Pitman Casting is holding a nationwide casting. Some details are below however you muct visit the casting website to submit your application!
WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR:
Kids ages 5 to 10 years old who are fun, funny, opinionated, talkative, inquisitive and smart.
If you think your child would have been great on a show like “Kids Say The Darndest Things,”fill out the application and shoot a 3 to 5 minute video.
TIPS FOR THE VIDEO:
Here are some tips to think about when making your video. Videos should be no longer than 5–minutes in length.
They want to get to know your child’s personality. If you come from a unique region or area of the country, talk about where you’re from, have it be a part of your video. If you live on a farm, they want to see farm animals outside in the background. Give a real sense of who your child is.
My son recently booked a small role in a feature film and I thought about how I prepare for the time we will be on set. There are many moving parts and it is best to be aware of what to expect before you show up with your little star. Here are a few things you need to know!
1. Print, read, and re-read the booking email!
This email is vital to you showing up professional and prepared. Once you are booked for a job you should receive a call sheet or info that shows the following:
Shoot/booking date – the day you are booked for the job
Your call time – the time you should arrive on set
Set location – the address you report to
Parking information – this can sometimes differ from the set location
Set contact person – call this person in case of emergency or if you are going to be late for any reason
Wardrobe information – always bring 2-3 extra outfits for your child. This includes an extra set of socks, underwear, and shoe options. There will often be specific info based on the role that determine the colors that can and cannot be used, as well as restrictions regarding logos, branding, and style, time period & season.
Rate of pay and overtime- if you have any questions regarding this handle this prior to getting on set with your agent or whoever booked the role for you.
You should always be aware of how long you are required to be available on set. You may be booked from 12pm -5pm but only work from 12pm-3pm. If you are getting paid by the hour, make sure you know how many hours you are guaranteed.
Ask if there will be overtime pay as well. You may also be paid a flat rate regardless of the length of time you work. Keep in mind small babies usually can’t work more than an hour and small children may have limits as well that vary by state or union rules. Make sure you understand and are okay with all terms and conditions before your child starts any job.
2. Bring a pen!
In order to work and get paid on most sets the parent or guardian will need to fill out a number of forms. These can include but are not limited to:
model release forms
non disclosure forms
proof of identification
If you do not understand any of the forms ask questions and be sure to take a photo of everything you sign for yourself and your agent.
3. Don’t forget permits and proof of identification!
You and your child will likely need to provide proof of identification, and in some cases a valid work permit and trust information. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license or state ID as well as the social security number of you and your child. You cannot work or get paid without the proper credentials and ID. If you are unsure of what is required or how to obtain any necessary permits – ask before you arrive!
4. Pack a snack and activity bag!
Fight boredom and nerves with snacks, toys and activities that are age appropriate. Sure, they may have craft services (food on set) but they may not. And there is no telling if they will even have something your kid will like.
Set days can be long – especially for older kids – and you don’t want a grumpy, hungry child to contend with. Puffs, fruit, granola bars & popcorn, juice boxes and water are all great choices.
Just be sure your kids don’t have any candies or gum that can change the color of their mouth. Also, messy, sticky food and candies are a no, no. Especially once the child has been changed into her wardrobe!
Activities can include baby toys and lovies, crayons, paper, books, electronic tablets, or other small items that can keep your child occupied while you wait. Don’t forget the baby wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer – because kids are a mess (duh) and there could be a lot of people milling around and coming in contact with your child.
5. Photos and tearsheets…
Ask permission to see if you can take any pics behind the scenes. Get clear on their policy for sharing on social media as well. I have had clients who want you to tag them in photos and others where it is strictly forbidden.
Ask your contact on set to see if she knows when the project will be released and who you can contact for digital copies of your child. You have no idea how hard it can be to find the work your child does once the job has been wrapped.
These will not be sent to your agent. It is your responsibility to track them down so make it easy for yourself! It never hurts to ask – even if the answer isn’t what you want to hear.
Simply knowing what month or season the project will hit the public can help you narrow down your search and help you locate your little one so you can add it to their portfolio…and brag of course!
FAQ: I have been on a ton of castings, but my child hasn’t booked a job lately. What are we doing wrong?
A: Welcome to showbiz – the only gig in town where you have to interview for a job over and over again. No one said it would be easy! Every case is different and all models and actors have dry spells, but here are 8 things you can do to get your baby back in a groove.
1. Repeat to yourself – “nothing is wrong with my child!” No seriously. Do it!
2. Think about your recent castings- How was your child’s mood? Does he do better in the morning or afternoon? Before a nap but after he’s eaten? Kids are fickle and they like routine. Many castings give a range of times you can show up. Try to pick times that fit your child’s natural schedule rather than the other way around.
3. Practice, Practice Practice! If your child is old enough, try practicing at home. My son knew how to slate his name, age, and location at 2. He could walk into a room, look directly at the casting director, or camera and say – “Hi! My name is Caleb, I am 2 years old and I am from Newark, NJ!”. They loved him!
4. How do you show up to castings? Are you late? Disheveled? Unprepared? Surprisingly enough we can set the tone for our children. Look I get it. I’ve had to sit in traffic, watching the clock, look for parking and sprint blocks with my son trying to get to a casting on time. I’d be sweating, out of breath even. Not a good look, trust me. The energy you bring in can affect them. Leave enough time to enjoy the process, because castings should be fun for kids, even if they don’t book the job.
5. Make sure your child looks like his picture! If your agent sends a headshot to the casting director and your child is selected, they expect your child to show up looking like the picture they saw. This is why current photos are so important. I have worked in casting and I can’t tell you how often people show up looking COMPLETELY different. It is annoying for everyone who took time selecting the right mix of talent to call in. It’s false advertising!!
6. Make sure child looks his age and is dressed appropriately. Hair should be combed and neat. Clothes should not have large logos, graphics or busy prints that take away the attention. Also think about the casting and try to be mindful of the role or activity. If you aren’t sure what to wear always ask your agent for suggestions!
7. Does your child follow directions? If the photographer tells your child to stand on an X, turn right and left, jump up and down, smile or don’t smile – will your child follow along? Practice these things so your child can do what she is told and still get great photos. Castings often go so fast there is no time to waste on a kid who can’t keep up.
8. Ask your agent or manager for advice. Make sure your child is being submitted to the right jobs. Maybe it is time for a new haircut, or new headshots. Or perhaps your child is ready for a change in focus. For instance my oldest son started as a print model, but as he got a little older it was clear he’d be better for commercials and theater. He still booked a few print jobs, but he got many more videos, commercials and acting roles. 8 years later and he is still working and loves being in the industry!
The most important thing to remember is not to give up too easily when you hit a rough patch. Don’t get discouraged. Try these 8 steps, keep an open mind and positive attitude and you will be back on set before you know it!
For my experienced Mochas, how are some ways you have gotten out of a booking drought? Please share in comments!
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!
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