DFWChild Real Kids Casting Call 2021 - DFWChild

DFWChild Real Kids Casting Call 2021

See Your Child on the Cover of DFWChild Magazine!

Date: August 20 – October 31, 2020
Price: $35 per entry

For 21 years, DFWChild has celebrated local kids through our annual casting call. This year, our event transitions to an online experience, providing easy access for more families to participate. From these entries, our team will select cover models for the DFWChild and DFWBaby Magazines for 2021.

Because of our partnership with Kim Dawson, Wallflower Management, and the Grogan Management Agency, this opportunity could also open doors for a career in TV or print. Each entrant will receive a commemorative “cover shot” via email.

Partial proceeds from each entry will be shared with ilooklikelove.org which supports a diaper mobile and mentorship for single moms in our community.

Virtual registration opens August 20, 2020.

Please review our FAQs below for more details or email us at realkids@dfwchild.com. Emails will be returned within 48 hours.

Step 1 – Registration

  • Must be less than 13 years old
    Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • $0.00
  • American Express

Step 2 – Submit Photo

After step 1 is completed, click on the “Enter Your Own”  button to submit your photo. Photos need to be 170-dpi or 1.5MB JPG with HDR setting and have a solid color background. One child per photo. Headshots preferred.


Q: What ages is the Real Kids Casting Call for?
A: We accept children age 0-12 years.

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

Q: Why is there an entry fee?
A: Unlike a modeling agency, we do not make any money from the cover kids chosen; we charge an entry fee to help cover the cost of hosting the Real Kids Casting Call. However, we do support ilooklikelove.org, a local organization that gives back to our community, in conjunction to the event.

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

Q: What do I need to know about the photo I submit for entry?
A: The photo preference is 8″x10″ @ 170-dpi or 1.5MB JPG with HDR setting.  Please submit a photo with a solid color background.

Q: When will you choose the cover models and those selected for Kim Dawson, Wallflower Management, and the Grogan Management Agency?
A: Children for the DFWChild covers and the agencies 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 an 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 any of the agencies if your child is not selected.

Q: What are the chances of my child being chosen as an agency model?
A: Very good!  We have partnered with these three different agencies because they look for different attributes.  Each agency has a range of clients who needs kids of different ages and looks.  As opportunities come up, agencies will visit the Real Kids Casting Call entries and will connect with the parents if the child is a fit.

Q: What happens after the event? Will you post the winners on your website?
A: We select our cover kids 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 one of the agencies is interested in further pursuing your child, they will contact you. Please do not contact DFWChild or the agency directly. If we are interested in your child, we will contact you.

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.

Q: Still have a question you can’t find the answer to?
A: We’ve got answers! Please email us at realkids@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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