard work! It involves a lot of schlepping back and forth to castings, callbacks, fittings, and more…and even then you may not book the job.
- You do NOT need professional photos to find agency representation, in fact they prefer non-professional ones at first!
MBM thanks Judy for her helpful tips! Want more information? Visit TheCuteKid.com This article was originally posted on 9/30/2010