It’s Baaack! The GAP Casting Call starts TODAY!

It’s Baaack! The GAP Casting Call starts TODAY!

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My kid has been in print for some major baby brands. From Babies R Us to Graco, Huggies to Johnson and Johnson…but honestly there are just a few brands that I think EVERY parent dreams their child could represent. For me GAP is definitely at the top of the list (the other two on my list were Gerber and Pampers but that ship has long since sailed since both my boys are potty trained and eat real food! Lots of it!!)

Well, starting today you can enter the modeling lottery and submit your Mocha Baby or Big Kid to Gap’s annual casting call! And if you are lucky enough to live in NY, LA or Toronto you can actually attend an in-store event to get a professional photo taken of your child to enter into the contest! (Talk about upping the ante!)

Store Events:

Can’t get to an event? Don’t fret – you can always enter online! Simply visit GapCastingCall.com and upload a photo.

Good Luck!!

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Your Child Could be on the Cover of NYMetroParents!

Your Child Could be on the Cover of NYMetroParents!

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If you are in the NYMetro, or tri-state area of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and your kids are aged 3-12 you could not only get them on the cover you could win up to 1,000 in prizes.

Prizes include gift cards from Appaman and Pear Tree Greetings as well as a professional photo shoot! 8 Finalists will be selected!

Best of all, it is easy to enter! Simply visit the NYMetro Parents Facebook page and upload a photo. Make sure you tell your friends and family to vote for your child as well  and he or she may win the Fan Favorite Award!

Good Luck!

Insider Interview : Meet Judy Goss – the Casting Director of The Cute Kid!

Insider Interview : Meet Judy Goss – the Casting Director of The Cute Kid!

Insider Interview: Casting Director of The Cute Kid: Judy Goss

CutekidOnline baby and kid photo contests have been popping up all over the Internet, but few offer parents more than bragging rights among their closest friends and family. Well The Cute Kid is an exception to the rule.
The site not only offers exposure to up and coming stars, but it also awards a $25,000 College Fund to the annual Grand Prize Winner. Children have been discovered on the site and gone on to be featured in ads for Gap, Carters, Macy’s and many more.

Mocha Baby Models caught up with Judy Goss, the Casting Director of The Cute Kid. See below for Judy’s background as well as our exclusive interview with her!

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MBM: What was the inspiration for starting The Cute Kid?
JG: To have a legitimate photo contest for children and their parents, and to offer a college tuition fund of $25,000.  It has since expanded to being a resource for parents that want to get their children into modeling with our VIP Kids Club.
 
MBM: What do online contests offer parents and are they legit? What does the contest entry fee cover, and what prizes are awarded? 
JG: Online contests offer parents exposure and prizes if they are legitimate, like The Cute Kid. Besides entry into the contest you will also receive the following gifts: a subscription to Parents magazine, a free canvas print of your cute kid, discounts and special offers.
 
MBM: How has technology changed the modeling industry? 
JG: It has made it faster!And less costly for parents by not having to print so many photos and composite cards.
 
MBM: Does The Cute Kid get jobs for the babies they feature? How does the site differ from an agency?
JG: Yes, we have had many children discovered on our site, whether they enter the contest or not.  We do not book jobs, that is for a licensed agency.
 
MBM: From your experience, how does casting or booking jobs differ for ethnic, or multicultural babies and children. 
JG: It doesn’t really differ much! There is on the whole less work, but it is the same opportunities for everyone.
 
MBM: Do you find most clients are looking for diversity when they book models for a job? 
JG: Absolutely! Usually, clients try to represent every ethnicity.
 
MBM: What top 3 things should all moms know about baby and child modeling?
JG:
  • Do not pay anyone to join an agency, with the exception of a website charge, which should be around $10 – $15/month.
  • It doesn’t happen overnight – modeling is hard work! It involves a lot of schlepping back and forth to castings, callbacks, fittings, and more…and even then you may not book the job.
  • You do NOT need professional photos to find agency representation, in fact they prefer non-professional ones at first!

MBM thanks Judy for her helpful tips! Want more information? Visit TheCuteKid.com This article was originally posted on 9/30/2010