Q&A: Should I submit even if I don’t fit the role exactly?

Q&A: Should I submit even if I don’t fit the role exactly?

ethnic babies

I am often sent questions via email and direct message. Here’s a question I recently received via Facebook in response to a casting for Latino babies.

Q: Can we submit if the baby looks Latino, even though he’s not?

A: Yes! If you are the ethnicity requested you should submit and if you can pass for the ethnicity you should also submit. The exception to this would be what is considered “truth in advertising” so if you must be of Hispanic descent than that will be specified and then of course you should only submit if you fit that criteria.

However in most cases of race and ethnicity most people of color come in all shades so if you are the ethnicity don’t exclude yourself based on a stereotype of what a particular group looks like. Not all Latinos are brown-skinned with dark features. Some are very light and blond and of course there is every shade in between.

Sometimes the breakdown will be specific and say “Light or Dark-skinned African American”. Others may call for a “Caucasian/Hispanic with fair complexion and light hair”.

However, if the role is very detailed and calls for a very particular look ( red hair, blue eyes, dark skin) you should submit only if you fit the description.

You may even think –  “I’ll just submit to everything, that way I know they will see my baby. They may change their mind! My baby is so cute!”

Please don’t do that! You may anger the casting director or agency and they will remember you if every time they post a casting you submit without regard to the breakdown. They will exclude you on purpose. The casting agent gets inundated with submissions and literally has to weed through photos, sizes, locations, & availability to try to find the right person for the role. If you disregard their details they might just do the same to your child.

Have a question you want me to answer on the blog? Let me know in the comments or email me at mochababymodels@gmail.com.

 

 

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Burlington Coat Factory Seeking Families!

Burlington Coat Factory Seeking Families!

burlington-coat-factory-600(1)Have you seen the Burlington commercials featuring families talking about how easy it is to find everything they need at Burlington for affordable prices? Well, if you are in the NY tri-state area or willing to travel to NYC for Audition Burlington Coat Factory may be looking for you! Please read all details and submit to the email at the end of the post to be considered. As always be sure you fit the breakdown and are fully available on audition and shoot dates BEFORE submitting. Feel free to share!

Burlington Coat Factory Seeking REAL FAMILIES, COUPLES, & FRIENDS

REAL FAMILIES (Mom, Dad, & Children)
Male or Female / Principal / All Ethnicities / 4 – 60

REAL FAMILIES Families with 2+ children! Caucasian, Hispanic, and African American families. Please note children’s’ ages when submitting. Female / Principal / All Ethnicities / 13 – 18

REAL TEEN GIRL FRIENDS Teen girls who are REAL friends and LOVE TO SHOP!
Female / Principal / All Ethnicities / 20 – 40

REAL WOMEN FRIENDS Age range: late 20s to early 30’s.
Seeking a real-life “Sex & the City” bunch!

REAL AFRICAN AMERICAN COUPLE
Male or Female / Principal / African American / 20 – 40
Audition Dates
06/20/2015, 06/25/2015, 06/27/2015 – 06/28/2015, 07/09/2015, 07/11/2015

Shoot Dates
07/28/2015 – 07/29/2015

Please note Kids’ ages. Please submit full families. We will not “ create” families.

Pay/Rate

Adults – $1,500; Children – $750; 1x fitting + shoot included in fee

Submit photos, names, ages, and contact info to asap to patricia@lacreme.com 

Casting Websites and Breakdown Services : NYCastings.com

Casting Websites and Breakdown Services : NYCastings.com

NYcastings

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!