Just a little update on our mission to make Nathan earn his keep. After much confusion over appointments times and days (due to two separate offices making/confirming appointments) I finally got it straight that we were supposed to come in to the King of Prussia office around 1:00 today. Although he has a runny nose and had a fever two days ago, he seems pretty much fine so I decided to go. They told me they only see kids under 5 a few times a year and the next date wouldn't be till August. So I bathed him and put him in a cute outfit, gave him a good nap and lunch and off we went.
An aside: the office was in the mall and when I went to get out the stroller in the mall parking lot, I noticed that one of the wheels had somehow come off from the rivet that was holding it onto the axle. So imagine me pushing the kid through the parking lot and the mall stopping every few feet to kick the wheel back on.
Anyway, there were already a handful of babies in the waiting area and I could see an army of strollers in the dressing room so I assumed they were seeing the kids in big groups. They handed me a sheet to fill out and told me to attach one snapshot to it. (It was SOOOOOO hard picking just one.) Then we filed into this tiny room with a little runway and a bunch of chairs which was brutally hot, especially with 15 kids and their parents. I was shocked at what some parents think is cute. One little black girl, 10 months old, was running around everywhere. She was cute as a button but her mother had her loaded up with jewelry. Three necklaces, a bracelet on each wrist, pierced earrings and a big beaded anklet. The mother was total white trash wearing a way-to-tight for her body tank top and shorts. Yikes! Another girl baby was teeny tiny at 11 months, had been a preemie, and also had hoop earrings in and some stupid scarf to cover up her bald head. She was ugly. One girl threw temper tantrum after screaming fit while her stupid dad just sat there and watched. I couldn't believe he didn't leave immediately. A couple other kids were pretty cute, each in their own way. The lady said they see 70 or so kids today and pick about 20 they think they can place. I have to call back tomorrow to see if they want to sign Nathan. I'm really not sure if it's worth it, even if they do. It costs about $200 for the headshots they use for a year, and I can just imagine driving all over the city on auditions trying to keep the kid happy and healthy. She said there is plenty of work, not catalogues but commercials and commercial print ads. Interestingly, they said the kid has to have his own bank account because by law they cannot pay the parent. So we'll see tomorrow I guess.