If you follow me on instagram, you’ve likely seen that our kiddos have been doing some modeling here in South Korea. It wasn’t something we’d planned, exactly, but we knew it was a possibility for foreigners when living in Asia. We figured if it happened, great. If it didn’t, also great. Within our first couple weeks here, Mieke was “spotted” at Starfield mall, which is actually funny because our kids stand out in the best of times. Anyway, today I wanted to share a little bit about why our kids are modeling in South Korea and what it’s like.
Kids Are Modeling in South Korea
Let’s just throw something out there first and foremost. We have absolutely zero desire to submit my children for modeling or acting in the US. It’s pressure-filled and, unless my children showed a genuine interest, it’s just not something I’d be interested in pushing my children into. But here? Our kids are modeling with absolutely zero pressure.
Instead, kids modeling in South Korea – at least for us – is fun. It’s a chance for our children to play, get creative, feel special and validated, and enjoy some one-on-one time with mama when a job arises. Spencer, Porter, and Mieke have all worked in South Korea so far, though Mieke has worked the most jobs, and they’re all really enjoying it!
What It’s Like Letting Our Kids Modeling in South Korea
Mieke’s most recent modeling job was this past Monday in Gangnam, and it’s pretty neat because this was our second time taking the train together to Seoul for the day. The time before that Spencer’s job, also in Seoul. Porter and Mieke also worked in the last couple months, both in Cheonan. The jobs pop up in different places at different times, and no two jobs are exactly the same. A lot of people are curious why our kids are modeling in South Korea though, so I wanted to share a little bit more about.
- Like I mentioned before, our kids are getting a unique opportunity that they won’t otherwise get in the US. In South Korea, they have the opportunity to work directly with Korean nationals on unique creative projects for fun brands that are distinctly Korean.
- All our jobs are at different studios in different locations throughout the peninsula – though most are in Seoul. We have the opportunity to visit new places, meet new people, try new things, and have a lot of fun while we do it.
- Our kids are actually earning money. There’s a common misconception that they’re paid in clothes that they model. Instead, they actually earn a pretty competitive rate, and with that money, our kiddos are allowed to use a portion of it to buy something they’d like. The rest is put into savings for them; and they get to do it all while having fun!
- Above all else, we do it because it’s fun, and it’s their choice! Ultimately, if they want to do it, they do it. If they don’t want to do it, they don’t. Neither Ryan nor I want this to become something they’re scared of our that feels like an obligation, so they’re in control, and that’s the best part!
Ultimately, it’s been a really fun thing for all of us thus far. Because I’m only freelancing and doing photography, I have the time to do this with them, and that makes it the ideal thing for us to do right now – together. Plus, aren’t they just the cutest?!?!