|Photo by Nanette Gonzales|
|Tatiana Thomas with her model sons, Isaiah and Imari Jr.|
Isaiah Thomas booked his first modeling job at 11 days old, three days before he was legally able to work. At 3 months, he was eligible for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card.
Casting agents couldn't get enough of his goofy, gaping smile and round, symmetrical face. He booked Target. He booked J.C. Penney. He booked the Disney Store. He even booked an Enterprise Rent-a-Car commercial.
But then he hit 13 months and it all came crashing down. When the photographer at an Old Navy audition last spring approached to take some test shots, Isaiah screamed, throwing his head back and stomping his feet on the ground.
Now he's probably unemployable until he's 3 years old, if he's even still cute then. Washed up before he can even wash himself.
L.A. can be a brutal place for those trying to turn their looks into fame and fortune, but no group of performers has so short a shelf life as babies. Most productions prefer babies who can sit up but can't crawl away, meaning they typically need to be between 6 and 9 months old.More »