Having 2 agents is better then having one, right? Well that's what I thought anyway. MORE people working for you to get you MORE opportunities and MORE exposure. How could this be anything but beneficial to my girls!?
Everything seemed to be going along with my theory until I got a call from one of our agents. "Hi, we wanted to let you know we were able to get the girls straight through to a callback for a Barbie Audition tomorrow". Uh oh, I thought. Now what do I say. I had just gone to that exact same audition a few days before through the other agency. How did this get intertwined!? They assured me there wouldn't be a conflict and now here I am the new kid on the block having to figure out how to respond hoping that neither agency is going to drop my girls because of it.
So I went with plan A- be Honest! Really the only plan I live my life by. I was honest from the start with both agencies and told both of them upfront my decision to have the girls represented by 2 agencies. I was assured by one that there would be no conflict and explained that to the second before we signed with them. Both seemed to be ok with it until the day I got the phone call.
Luckilly, everything worked out in the end. A few hours later things were back to normal and I think I cleared my name from being the bad guy in this equation. It was definitely a bit stressful, but after lots of phone calls back and fourth and a few chain emails later, I think both our agents understood that I wasn't purposely trying to screw either of them over. I was a week or 2 into this whole new world and trying to navigate the best that I could. At one point I figured if either agency let us go because of it, they weren't the type of agencies I could see my girls working with. And they didn't. And in the end the girls never ended up booking the commercial anyway.
So... here's what I learned about having 2 agencies so close to each other. Sometimes there can be a mix up... like Barbie. It's not really anyone's fault but most likely the parents will be the ones that get blamed (as if i KNEW this was going to happen). Number 2... say you book a job with one agency that's not a huge job but you take it because well... IT'S A JOB! Then you find out the day before that you have an audition through the other agency with a potentially huge and promising client. You can't cancel the job that you've already committed to with your one agency but you don't want to upset the other agency that is setting you up on an amazing audition. So what do you do!? Don't ask me!!! I'm still trying to figure it out...
The day it all began...
Seven years ago the world, ready or not, welcomed my 2 little bundles of joy - Ava and Leah. They came 4 1/2 weeks early but knowing their personalities now it makes total sense that they would show up early, unnounced, and ready to take on anything! Fast forward to their 7th Birthday this year on 7/7/17. So many sevens...so many signs that this was THEIR year to shine!
For as long as I can remember strangers would approach me when we were out asking first if they were twins (No... they just look exactly alike ;). Their follow up would always be... "Wow they are so beautiful, you should really think about getting them into modeling." And I did think about it, I even gave it a good 3 month effort. When they were 6 months old (pic below) I signed then up with an them an agency in LA. But with a 2 year old son and a new set of twins, it was hard enough to get out of the door most days so my attempt back then was short lived and I decided it just wasn't the time.
This year was different. The girls were different. They finally had a personality of their own. They loved to preform their dance routines in front of an audience, any audience. Neighbors, friends, strangers... it didn't matter to them, they loved to be the center of attention (I'm not sure where they may have gotten that from!?!). Aside from the fact that I'm a huge believer in signs and have been told by almost everyone that 7 is a lucky number, I just had a feeling that this year was going to be a fun and exciting year for them. I presented my idea to the girls that if they were up for it, in addition to their dance classes and swim team practices they had every week, they could give modeling a try. I was not surprised at all when they started jumping up and down and couldn't wait to begin!
So 3 months ago, we decided to give it another shot! My neighbor had just opened up one of the most amazing children's pop up boutiques out of her garage, a few doors down. She had the most adorable clothing, shoes and accessories I had seen in a while. She needed some "models" to help spread the word on her new business and my twins were of course more then up for the job! Plus, I needed some new photos if I was going to get them an agent so I figured this would be a great opportunity for all of us!
I dug out my 10 year old Nikon camera from a bin in the garage, put a few waves in the girls hair, dabbed on a little blush, and out we went to take some pictures. Well I can't say it went exactly how I thought it was going to go. Ava would look at the camera while Leah would stare off into space... Leah would accidentally bump into Ava who of course thought it was on purpose and would shove her back. All and all though it turned out to be a success, surprisingly. We got a few good pictures at least for my neighbor to use for her new business and for us to send out to a few agencies that we were hoping may have some interest (pictures from their first photoshoot below).
Like I said before, it had been over 6 years since I had attempted to find an agent. I still had a handful or contacts, so I decided to start there. To my surprise, I heard back from almost every single one asking to set up a time to meet the girls.
Over the next week or two, we met with a few agencies to discuss the twins. (Side note... I have a tough time referring to them as "the twins" because although they are alike in a lot of ways they are so different in others so it just seems unnatural for me to group them together. But yes, they are twins so I'm making more of an effort to just get over it!). At any rate we decided to sign with two agencies... one in LA and the other in Orange County. We were under the impression there would be absolutely no conflict because they were in different counties and had completely different clients. It didn't take long to figure out that wasn't exactly the case....