Sure, Toddlers in Tiaras might be a bit over the top, but in reality, there’s actually lots of work out there for your loveable little ones. If plenty of people stop and stare, your mini me may be ready to star in the next big ad campaign. From talent agents to head shots, Little Steps has you sorted with where to go, who to meet, and how to get the little divas in front of the camera...pronto!
This child-only modeling agency has had their adorable munchkins featured in ads for brands like Disney, Club Med and Calvin Klein. Parents are encouraged to apply online, and those chosen will be invited to join the agency. An in-studio photo shoot will cost HK$600, or you can use your own photos with no additional admin fees. They’ll also be launching modeling classes in the upcoming year for their resident talent.
Peanut Butter n’ Jelly, Unit 3, 3/F, 2-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2144 6690, www.peanutbutternjellyhk.com.
A creative agency set up to represent talented tots, babes and teens who’ve starred in commercials for HSBC, Cartoon Network and magazines. The owner, Vicky, also runs a performing arts school, Fusion Academy, which offers children drama, singing and acting in various classrooms and studios across town. Classes are taught by a team of professional dance instructors, voice and acting coaches.
Pied Piper Agency, Apt A, G/F, Shuk Yuen Building, 2 Green Lane, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 2812 0007.
Started in 1994, this agency interviews mini models with their parents one-on-one and does not offer open castings. You can either use your own portfolio or have one made by the agency for HK$3,000. Their young talent has been in ads for Adidas, Nike, Burberry and Ocean Park, as well as kids fashion shows at K11 mall in Hong Kong and throughout Mainland China.
Murine Tsui Modeling Agency, Flat B, 8/F, Ko’s House, 577 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2740 9059, www.murine-modelling.com.hk.
If your little bub is meant to be in front of a camera, contact this talent agency which represents a wide web of Western clients with kids for print, film, TV and voice over castings. To join, simply send some clear photos of your child posing on their own. There’s no registration fee and no add-on costs, they just make money when their clients get booked.
Tru West Talent: +852 6225 8527, firstname.lastname@example.org. Apart from modeling they also represent dancers, performers, cheerleaders, stuntmen and even fire blowers.
In addition to teaching drama and acting at the International Academy of Film and Television, Kate co-founded E.V.E.N.T. which is dedicated to casting models, dancers, actors, singers, and musicians of all ages. They do not store portfolios online for all to view but keep them in their confidential database for casting purposes only. To submit, send 3 contrasting photos of your child and talent information.
Joyce can provide a wonderful portfolio, filled with head shots of your rising star striking a range of different poses, made for you in less than no time. Joyce is also the owner of RAW Magazine, an art and design magazine for creative types, so she has a deft eye for editorial. Head shots are best taken at her studio, but for a wide spectrum of photos, you can take to the streets for some action shots.
Joyce Yung Photography, +852 9248 9986, www.joyceyung.com.
With two branches in Hong Kong and other locations worldwide, this specialist in family portraiture is also a go-to place if you want quality head shots and professionally-taken photos to build your child’s portfolio. There are various styles and packages to choose from, so take a gander at their website to see what suits you.
Venture Photography: Shop OT G61, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2377 4888; 1/F, Winway Building, 50 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 6262, www.venturephotography.com.
Those in the know, get snapping with Hong Kong based Elden Cheung for their portfolio photos. He has helped dozens of actors, kids, and models with the perfect cast-worthy smiles and can be less expensive than other options on the market. The big bonus: he gives all of your photos to you with touch-ups included. Score!