- Child model: 童模
- Distinct activity: 独特的活动
- Commercial media: 商业化媒体
Artists have used children as models for countless works over the centuries. Child modeling has become a distinct activity because of the explosion of commercial mediaover the past several decades.
- Portray sb/sth (as sb/sth)：将…描绘成…
- Manage to do sth: 设法做某事
I signed her because I thought it would teach her the skills she would need to portray herself as a confident young woman.
I initially thought having my kids try modeling would be a bit of fun. Maybe I‘d get a good picture or two of them, since I could never manage to capture one on my own camera.
- Fawned all over: 奉承
- Be supposed to: 应该
- Be allowed to:被允许
One day, I found myself standing against the wall of a studio, in the shadows. I was listening to a photographer talk to my daughter:
“Beautiful! I love the way you are looking at me! Keep doing just that, love those eyes, love that smile, love the beautiful girl! Work it for me, work it baby!”
What was my daughter learning? That people fawned all over her because of her looks? That it was good to be admired by significantly older men? That she was supposed to just sit there, not talk, take directions and look pretty? That she was only allowed to be who someone else wanted her to be?
- On one‘s terms:按照自己的主张
Signing my daughter with a child talent agency was one of the worst decisions that I have made in my parenting career. My daughter is more than just a pretty girl to be molded into what people want to see and as her mother it is my job to teach her that.
I thought I was doing what was best for my daughter but in reality, I signed away the opportunity to let her discover who she is on her own terms. I signed away her rights to be herself. This was the worst parenting decision I have ever made.
- Be on call: 随叫随到
- Juggle: 兼顾
I quickly realized child modeling isn‘t only about having a cute kid with a pleasant attitude. Child models are successful because they have parents who treat it like it‘s their job, too.
It‘s a job that requires you to constantly be on call, ready to drop everything with a day‘s notice and drive. It‘s a job that requires you to juggle babysitters for siblings, appointments and the rest of your family‘s life around one child‘s schedule.
To him, it‘s a fun activity I‘ve signed him up for, no different from the way other kids go to soccer or music classes. He meets friends, eats snacks and plays with toys. Seeing his own picture later almost always comes as a surprise, as he‘s usually long forgotten about the day he shot it.