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Jody for Neah, aged 3, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:R591440



Neah was very excited to be a model today for ‘Kit For Kids’. She was comfortable with her surroundings, had a lot of fun and wanted to go back to do it all over again!


She was asked to simply play with the toys and interact with the other child models from Models Direct on this modelling assignment. The setting was very much like her preschool so playing with bricks, reading and interacting with the other children was very natural to her.


I do think this experience has given Neah more confidence in front of the camera and I would certainly recommend the experience to other parents. It was a very relaxed setting and the company did not expect too much from such young children, they just wanted her to be herself so there was no pressure on her.


The staff were great with the children, very friendly and welcoming. I would recommend Models Direct but would advise others to be pro-active with updating their portfolio to help obtain work. Models Direct have been fantastic providing all the information required and Molly is always on the end of the phone to help with anything. I want Neah to have fun modelling and get put forward for lots of opportunities so I chose to register her with Models Direct due to the good reviews.

Belinda for Kyle, aged 8, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:P612066


During the summer holidays Kyle did a photo shoot for Medmerry Park in West Sussex. He played the part of the son/grandson of a family on holiday. Kyle loved being part of the "pretend family" and was especially pleased that he had a sister for the day!

They had to do six different scenes on the shoot - having lunch, eating a picnic, playing on the beach, watching TV, swimming in the swimming pool and having a BBQ. Kyle gained a lot of confidence and had fun at the same time.

We were all made to feel very welcome by the park's owners and Kyle was treated like a little star. Kyle thoroughly enjoyed his time in front of the cameras and he has decided that he wants to be a model or actor when he grows up! The other models from Models Direct were all lovely and friendly and Kyle got on very well with them.

Lorna for Jessica, aged 7, Model fee: £150.00, Ref:P565196


Today was all filmed and there was no audio needed, we were under the impression that it was for photographic work so it was a nice surprise for Jessica that she could play a part. She said she was a little nervous beforehand, but she soon got into the swing of things and was relaxed in no time.

She loved every minute playing the youngest child in a family having a great time in the Holiday Village, around the house, eating in the restaurant, enjoying a picnic, time on the terrace, on the beach and in the swimming pool. Great fun! Also as a result of today’s assignment at Medmerry Park I would really like to hire one of the chalets for a week, it was a really lovely quiet place to be.

It’s so much fun, playing the part or whatever is needed of you, for kids it teaches them social skills that they wouldn’t otherwise learn until they were out working in the real world. Jessica has had two other jobs with ‘Babies R Us’ and ‘Clarks’ and is now earning money for her account that can be put towards her first car or house in the future. The bottom line is if she didn’t enjoy doing it then I wouldn’t accept the job on her behalf.

I didn’t know we could view jobs and put our name forward for them so I will be doing that in the future – we are also allowed to have some footage of today’s work so I will be adding that to Jessica’s e-portfolio.

What made me join Models Direct? That’s easy – every mother thinks they have a really lovely child and I am no different! I also did modelling for ‘Lady Bird’ when I was younger and made a pretty penny doing so. I just think it’s such an experience and wonderful learning curve for them – they get to build their confidence, travel and see the world and earn money for their account doing so. One of my colleagues has joined both her two children to Models Direct off the back of my recommendation.

Maurizio for Daniela, aged 5, Model fee: £60.00, Ref:D511763


Daniela really had a fantastic time and enjoyed being in front of the camera - a true star… She enjoyed getting changed in to different dresses and the face painting; she can't wait to do it again!

She was very willing to participate with the other children and was very good at acting like she was having good time as instructed. She participated well in the photo shoot and was very pleasant to the artists and chaperons involved in preparing her.

I think it is every parents dream to see their children being successful and involved in acting or modelling etc. and the best way forward is to join Models Direct. We did just that when we enrolled Daniela, not to earn a fortune but mainly for her experience and to help her get on the ladder.

Anne for Kian, aged 6, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:BM558396


This was a great experience and I gained more confidence with each photo shoot, I really enjoyed having my face painted and dressing up. I would recommend this to anyone starting out because you get to meet some great people and it was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I would advise anyone thinking of starting out to join Models Direct and gain as many experiences as possible.

Ben aged 9, Model fee: £60.00, Ref:K501639


Modelling for Snazaroo was a very exciting experience, I felt a bit scared at first but everything went well. The staff there made me feel welcome and they were very nice. I enjoyed dressing up and having face painting done, but the best bit was posing for the camera. I have gained lots of confidence from this job and also learnt how to relax and have some fun at the same time. If you like modelling then you should go ahead and try it. It is good to have an agent. I have been a member for three years but not had any assignments until now – my mum said she never updated my profile though, so that is probably why. My mum signed me and my little sister up as she said we were good posers – so thank you to her and thank you Models Direct for the experience.

Clara for Chelsea, aged 9, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:P607047


This was my first assignment and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was nervous, but at the same time excited, to be modelling for real. I would definitely do this again; I had fun with the other models and made some new friends. It was a different experience for me. The best part was having my face painted and photographed. I gained more confidence and I quickly learnt how to change into different clothes very quickly without spoiling the paint on my face. I have told all my friends about my experience and they are all very excited and wish to join in one day. I have recommended Models Direct to my friends. I will be updating my e-portfolio with pictures of my latest assignment. I joined this agency as I am ambitious and wanted to gain more experience - I hope to get more assignments in future.

Monika for Amelia, aged 6, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:M506861


Amelia really enjoyed this photo shoot, it was a great experience for her and she loved every bit of the day. The assignment set up by Models Direct was fun and the people were nice and friendly. She felt comfortable and happy all day long and has learnt a lot from this experience. I think she would recommend it to people because it is something that everyone enjoys and learns a lot from. She would definitely like to do it again. It has taught her how to be more confident with people and she didn’t feel tired or bored at all – she just had a happy face the whole time. Thanks to all the team for being so great!

Sharon for Tyler, aged 8, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:BA552160


Tyler attended a two day photo shoot in Somerset in July for Snazaroo, a client of Models Direct. This was a face painting shoot to show some new face painting designs for a remarketing exercise. The images will be used on to update the company website, marketing campaign and update product packaging.

It was a very professional set up and all the kids had a great day. The organisers made it fun but were also very organised ensuring that step by step photographs were taken so that people can see how to do the face designs.

Tyler really threw himself into this and the characters. As a boy of 8 he also loved the free food and the pampering on top of the modelling shoot.

A good time was had by all and I am sure the client will have got some great shots of the excellent designs.

Janni for Luca, aged 8, Model fee: £450.00, Ref:Z593053


Luca was a little nervous before we got there, but as soon as we met everybody he was totally at ease. He had a great time and met some nice new friends. He loved being on the river and he had a "fab" day at the beach. He would love to it again as he really enjoyed himself. The crew were fantastic - so kind and brilliant with the kids. Thank you Models Direct for letting him be a part of this. Hope for many more to come.

Sam for Myleigh, aged 6, Model fee: £450.00, Ref:K593952


This was a 3 day assignment in Cardigan Wales for Cotswold Outdoors and Myleigh's second shoot for Models Direct. This was an adventure for our daughter as we're based in Plymouth so the client provided us with accommodation and food for our stay.

Myleigh had so much fun and especially enjoyed the beach and piggy backs with her model 'mum' and 'dad'. This wasn't like a job at all - the children laughed and smiled not because they had to, but because it was the natural thing to do whilst you're having the time of your life!

The experiences she has taken from this is amazing, it certainly brought out the wilderness girl in her I didn't know existed! Myleigh flew kites, canoed, played hopscotch, and sang around a campfire... but most of all enjoyed herself and made new friends.

The decision to put Myleigh forward for Modelling is by far the best choice we have made for her. The fun and experience she is picking up along the way are sure to give her the best start in life and she is earning money at the same time. Models Direct have been very supportive of Myleigh and we thank you. Also to Molly who again put her forward and to Matt the director of Cotswold for choosing Myleigh.

Shani for Erin, aged 6, Model fee: £450.00, Ref:P585757


Erin was very excited to receive the call from Molly at Models Direct to say she had been selected for the Cotswold Outdoor photo shoot. As this was her first assignment she was a little nervous to begin with, but within an hour of being there she was made to feel totally at ease. She worked with two other child models from Models Direct - Myleigh and Luca, who she got on with really well with and are now friends for life.

The actual assignment took place in an outdoors setting for three days, which had the children in a beautiful field setting with tents, kite flying and a picnic. On the second day they were taken down by the river for canoeing, fishing and another picnic then the third day was spent on a beautiful beach where they had pictures taken of them hiking and then splashing and playing in the sea. Erin learnt a lot and has gained so much confidence from this experience. I would recommend any child who loves being in front of the camera to give modelling a go, as it certainly builds a child’s confidence and gives them a lot of enjoyment.

If anyone is serious about modelling then I would definitely recommend joining Models Direct as they have a great team and have really made my little girl happy by giving her the opportunity to be selected for this assignment. I signed up Erin as I wanted her to grow in confidence and have fun with the experiences and she is certainly having that.

Zoe for Chloe, aged 8, Model fee: £60.00, Ref:BM563019


Chloe was so excited about her assignment with Snazaroo. She had a brilliant time and enjoyed every minute of it. Chloe loved having her face painted in stages and having the pictures being taken in between.

We would, and have, recommended Models Direct to friends - with the advice of keeping your portfolio up to date. Chloe enjoyed her self so much and everyone was so friendly. She is hoping that she gets another assignment soon! Thank you.

Antonia for Jakob, aged 4, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:BW627086


Jakob had an amazing day having his face painted for the Snazaroo assignment. The theme was a children's party and Jakob actually thought it was a real party, and asked whose birthday it was!

He loved dressing up in the different outfits and posing for the photographs, and he also made a few new friends as well. The team made us feel very welcome, and were obviously very experienced in working with children.

Jakob gained even more confidence in front of the camera and is really looking forward to future assignments. He was a little disappointed that we couldn't return to the shoot again the next day as he enjoyed it so much.

We have been very proactive with checking the Models Direct jobs board and their Facebook page for updates - in fact Jakob stepped in at the very last minute on this particular job. Our advice would be keep your profile updated, and keep looking out for any jobs/ requests as you never know, you could be exactly what they are looking for.

Sam for Myleigh, aged 6, Model fee: £142.50, Ref:K593952


We joined Myleigh up to Models Direct to help build her confidence and gain experience. This was Myleigh's first assignment and it was for Snazaroo, the world's largest face painting company. When we arrived Myleigh was made very welcome, which immediately put her at ease.

Her first face paint was a monkey; Myleigh had such fun jumping around and getting into character. Myleigh said the best bit was ' having the girly glittery butterfly face' and pretending to be having a girl's birthday party - they had balloons, music, pretty dresses and wonderfully painted faces...... what more could a girl possibly want?!!

Myleigh surprised me with her confidence and patience, they had so much fun and made so many new friends that the time went so fast and she didn't want to go home. She is looking forward to tomorrow when she returns to see what other characters she will be.

I recommend signing your children up to Models Direct as they learn so much from the experience. I know for certain Myleigh will remember this for the rest of her life. Thank you Models Direct and thank you Snazaroo for giving Myleigh this fantastic opportunity.

Sarah for Casey, aged 5, Model fee: £60.00, Ref:P535904


Casey was very excited about being a model for Snazaroo and she would absolutely love to do it all over again. The part she found most entertaining was having her face painted as a clown. She had her face painted then her photos taken. It really gave Casey confidence and made her more comfortable around the camera. I would recommend this to people as she had a fab day and met lots of new people who were all lovely. I would tell anyone thinking of joining a modelling agency to keep updating your pictures and information and apply for jobs - you will soon get one :). I chose Models Direct as it was reasonably priced and they were helpful with information.

Xhemile for Keila, aged 5, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:C501150


Keila felt very privileged to be chosen and was very happy to be a part of this assignment! It was her first photo shoot and so naturally she was nervous… however, the client was extremely friendly and professional and put her at ease. It was a dream come true for her and she would definitely like to do this again. Thank you very much Models Direct for giving Keila this experience.

Mya, Model fee: £150.00, Ref:N517856


The assignment Models Direct sent me on with the National Trust was really good fun but I was very nervous because I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In this modelling shoot I had to overcome my fear of heights as we were asked to climb a tree for the photos! But the photographer was nice and helped a lot. The tree was easy to climb, there were five of us in the tree and we had lots of pictures taken in different poses. In the end I enjoyed climbing and got more confident as I climbed higher and higher. I think everyone should climb trees because this was what the National Trust says is good for us. I would say that being a model is a great way of doing new things and learning new stuff. If you want to be a model you should join an agency and try to keep your e-portfolio up to date. I did this for the experience and have enjoyed my work as a model.

John for Ellie, aged 6, Model fee: £180.00, Ref:BD530904


Ellie was very exited to be doing this shoot as it was her first shoot with Models Direct, so she didn't really know what to expect. She was a bit nervous but she soon fell in to what she had to do. It was a very fun two days for her, which involved doing a shoot for a face painting company. She enjoys having her face painted anyway, so it was like a dream come true for her. When it came for her to leave on the second day she didn't want to leave as she was having too much fun. Thank you very much for giving Ellie this experience.

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Arife for James, aged 10, Model fee: £90.00, Ref:BC546367


James felt very excited being a model for the day. He really had a nice time and had lots of fun. He is looking forward to doing again. The Models Direct assignment involved James and three other children taking part in creative face painting activities. James and the other children had their photographs taken together for promotional purposes for Snazaroo, the world’s largest face painting company. The photographs will be used for their website, leaflets/books and packaging. James enjoyed all of it, especially the photo shoot outside. He's gained so much confidence and skills from this; working as a group, taking direction, listening the photographer, being creative etc. James would recommend the experience to others, because he enjoyed it and had lots of fun.

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Ben, aged 9, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:P574340


I really enjoyed being a model for the day, especially having my face painted and then being photographed during each stage of the process. I was very nervous to begin with, but the people there were very helpful and friendly, which helped a lot. It has boosted my confidence and I would very much like to do it again. Thank you Models Direct for making it possible.

Anitah for Persia, aged 7, Model fee: £90.00, Ref:BC564154


It was a fun and good experience for Persia. The assignment involved face painting. I joined Persia up to Models Direct for her to gain experience, fulfil her ambitions and gain extra money.

Anitah for Christian, aged 7, Model fee: £90.00, Ref:BC564153


Christian loved the assignment. It involved face painting and was fun. I will definitely recommend the experience to others. Christian loved modelling a lot and decided he wanted to join Models Direct himself to get the experience and money.

Clare for Jack, aged 5, Model fee: £120.00, Ref:BB582569


Jack absolutely loved his assignment and had so much fun! He wasn't fazed by the camera at all and kept saying "next time..." so obviously wants to do more assignments!

The whole assignment was fun as it was for the world's largest face painting company so Jack got to be a tiger, an octopus and a knight all day. The photos were of step-by-step instructions of how to paint the above, so Jack had photos taken at different stages of the painting.

We would definitely recommend this experience to friends and in fact already have! I'm sure this sort of work isn't everyone's cup of tea but I can only go by what we have experienced and it has been a very positive experience.

Being with Models Direct has been good because you can see the jobs on the job board and apply for them if you think you would be suitable. Also, being in control of your own e-portfolio is brilliant.

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Tracy for Connor, aged 7, Model fee: £60.00, Ref:D514409


Connor loved being a model for the day. He really had fun, enjoyed it and would love to do it again. He enjoyed the thrill of a new experience, being painted and being able to work with new people. The modelling job involved going to a farm and spending 1/2 day having his hands and face painted to advertise for face painting designs step by step. He would recommend this to others and has not stopped talking about the experience. It was a good move signing Connor to Models Direct and we hope more work will follow.

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