A model home: Hilton Head Island family catches talent agency's eye

eshaw@islandpacket.comJune 14, 2014 

From left, Davis, 13; Caroline, 16; Whit, 11; and their mother Kim Molloy smile in their home on Hilton Head Island. All three of the kids are models and have appeared in magazines, print ads and commercials.

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    The Halo Agency and Cotton Sail Hotel Summer Scouting Event is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21 at The Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. Actors, models, singers and dancers will perform for casting directors, managers and agents from Atlanta and New York, who cast for major films, TV commercials, print ads and fashion shows. Sixty spots are available per age group. Registration is required and costs $75. Details: www.halotalentsavannah.com

If any of the kids in the Molloy family look familiar, it might be because you've seen them around Hilton Head Island and been struck by their noticeable good looks.

Or it might be because you've seen them on TV commercials and in magazines.

Caroline, 16; Davis, 13; and Whit, 11, are all models.

All three have contracts with Halo Model & Talent Agency in Savannah. Their parents, Kim and Craig Molloy, also have contracts with Halo, but have not appeared in any advertisements.

The photogenic family of five had "not a lick" of modeling experience before signing with Halo, Kim Malloy said.

Craig Malloy owns Carolina Cleaning, and Kim works at Lettrs Gifts store on the island.

"We've learned as we've gone," she said. "It's been incredibly positive on so many levels."

The Molloys fell into modeling three-and-a-half years ago when Caroline, a dancer, needed some headshots taken. The photographer's wife was Stephanie Duke Andrews, founder and director of Halo. Andrews signed Caroline soon afterward, and Whit, Davis, Craig and Kim followed two years later.

"When you're dealing with that good looking of a family, how can you not take all of them?" Andrews said.

Having three siblings as working models is rare, she said.

Caroline, tall and thin, with long brown hair and bronzed skin, is the most serious about modeling.

She will spend hours in front of the mirror memorizing how poses look and feel, working to become more photogenic.

One of her model icons is Canadian fashion model Coco Rocha.

"I love Coco. She can do 100 different poses in 60 seconds. That's the coolest thing ever," she said.

Caroline has appeared in ads for Belk, Kohl's and Jack's Hamburgers, in country star Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0" music video and on the cover of CH2 magazine. She was getting so many bookings that she was home-schooled this year to have more time to pursue modeling. Davis and Whit attend Hilton Head Island Middle School.

Davis has what Andrews calls the "all-American teenage boy" look. Most recently, Davis was in Synovus Bank commercial.

"I don't practice. I just show up." he said.

Whit, young and cherubic, has the biggest personality of the Molloy children. His dream is to become a famous rapper, he said.

"He writes his own raps, and they're actually really good." Caroline said.

Whit agreed. "It fits me. I'm just a wild kid."

Whit has appeared in promotions for Kohl's.

The Molloys will attend the Halo Agency and Cotton Sail Hotel Summer Scouting Event in Savannah on June 21. The showcase is open to the public. Agents, managers and casting directors from Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles will be scouting for talent at the showcase.

"I really hope people on Hilton Head take advantage of this opportunity," Kim Molloy said. "There's so much talent on this island."

Molloy said that modeling has taught her children to be self-confident and disciplined.

"They make me really proud," she said. "They're so professional, and they blow me away so much."

Follow reporter Erin Shaw at twitter.com/IPBG_ErinShaw.


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