Quick Question: Do I need to pay money for my child to get into the modeling industry?

Quick Question: Do I need to pay money for my child to get into the modeling industry?

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Quick Question: Do I need to pay money for my child to get into the modeling industry?

Quick Answer: No…you should not be asked for any upfront money for your child to be seen by an agent or casting director. However, be clear that modeling is a business and all businesses have expenses, but any company claiming they can get your child in print or on tv by selling you photo packages, modeling classes, and holding mock fashion shows for casting directors are most likely scams. Agencies ONLY make money if they get you WORK. They take a percentage of your earnings from the jobs that they book for you.

Remember, if it seems like a scam it probably is.
Have a question for me? Email me at MochaBabyModels@gmail.com

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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!
Mall Modeling Scams – How Interface Played on the Dreams of Parents and Children

Mall Modeling Scams – How Interface Played on the Dreams of Parents and Children

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If you have a child and you have been to the mall you most likely have been approached by a model scout who thinks your child has what it takes to be a star. Have you ever wondered if these companies are legit?

Check out this undercover investigation about Interface Talent from ABC’s 20/20 Confessions series. Watch as a mom and daughter go through the process of being scouted in the mall and get a crash course on how easy it is to be emotionally lured by fame and stardom despite feeling uneasy about sky high charges and countless (and often empty) promises.

View: Part 1 of this investigation –
http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=30096841
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View Part 2 : Former Interface Employee Says Many Parents Felt ‘Blindsided’
http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=30096923
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Take Away* If you are asked for money upfront to get work – whether it be for photos or classes or “exposure” – buyer beware – Agencies get paid when they get YOU work…not the other way around. Put your checkbook down and decline!

via How Interface Played on the Dreams of Parents and Children Video – ABC News.

How to get your child a modeling agent: Take great photos!

How to get your child a modeling agent: Take great photos!

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When submitting your child to modeling agencies, try to capture your child’s personality in your photos! Here is my son Bryce hamming it up for the camera at only 3 months old!

So you are ready to give modeling a shot – but you don’t know where to begin? Here are some tips from the pros to get you started.

Take Pictures!!! You are in love with your little one, so take pictures – lots of them!

  • Digital cameras work best. You can see the pics and delete the ones you don’t like. Some cameras have a setting for Kids and Pets that give you a quicker shutter time so you don’t miss the shot! Cell phones have also gotten extremely good at capturing professional worthy shots.
  • Make sure the baby is awake and SMILING. Baby should look friendly and happy!
  • Take headshots and body shots to submit to agencies
  • Try photos inside and outdoors. Baby should be awake, sitting, standing or playing. As long as they are looking at the camera and appear natural and comfortable you should get a good photo.
  • Dress baby in solid colors that complement the skin. Darker skinned babies look great in bright, lively colors!
  • Make sure photos are clear and in focus
  • Avoid photos with baby eating, in the bath tub, drooling with a wet mouth or wet clothing
  • Keep family members out of the picture
  • Avoid a cluttered background
  • Have fun! If baby tires out or won’t cooperate, save it for another day!

Some Examples:

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Want more ideas on how to take great photos of your little one? Visit our Pinterest board and look for helpful tips and posts by children photographers!