Putting Baby to Work: Making Easy Cash for College

Posted on 08/15/2014

Wondering how you'll manage to pay for your baby's college? Right now private college costs more than $30,000 a year, according to the College Board. And if that number scares you, imagine how much more it will be in 2032 when your little one hits 18. Instead of taking on a second job consider putting baby to work to make easy cash for college.

Model Material
Is your baby model material? All babies are adorable. But not all babies have what it takes to shine in front of the camera. If your sweet pea has a rather grumpy disposition then they may not be the best candidate. But if they're generally happy and laid back, that's one of the most important characteristics a baby model can have.

Stranger Danger
It's important for kids to learn to be weary of strangers. But when it comes to being a successful baby model, staying happy around unfamiliar faces is important. Of course, mommy or daddy will always be nearby, but getting scared around strangers won't work.

Find an Agency
You'll need a modeling agency in order to connect with casting directors. The modeling agency will serve as a liaison between you and the companies who need to hire baby models. Check out reputable companies that represent kids like Wilhelmina, funnyface today, or Generation.

Location, Location, Location
The majority of gigs take place in New York and LA, so if you live in one of these two cities you'll have the best shot at landing jobs. If you live somewhere else, research modeling agencies in the largest metro area near your home.

Coogan Account
If you live in California, New York, New Mexico or Louisiana you will be required to set aside part of your baby's earnings in a Coogan account. It's basically a trust fund that prevents parents from blowing all the money their kids earned.

Avoid Scams
There are lots of modeling scams out there. They'll lure parents in with the hopes of landing high profile gigs, using a high-pressure sales pitch to get parents to spend big bucks on head shots or talent classes. Bottom line, you shouldn't have to spend money to make money when it comes to baby modeling.

By Alison Storm

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