How this 7 year old has taken the modeling, dancing, and cheering world by storm: Lala's Q&A
Lala Maldonado is a model, dancer, gymnast, AND cheerleader. At age 7, she has taken on more roles than an adult 3x her age (i.e. me) has. With the support of her parents, she has been able to dream big and achieve even bigger goals. Check out her interview with us below where she chats about modeling and gives advice to other children:
- What inspired you to start a modeling career? I love dressing up and I use to compete in pageants. Being on stage was so exciting that I just could not see myself anywhere else but T.V someday.
- What advice would you give to other children who want to pursue modeling? I would tell them what my parents always tell me... you can be anything you want to be. Always set your goals high and go after your dreams.
- What is one of the hardest things about being a model? The hardest thing for me is being able to show expressions in my face even if it is not my current mood. Sometimes I have to look serious and I love to laugh, so that is a little hard for me. However, I have gotten a lot better by practicing in the mirror.
- What impact do want to have in the modeling world and why? The impact I would like to have is to accomplish my dreams so that other children know that they can too.
- What advice would you give to children who may be nervous about performing in front of other people? Just think of something that makes you happy and you will do fine.
- Who is your role model and why? My mom is my role model because she works very hard and I never see her give up.
- How do your parents support you in achieving your dreams? My parents help me by making sure I can get to dance practice, modeling gigs, and the gym. They also support me in any area I need help with. For example, my mom helps me with my facial expressions for pictures even if she has to exercise in front of the mirror with me. My mom and I have a saying "if I give you my very best, you will give me your very best"
Lala is an example of how the sky is not even a limit when you have a strong support system. As parents, we sometimes limit our children based on what society expects. We sometimes forget to stop and ask them. When they tap into their potential, set goals, and are active in activities that make them happy they will flourish. Let us tune out the noise and concentrate on what is most important, what makes them happy.