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!

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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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Modeling 101 Webinar – April 4th. Register now and save!

Modeling 101 Webinar – April 4th. Register now and save!

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You asked….I answered! Sign up today for this 60 minute webinar that will give you a background on the industry and clear steps on how to get started. Find our if modeling is for you and your child.

  • What is child modeling and how to get started
  • How and what to submit to an agency for consideration
  • How to research and land an agent
  • How to take photos that will make your child stand out
  • The do’s and don’ts of wardrobe, styling, lighting and location
  • Professional photos vs digital shots
  • How to find jobs on your own
  • How much money do kids REALLY make?

Cost of webinar is only $25!

Register before April 1st and save $5. Use Coupon Code “MODEL” at check out!

Questions? Email me at mochababymodels@gmail.com

 

Mocha Baby Modeling Workshop!

Mocha Baby Modeling Workshop!

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Are you in or near the Memphis Area? Do people tell you your child should model? Curious about the industry and how to get started? Do you think your child was born for the camera?

Come to this one day workshop and get your questions answered by me!!

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • What is child modeling and how to get started
  • How and what to submit to an agency for consideration
  • How to research and land an agent
  • How to take photos that will make your child stand out
  • The do’s and don’ts of wardrobe, styling, lighting and location
  • Professional photos vs digital shots
  • How to find jobs on your own
  • How much money do kids REALLY make?

Each attendee will leave with an info packet complete with agencies as well tips, resources, checklists and worksheets.

All attendees will also get a coupon code for a free download of ‘5 steps to Child Modeling” or a discount for a one on one coaching session!

Event Sponsor – Incrediblee Wee Photography will be offering all attendees a discount on a mini photo session!

Seats are limited! Register today for only $20!

 

XOXO ~Tichanda

Ohlsson East is Scouting at a city near you!

Ohlsson East is Scouting at a city near you!

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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:

  1. Friday Dec 1st – Boston, MA
  2. Saturday Dec 2nd Mashantucket, CT
  3. 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!

Good luck!

Q&A: Can I send a cell phone photo to an agency?

Q&A: Can I send a cell phone photo to an agency?

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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!

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.

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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!

~~Tichanda

 

Photo Credits: Caleb ( J.Ford) , Liam (Marcus Watson|Marceaux Creative|Houston TX|FB & IG @MarceauxCreative)
NYC & Midwest Agency Seeking Fresh Faces!

NYC & Midwest Agency Seeking Fresh Faces!

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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:

  • Size 3T,
  • Size 4T
  • Size 5/6
  • Size 10

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​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!

Learn more about the agency at theckmtg.com and submit your child here for consideration!

Good luck!

 

Modeling in a Small Market? Q&A with The Paris Chanel Agency

Modeling in a Small Market? Q&A with The Paris Chanel Agency

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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?

  1. 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.
  2. Invest in getting your child some quality images for their portfolio.
  3. Keep them active and find ways to enhance their craft and add to their skill sets to make them more marketable.
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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.