Are you always with Zelda on her photoshoots? What was your experience shooting for Harpers Bazaar?
Yes, absolutely, as Zelda is underage, it is a non-negotiable part of the contract - the parent or guardian should ALWAYS, no excuses accepted, MUST BE present on the set. This is what sets apart a reputable agency and client from someone who is trying to take advantage of a child if parent is told to wait outside. And parents should be very careful about this, as fraudsters would say anything that sounds believable to take advantage - their favorite line? “Mom, in our experience a child model becomes completely open and more genuine and less shy if the parent is not present, so do you mind stepping out and waiting outside, etc?” If anyone ever says this to you, RUN.
The experience on the set when Zelda shot for Harpers Bazaar was an absolute joy. First and foremost because the team for Zelda that we started calling #teamzelda are the best of the best in the business, and all were introduced to us by SKYLAR !!
From the beautiful studio, to the high fashion outfits, shoes and jewerly, to the incredibly done hair and make up looks, to the accompanied music and energy on the set, we knew we would end up with incredible editorial imagery!!
What is your opinion of the modeling industry and the safety of a 13-year-old?
I can safely say due to my having experienced an unpleasant side of it as short as it was thankfully, to the present moment where we are in the very best of hands of our dear Skylar team, Oksana and Dennis, along with the best agency possible for Zelda’s age, that modeling industry in this day and age is safe and comfortable IF you do your research and not rush into huge and frankly, unrealistic promises of frauds and conmen, but devote the time to make sure a photographer and agency you are using is top notch and pricing is industry standard and fair - then you are on the right path. I do wish there were more opportunities for tween/teen aged kids as they are no longer little yet not old enough for adult modeling, and therefore definitely deserve to have a chance to experience the bigger part of modeling, teen show runways, teen editorials, teen fashion shows and more commercial print representing their age group. Luckily, it is picking up so we have optimistic outlook and hope!
Are there things that keep you awake at night regarding Zelda and Modeling?
I would be lying if I would say no, everything is happening for Zelda so I can now sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our beginners’ labor (so to speak). I want every parent to know - if you are serious about success in this business, if you have time to devote, it is a 7 day a week job. I am lucky to be able to devote all of my time to work behind the scenes and sometimes “on the front lines” to further Zelda’s career. The competition is fierce, yes. But we as a family decided to handle it in one way only - our main focus is Zelda and the brand we would like to build for her. What brands we want her to be associated with, which means we do not accept all jobs offered, we do not accept all photographers that reach out, and we are very, very careful where and how Zelda is seen, especially on social media. We do not engage in any petty behind the scenes going ons with other parents, we are solely concentrating on making this experience as beautiful and memorable for Zelda. To finalize my answer to this question, it is not so much that thoughts about Zelda and modeling keep me awake at night, I do not lose sleep over it, but I can truly say that of course, thoughts of how to help and further her career in the most positive and uplifting way follow me on daily basis.