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!
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!
Have a question for me? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disney is seeking to make #FamiliaFirstwith their new vacation campaign featuring Hispanic families. Submit ASAP ONLY if you live in the NYC area. All details are in the post below!
CONCEPT: Research reveals that Hispanic families are losing their togetherness and Disney World wants to show that the power of magic can bring them back together at Disney World. We’ll follow and document the family as they struggle to stay close. The family will be filmed at home and at Disney World, and will then hear how the family feels much closer after a trip to Disney World. The goal is to see the evolution of their togetherness before, during, and after your Disney World vacation, and how Disney has made a difference.
SHOOT DATES: Sept 24-29 Must be available to travel. SHOOT LOCATION In-home shoot on Sept 24 AND on location Disney World SEPT. 25/26/27
COMPENSATION: A free all expense (including Travel) to Disney World & everyone will receive compensation.
AUDITIONS: Tues.Sept.12, Wed. Sept 13, Thurs. Sept.14
TIME: 4-9pm Via Skype Auditions will take about 45 min.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Jodi Weiss Casting / Email email@example.com the following:
Family names, ages and photos.
Give a brief description of your family and how your family has lost their connection or it isn’t what it used to be and what a Disney Vacation would mean to your family.
Include your phone number and location
*Family must be 4 – 6 people (Parents, Kids, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparents any combination)
*Single or married parent
*Extended family members are considered if they add to the story
SAMPLE FAMILY STORIES:
*1 child goes off to college and the family struggles to stay united
*Parents always working and have not been able to take a vacation
*Kids don’t communicate because they live on their video games
*Kids no longer speak Spanish at home and it makes their family uneasy
*Kids have become more Anglo and are losing touch with their heritage
*Parents and kids have forgotten the role of their traditional grandparents
FAMILY CASTING AUDITIONS: Tues.Sept.12, Wed. Sept 13, Thurs. Sept.14
Auditions will take about 45 min.
City or Location of call: NY Tri State Area Please submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 2017-09-14
If you have a baby, then certainly you have dreamed of him or her one day being a Gerber baby! Well here is your chance!
If you are in the Chicago area, your Mocha Baby could be one of 30 babies selected for an upcoming commercial. And guess what – Mom, Dad, and older siblings could be cast as well. All roles are paid, so act fast and visit the link below to fill out the questionnaire and submit your best recent photos to be considered.
Role: Boys and girls, all ethnicities, who are 6-12 months old to be featured in a PAID Gerber Commercial. Parents and siblings may be used as well.