My 16 yr old teen daughter accepted by modeling agency - familys reaction confusing!
My 16 year old daughter is very sweet, mature for her age, driven and an awesome student. She is very into fashion and a totally girly-girl. She has talked about trying to model for many years (as many girls her age do). My husband and I avoided the topic for a long time because she was very young. This year we decided to let her try it- thinking that she should at least try to do her passion and have no regrets. We had her photos taken (she paid half ) and send them into several agencies in our city, explaining to her that it is a very tough business to get in to, along with reading and researching how it all works. I actually didn't even know if they would call her- and explaining that it is a waiting game and that you have to be prepared for rejection. We sent them in to 4 top agencies and within 24 hours she was invited to meet with the top one! Three others called a day later to meet her as well.....! within 2 days she was sent to an audition for a major sportswear brand and we now wait to see if she was chosen for this one! It has been an exciting week and she is both nervous and happy to have a chance to do what she has wanted for so long. We look at it like trying out for a sport, sometimes you get the job, sometimes you don't but you have to at least try and lose gracefully if you are not taken this time! My problem is the way my family is reacting to her news! My own mom is very hesitant and making me feel really bad about all of it! Saying things like "hmmmm are you sure she can keep up with her school" and "I can't beleive you would spend your money on things like this!" It hurts to have such negative imput for this. If it were for a team sport or band or Boy scouts (like the cousins do) my family is all over it and very supportive of the kids - I almost feel like we have to hide this from everyone! My daughter doesn't know any of this and with the holidays coming up, it could be a little tough..... Why is modeling looked so down upon- its an interest like any other!