- Child Models are often required to work in South Africa’s busy Production sector.
- Some children may be cast in supporting roles. Others work as background “extras.”
- Stills Production assignments typically are short term—starting from just half a day —which means that Child Models rarely work a lot.
- Television productions generally require your child to be on set for a full day rather than a half day.
- When performing, Child Models typically work irregular hours. You will have no choice on when the shoot takes place and must be ready for anything. Evening and weekend work is a regular part of a Child Model’s life. Child Models—especially those who shoot on location— may work in the early morning or late evening hours to shoot night scenes outside of normal business hours.
- Child Models should ideally be fit and healthy – the job demands certain stamina and also coordination to move about the set. Child Models must also expect some degree of heat from lights and the weight of costumes.
- Formal dramatic training is generally unnecessary for Child Models, and most kids successfully enter the field without it. Child Models should possess a passion for performing and enjoy entertaining others. Most aspiring Child Models participate in school plays, or perform with local community theater groups.
- Physical appearance, such as possessing the right size, weight, or features, is a deciding factor in being selected for particular roles.
- All Child Models should be represented by a professional Agent to find work, negotiate contracts, and plan their careers. Agents earn a percentage of the pay specified in a contract.
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