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)
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A New Year Gift for You!

A New Year Gift for You!

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Happy New Year Mochas!

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 mochababymodels@gmail.com or leave me a comment. Get your free downloads here!
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Mocha Baby Modeling 101 – Launching The Mocha Tips Series

 

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I know why you are here. You have the cutest baby in the world, (duh). It is only natural to want to see your baby in a magazine, on TV or heck maybe even on the big screen…but you don’t know where to start and how to avoid being scammed. You want to know how to find an agency, what to do at an open call and how to book a job.  You want to know exactly how much do these babies make anyway? (Because , Peanut needs a college fund, hellooo!)

So guess what? I’m here to help you! Look, I have been there…heck I am still here. I had 2 cute babies and looked for work, I booked many jobs on my own and agencies helped with others. I have been on short shoots, long shoots, paid and unpaid.  I know the good and the bad of what it takes to get your child booked. And here’s a little secret…guess who ends up doing most of the work – you guessed it…YOU!

Trust me. It isn’t going to just happen. Babies and kids are rarely discovered and modeling is a business and you have to treat it as such. You must research, interview, prepare, market, position, diversify, promote and sell. Do you see the glitter and sparkle fading? Good. That means you are also realistic. Manage your expectations and think of this journey as something fun to do with your child. And when it stops being fun be ready to move on!

To help you along the way, I am launching my Mocha Tips series. This will be a quick, easy, and fun way to learn the biz. Okay I’ve made you wait long enough. Here goes my first Tip (cue drumroll):

Never pay anyone who promises to get (1)

 

It is as simple as that. Yes, you will see me repeat this over and over. Many of my posts will reiterate this point. That is because scammers can see you coming a mile away. And they want your money. All of it. Do not give it to them. The legit people will NOT ask for money on the spot and force you to sign up for any packages, or force a contract on you.

They will TRY to get you work so they can get paid. But all they can do is prepare you, guide you and submit you to jobs. IF you get booked THEN the agency gets a commission. However, no matter how reputable the agency, how cute the child or how fabulous the photos,  the child may or may not get work. Anyone who says otherwise should should be shown the door. Got it? Good!

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Tichanda