Research Outline

Child Modeling Agencies: New York


To obtain a list of reputable and legit New York based child modeling agencies for a 1.5 year old to see if it is worth pursuing.

Early Findings


  • According to the yellow pages, the top three agencies that have an A+ rating are:
    • Nina Lubarda Photography LLC
    • Wilfley / Todd Casting Inc.
    • Elite Model Management
  • Agencies such as Carter present callouts to cast babies and kids that meet certain criteria in the New York area.
  • Companies like ModelScouts search for modeling talent ranging from babies to adults.


  • It is of paramount importance that the modeling agency identified is legitimate.
  • According to a marketing executive, the temperament of a baby plays a key role in their ability to model. They need to adjust well to new faces, interact with the camera, and stay calm.
  • Parents may need to adjust their level of expectation. Modeling is a tough business and may require long hours and long waits.
  • The baby's health and well-being should be the most important part of this process.
  • Parents should also know the potential risk in the long run and be self-aware of the potential social pressure it may place on the child in the future.


  • One option is model scouts such as the company ModelScouts, who discourage walk-ins. One has to book an appointment and submit a photo. They also present additional information on safety and a link to their FAQ page.