Meet Kym! Short for Kymorah, the eldest of the bunch…A self-centered teenager who loves herself as much as she love her siblings. Kym has always had an interest in the entertainment industry. At the age of three, Kym did her first set of headshots with “Tannen’s Talent”, a local talent agency in White Plains. Since, she has also been on various go sees throughout the Tri-State area. Kym was one of hundreds of children trying to make a break in the modeling and television industry at the time. We did the “go sees” for a while, which became exhausting as we didn’t experience any luck. There was no inkling of hope left from any casting we participated in. I remember going to Manhattan on a hot summer day for a ‘Dora’ casting, and as we climbed up the stairs to the audition we saw more children than you could imagine- to the point that I became uncomfortable. We didn’t know how many slots they were trying to fill- and by the looks of it neither did the unsuspecting parents who had also attended. Kym went in and did her audition with one of the casting directors, and we heard the same line from many times before…”We’ll be in touch”. That was the last “go see” we went on, as our hope died and her interest started to lack when she could not book a single casting. The next fall, I enrolled Kym into pre-K, and as she grew her focus steered elsewhere- and past ideas of modeling and television were shelved. Her headshots became as dusty as an old lamp that no longer matched the room décor. She no longer had an interest in modeling.
Years later, Kym returned to “Tannen’s Talent” to attend acting lessons. She decided she wanted to focus more on her performance, rather than being seen as a prop or a still. Her interest grew in her new hobbies, singing and acting. So – every Tuesday afternoon, she headed to “Class Act Studios” where she honed her skills, over the following years. I never truly understood Miss Kym… she has an incredible ability to impress whomever, in whatever she does. As a student she excels, as a friend she is loyal and as an older sibling she is okay. As a mother I don’t expect her to forego her teenage years because of her younger siblings. I want her to live as a normal child (if “normal” still exist in today’s society).
Currently Kym is an aspiring singer, who finds herself in writing lyrics. As a mother, I couldn’t be more proud to have witnessed her growth in all her endeavors. She may not have all she wants yet, but one thing Kym can proudly say is her support system is strong. I encourage every positive interest she holds. Although coming from a broken home- no dreams or wishes ever get discouraged here. Her aspirations from modeling, acting, fashion design, to now singing, all have been touched upon. I couldn’t be more proud of her inquisitiveness and her ambitions along the way. We live in a society where a young woman can now change her mind constantly without being judged, and that is has done. She has the ability to pick and choose, and at thirteen years she may have exhausted her creative mindset; but nonetheless, she continues to thrive.
Yes! As life states it I’m a single mother of four and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Maybe I could change my current status but I refuse to settle for anything less than I am bringing to the table. I get up everyday and put on a uniform where I not only make a difference in someone else’s life but I love what I do.
My six year old is such a fashionista who loves to dress up and take pictures. So one snowy day while we were stuck inside we decided to turn my room into a make shift studio, my niece did her make-up and I turned my Samsung galaxy into a make believe cannon. As we constructed with backgrounds, props and lighting. Our session and had multiple changes, we ended up with some gorgeous shots and some not save worthy.
At the time I was learning the new social media craze “Instagram” and since I had not perfected the app as yet, I scrolled and scrolled and came upon this casting. It was kind of like a bridge, it was a company that connected potential models to famous top agencies. After many days of debating and going back and forth if the site or casting was real. I did my research going to their website and it turned out to be legit. It was then that all my anxiety was put to rest! They weren’t asking for and arm and a leg but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t setting myself up. Long story short, we sent in three snapshots from our make believe session and we got a call back within the designated time. We were amped, a big name agency saw my lil girl and took interest in her beauty. They contacted us for additional pictures and unbeknownst of how this whole thing would pan out I sent them any pictures. Case in point, we didn’t have any professional pics. I figured since we sent those snapshots any pics would be acceptable. They contacted once more only to find out my location and that was it.
Which brings me to the message at hand. I wasn’t prepared to handle the task at hand but I quickly learned that I was unprepared. I then started an Instagram page to document my daughters fashionable behavior and within no time we started to learn the ropes of Instagram modeling, shopping and promoting. Soon after, I thought it would be fun to involve my sons as well. I was contacted by various sources about helping me to build a brand and promoting my daughters career, but at six I decided to take it slow. If they see a possible future for her then the right people will come along and eventually guide her in the right direction. Not to be rude, but from my experience the middle man will get you to the river and abandon you on the bank. So we started our Instagram page at the beginning of summer 2015 and to date we have almost 1500 followers, not bad for a 6 year old. Her twin brothers are close to 800 followers and between them they Rep for 5 Instagram boutiques and have made countless feature.
With all of this going on I decided to start a blog. I want to support my kids in all their endeavors, all four of them. My teen daughter feels she can find her own Instagram Audience, I run the other two accounts with the help of coffee and retail therapy. Slowly we are embarking on another journey. Who knows if it will be successful or not, nothing is more discouraging than the “what ifs” or “if I only knew”. So with my medium caramel swirl hot cup of coffee from dunkin doughnuts I bring to you “4siblingsandalady”. With the words of the great Dr. maya Angelou: “my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style”.