Guess what?? Gavin FINALLY got another modeling job! He was asked to go to a photo shoot for Sears today. We were really excited because I have been constantly advocating for him ever since we were told that "once clients realize that he has one hand, they get a little scared." He has only had that one job which was over a year ago.
Anyways, we dropped everything and went to the photo shoot. It is never a guarantee because they always send two children and only use one. We were waiting in the waiting room and there was no other little boy so I thought it was looking good for Gavin. Our appointment was at 11:30 and at the LAST second, the other family showed up! The other boy was sooo SUPER cute and a similar skin tone to Gav and has already done some modeling for Sears.
When the lady finally came out she asked to see the other little guy first so I wasn't sure if they would even shoot Gavin. But when he was done she said she wanted to give Gavin a chance too. He had to wear jeans and a shirt with a guitar on it. It was a long sleeved shirt so we tried to get him to wear his prosthetic arm so that one sleeve wouldn't be rolled up. Since he NEVER wears that thing I didn't think it was going to go very well but he surprised us and kept it on the whole time with no complaints! It is way too small and it is definitely time to make an appointment with Bloorview to get him fitted for a new one.
There was a star on the floor that he had to stand on and he did SO well with that! I was impressed! They got a lot of great shots and seemed really happy with him but afterward she told me that both children did great so they weren't sure who they were going to use.
We have to wait and see which one shows up in the Sears flier on September 1st.
They were really nice though and asked us to wait around for a few minutes and then printed out a bunch of photos for us. They printed this one because they said it looks like he is playing the guitar! Even if he doesn't get used in the flier I am so happy that they printed these great photos for us to keep. Plus, it doesn't hurt for him to make some money for his bank account!
They seemed to really take to Gavin. They kept talking about his crazy long eye lashes. He was in a great mood, smiling on cue and giving everyone high 5s at the end. We were so proud of him!
So cross your fingers that our little guy is in the flier! But if not, at least we have some great photos of him to keep. And to me, this is a great step in the right direction. When was the last time you saw a child wearing a prosthesis in a flier or catalog??