After suggestions from countless people that Mia Harper should be modeling, it wasn’t until one particular encounter with a knowledgeable, well-meaning stranger that prompted her family to look into the possibility. Mia began her journey with Hoffman at the sweet age of 3 and has truly blossomed the past three-and-a-half years. With the soaring confidence she gained from Kids Klub, Mia not only earned a top award at her fashion show, but walked with poise, style and grace in front of national and international agents and scouts at the age of 5 in Hoffman International’s first annual Model Search.
Just a few months shy of her 7th birthday, Mia has already amassed an impressive portfolio and resume. She has booked more than 15 jobs with clients including Hallmark, US Toy, Mazuma Credit Union, and EcoKiddo. Her first booking, with Hallmark Baby, was the most special for her as she got to shoot surrounded by several live bunnies, which happens to be her favorite animal. In a very exciting turn last year, her images were displayed on signage throughout Wal-Mart and Walgreens stores nationwide for Hallmark’s Easter print ads, as well as back-to-school banners across Hallmark stores. Friends and relatives from coast to coast called with excitement in their voices when they spotted Mia’s angelic face smiling back at them while shopping. Finding your life-size photos displayed in national stores is a dream for any model, but especially fun and exhilarating for a 6-year-old. After innumerable still shots for print work, Mia can now add a national commercial to her resume. Having just completed a Mother’s Day shoot for Hallmark’s Signature Cards collection, she and her family are eagerly awaiting for her commercial to debut. Her images were also recently included in two holiday catalogs, and she is currently featured in ad campaigns on two national websites.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, Mia is a very active, happy-go-lucky Kindergartener. She enjoys soccer, swimming, art classes, playing with her siblings, and visiting Kansas City-area treasures like Nelson Atkins Museum, Kaleidoscope, and Deanna Rose Farmstead. An avid reader, Mia always has a book (or two) with her at shoots & auditions and loves immersing herself in novels and stories far beyond her grade level. She is not only involved in an accelerated reading program at her school, but also accelerated academic math.
Already wise beyond her years, Mia loves welcoming new challenges. She has been a true professional on-set and clients are always impressed with her confidence, amazing projection, and ability to take direction so well. It is typically unnerving for most people to walk into a completely foreign setting and work cohesively with clients, directors and photographers, let alone someone who hasn’t even started 1st grade. She has handled every shoot and audition with aplomb and, for her, the excitement rests on wondering what the clients are going to ask her do during each shoot. Books and animals, both live and stuffed, have been woven into most of her shoots and she is thankful she gets to have fun while doing what she loves. When asked what her modeling goals are, without skipping a beat she replies, “I want to save money for college, a cell phone, and a house!” Those are admirable goals for anyone, but especially for a young girl who hasn’t even lost her two front teeth. The staff at Hoffman International is so proud of Mia and impressed with her many, amazing accomplishments. We are confident that this sweet, intelligent girl will have a future as bright as her beautiful smile.