Getting Started: How to Ace an Agency Interview

Getting Started: How to Ace an Agency Interview

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Me and my newest Mocha Baby (7 months old) meeting an agent for the first time!

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.

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 mochababymodels@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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NYC Mochas – Disney Casting Hispanic Families for Paid Vacation!

NYC Mochas – Disney Casting Hispanic Families for Paid Vacation!

 

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Disney is seeking to make #FamiliaFirst with 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 jodiweisscasting@gmail.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 DYNAMICS:
*Family must be 4 – 6 people (Parents, Kids, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparents any combination)
*Single or married parent
*2+ kids
*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
TIME: 4-9pm
Via Skype
Auditions will take about 45 min.

Payment: Paid

City or Location of call: NY Tri State Area
Please submit to: jodiweisscasting@gmail.com by 2017-09-14

(Source: Jodi Weiss)

Gerber Babies wanted for Chicago Commercial

Gerber Babies wanted for Chicago Commercial

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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.

For more information and to apply go to: http://oconnorcasting.tv/gerber-casting-2/

 

(source: O’Conner Casting)