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August 15, 2018
The Case for the Camera from a child actor: Raising Kids Who Act and Model
I see you with your cute kids. That boy has Zoolander’s “Blue Steel” look down – and he’s only 4. Your 10-year-old ‘pops and locks’ every time someone yells CHEESE – including if you’re in the Publix dairy section. Even the baby has dimples in just the right places.
Should your kids model and/or act? Maybe. Our son appeared in his first print campaign for Bealls when he was 3, so we’ve been at this six years and counting. Both he and my daughter audition regularly and love when they ‘win’ a booking.
I am by no means an expert Momager. My kids are not Disney stars (fingers still crossed). But I continue to learn lessons along the way. I hope the following insights help you decide whether pursuing acting and/or modeling is right for your kids.
As a mom, watching my kids shine on-set is such a gift. It’s what we all want for our children: the confidence to succeed at something they love. If that ‘something’ is acting and modeling, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Seven Model and Talent, Inc.
Benz Model and Talent Agency
Amy Hammond is a freelance writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The author of five children’s books that encourage children to aspire to higher education (including “When I Grow Up, I’ll be a Bull”), she spends her ‘free’ time reading scripts with her kids and carting them to auditions (gladly).