2008 UPDATE: The 2008 Casting Call is now live.
The 2007 Kodak/Baby Gap Casting Call Contest finalists were announced today, so it’s finally time for the voting to begin and the rumour and speculation to come to an end! All interested parties can go vote for their favorite finalist at gap.com/castingcall. According to the official rules, you can vote once a day, every day, until December 15, 2007.
OK, now here’s my little PSA about this whole child modelling thing. If you are a finalist in this contest, mazel tov, you are extremely lucky. If your child was not lucky enough to be selected as a finalist, and you still really want your kid to be a Gap model, I’ll give you some tips on how to do it with much better odds. First, take a look at this article and this article about child modelling, then if you’re still interested in going ahead, the next thing to do is find your child an agent. I’ve listed the names and addresses of a few shops that I have read are legitimate agencies for child modelling below (however, other than Larkin Model Management, I have no firsthand experience with any of these places, so please do your own due diligence). On a side note, it certainly helps your chances of getting an agent if you are in New York or LA (or are willing to fly to either one at a moments notice).
Child Modelling Agencies in NY
111 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
300 Park Ave. S
New York, NY 10010
20 West 20th St., #1008
New York, NY 10011
240 West 35th St, #1001
New York, NY 10011
257 Park Ave. S
New York, NY
Abrams Artists Agency
275 7th Ave., 26th Fl
New York, NY 10001
381 Park Ave. S
New York, NY 10016
|Larkin Model Management
PO Box 1292
Springfield, NJ 07081
Attn: Maureen Sinclair
To get an agent, you’ll need to submit one or two candid photos of your child to an agency via snail mail to with the following information on the back of the photo.
Current Clothing Size
Child’s Height, Weight
Parent’s Name and Contact Information
Proper etiquette requires that you provide a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) along with your submission, so the agency can send you back the photos of your child
when if they decide not to sign you. A word of advice, no legitimate agency will charge to have your child considered as a potential client. If an agency tries to charge you upfront, I would stay away from them.
Once you’ve landed an agent, your child can join the ranks of many other Gap models-to-be and turn up for the annual Gap (maybe more than that, I’m not really sure)
cattle casting calls they have in New York, LA and San Francisco. Sure, your kid’s chances are still pretty slim at the “live” Gap casting call, but trust me, they don’t get 800,000 kids to those things, not even 1% of that probably. Good Luck. Keep the comments coming!
A former child model after the jump.
Look for Santa Baby again this year at your favorite Barnes and Noble.
Here’s another good article about child modelling.