I love this photo, and one of the things I love about it most is that it hasn’t been altered or changed to make anyone believe it is better than it is. I bring this up because my youngest daughter is contemplating getting into the “biz”. A friend of a friend asked her if she’d be interested in meeting with an agent and just like that she was intrigued. I have some apprehension. She’s my baby and she’s perfect the way she is.
I know that there are some kids who can work a little and not be adversely affected. I trust I could run some major interference before she becomes the next Lindsey Lohan or Amanda Bynes, but is she strong enough to handle rejection? Am I? I think I am, because as I’ve told her, any potential job is based on filling the perception of whoever is hiring and is more about them than her. Still, she’s already looking for headshots and leaning towards the airbrushed photo that someone took this summer when she was playing Belle in Beauty & the Beast. It’s a beautiful picture, but the freckles across her nose have been erased and her eyes look as though she has eyeliner on. Someone said the other day that it’s a common practice to airbrush even the headshots of children. And so it begins. The question is; where will it end?