01-18-2015, 10:25 AM
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Anyone have experience with dogs as models or acting in commercials/TV?
Yesterday I jokingly said to a man taking photos at Stella's obedience school that she's a great model, and had her sit so she could have her picture taken. Immediately after the trainer came up and said Stella is so beautiful and easily trained that she really COULD be a model, and even an actress. She then said she was going to contact the owner of the obedience school about us because her dog does modeling and commercials. (Know the beagle on the IAMS bags? That's her!) I was rather shocked at the idea of really trying this but, why not?! I don't expect Stella to be the next Lassie or to make a lot of money for me, but this seems exciting.
However, I know absolutely NOTHING about this. I don't know what will be expected of me or Stella (save for good behavior, posing, and tricks). Are there test photo shoots? Evaluations? I don't know what preparation is necessary, if you need an agent, if this costs a lot of money before you can get any jobs, if it's common for people in "the business" to take advantage of naive dog owners, etc. We live a few minutes from NYC so we are very close to lots of agencies and studios, so if she's good at this there's a fair possibility she could become a little cover girl. I'm sure I'll get some guidance from the woman at the obedience school too but if anyone has experience in this I'd appreciate your input as well!