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!

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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!

 

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!
SAG has a new home for Young Performers

SAG has a new home for Young Performers

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The Screen Actors Guild Has New Home on the Web for Young Performers

Does your child have his SAG-Aftra card? Perhaps he has a few waivers and is approaching a “must join” status. The Screen Actors Guild has a great new place for young performers to get information and resources about being a part of the union.

There are answers to frequently asked questions, news and industry updates and behind the scenes videos.

One of the coolest features is an interactive animation of a set that describes all the production people as well their names and roles.

Check it out with your little performer and bookmark the site so he can visit it often!

For more information visit:
http://www.youngperformers.sagaftra.org

Insider Advice from the Pro’s on How to Photograph your Children!

Insider Advice from the Pro’s on How to Photograph your Children!

 

Photo credit: Sue Barr

When it comes to getting started in the modeling industry, parents always want to know if they need professional photos. I think this has also been one of the major ways scammers have taken advantage of eager parents looking to make their kids a star. They sell them a photo package with a few looks and not only do the parents end up out of a couple hundred, or even thousand dollars – the child never gets called for an audition. And you can forget actually finding representation or booking a job.

I have mentioned on this blog numerous times that you do NOT  need professional photos especially for kids under 3 years old because kids change their look so rapidly. In fact, the agencies expect updated photos every month! That could get very expensive!

But just because you don’t need to pay for photos it doesn’t mean your photos can’t and shouldn’t look professional especially with the high tech smart phones we all have. Most agency websites tell exactly the types of photos that want to receive. I came across this great article from industry professionals on how to get great photos of your kids. Their advice? Lose the Cheese!

As one of the top children photographers Jade Albert states:

 Keep it simple. Have fun, choose an activity for interaction and capture that natural moment. Talk to them as an equal, to make them feel relaxed and not posed. Make it an adventure, because kids are always an adventure. I love playing games on set, Simon Says, peek-a-boo, dancing, etc. If all else fails, reverse psychology works like a charm. Tell them not to smile, not to laugh, and they crack up in giggles. –Jade Albert

 

Photo Credit:  Joan Ford

Want to see what the other 5 experts had to say? Check out Lose the Cheese: 6 Experts Share Their Tips on How to Photograph Children.

Casting Websites and Breakdown Services : NYCastings.com

Casting Websites and Breakdown Services : NYCastings.com

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NYCastings.com is a website that I use to get castings and breakdowns for myself and my family. I have booked numerous jobs over the past few years through this site including most recently a job for Carol’s Daughter. NYCatings.com allows you to create a profile, upload pics and a resume as well as video reels and audio and directly submit that info to people who have posted modeling or acting jobs on the site..
Using NYCastings isn’t free, but it  is inexpensive and it has more than paid for itself. (It is also tax deductible)There are a number of ways you can pay – you do a trial, or pay monthly or even save with an annual subscription. With a membership – you can self-submit your portfolio to auditions, castings calls as well as roles for print, tv, film and live events. They are also broken down into categories so that you can save time and look at only the listings that are of interest to you.
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There is also a business directory with the contact info of many of the NY agencies, casting directors & managers. You can use this section to submit your profile to try to get representation for your child if you are looking for an agency or manager.
Once you set up your profile, submitting your child for jobs can be done via your computer or mobile device. Make sure you sign up for the text and email alerts so you get notified when something fits your profile. The quicker you respond, the better your chances of being seen and booked for the job.
Want more information about self submitting your child to modeling jobs? Read this blog post!
Have you ever gotten auditions or booked any jobs with NYCastings? If so post which ones in the comments!
A guide to launching your kids showbiz career in New York City

A guide to launching your kids showbiz career in New York City

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If your kid dreams of seeing his name twinkle on Broadway – TimeOut New York Kids  has a crash course on breaking your child into showbiz. The article is packed with resources, websites, and details on how to self-submit your kid to agencies and casting directors for auditions, castings, and open calls.

Whether your child is into modeling, acting, dance or all three – this article is worth a read. There are a host of links and helpful resources.

*Update* Keep in mind this TONYK article was originally written in 2010 – however many of the resources are still just as timely today as they were then. As with anything, do your research and contact each business or organization directly.

Take Away: If you have the flexibility, the fervor, patience, and thick skin…oh and a child who actually wants to be in the biz…then give it a shot – but don’t get carried away. When it stops being fun – find something else do. TimeOut Kids has plenty of suggestions!