Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How should I dress my child for the event?
A: We encourage you to dress your child in his or her everyday attire. Please avoid makeup, hats, big bows or large headbands - we want to see your child's beautiful face and these can obstruct our views.

Q: Why is there an entry fee?
A: Unlike a modeling agency, we do not make any money from the models chosen; we charge an entry fee to help cover the cost of hosting the model search. However, we do support a local volunteer organization in conjunction to the event.

Q: What ages is the Model Search for?
A: We accept children age newborn to 12 years. Children must be younger than 12 years old on the day of the Model Search.

Q: Does my child need to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to be considered?
A: Yes, for both DFWChild and the Kim Dawson Agency. DFWChild will be selecting children for their covers from the Collin, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker, and Tarrant County areas.


Q: When will you choose the cover models and those selected for Kim Dawson?
A: Children for the DFWChild covers and Kim Dawson Agency will be selected throughout the year.


Q: How will I know if my child is selected?
A: You will be notified via the email address, or phone number, you provided during registration, if your child is selected for either opportunity.

Q: Will I be contacted if my child is not chosen?
A: No. Due to the number of applicants, and nature of our year-round selections, you will not be contacted by DFWChild or the Kim Dawson Agency if your child is not selected.


Q: What are the chances of my child being chosen as a Kim Dawson model?
A: Very good, due to the different sizes and ethnicities needed by Kim Dawson’s clients.


Q: What do I need to bring with me on the day of the event?
A: Please bring your confirmation email, yourself and your child(ren). That's all! No need to bring additional pictures, portfolios or a change of attire.

Q: What exactly happens on the day of the event?
A: When you arrive, you will check in at our registration desk for your child's number. From there, you will get in line to have your child's professional headshot taken, and then walk the stage in front of the judges. Once your child has had their turn on stage, please take time to visit our sponsors.

Q: What if I never receive or lose my child's complimentary souvenir photo from the day of the event?
A: You have 120 days from the day of the event to request a replacement photo. Beyond 120 days, we will not be able to send replacements. No refunds will be given for complimentary souvenir photos that are not received.

Q: I received an email with my child's appointment time. Is that the time we should arrive?
A: Please arrive at your designated appointment time. The assigned times are estimates and are not exact, and we will do our best to get you through as quickly as possible; however, due to the number of attendees, you will more than likely experience a short wait.

Q: My child has been on a past DFWChild cover. Is he/she still eligible?
A: Yes! Previous cover models are encouraged to participate. Kids are constantly growing and changing, and may look different year to year. 

Q: What happens after the event? Will you post the winners on your website?
A: We select our models as each publication and corresponding cover shoot occur. If your child is selected, we will contact you to schedule a time for the cover shoot. We do not post the winners in advance. If Kim Dawson Agency is interested in further pursuing your child, they will contact you. Please do not contact DFWChild or Kim Dawson Agency. If we are interested in your child, we will contact you.

Q: Still have a question you can't find the answer to?
A: We've got answers! Please email us at modelsearch@dfwchild.com
Due to the number of applicants, please, no phone calls. Emails will be returned within 48 hours. Refunds are not permitted.

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