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Q: Would you accept modelling offers for your child?

  Not judging any of you that may have done this but i've been made offers of such work for my two year old and i've flat out refused. Something about the idea actually pisses me off, besides which I don't want to encourage the kind of precocious self-consciousness that such attention might bring out in a child. 

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i'd refuse too

there is nothing worse that a tarted-up child who is grows-up self-absorbed and narcissistic. the world has enough people like that.

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i'd refuse too

there is nothing worse that a tarted-up child who is grows-up self-absorbed and narcissistic. the world has enough people like that.

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Id do it if my kid was an infant and had no idea what was going on. But at 2? i think your right to refuse. Thats a prime age to start turning into a pompous ass.

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For a tyo, perhaps not. A toddler sitting in a diaper commercial, maybe. It would depend on the product type and age ("child" is a very broad term, I would even use it about many grown ups) 

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I'd refuse for myself.

 

Never ever do modeling in a place you'll have no way to control how your image is used. And anyway whatever they seem to pay doesn't make it even worthy of considering.

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no way. 

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http://www.cdzmkm.cn/index.html

My wife hunted the offers down, and I'm not entirely unhappy with it. We don't get money for it, but there will be professional photos made of my baby as he grows up. Some of them are on display in the photo shop, that's all.

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I'd do it in a heartbeat. I know someone who did and made thousands and thousands off it. The money is now sitting in an account awaiting the kid's education expenses. 

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Baby pictures for advertisements (Gerber, Pampers, etc)? Yes. Anything else? Fuck no!

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Ad agencies and their production partners round the world routinely cast infant and child "actors" for TV spots, print ads and other photo shoots. Parents consent and make a lot of money for a day's work in a studio (if it isn't an outside shoot). The child is generally co-operative and receives a great deal of attention to keep it comfortable and "pacific". So, I don't see what the objection would be to having one's child "star" in a commercial or ad. It's just another day of fun. As long as it doesn't become a habitual activity and then you run the risk of your kid growing up with a distorted self-image.

As long as the shoot is in a studio and it's a one-off every six months or so,  I wouldn't be overly concerned.

On the other hand, I would be wary of hiring out my offspring to the multitude of  "live" events held most often here in China: car shows, fashion shows, any outdoor stage events, etc.

Anecdote: an American friend allowed her three blond-haired, blue-eyed children (in the company of the father) to take part in an auto show at a dealership one morning. Someone (Who?) notified the authorities (the PSB) and the kids and Daddy were busted and carted down to and detained at the police station for questioning and a little mind-fucking (the usual threat of deportation blah blah blah for being naughty). Mom had to enlist the aid of her well-connected Chinese employer to retrieve the family from the jailhouse after paying a hefty fine and apologizing for her the family's "mistake". The charges? The three young towheads did not have work permits.

Upshot: The kids were never paid by the modelling agency which hired them, the family is still here, and the kids don't model anymore.

 

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My toddler daughter does it.

 

We go to the same studio all of the time, although there are loads of agencies contacting my wife wanting our daughter to model for them. But she refuses. 

 

She mainly models clothes. The photos are used for the customer's online store or product catalogue.

 

Good thing about it is my wife got involved with the other mums who do it too. They are a good group and go for meals/ outings etc.

 

Another advantage is getting some good photos of your kid. I have a DSLR myself, so if I go to the studio the photographer lets me borrow his spare flash controller to use on my own camera.

 

 

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I think yes, if they pay good.

You know, chocolate and bourbon is expensive here,so some side income is always welcomed.

 

On the other hand, I have not some moral barier with this. just need to be within moral standards, no BS...

 

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Absolutely not, no, not ever out of an abundance for the family and child...

 

Why...so that some tyke's little head can be photoshopped into some obsence thing, as I have seen happen, or used for 10,000 unpaid advertising stunts.

 

Please all -- be really careful with these kind of things in China, especially when they involve little children.

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