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Child Model Magazine

January 2013



Karen Alejandro 2012 Texas Child Model Magazine

Model of theYear!


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Table of Contents Texan Cuties


Cover Model


Calendar of Events


Beautiful Faces




Sew In Fashion


The “WoW” Factor


Model of the Month


Boutique of the Month


Casting Office Etiquette


Evolution Kids


Child Star


Agency’s in Texas





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September 2012






calendar of events in Texas

January 2013

Zoo Lights

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For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festivities. Location: Houston Zoo Address: 1513 North MacGregor, Houston TX 77030

Holiday in the Park

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Six Flags is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday shows, thousands of twinkling lights, traditional seasonal food and strolling carolers. The Holidays are not over yet! Location: Six Flags Over Texas Address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington TX 76011

Dinosaurs Live! Back by popular demand, dinosaurs are returning from extinction for your family to experience and enjoy! Encounter moving dinosaurs including a 46 foot long T-Rex along the heard nature trails. Location: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Address: 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069


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Quinceanera Expo



Quienceanera Expo is and event like no other. It has been created with quinceaneras in mind and is designed to focus exclusively on everything a future Quinceanera will need for their event. Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Address: 200 East Market Street San Antonio TX 78205. Doors open from 12:00pm- 6:00pm

Bayou Bend Family Day

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An amazing day of fun and entertainment awaits visitors at Bayou Bend Family Days. Activities, demonstrations, performances, and giveaways abound throughout the home and gardens. Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Address: 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77007

Jack Hanna’s Wild Live

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Bring the kids out to see Jack Hanna and all his exotic animals. Come in excited, leave amazed andeducated. A must see! Location : Bayou Music Center Address: 520 Texas Ave, Houston TX 77002 Showtime: 7:00 PM

Harlem Globetrotters

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Bring the family out to watch the amazing Harlem Globetrotters. This is a great family event that young and old will enjoy. Location: AT&T Center .One AT&T Center Parkway San Antonio, TX 78219 Showtime: 7:00 PM


Who’s the Baby in the Suspenders?


bababy garments are designed and hand-embellished by Sarah King, an Indianapolis native now residing in Houston’s Historic Heights. A committed social worker by day and busy seamstress by night, Sarah never dreamed that making doll clothes as a seven year old would later turn into a fashion statement for babies. Just a couple of short years ago, after a series of deaths in the family, Sarah was especially excited to celebrate new life with the arrival of her first niece. While shopping for baby clothes for Colette (“Coco”) she was frustrated by the overwhelming amount of similar and cheesy-looking options; neither she nor her brother would approve of dressing Coco in them. In no time, Sarah was


using her natural knack for sewing, art and creativity to turn her irritation into innovation as she created garments now known as Obababy. “Oba” means “King” in Yoruba, a Nigerian dialect. Sarah chose to use King in the name as a representation of her family, seeing as her great-grandmother taught her mom how to sew and she, in turn, taught Sarah. Before she knew it, Sarah’s unique garments were catching the eyes of moms, aunts, friends and grandparents of babies in Houston and beyond! She’s been happily building her accidental small business as she continues to find new ways to repurpose your dad’s old necktie. Bringing beauty from once-discarded objects is more than just

a trend for Obababy’s creator. Sarah loves painting a picture with her work of yesterday’s wisdom coming back to life in a fresh, new way. Not only this, but Sarah has found that her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters has complimented Obababy in unexpected ways. Since her day job can be emotion-packed, she finds that working with her hands helps her to process, slow down, and reenergize; each part of her life seems to fuel the other. Obababy continues to grow, not only in the number of fashion-forward babies but in heart and soul, as well. Sarah is thrilled at the opportunity to use her talent to create smiles as she celebrates

new life.

By Megan Breed

Models: Valerie Guzman, Theophany Perez, Alasia Truitt, Mariah Frazier, Keagan Roach & Jayden Tejada



The ‘Wow Factor’: Does Your Child Have It? “You either got ‘it’ or you don’t have ‘it.’ She’s got ‘it!’ “ declared music producer Clive Davis as he introduced 21-year-old Whitney Houston to the world on “The Merv Griffin Show” in 1985. “[Whitney’s] got an incredible range of talent but guts and soul at the same time…. It’s her natural charm.” Simon Cowell recognized the “it factor” in Carrie Underwood during her first audition for “American Idol” and soon after predicted that she would be a finalist. Underwood won Season 4 and has won, to date, five Grammy Awards. Cowell hinted at what it takes when he spoke about Underwood with Oprah Winfrey: “She is not just good in the competition; she is good in the real world.... People have to like you.” The “it factor” is not as elusive as you may imagine. The job of talent and casting agents is to find “it,” and they look for certain qualities when scouting talent and auditioning children for film, television, and theatrical productions. Leslie Zaslower, Nickelodeon Network’s director of casting in New York, says, “ ‘It’ usually comes from a natural confidence, a sense of self, and a true presence when in any room, not just when acting or singing. ‘It’ often comes from the moment a talent walks in the room.” Like Davis and Cowell, Zaslower recognizes that those who work in the industry must have a presence outside of performing. “ ‘It’ will be expected to not only happen on TV or film,” Zaslower says, “but on the red carpet, in interviews, and so on. Ask yourself, ‘Is my child truly ready for the big-picture needs of a brand or just in love with acting?” It’s not enough to have that little sparkle. Dedication to the craft means preparation, hard work, and a financial commitment to paying for training and travel expenses. Victoria Kress, head of the New York Youth Division for Don Buchwald & Associates, says, “One of the things that separates the children that book from those


that don’t is preparation. Material for film, television, and theater bookings should be memorized. I believe certain classes, teachers, and coaches can enhance the natural abilities of a child and enable them to make good choices.” Joy Pervis calls it the “wow factor” and echoes the need for a serious work ethic. Pervis, of L.A.’s Osbrink Agency and Atlanta’s J Pervis Talent, is nationally recognized for discovering, developing, and representing young actors such as Dakota Fanning, Raven-Symone, and Kyle Massey. “Part of that ‘wow factor’ is being a risk taker and uninhibited,” she says. “Not being afraid to step out of that little comfort zone.” Improv classes, she adds, help kids think on their feet while performing and auditioning. “Talent you have naturally; skill you develop over time.” “One of the misconceptions of the industry,” Pervis says, “is that you can create an overnight success. Dakota started in this business at 5 years old. She has the quintessential ‘wow factor,’ but one of the things she had, and still has, is the most amazing work ethic, which has to do with being on time, prepared, and respectful of everyone she works with, both on and off the set.” David Doan, theatrical agent for Generation TV, has the singular experience of working in the youth market as a talent manager, a casting director, and a talent agent, most notably helping to cast the “Big Time Rush” and “Victorious” pilots. “You can possess that ‘it factor’ but still not book,” he says. “It’s still essential to put in the work. Kids that are training, working with coaches, gaining experience, and really preparing for their auditions will easily stand out.” The “it factor” is real and can be defined, but it takes a passionate dedication to the craft and a financial commitment to make it in the entertainment business. By Kelly Crisp



Karon L. Washington Makeover Stylist @KaronCouture

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Of The 13 0 2 y r a u Month Jan

Black Flames Baby Shoe


Stylish baby shoes that feature a canvas upper with terry cloth lining. Canvas sole with non-slip print on sizes NB thru Medium.

The large & XL size have a TPR rubber sole. Vegan friendly construction, super cute and makes a great baby gift!

Price : $ 26.00


•Five different doors that open and close •Convenient storage shelves above the sink • Cordless phone •Removable sink for quick and easy cleaning •Oven knobs click and turn

Master Cook’s Kitchen Young chefs will jump for joy when they see this deluxe play kitchen The Master Cook’s Kitchen is perfect for playing pretend and cooking up a real fun time. Parents will appreciate how all the storage space helps keep bedrooms and playrooms tidy.

Price : $174.30 Sale!

DadGear Messenger Bag The DadGear Messenger Bag is a diaper bag that Dad will proudly carry. Styled like a bike messenger bag, the Messenger is comfortable, durable, and looks cool too. On the inside, it’s packed with thoughtful features like the Quick Access Wipes Case that are sure to make your life easier.

Price : $ 79.00


ABOUT PRODUCT QUALITY •Patented Quick Access Wipes Case included with each bag; integrates with a specially designed window •Removable front flap makes cleaning easy, and you can swap out with different designs (sold separately) •Two large interior pockets for storage

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Round Border Rug w/ Monogram


Personalize your custom bordered rug with a monogram inlay in the center. The monogram is not printed, dyed or embroidered. It is all hand cut from carpet and inlaid.

Rugs are available in 17 popular designer colors and 2 animal prints. You even get to choose from 8 font styles for your monogram. It’s your rug...your way!! Creative Carpet Design’s custom rugs are made from a low shag/frieze carpet.

Price : $ 422.99 - $631.99


Henry Travel Duo Set

Makes a great gift set for baby showers! You can’t go wrong with this set! Beautifully wrapped in tulle. For all the animal print lovers, this is the set for you!

What a great set! Envelope + wipes case. Take your travel wipes box, your baby ointment, keys, and put it all in your pouch.

Price : $ 59.00


Sweet Ballerina Wall Art Children’s wall art featuring view of ballet dancer in pink and brown. Our children’s stretched canvas wall art reproductions are created using the best digital method currently available, achieving great clarity and color resolution in each piece.

Price : $ 119.00


After printing, the canvas is stretched by hand over a wood frame. The sides of the canvas include a decorative edge, so no framing is required. Our canvases may be wiped clean with a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth. Each piece ships with artist

biography information on the back.

Princess & Frog Rocking Horse

Delicate hand painted flowers and pink trim on the rockers legs makes for a tasteful look. Some assembly required. Perfect for ages 3 and up. Hand painted and made to order! Some assembly required.

Add this beautifully handcrafted, hand painted rocking horse to your children’s collection. Teamson’s Princess and Frog Rocking Horse will make your child feel like she’s galloping off into the sunset to meet a prince.

Price : $ 100.30 Sale!

5 Light Chandelier


This lovely vintage-inspired 5-light chandelier has been painted a beautiful antique white and adorned with gorgeous Dupioni Silk Pink shades, trimmed with sweet Mulberry paper roses

This chandelier is simply dreamy~ The chandelier measures 17” wide across the arms and 23” long down to the sparkly crystal ball. The chandelier will come ready to hang with a matching ceiling canopy and a 22” long painted chain.

Price : $ 699.00





evolution kids EMPORIUM


volution Kids Emporium is a family owned and operated children’s clothing boutique in Sugar Land, TX. The business was born out of a father’s desire for unique, stylish, high-quality clothes for his infant son. Tired of the same old department store merchandise, this diligent dad scoured boutiques all over the country to piece together an enviable wardrobe for his child. Endlessly bombarded with questions about where he found this or that item for his son, he realized that many other discerning, fashion 22 conscious parents were in a

predicament similar to his own. These thoughts flourished over time, culminating into the establishment of a one-of-akind store which offers only the finest, eye-catching children’s fashions money can buy.

shopping in store or on-line. Customers rave about the knowledgeable staff, as well as the superb presentation of shipped items.

The store is now receiving national attention, being cited as the #17 item in the 2012 top Our tireless purchasing 100 holiday gift list in In Style department travels to trade magazine. Visit us in-store or shows all over the country, on-line and be a part of a new evaluating designs from the world over, and carefully selects chapter in children’s fashion! styles that are sure to make your Evolution Kids Emporium is a fashion forward children’s child the talk of the town! clothing boutique: where you go to find “what’s next” in kids’ The personalized customer fashions! service provided by EKE is second to none, whether

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Jacket: Brums Grey & Navy Blazer w/Plaid Detailing Shirt: Brums Ivory Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Shorts: Brums Denim Cuffed School Girl Shorts Model: Ava Robinson Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency 23

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Jacket: Pale Cloud Celine Coat Model: Abigail Balcer Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 24

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Jacket: Hucklebones Walnut Coat Model: Mariah Frazier Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 25

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Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Shirt: Sierra Julian Leopard Dofa Tee Pants: Sierra Julian Black Donata Pants Model: Alexis Neely Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 26


Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Shirt: Eliane et Lena Mounia Black Tee Skirt: Eliane et Lena Diana Ecru Black Striped Skirt Model: Dylin Waldorf Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 27

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Shirt: Sierra Julian Silver Donico Printed Puffer Coat Tee Pants: Sierra Julian Plaid Pants Model: Jalen Ross Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 28

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Shirt: Eliane et Lena Black Top Skirt: Eliane et Lena Natural Isadora Skirt Model: Jordyn Powers Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX 29

Boutique: Evolution Kids Emporium Dress: Stella Navy Fiji Dress Model: Mari Clark Photographer: Matthew Oloyede Model Agency: TL Modeling Agency Location: CoInside in Houston, TX




Quick! How’s My Pose?

Questions and Answers with cover model

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Jaden Nwokedi


Learning More about Cover Model.......Jaden! Q. Jaden, how old are you? A. I’m 5 years old. Q. How long have you been modeling? A. I just started a few months ago!

Q. What is one new thing you would like to try this year? A. Play football.

Q. What is one memory you have from this summer? Q. What kinds of things do you like A. We had lots of fun at Texas State to do? Aquarium! A. I like to play soccer and baseball. Q. If you could have only one presQ. What is your favorite color? ent this year, what would it be? A. Red and green. A. A Nintendo 3DS! Q, Why? A. Because they are not girl colors.

Q. What is your favorite food? A. Ice Cream

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. I want to find dinosaur bones when I grow up.

Q. What is your favorite toy? A. Bean bag toss.

Q. What would you do with $100 dollars? A. With $100 dollars I would buy a lot of apps for my IPAD! Q. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go? A. London because they had the Olympics there. 34

Q. Who is your best friend? A. Carter and Tyler Q. Do you like to model/act? A. Of course I do! Q. Have you worked since being a model? A. Yes, I did a calendar shoot for TL

Modeling Agency!

“With $100 Dollars I would buy a lot of apps for my IPAD!”

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Beautiful Faces of January

SAMANTHA San Antonio 40

AARON San Antonio 41

MARCUS JR. Austin 42

ONIKA Dallas 43

EMILY Beaumont 44

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Boutique: Sew In Fashion, LLC Designer: Melissa Serna Model: Malia Vollbracht Photographer: Lindsey Gutierrez Location: Houston, TX


Boutique: Sew In Fashion, LLC Designer: Melissa Serna Model: Malia Vollbracht Photographer: Lindsey Gutierrez



Melissa Serna is owner and designer of Sew In Fashion, LLC. As far back as she can remember, being crafty and creative has always come natural to her. It is a way for her to express herself. Her true passion for sewing began just a little over two years ago. She was surprised at how fast she fell in love! Melissa was shopping at a local boutique and purchased a couple of pillowcase dresses for her daughters. It was at that moment that she thought to herself, “I can make this, and even BETTER!” Just 2 days later, with her husband’s support and her determination, Melissa went out to purchase her very first Singer sewing machine. Sewing came naturally to her!


After experimenting with a few patterns, She realized that she wasn’t satisfied with the end result. Melissa wanted to offer her customers professionally finished products. In order to do so, she had to invest in a Serger. It was love at first sight…The BabyLock Evolution is now her best friend. Owning both a Serger and a sewing machine challenges her to create and design unique, one of a kind outfits and accessories. And Melissa LOVE’S a challenge! From then on, she began her journey as an entrepreneur, sewing and selling professionally finished, one of kind products as Sew In Fashion, LLC. She now sell’s out of 3 boutiques: The Funky Monkey in Friendswood, Bling It On Boutique in Pearland, and Belles and Beaus Boutique, in League City. “Custom orders are my specialty because it brings my customers imagination to life!”


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Casting Office Etiquette for Kids


asting offices can get crowded, especially with kids. Imagine a large group of children in a cramped space, waiting to be judged by strangers. Add strollers, siblings, gameboys, iPads, food, backpacks, and cell phones to the picture. Then imagine kids running lines and primping, preparing for their “big break.” Not to mention the chatter about who booked what job and the catch-up conversations between parents. Auditioning is part of life for a child performer. And it’s tough. Jen Rudin, an award-winning casting director for film, television, animated movies, video games and theater, began her professional acting career at age eight. By twelve, she knew she wanted to be a casting director. Rudin believes in “creating an honest, positive, and comfortable audition environment.” “It’s a very small world and certainly casting directors talk to


agents and production managers,” says Rudin, who has spent much of her career casting for Disney and now works through her own agency, Jen Rudin Casting. Her work includes “The Princess and the Frog,” “Chicken Little,” “Meet the Robinsons,” and “The Incredibles.” Upcoming films include Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” and Peter Bogdanovich’s “Squirrels to the Nuts.” Rudin views the waiting room as a professional workspace. “You may not think you are distracting [actors] but subconsciously you are shifting their focus away from their audition material and ultimately depleting their focus,” she says. “That can be really detrimental.” Rudin believes that casting office etiquette begins with kindness and respect. “As my father likes to say ‘All you have is your name, so leave a good name.’” Casting kids means, to some extent, casting their parents as well, and Rudin looks for “good” people.

“Be pleasant to the casting assistant in the waiting room because they are going to tell me anything wacky that happens,” she explains. “It’s their job. I hear plenty of stories. Sometimes I will love a kid and say to my assistant, ‘So, what happened in the waiting room today?’” Rudin suggests that conversations, especially between families, be kept to a minimum. “There is nothing that another actor, or another mother, is going to say to you in the waiting room that is going to make you feel better at that moment,” she says. Any audition-related conversations with your child should take place once you leave the building and be limited to “Did you have a good time?” “Whatever you say in a public space could end up being overheard,” warns Rudin. “You never know who is in the elevator or in the toilet stall next to you.” Shaking hands is one of Rudin’s pet peeves and strongly discourag-

theespractice to prevent the spread of germs. “It’s bad the practice to prevent the spread of germs. “It’s bad enough I have to touch hundreds of resumes during enough I have to touch hundreds of resumes during the the I don’t want to shake everybody’s hands,” I don’t want to shake everybody’s hands,she ” she explains. “A “A kidkid should come in and be be themselves. explains. should come in and themselves. Shaking hands seems a little manufactured andand a little Shaking hands seems a little manufactured a little artificial to me.” artificial to me.” Finally, Rudin adds, “Take it allit with a grain of salt. Finally, Rudin adds, “Take all with a grain of salt. You’ve got got to go auditions before youyou get You’ve to on go aonmillion a million auditions before something. If you can remember that, you areyou going get something. If you can remember that, aretogobe aing lottohappier the waiting androom, your child will be a lotinhappier in theroom, waiting and your givechild a better will audition.” give a better audition.” Casting Office Etiquette Tips Casting Office Etiquette Tips Arriving at the Arriving atAudition the Audition Arrive 10 minutes before youryour appointment time. To To Arrive 10 minutes before appointment time. easeease overcrowding, don’t arrive too too early or late. overcrowding, don’t arrive early or late. Don’t bring strollers or siblings, especially toddlers. Don’t bring strollers or siblings, especially toddlers. Finish eating, drinking andand attending to the bathroom Finish eating, drinking attending to the bathroom before youyou arrive. before arrive. Come Prepared Come Prepared Actors should prepare before theythey arrive. YouYou can’t conActors should prepare before arrive. can’t trolcontrol the casting office environment and there times the casting office environment andare there are when casting run ahead of schedule. times whenmay casting may run ahead of schedule. Review the the audition sides quietly without distracting Review audition sides quietly without distracting others. others.

Listening at the door for your child and ers. You don’t want to isbeawkward that parent. others. You don’t want to be that parent. The Audition The Audition Be ready when your name is called. Be ready when your name is called. Greet staff with a simple hello and be ready to slate. Greet staff to with a simple hellotalk. and be ready to slate. Allow direct any small Allow staff to direct any small talk. Do not shake hands with casting director or staff. Do not shake hands with casting director or staff. Parents should not go into the audition room with their Parents should not go into theAn audition room withof the child, regardless of their age. important aspect their child, regardless of their age. An in important asaudition is how confident a child feels a room with pect of the audition is how confident a child feels in a strangers. room with strangers. No tears. Reevaluate if your child does not enjoy audiNo tears. Reevaluate if your child does not enjoy tioning. auditioning. Leave the room with a simple thank you and goodbye. Leave the room with a simple thank you and goodbye. the Audition After Don’t linger. Quietly collect your belongings and leave. After the Audition Don’t collect your belongings and until Do not linger. discussQuietly what took place during the audition leave. you are outside of the building. Donot notcorrespond discuss what took during the audition Do with theplace casting through social meuntilUse youa are the building. dia. postoutside card orofemail. Docautious not correspond with the socialabout Be about reading orcasting sharingthrough information media. Use a post card or email. castings via the internet.

BeKelly cautious about reading or sharing information Be Be Quiet and and Respectful By Crisp Quiet Respectful Do Do not not speak withwith other actors. A simple hello is best. speak other actors. A simple hello is best. about castings via the internet. Do Do not not discuss industry business suchsuch as recent audidiscuss industry business as recent auditions andand bookings. tions bookings.

By Kelly Crisp

UseUse of Electronics of Electronics Never playplay electronic games. Never electronic games. Headphone volume should be kept to atominimum. Headphone volume should be kept a minimum. Do Do not not talktalk on cell phones. Place cellcell phones on silent. on cell phones. Place phones on silent. Privacy Considerations Don’t stalk the sign-in sheet. It can make others feel Privacy Considerations uncomfortable andsign-in lends itself Don’t stalk the sheet.toItgossip. can make others feel uncomfortable and lends itself to gossip. Listening at the door is awkward for your child and oth-


The Girls in Suits Project The purpose of The Girls In Suits Project is to promote modesty, encourage young ladies to explore the psychological effects of what they wear and to prepare them to dress appropriately for their future workplace.



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rs a t S d l i h e r C e 0 1 W . p s e o e m v i a T L F e y s B o d e Wh n i u R t o N 1. Ron Howard Studying the career or Ron Howard should be a requirement for any kid actor who wants a career that lasts longer than his 19th birthday. For starters, Howard actually came back from being a former child star twice. In 1960, when he was six years old, he was cast as the precocious Opie on the Andy Griffith Show. Once that ended, he bounced around and turned in a few TV roles here and there, but it wasn’t until 1973 when he starred in American Graffiti and Happy Days that he was a star again. This time, Howard wasn’t prepared to let anyone but himself decide the future of his career. He left Happy Days at the height of its popularity and began a quest to become a director. Trading on his fame, he made a deal with B-movie producer Roger Corman to star in one of his movies, but only if he could direct another one himself. He did, and parlayed the experience into gigs directing TV and lower budget movies. The rest is history. Howard has directed major hits, critically acclaimed dramas, and has an

4. Christina Ricci

One of the main reasons a lot of child stars can’t make the transition to adult fame is that cute doesn’t age well. A person may be adorable as a child, but take those same features and put them on an adult face, and it just looks creepy. The one exception to that rule may be Christina Ricci. She was a pretty cute kid, but there’s something just slightly off about her as an adult. But luckily for her, it’s a good kind of off. The quirky kind of off that allows a young actress to stand out from the legions of dyed blonde robo-beauties that flood into Los Angeles every year looking for stardom. After a healthy start playing cute kids in big movies like Mermaids and The Addams Family, Christina Ricci made the transition to adult fame almost seamlessly. One minute she was a child actor in Casper, the next she was giving complex adult performances in Ice Storm and The Opposite of Sex. Her career has slowed down a little lately, but she’s still a great actress and a long way from appearing on a crappy reality show to make a quick buck.

Academy Award. Now that’s how you have a career, kids!

2. Kristen Dunst Like Christina Ricci, Kirsten Dunst made transitioning from a child star into an adult seem like the easiest thing in the world. After a successful career as a child model and actress, Dunst made her breakthrough with a well-received role in Interview With A Vampire opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. She went on to star in several more hits as a kid and teenager, and eventually landed the plum role of Mary Jane in the Spiderman films. And just to keep things interesting, she also appeared in several romantic comedies and indie films as well as starting a fledgling singing career. But this is where Dunst’s story gets interesting. She actually battled with mental illness as an adult and stopped working and entered a rehab facility to battle depression. Sounds familiar, right? But unlike so many other of her former child star colleagues, Dunst got help and resumed her career with barely a hiccup. If only Dana Plato would have done the same.

Otherwise known as the only three named child actor you don’t want to punch in the face, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has one other defining feature that has spared him the indignities of the former child star curse; he’s a terrific actor. He first came to public attention playing the old alien trapped in a teenager’s body on Third Rock from the Sun. If you didn’t know his later work, after reading that last sentence, you’d be forgiven


3.Joseph Gordon-Levitt

for assuming Levitt disappeared off the face of the earth once the show was over. And he did, kind of. Avoiding the simple path to glory that so many teen actors take, Levitt instead chose difficult roles in dark films. He played a male prostitute in Mysterious Skin, and a high school gumshoe in Brick. His radical strategy of only appearing in what he called “good movies,” Levitt built up a critical following and reputation as one of the most interesting up and coming actors in Hollywood. Levitt’s is still young (30) and his career is still beginning. His ability to avoid the pitfalls of childhood fame has guaranteed audiences another great actor to watch for years to come.

5. Seth Green Outside of Hollywood movies and TV sitcoms, nobody likes a bad kid. Unless they grow up to be a “bad” adult. Take Seth Green. After a successful career as a child actor- including his first role playing a young version of Woody Allen in Radio Days- Green has built a solid, respectable career playing likable bad guys in geek favorites like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy, and his own Robot Chicken. That just might be the secret. Compared to so many young actors who traffic in the idea that they are tortured artists and that acting in such a hard job, Seth Green seems to genuinely enjoy his life and career. That permanent smirk on his face isn’t because he’s a jerk, it’s because he realizes just how lucky he is to make a good living playing pretend with his buddies and making people laugh. Either way, he has successfully avoided the child star trap. And you got to respect him for it.

6. Shirley Temple (Black) Shirley Temple may be one of the best examples of a child star who leaves the entertainment industry completely, but still has a successful life. In the early 30s, Shirley Temple was not only the biggest child star, she was the biggest star period. With her golden locks, expressive eyes, and cute-without-being-cloying personality, she captivated the nation and ruled the box office. As she grew up, her acting career began to fade as audiences had trouble accepting her as anything but an angelic child. This is the part of the story where drugs, alcohol and a string of failed marriages to seedy guys called Eddie are supposed to enter the picture. But Shirley Temple was raised too well for that. She married, had a family, and set out upon a new career. She still appeared in some films and on TV, but she turned most of her attention to politics. After a few failed runs for office, she became an ambassador and diplomat. Yes, the little girl who sailed on the Good Ship Lollypop became a government official. She represented the United States’ interests at the UN, in Ghana, and finally Czechoslovakia. She also served on the boards of many companies, and published a best-selling book about her experiences.

8. Dakota Fanning

9. Kurt Russell

It may be a little presumptuous to claim Dakota Fanning has missed the perils and pitfalls of a former child star considering she’s only 16, but all signs point to a healthy, interesting career for the young woman. Starting out in commercials at the tender age of five, Fanning quickly rose through the child star ranks, appearing on popular TV series and eventually big budget movies. Even at her young age, people realized Fanning wasn’t just another cute kid. At seven, she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in I Am Sam. She continued to give amazing performances in all sorts of movies, working in everything from thrillers to voice-over work for cartoons that blew away her co-stars and critics alike. Fanning drew controversy for a 2006 role in Hounddog which her character is raped. But, consummate professional that she is, she patiently explained that it was “a movie. It’s not really happening.” Comments like that, and her decision in 2009 to lay off any more lead roles until she finishes high school, are evidence enough that no matter how her career goes, Dakota Fanning is one person who isn’t going

7. Danica McKellar

Like many child stars, Danica McKellar really only had one role of any note. Playing the next-door neighbour and object of Fred Savage’s preteen affections on the hit TV series The Wonder Years, McKellar was a supporting character on a big network show. Once The Wonder Years ended and adulthood approached, McKellar found that the roles were starting to dry up and producers weren’t all that interested in casting a former child star. A pretty standard beginning in the former child star arc. All that remained for McKellar was to get high, steal a car, and screw up her life in an embarrassing public flameout. She had other plans. First, she studied mathematics at UCLA, coauthored a paper on her own mathematical theorem, and wrote a best-selling book that encouraged young women to break stereotypes and excel at math. She still does acting work (mostly voice over) and she now has three books under her belt. She’s beautiful, smart, successful, and most importantly of all, grounded. Do you hear that Screech? There is a better way.

to let fame screw her up. Yes, Mr. Tough-guy himself was once a child star. The movies haven’t really stood the test of time and his later work has mostly overshadowed them, but Kurt Russell became a huge star as a Disney contract player in the 1970s. He spent most of the Sixties amassing TV roles, but it wasn’t until Disney signed him to a ten year contract that his career took off. Russell became a bona fide teen idol in flicks like Original Family Band (where he met his future wife Goldie Hawn) and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. He was even a semi-pro baseball player for a time before an injury ended his career. After his childhood stardom, Russell continued to act and despite some failures (he lost out to Harrison Ford for the role of Han Solo), eventually struck up a partnership with director John Carpenter which began with an Emmy-award winning turn as the King himself in Elvis and included iconic anti-hero roles in Escape from New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. His career has continued unabated ever since, giving lie to the belief that all child actors have to end up dead, drunk, or ashamed.

10. Christian Bale

In 1987, a 13 year old Christian Bale rocketed to international fame playing the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s film Empire of the Sun. Despite his previous acting experiences in commercials and made-for-TV movies, Bale was quite unprepared for the sudden, scary adulation that he received for the role in school and on the streets. Unnerved as his mostly normal childhood disappeared overnight, young Bale made the decision to quit acting for good. He didn’t of course, but that first distaste of fame may have been what allowed Bale to avoid the traps of child stardom. The critical acclaim he received for the role in Empire of the Sun brought offers from all corners of the movie world. Offers which Bale and his father manager carefully chose. Instead of cashing in on his instant fame, Bale Sr. guided his son to interesting roles and kept him far from the temptations and pitfalls of Hollywood. Bale built up an impressive resume and made a perfect transition form child actor to adult one. He now holds the enviable position of being a major star and a respected actor. Sure, he did yell at that poor guy on the set of the Terminator movie, but overall, he seems like a pretty together guy.



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Top 10 Tips For Child Models

1 Choose your agency carefully. A good model agency will save you

time, money and stress, and help your child’s modelling career. It should help you find the best jobs for your child, whilst making sure her needs are put first and the law is complied with.

2 Don’t waste money on professional photos when applying to agen-

cies. A good agency will need only to see snapshots to decide whether your child has potential. If your child is taken on by an agency, it may suggest you then pay a photographer to take some good pictures for the agency to use. An agency can also charge a “reasonable” amount for your child to be shown on its website.

3 Avoid agencies advertising for children; a genuine agency will

have enough children applying to them not to advertise. Also steer clear if they charge fees up front for a consultation or interview (illegal from October 2010). And never hand over money at your first contact with the agency.

4 Don’t rush into signing a contract at an interview, take it home to read. Genuine agencies will always want to meet your child in person and will let you read any paperwork in your own time.

By Kate Donoughue 5 Visit the website of the National Network for Children in Em-

ployment & Entertainment (NCEE) for more information on the employment of school-age children. If your child is offered work, she will need a performance licence from your local authority. A good children’s model agency should help you to organise this.

6 Be a good timekeeper, reliable and prompt. You will need your

own transport and be prepared to travel and to be flexible.

7 Be realistic. If you don’t want your child to work during school

time, she’s unlikely to get work as most shoots will occur during the working day. Both you and your child must be prepared to cope with rejection and lots of hanging around.

8 Take food and drink along to the shoot – it may not be provided and you may be there over a mealtime. It’s also a good idea to take along books and games to keep your child occupied.

9 Make sure your child has clean and tidy hair and nails, and a clean face when you take her to a shoot. A few changes of clothes are also a good idea. Your agency should tell you what you need.

10 Above all, enjoy it. If either you or your child stop having fun,


don’t do it.

2. TL Modeling Agency 3 Sugar Creek Center #100 Sugar Land, TX 77478 (Houston Area) 3. The Campbell Agency 3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, #900 Dallaa, TX 75219 4. DMG Model Management 12300 Ford Road. Ste 305 Dallas, TX 75234 5. Page Parkes Corporation 1535 West Loop South, Suite #100 Houston, Texas 77027 6. Austin Models and Talent Agency PO Box 5191 Austin, TX 78683 7. Entourage Model and Talent Agency 6800 Park Ten Blvd. Suite @268-S San Antonio, TX 78213

Agency’s in Texas

1. Acclaim Talent 1516 S. Lamar #113 Austin, TX 78704


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