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How to become a model at 13

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The opportunity to become a model at 13 for both girls and boys is one which many people would love, but what steps can you take to start a career in modelling? More info on male modelling

Applying to a fashion agency is an option. With age not an issue for agencies this is a well-established route for work in fashion. This highly competitive field has proved successful for some people, like Gerren Taylor, who was able to become a model at 13, working on catwalks across the globe. However, there are other, less specific, choices open to you in this industry.

There is a lot of work available with commercial agencies, be it print (newspapers, magazines) or advert (television, radio, internet). Advertisers will require models of all ages, so there is always opportunity for someone wanting to become a model at 13. Find out about commercial modelling .

Another option is to work for a childrens' agency, where younger models (13-14 years old) will still be taken on. For those who want to become a model at 13 this path may not offer work for as long as adult agencies as the models will already be amongst the older talents involved with these agencies, but they provide support and employment.

Ask yourself some questions about why you are interested and what you should do next. Why do I want to become a model at 13? What do I need to provide for agencies? Who should I contact? How to contact an agency
Female models are generally thought to be tall and skinny but there are modelling opportunities for a range of sizes and shapes, click here for plus size modelling . By applying to become a model at 13 you will be given a professional assessment.

Next produce some photos, some good head shots and full body shots will be enough, remember agencies are looking for potential. Initially it may be possible to use recent photos uploaded and e-mailed to agencies, often an ordinary head-and-shoulders shot and a full-length photo will be enough for an agency to decide if they are interested. For detailed information about photos click here .   
As someone wanting to become a model at 13 it is important for you to note that parental permission is necessary to work with any of these agencies. Having spent a long time researching agencies, compiling portfolios and applications it will not benefit you or any agency you are contacting to find that they can't hire you because you have not informed your parents.


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The law in the UK currently stipulates that a 13-year-old can only work these hours, and these are considered a maximum:
School days – 2 hrs per day
Saturdays – 5 hours
Sundays – 2 hours
School holidays – 5 hours
Maximum hours permitted per week: 25 hours (during school holidays), and 12 hours during term time. If you are working, you can only work a maximum of 4 hours at a time before needing a 1 hour break. With all cases, work must be within the hours of 7am to 7pm.
You will also need a performance licence to model, unless the work you are doing is unpaid or no absence from school is required. The agency is responsible for submitting a licence application, and it will be issued by the local authority who will liaise with the head teacher of the child’s school to ensure that the child’s education will not be jeopardised by the uptake of modelling work.
Once the legalities are dealt with, there are other issues to consider. Aged 13, modelling can seem glamorous but the reality can mean working with photographers and stylists and being expected to act as professionally as your 21-year-old counterpart who’s been doing this since she was 16. The issue of maturity is a thorny one, as every child is different, but being told what to do for hours at a time is rarely at the top of a teenager’s list of favourite things. Modelling requires focus and concentration and it is up to the child’s parent or guardian to make the final judgement call on whether their child is really ready for a life in front of the lens.

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