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Meet the mini Instagram models earning as much as $550 per POST 

With the name Barty Middelbosch this is a nine-year-old you won’t soon forget.

The chirpy Gold Coast local isn’t like other influencers today as he’s already wildly successful despite his young age.

Barty, who has 28,500 Instagram follows, is with an agency and has already had some exposure with extra work in movies such as Thor and Aquaman.

He had also done work for Pine O Clean, Stocklands, MovieWorld and Bean Bags R Us.

His parents, Shelly and Bart, set up a profile for him to support his career and soon afterwards it took off.

With the name Barty Middelbosch this is a nine-year-old you won’t soon forget – especially since he has 28,500 Instagram followers

‘We took a few photos and posted them with a couple of hashtags and they did really well,’ Shelly told FEMAIL.

‘From there, we continued to post photos and expand on the hashtags and it was really incredible how quickly the followers started happening.’

Although Barty isn’t paid for posts yet, he could be, as according to Stuff people with 25,000 to 50,000 followers could bring in between $200 and $450 for each post.

This isn’t to say he isn’t reaping the rewards of having an overwhelming amount of followers.

The chirpy Gold Coast local isn't like other influencers today as he's already wildly successful despite his young age

The chirpy Gold Coast local isn’t like other influencers today as he’s already wildly successful despite his young age

Barty is with an agency and already had some exposure with extra work in movies such as Thor and Aquaman

Barty is with an agency and already had some exposure with extra work in movies such as Thor and Aquaman

‘It isn’t about the money. However, we haven’t entered the paid posts yet. Payment comes in different forms such as products and opportunities,’ Shelly explained.

She said that the family make sure that the products they endorse are aligned with Barty before he becomes a brand ambassador.

They have said no to brands that they thought wasn’t the right fit and brands that Barty wasn’t passionate about.

Shelly said that not a lot of planning goes into the photos they post as it depends on how Barty is feeling on the day. 

Although Barty isn't paid for posts yet, he could be, as according to Stuff people with 25,000 to 50,000 could bring in between $200 and $450 for each post

Although Barty isn’t paid for posts yet, he could be, as according to Stuff people with 25,000 to 50,000 could bring in between $200 and $450 for each post

‘If it is a beach kind of day, then we will take some photos at the beach. Otherwise, we will schedule some time to take some photos when we are out,’ she said. 

‘It’s not unusual to take many photos to just get one good one for Instagram. Barty has also had professional photographs done by local amazing photographers which definitely gives us different photos to use over a period of time.’

She said that they post more on ‘Your Story’ than they used to as they’ve realised it’s a good way to engage with followers and shows a more ‘real’ version of who Barty is.

She said that the family make sure that the products they endorse are aligned with Barty before he becomes a brand ambassador

She said that the family make sure that the products they endorse are aligned with Barty before he becomes a brand ambassador

Shelly said that not a lot of planning goes into the photos they post as it depends on how Barty is feeling on the day

Shelly said that not a lot of planning goes into the photos they post as it depends on how Barty is feeling on the day

Shelly said that not a lot of planning goes into the photos they post as it depends on how Barty is feeling on the day

She said that they post more on 'Your Story' than they used to as they've realised it's a good way to engage with followers and shows a more 'real' version of who Barty is

She said that they post more on ‘Your Story’ than they used to as they’ve realised it’s a good way to engage with followers and shows a more ‘real’ version of who Barty is

These days most of Barty’s photos are taken on an iPhone by his mum, dad or auntie, as the camera isn’t always near. 

‘In saying that, his best photos have been captured by professionals, particularly Luke Marsden and Charmian Adamson,’ she said.

‘This does take time – choosing different locations, theme and creating a difference with the photos.

‘You need to create a difference in the photos to retain engagement.’

Shelly explained that the account is monitored by her and her husband, meaning Barty doesn’t actually see any of the messages.

These days most of Barty's photos are taken on an iPhone by his mum, dad or auntie, as the camera isn't always near

These days most of Barty’s photos are taken on an iPhone by his mum, dad or auntie, as the camera isn’t always near

He receives a lot of message and this is monitored daily.

‘He knows he has 28,000 followers but other than taking photos and having fun, this is not something that Barty does just yet. We will hand this over to him when he wants to do this,’ she said.

Although the family have been really fortunate with lots of support and positive vibes, there has been some negativity. 

‘Of course there is some negativity because we live in a world where people have the right to their own opinions,’ Shelly said.

‘We just don’t allow those opinions down our driveway. We would also shield Barty from any of it happened.’

Although the family have been really fortunate with lots of support and positive vibes, there has been some negativity

Although the family have been really fortunate with lots of support and positive vibes, there has been some negativity

For Barty, the only thing he pays attention to his the fun he has taking photos and the goodies he gets sent from brands

For Barty, the only thing he pays attention to his the fun he has taking photos and the goodies he gets sent from brands

For Barty, the only thing he pays attention to his the fun he has taking photos and the goodies he gets sent from brands.

‘My favourite part is when my ex- school teacher followed me on Instagram. It made me feel really happy,’ he said.

‘She likes to see what I am doing. My other favourite part was when mum showed me somebody had even set up a fan page.’

He also loves the products that get sent to him and he finds it exciting to open up packages.

‘I have shoes, clothes, shirts, hats, oh and these really awesome backpacks that you can change the picture on every day if you want, awesome wrist bands for my whole class and even gumboots,’ he said.

‘I really want to be an ice sculptor so maybe this can earn me the money to be able to train to be that.’

The cheerful youngster from Brisbane , who boasts a following of 52,600 people 

Piper Seymour isn’t like most of the other Instagram influencers you’ll find on social media today

Shelly said that the family will support Barty doing this for as long as he is enjoying it and it something that he wants to do.

Piper Seymour isn’t like most of the other Instagram influencers you’ll find on social media today either.

The cheerful youngster from Brisbane, who boasts a following of 52,600 people, stands apart because she’s already wildly successful despite being just four years of age.

Her mother, Kerry, helped set up a profile for her when Piper was six months old, jumping on the adorable ‘baby’ accounts that fans flock to. 

 The cheerful youngster from Brisbane, who boasts a following of 52,600 people

 The cheerful youngster from Brisbane, who boasts a following of 52,600 people

‘My eldest daughter was 16 years old at the time and had seen other baby accounts and suggested it,’ Kerry previously told FEMAIL.

‘At first I thought she was crazy but she showed me some other accounts and actually started Piper’s Instagram for me and took the first few photos.’

The main focus of the account settled on all things fashion because Piper was a natural in front of the camera.

‘Brands wanted to send her clothes and hair accessories right from the age of six months old. We have evolved into a lifestyle account but fashion will always be important. Plus Piper does love receiving her clothes in the mail,’ Kerry commented. 

'My eldest daughter was 16 years old at the time and had seen other baby accounts and suggested it,' Kerry told FEMAIL

‘My eldest daughter was 16 years old at the time and had seen other baby accounts and suggested it,’ Kerry told FEMAIL

The profile @pipersienna didn't become a viral sensation over night but took a steady stream of daily uploads and lots of attention before she hit the big time

The profile @pipersienna didn't become a viral sensation over night but took a steady stream of daily uploads and lots of attention before she hit the big time

The profile @pipersienna didn’t become a viral sensation overnight but took a steady stream of daily uploads and lots of attention before she hit the big time

The profile didn’t become a viral sensation overnight, but a steady stream of daily uploads saw her eventually hit the big time. 

But the effort was worth it, with the young star earning up to $550 per sponsored post. 

‘Offers like $550 don’t come around every day,’ Kerry admitted. ‘Offers can range from $200 upwards.’

‘Not all our posts are sponsored, a lot of them aren’t, because I get a bit sick of seeing some accounts always ‘selling’ something. 

'Offers like $550 don't come around every day,' Kerry admitted. 'Offers can range from $200 upwards'

‘Offers like $550 don’t come around every day,’ Kerry admitted. ‘Offers can range from $200 upwards’

At the moment Piper's audience is women aged between 22 and 52 who are interested in all things children and family

At the moment Piper’s audience is women aged between 22 and 52 who are interested in all things children and family

‘Our page is a collection of our life and what we do and I would prefer to connect with our followers rather than sell to them all the time. 

‘I turn down a lot of cosmetic products, food we don’t eat, or things that just don’t sit right with my views or it’s something I’m just not into. I have to love it to take the time to want to photograph it!’

At the moment Piper’s audience is women aged between 22 and 52 who are interested in all things children and family. 

Fans are becoming more intrigued with the rest of the family, including Piper’s older brother Josh, and what they do in their day-to-day life.

Fans are becoming more intrigued with the rest of the family, including Piper's older brother Josh, and what they do in their day-to-day life

Fans are becoming more intrigued with the rest of the family, including Piper’s older brother Josh, and what they do in their day-to-day life

Beyond blogging, Piper enjoys the 'normal four-year-old stuff' like dinosaurs, My Little Ponies and The Lion King

Beyond blogging, Piper enjoys the ‘normal four-year-old stuff’ like dinosaurs, My Little Ponies and The Lion King

‘With Piper being my third child obviously I’m classed as an older mother, so I find I’m pretty comfortable and confident in my parenting now and I’ve made a few changes to our lifestyle that I would have been too scared to make with my first child in case I screwed it all up,’ Kerry said.

Beyond blogging, Piper enjoys the ‘normal four-year-old stuff’ like dinosaurs, My Little Ponies and The Lion King. 

‘Her days are usually spent drawing or getting her hands on the craft bag. She plays outside or down at the beach a lot usually with her brother as he’s home,’ Kerry explained.

'Her days are usually spent drawing or getting her hands on the craft bag. She plays outside or down at the beach a lot usually with her brother as he's home,' Kerry explained

‘Her days are usually spent drawing or getting her hands on the craft bag. She plays outside or down at the beach a lot usually with her brother as he’s home,’ Kerry explained

Piper's opportunities to travel the world and work alongside adorable clothing brands is a major perk of the job

Piper’s opportunities to travel the world and work alongside adorable clothing brands is a major perk of the job

‘Plus she loves it when we travel… she’s always happy to be away exploring something new, both kids definitely get itchy feet if we are home too long and start asking where we are going next.’ 

Piper’s opportunities to travel the world and work alongside clothing brands is a major perk of the job, and that’s exactly what Kerry hopes it is for her daughter in the future: a blessing. 

‘I would just like it to keep giving her what it already does; the opportunity to travel the world and see places that we wouldn’t have been able to afford to show her and give her a voice when and if she wants one.’ 



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