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....