The Paris Chanel Agency is holding an Open Call! Get to know Paris Chanel and what her agency is about here.
WHO: Kid Models ages 4-12, Height under 4’11”
WHAT: Open model call at The Paris Chanel Modeling Agency
WHEN: Jan 31- Time: 4pm – 7pm
WHERE: 525 N Main St Memphis, TN, 38105 – You do not have to be based in Memphis to sign with the agency. Talent from all over the US encouraged to attend. PLEASE NOTE – Be sure to park on street and follow signs through the gate to audition location.
WHAT TO WEAR: Plain White Shirt & Jeans. Neutral color shoes.
Show up on time. You will have to fill out paperwork, be measured, and take digital photos.
Come well groomed. No makeup. Hair should be pulled away from face.
You MUST NOT be Agency signed already. We are only accepting unsigned talent.
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.
As a result of Caleb’s dedication and commitment he booked 2 dream roles back to backthis 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.
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!
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.
Live in the North East and looking for representation? You’re in luck! Top agency Ohlsson Model & Talent posted their east coast scouting schedule today on their InstaStory!
City Scouting Schedule:
Friday Dec 1st – Boston, MA
Saturday Dec 2nd Mashantucket, CT
Sunday Dec 3rd – Providence, Rhode Island
Want a shot at meeting with their model scouts? Follow them on Instagram and send them a Direct Message with a cute, clear, clean & clothed photo of your child! But act fast because scouting takes place this weekend!
Don’t live in the North East? They have a midwest office as well! Use the #ohlssonminisuper for a chance to be discovered on Instagram!
P.S. One of our Mocha Babies was recently signed to Ohlsson after a few coaching sessions. Check out the exact photos that were submitted!
Question: Can I send a cell phone photo to an agency to try and get representation?
Answer:YES! People always ask me how important it is to have professional photos. And it is such a hard question because on one hand I want people to know they can submit simple snapshots to an agency and get booked. Honestly some agencies prefer it!
However, I find that when I tell people this they just scroll through their phone and send me the latest shots of their child…eating, taking a bath, in their car seat, playing with a sibling… you know – being kids! That is great for friends and family – but to land your child a coveted slot at modeling agency? Not so much.
If you are going to submit digital shots, treat it like a photo shoot. Take some time, lay, sit, or stand your child depending on age next to a plain background with great lighting. (natural is best) and take photos of him smiling, playing, crawling, etc. You will need one good headshot and one good head-to-toe shot.
Here are a few great examples of photos of a smiling happy baby, taken in natural light and with bright colors. And don’t forget my 4 C’s – Cute, Clear, Clean and Clothed!
One of my clients Caleb was invited to attend a Gerber casting in Chicago based on his mom’s digital snapshots. And after working with me she took these simple snapshots and landed a coveted spot with the Ohlsson Agency! See! Simple snapshot are sufficient!
Head to toe / Full Length
Now, I get it – some of us love a good mini shoot and that’s great too. They key here is if you are spending a lot of money – don’t do it. But if you have a great camera, or access to one – here are a few good examples of what to do.
I worked with Liam’s mom in Dallas and after our consultations she followed my advice and had these images taken of her son. And even when I asked for a full length shot she provided me with a perfect digital snapshot to submit to agencies on her behalf.
Photos need to be update monthly – especially babies and toddlers so get used to taking these photos and make it a fun bonding time with your child.
Sure at some point you will need professional photos but wait until you get the direction from your agency. And make sure they don’t pressure you to buy any packages or use only their photographers. That could be a sign of a scam so do your research and if you feel pressured to do anything, walk away.
There is a lot of work that goes into landing a job. Treat it like a business and do your best to make a great first impression for your best shot at breaking into the biz!
A NYC/Midwest agency is looking for fresh faces! CLEKIDZ is a full service model & talent agency servicing the Mid-West & East Coast. They have represented kids who have snagged some major gigs for companies like the Gap, Justice, Uniqlo, Zulily and more! Today they posted on their InstaStory that they are seeking boys and girls in the following sizes:
When submitting please note they prefer non-professional, natural snapshots with no background distractions. Also include:
1 Smile headshot
1 No smile headshot
1 Full length body shot.
If you have a child actor please submit headshots, resumes, & reels as well!
Let’s face it, modeling is a numbers game…and those who have the most success typically have access to the most opportunities. Those opportunities, castings, and auditions are predominately in New York City. Other areas with strong modeling markets include Los Angeles, Miami, & Chicago. Even cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville and San Francisco have their fare share of modeling and acting jobs as well. But what about cities like Charlotte, Wichita, or Memphis?
I recently moved from NYC to Memphis and I had an opportunity to sit down with Paris Chanel, the CEO of The Paris Chanel Agency to discuss her company, the modeling market, and what she looks for when signing a model.
1. Tell me about The Paris Chanel Agency and why you started it here in Memphis. What is your background?
The Paris Chanel Agency is an all-inclusive agency that aims to be a one stop shop for our clients and potential clients. We have been in business since April 2016. Diversity is key for our agency. We have models of all ethnic backgrounds, shapes, and sizes. We pride ourselves on class and professionalism. I started the agency, because I felt that in 2017 the rules of the “typical industry standard model” should not apply.
There are beautiful people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds and they deserve a chance. I know what it feels like to be left out and put in a box in the industry, so I wanted to present something completely different. I also felt that Memphis was missing an agency that represented full diversity, and I felt there needed to be a change. I wanted to be that change.
2. Since Memphis is a smaller entertainment market, what kinds of work do you typically book here. Name some of your clients.
Print Work, Commercials, and Runway are what are mostly booked in this market.
A few clients include:Wolfchase Galleria, Ashley Home Store, City Gear, Perkins Restaurant, Style Fashion Week, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premier Glow Milano Menswear, Ampro Industries, Memphis Parent, Memphis Fashion Week, Kimmi & Gabbie, Southland Park & Gaming
3. What is the current state of the Kids and Baby market in Memphis?
The market here for children is very slim, unfortunately. We are trying to create opportunities for them. We also put focus on getting our talent, especially children placed in bigger markets for more opportunity. (One of her models recently walked the runway in NY for fashion week , and two of her models have recently been placed with agencies in LA!)
4. What are the things you look for when signing child talent to your roster?
We look a child with charisma and an outgoing personality. If they already have some experience, that is a plus. They definitely have to have the drive and excitement for the opportunity!
5. What 3 pieces of advice would you give Mocha Baby Dad/Momagers regarding child modeling and acting?
Do NOT force your child into the industry. Make sure it is something that they genuinely want to do, because they are the ones that have to work the jobs. Clients will not put up with attitudinal children on-set.
Invest in getting your child some quality images for their portfolio.
Keep them active and find ways to enhance their craft and add to their skill sets to make them more marketable.
Some child models from The Paris Chanel Agency
Thanks so much to Paris for sharing her story and her advice! I think that any child who starts off as a baby and goes on to work as a child or even teen model or actress will go on a journey and will have ups and downs – no matter where they live. They may also find that they have to move at some point to further their careers and pursue their dreams, but in the beginning local modeling can help a child gain experience and and develop a true interest that can be fostered and improved over time.
And finally some of the cutest kids never book a job or make it big…that is the reality of industry – however that is true about many jobs in the entertainment industry. Be optimistic, yet realistic and enjoy the ride!
You can learn more about The Paris Chanel Agency here.
If you have been following my Getting Started Series, than you know how to get great photos, submit to agencies and book jobs on your own! But what do you do when the agency wants to meet your Mocha Baby? I recently moved to a new city so I included a few recent pictures of me and the boys from our visit to The Paris Chanel Agency in Memphis, TN!
FAQ: I submitted my baby/kid to an agency and they want to meet her! What do I need to know to ace the interview?
A: Congrats! Agencies get tons of submissions every day so a call back is a good sign. It means they see potential in your child’s photos and she probably fills a void in their roster. Your child may be just the right look, gender, age, ethnicity, size, or all of the above! Remember that this is a business after all and they want to sign kids they know they can work with. They often want their models roster to represent a mix of looks, so if they have 2 or 3 other kids that fit the same description as yours, they are likely to pass on adding you to the list. But a callback means you’ve made the first cut so take time and prepare yourself and your child for the first agency appointment.
Baby’s First Digitals
What you need to know
Before:The agent will most likely send you a confirmation email about the appointment that will include the date, time, location, contact person, how to dress your child and what to bring.
Print out the email and pay close attention to all the details included. Make sure you pack a bag especially for your child as well, complete with snacks and activities.
During: When you arrive ON TIME – be expected to fill out a talent sheet, get measured and take a few digital photos. Be clear about your schedule and flexibility and be honest about the amount of time you have to commit to castings, fittings, and bookings.
Remember, the purpose of the meeting is for them to see if they like you, but also for you to see if you like them! Interview them! Ask questions and get to know them. Do you feel like they will have your child’s best interests in mind? The agent should make you feel as comfortable as possible and be open to any concerns you have.
If they are interested in representing your child they will give you a contract. Ask them to explain it to you. How much do they take for commission ( 15-20% of the job is typical) What other fees do they require? Remember they work for YOU! They send you on castings. They prepare you as best as they can and then your child attends castings and tries to book the job. If and ONLY if your child books a paid job does your agent get a percentage. That is how the agency makes money. If they pressure you for money or to sign the contract immediately…RUN!
After: Take your contract. Look it over or have a lawyer do it for you if you have questions. Call around, get references, read reviews and make an informed decision about whether or not you want to sign. Think about the commitment and the opportunity at hand and then decide within 48-72 hours if you would like to proceed. If not that is ok too. Just let the agency know in a timely fashion. If you decide to join – congratulations! Your child is one step closer to becoming a working model!
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I hope you all had a great holiday with your families and little Mochas! If you are anything like me you were planning and attending get togethers, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, visiting family and spent at least one (or two) days in your pajamas!! How I wish the time went by a little bit slower, but I am grateful for a chance to decompress, reflect and focus on what is really important to me….my faith and my family!
Since it is the first Monday of 2016 I want to share that my main goal this year is to plan and organize my chaotic life a bit better. I thought you may also have a similar goal so I created some checklists to help you jump start your Mocha Baby’s modeling career.
I will continue to add new resources for you to download throughout the year! Have some suggestions you would like to share or information you would like to know? Email me at email@example.com or leave me a comment. Get your free downloads here!