My niece J is 13, and will be in 8th grade soon. She's a true Renaissance girl: she's a competitive swimmer, a dancer, on the poms squad at school, a model, she loves to read, and she gets good grades. Basically my niece is completely awesome.
I caught up with her via text message because she's so busy this summer. Check it out:
Me: What's the most recent book you read? Did you like it?
J: The most recent book I read was 'Bottled Up'. It was a book about a kid using drugs and alcohol as a way to get thru his day with an abusive father. I really liked this book.
Me: What's your favorite book (or books) and why?
J: My favorite book is 'Looking for Alaska' by John Green. I loved this book bcuz the message this book sends is powerful and really true in today's society.
Me: What's your least favorite book and why?
J: My least favorite book was 'Dark Eden'. This book was horrible; badly written, the plot was confusing and nothing made sense.
Me: What's your favorite genre?
J: My favorite genre is fantasy or fiction.
Me: Do you think the authors you've liked have done a good job portraying what it's like to be a teenager? Why or why not?
J: Sometimes not bcuz they don't think reality sometimes.
Me: Don't think reality?
J: They don't put characters in a situation that really happens in life.
Me: Like what?
J: Like, just read any book and u wld find at least one thing that wld never happen
Me: Hahaha. Can I ask you a couple questions about modeling?
J: Sure :)
Me: Yay! What makes you want to be a model?
J: What makes me want to be a model is that modeling just seems so much fun. U get to wear amazing clothes, broadcast ur talent...Its just amazing.
Me: How do you go about becoming a model? How do you practice?
J: I went to my local mall and tried out. The company (Audition America) was looking for modeling potential. I practice by watching the way my feet have to cross over at the ankles and facial expressions like an actor. No duck faces please.
Me: Do you have any more modeling things planned for the summer?
J: I just signed my contract for audition America and now I can sign up for modeling jobs.
Me: Does everyone get a contract or only certain people? What does signing up for a job entail? Is it an audition?
J: No. Only 25% of the people who got to the state round got a contract. And yes, it is an audition. U try out with a bunch of other men and women looking for the same job.
Me: Ooh congrats!
A huge thanks to J for answering all my questions, and a huge GOOD LUCK with the modeling!