Many mums I know, including myself, half-secretly believe their little muchkin(s) could be a model and perhaps, Mum and Dad could retire early. And why not? But with the ethnic mix that we have in Dubai, there is a serious cuteness overload and competition is fierce!
During the Kids Fashion Fest at the Dubai Mall this summer I spotted Cameron, aged 4, modelling with true personality, walking and posing with a real model attitude, all whilst charming the audience as he played Peekaboo with us, so obviously, he caught everyone’s eye. Cameron is not the only one in the family that moves in the modelling spheres - his little brother Taylor, who is a year younger, is a model too and actually won the GapKids Casting Call Contest 2015 where thousands of entries from around the UAE and the GCC were submitted. You might also have seen his pictures on the display windows at the Gap stores, and the Emirates Woman Mini magazine, sporting the Gap winter collection.
I spoke to their mum Carly, to try and get tips from someone with the know-how on to get your little munchkin to become a model, besides passing the genes of gorgeousness onto them.
Photo: The Studio
1. Start early on
Carly first contemplated her son Cameron modelling from a very young age, as he was very confident then already.
When out and about, she and baby Cameron would get stopped by random people, to tell her how cute he was, and asking her if they could take a photo with him, which of course, he loved! So that led her to making the decision to try and to get him into modeling at 18 months old.
Then, she would take her youngest son Taylor, a baby then, with them to the castings for Cameron, and was asked if she wanted him to model too. He was not as confident as his elder brother but when he turned two and a half, he started asking if he could have his photo taken at the castings, and so voilà, another model was born!
2. Contact a modelling agency
If you Google ‘modelling agencies in Dubai’, you will find quite a few good results. Carly had heard about Bareface numerous times and after visiting their website to see what type of work they do and which brands they work with, decided they seemed like a reputable agency and so she made forwarded them the photos of her boys, and they promptly responded asking her to pop along for a meeting and discuss in further detail.
3. Organise a professional photoshoot
Impeccable presentation and professional photos will increase the chances of your child being chosen for castings. Carly’s sons had their portfolio done with The Studio in Al Quoz who she says were excellent. ‘I wanted to keep every single photo that they took! If you register your children with Bareface, you also receive a discounted rate with The Studio so that you can put together their portfolio, which is fab!’
4. Let them be themselves
Some children may feel a little overwhelmed by the lights, the props and the camera, and some even more so when the person behind the camera is not mummy or daddy. But after a little ice-breaker, you will see how they will quickly feel comfortable.
Carly says: ‘During the photoshoot, let them be themselves. Do not interfere telling them how to behave or how to pose. The photographer wants to capture the images as they truly are, relaxed and natural.'
'Although the boys love seeing their photos in magazines, and in window displays they actually act quite shy if people come up to them and tell them that they are cute etc. However once on a catwalk or in front of a camera they turn into a different person! With them both still being so young, they still don't quite understand the concept of modelling and attention. They are both very down to earth and humble boys, and I hope as they grow they will continue with the same attitudes.'
'Cameron is very confident. He is very much a boy and his favourite pretend play is superhero! He also tries every trick to make people laugh, and so definitely enjoys being the little entertainer!'
Photos: The Studio
'Taylor is very unique! At first instance he seems very innocent and shy, however he is actually a little Tasmanian Devil! He is very boisterous, extremely independent and a cheeky little boy.'
Photos: The Studio
Whether confident or shy, cheeky or little angel, we love them both, their styles and charm. Well done Mummy! xx