When the Seeds are Planted…

When the Seeds are Planted…

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As a momager for over 9 years, when it comes to the modeling and acting careers of my kids you may be surprised that I have had to do the lion share of the work  and it has been all behind the scenes. I always try to warn moms and dads of this, but I know what they see…the end result. They see the “BOOKED!” posts, and the ads and campaigns and think “How hard could this be? My kid is soo cute!” .

They may send a few pics to an agency, or go to a casting and get frustrated when their child isn’t in the latest Gap ad. They ask me all the time how they can get started and after sharing the basics I tell them – like everything in life, anything worth having and the road to any success requires, time, dedication and persistence.

I don’t post all the background stuff because often there is no time to take a photo during the madness. But when a gig is booked…and you are on set, you take a picture! And when the work is spotted, months and sometimes years later…you share on social media. It looks easy and fun! But the reality is much different and even still the work that goes with this #momagerlife is not what this post is about.

This is about planting, sowing, and growing a dream. It is about the fact that many of the seeds that me, my family, all the teachers, and of course my sons have planted over almost a decade have started to sprout. My oldest son Caleb has been in front of a camera for over 8 years, taken acting classes  for 6 years, dance for 5 years,  and voice for 3 years. He has been submitted on hundreds of castings, and been through hundreds of hours of rehearsals. He has appeared in 6 theatrical productions and countless commercials, print ads, and web campaigns. And he has had wins big and small over the years – sprouts of success, here and there. 

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Caleb as Young Simba in the Lion King

As a result of Caleb’s dedication and commitment he booked 2 dream roles back to back this year. The first being the role of Young Simba in the Stage Door Productions The Lion King Jr. If there were ever a role made for him..this was it. Everything about the experience was amazing and it gave us all the confidence and assurance that he had truly found something he loved, and he was in the intersection of passion, talent, timing and hard work.

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During the rehearsals of his play, he found out that he had been cast in an even bigger role that would take him around the world.  He recently booked an international Broadway tour! He is going to be playing the role of ‘Young Lola’ in the Tony Award winning play Kinky Boots!! We head to NYC for rehearsals in a few weeks and then it is off to China for 3 months! 2018 is just halfway through and we are starting to see exponential growth and opportunities unfold for Caleb! Things that we thought may happen years from today are happening now!

There will be much more to share once we get to China but for now…there is more work to do. From passports, visas, and flights to manage for my family (and extended family that want to visit.) to contracts, employee paperwork, work permits, taxes, etc. I am up to my neck in paper!

Oh…and then there is school! He will be away when school starts and he will miss the entire first quarter. So…I am in the process of enrolling him ( and his brother) in school online. It’s a whole new world to say the least and we are figuring it out as we go.

And while I am going bonkers trying to figure out life, taking a leave of absence from work and all of my income opportunities and plans – he is counting down the days ’till he boards the plane! I feel like I am running out of time and for him time can’t move fast enough! Oh to be a kid again!

Caleb Thompson as the March Hare
Caleb at 5 as the March Hare in Alice and Wonderland

But while I am stressing now, I know once I board the plane with my little star, I will breathe, and relax, and enjoy. And yes…post and share our journey. And it will look like the trip of a lifetime…which it will be of course!  However, I will be reflecting on the very first casting at 5 months old and his very first solo in a play that I didn’t even know he had until I heard his little voice on stage, and all the nights he went to bed wondering if his audition was good enough for the part he wanted, and all the nights I stumbled into bed exhausted from managing his schedule and driving all day and night.

And though this is just the beginning of his professional career, it is so nice to know that when the seeds are planted, watered, and nurtured, the harvest will be abundant. It will not be overnight. It will not always be pretty or easy. It will sprout when we least expect it to. And we will have more to tend to, and manage when it does but if we are smart we will not only take a picture, we will stop to smell the roses and enjoy the fruit of our labor and God’s grace. 

Booking Blessings,

~Tichanda

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Pregnant Women needed for BET’s Being Mary Jane!

Pregnant Women needed for BET’s Being Mary Jane!

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BET’s Being Mary Jane is currently casting pregnant women to work as extras in Lamaze class scenes on the series finale movie of Being Mary Jane filming in Atlanta, GA.
Casting Breakdown:

We are currently casting the following extra role for the Being Mary Jane series finale movie.

Extra Role:
Pregnant Women in Lamaze Class Scenes
Filming Dates:
Wednesday, 2/7/18
Sunday, 2/11/18
*You must be available for both filming dates
Extras Rate:
$75 for 8 hours
Location:
Atlanta, GA

For more information and to submit for this role, please visit: http://hyltoncasting.com/bmj-pregnantextras/

 

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Good Luck!

Kids and Teens needed for DC Area Commercial

Kids and Teens needed for DC Area Commercial

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Kids and teens are needed for an upcoming non-union commercial in the DC metro area. please only submit if you are local to DC/MD/VA. See all details below!

Saturday, February 10 or Sunday, February 11, 2018, with an audition being held in Rockville, MD on Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Carolyn Davis Casting is currently looking for the following types:

Child 1: Girl, 8-12 years old, any ethnicity
Child 2: Boy, 8-12 years old, any ethnicity
Teenagers: females, 13-19, any ethnicity

For consideration or for more information please email jen@carlyndaviscasting.com with your headshot and resume.

Please put “Non-Union Commercial Casting” in the subject of your email and include all contact information in the body of the email.

If you do not have a local MD/DC/VA phone number please indicate in which city/state you are currently located.

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00p Thursday, February 1, 2018
If you are not available for the shoot or audition dates, or do not fit the above breakdown, please DO NOT submit.

Any submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will be deleted.

We are currently looking for MD/DC/VA local talent ONLY

No phone calls, please.

Via Southern Casting Call and Carolyn Davis Casting
Understanding Child Labor Laws, Work Permits and Trusts

Understanding Child Labor Laws, Work Permits and Trusts

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Whether you are new to the entertainment world or a seasoned veteran there are laws and regulations governing child labor across the country. In many states, the entertainment industry has special rules, laws, and permits necessary for minors to obtain and perform any work – paid or not. Laws vary from state to state but here are the basics. Be sure to check your state for laws that apply to you. You can do this via this link or visit your state’s government website for more information.

Permits

In order to obtain a work permit most states require a completed form from the child’s doctor, their school, as well as their birth certificate and social security information. It can take 2-4 weeks to get a permit so apply as soon as you think you want to be in the industry. If you are in a bind and need one immediately – some states like NY allow you to apply for a ONE TIME temporary permit that is good for 14 days. Don’t waste it though because once you use it, you loose it!

Bank Accounts & Trusts

For many permits you may also need to show proof of a Uniform Transfer to Minors Act Trust Account (UTMA) or a New York State Uniform Gift to Minors Act Trust (UGMA) account or a blocked “California Coogan” type account. This is easy to set up at your bank and is for you and the employer (if your child books a job) to deposit at least 15% of your child’s earnings.

Labor Laws

Keep in mind there are regulations for how long your child can be on set based on age, and whether or not school is in session. There are laws regarding your child’s education and how many days a child can be away from school. Some productions require a tutor on set as well.

As the parent, it is your responsibility to be aware of these things because an agent, manager, or even the people on set or production may not be aware or be in compliance – especially if they don’t typically work with minors. Take the time to do the research and ask questions if something is unclear. Want to know if your state regulates entertainment and requires a child performer to get a permit? Search here to get started!

Here are a few quick links to the most popular states for entertainment work you can access info, and permit forms at the links as well:

Have a question about child labor laws? Let me know at mochababymodels@gmail.com

 

Los Angeles: Babies wanted for TV Projects!

Los Angeles: Babies wanted for TV Projects!

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COOl CASTING For LA BABIES!

Babies needed from newborn  to 1 year old for a few television projects. Prefer twins or triplets, but will look at individual babies as well to work on two projects within the next few weeks.
 
Seeking mixed ethnicity such as African American, Caucasian, also Latin, and Caucasian separate.
 
Must live in or around the Los Angeles area.
If the babies already have entertainment work permits that is a plus. (If not, production will help with the process if the babies are selected)
 
Great opportunity for babies to appear on popular TV series.
Individual babies would make $200 and twins or triplets $250 a day.
To Submit: Send the most current photo of the babies, along with
  • name,
  • date of birth,
  • weight, &
  • height

 to jeffolancasting@yahoo.com – Be sure to put “Baby actor” in subject.

Georgia Could Be the New Hollywood for Young Acting Talent — Variety

Georgia Could Be the New Hollywood for Young Acting Talent — Variety

Growing up in Atlanta, Shannon Purser showed a passion for acting from an early age, appearing in plays in elementary and middle school, as well as at church. A decade earlier, it might’ve put her on a path to become a theater major in college and maybe one day pursue a professional career in Los… Read more »

via Georgia Could Be the New Hollywood for Young Acting Talent — Variety

Raising a Star: Meet Keke Palmer’s Mom

Raising a Star: Meet Keke Palmer’s Mom

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Keke Palmer, at just 22 is a huge yet humble star. With her current role in Scream Queens and her recent role in Grease:Live, she is definitely in demand. For a girl in her position one would wonder if all the attention has gone to her head. That’s where her mom and manager Sharon Palmer comes in. She tells the February issue of Family Circle what it is like to raise a child star and how Keke has managed to stay grounded through it all.

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