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?

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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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Mocha Baby Modeling 101 – Launching The Mocha Tips Series

 

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I know why you are here. You have the cutest baby in the world, (duh). It is only natural to want to see your baby in a magazine, on TV or heck maybe even on the big screen…but you don’t know where to start and how to avoid being scammed. You want to know how to find an agency, what to do at an open call and how to book a job.  You want to know exactly how much do these babies make anyway? (Because , Peanut needs a college fund, hellooo!)

So guess what? I’m here to help you! Look, I have been there…heck I am still here. I had 2 cute babies and looked for work, I booked many jobs on my own and agencies helped with others. I have been on short shoots, long shoots, paid and unpaid.  I know the good and the bad of what it takes to get your child booked. And here’s a little secret…guess who ends up doing most of the work – you guessed it…YOU!

Trust me. It isn’t going to just happen. Babies and kids are rarely discovered and modeling is a business and you have to treat it as such. You must research, interview, prepare, market, position, diversify, promote and sell. Do you see the glitter and sparkle fading? Good. That means you are also realistic. Manage your expectations and think of this journey as something fun to do with your child. And when it stops being fun be ready to move on!

To help you along the way, I am launching my Mocha Tips series. This will be a quick, easy, and fun way to learn the biz. Okay I’ve made you wait long enough. Here goes my first Tip (cue drumroll):

Never pay anyone who promises to get (1)

 

It is as simple as that. Yes, you will see me repeat this over and over. Many of my posts will reiterate this point. That is because scammers can see you coming a mile away. And they want your money. All of it. Do not give it to them. The legit people will NOT ask for money on the spot and force you to sign up for any packages, or force a contract on you.

They will TRY to get you work so they can get paid. But all they can do is prepare you, guide you and submit you to jobs. IF you get booked THEN the agency gets a commission. However, no matter how reputable the agency, how cute the child or how fabulous the photos,  the child may or may not get work. Anyone who says otherwise should should be shown the door. Got it? Good!

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