Baby Ruth (by her mum Denise)
We live in Fulham and Ruth is our first child. She’s seven months old.
Everyone has always said how pretty Ruth is – even people in the street. She’s got very big brown eyes and loads of curly Afro hair, which she’s had from birth. She also has a very open, mature face that makes her look older than she is. So when she was about four months old, I decided to put her forward for modelling and find out what the professionals thought.
I did an internet search and found Models Direct. A friend of mine said she’d heard they were a good agency, so I applied. As a graphic designer, I was also really impressed by their professional website, and the thought that had gone into the marketing.
I applied to quite a few agencies, and was surprised when they said they already had children with a similar look, or that she was the wrong age.
I was very wary and phoned to query it, because I’d been told that you shouldn’t pay upfront fees. But to be honest, I thought I just had to take a chance.
We waited around four months, then we had a photoshoot for Pampers. The images were to be used on packaging, point-of-sale material and press advertisements.
First, we went to a casting, where Ruth was selected to be a ‘sleeping baby’.
As a parent, you think you know your child well, and Ruth always sleeps at 11am. But she didn’t want to sleep at the photoshoot because there were so many other babies there. I just had to keep pacing the floor until she eventually gave in!
She had to be in a certain position while she slept – lying on her back with her hands in a certain position. But even though she was asleep, she kept putting her hands back how she wanted them!
Then she woke up, and we had to wait a few hours until she fell asleep again. In the end, we were there from 10am to 3.30pm. But lunch was provided, and there were lots of toys to play with.
I think she enjoyed it. She was a bit wired with everything that was going on, but she didn’t get upset.
You have to be open-minded about your assignments – it’s not always as simple as you think. But if your child has the right temperament, it’s a good idea. I’m proud of the way Ruth handled the assignment, and it’s something we can tell her about when she’s older.