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

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

6a00e5536f3be088330134866c5fbd970c-800wi Jump into show business with this great article from Time Out NY Kids[/caption]

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!

Insider Interview : Meet Judy Goss – the Casting Director of The Cute Kid!

Insider Interview : Meet Judy Goss – the Casting Director of The Cute Kid!

Insider Interview: Casting Director of The Cute Kid: Judy Goss

CutekidOnline baby and kid photo contests have been popping up all over the Internet, but few offer parents more than bragging rights among their closest friends and family. Well The Cute Kid is an exception to the rule.
The site not only offers exposure to up and coming stars, but it also awards a $25,000 College Fund to the annual Grand Prize Winner. Children have been discovered on the site and gone on to be featured in ads for Gap, Carters, Macy’s and many more.

Mocha Baby Models caught up with Judy Goss, the Casting Director of The Cute Kid. See below for Judy’s background as well as our exclusive interview with her!

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MBM: What was the inspiration for starting The Cute Kid?
JG: To have a legitimate photo contest for children and their parents, and to offer a college tuition fund of $25,000.  It has since expanded to being a resource for parents that want to get their children into modeling with our VIP Kids Club.
 
MBM: What do online contests offer parents and are they legit? What does the contest entry fee cover, and what prizes are awarded? 
JG: Online contests offer parents exposure and prizes if they are legitimate, like The Cute Kid. Besides entry into the contest you will also receive the following gifts: a subscription to Parents magazine, a free canvas print of your cute kid, discounts and special offers.
 
MBM: How has technology changed the modeling industry? 
JG: It has made it faster!And less costly for parents by not having to print so many photos and composite cards.
 
MBM: Does The Cute Kid get jobs for the babies they feature? How does the site differ from an agency?
JG: Yes, we have had many children discovered on our site, whether they enter the contest or not.  We do not book jobs, that is for a licensed agency.
 
MBM: From your experience, how does casting or booking jobs differ for ethnic, or multicultural babies and children. 
JG: It doesn’t really differ much! There is on the whole less work, but it is the same opportunities for everyone.
 
MBM: Do you find most clients are looking for diversity when they book models for a job? 
JG: Absolutely! Usually, clients try to represent every ethnicity.
 
MBM: What top 3 things should all moms know about baby and child modeling?
JG:
  • Do not pay anyone to join an agency, with the exception of a website charge, which should be around $10 – $15/month.
  • It doesn’t happen overnight – modeling is hard work! It involves a lot of schlepping back and forth to castings, callbacks, fittings, and more…and even then you may not book the job.
  • You do NOT need professional photos to find agency representation, in fact they prefer non-professional ones at first!

MBM thanks Judy for her helpful tips! Want more information? Visit TheCuteKid.com This article was originally posted on 9/30/2010