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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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Tichanda

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SAG has a new home for Young Performers

SAG has a new home for Young Performers

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The Screen Actors Guild Has New Home on the Web for Young Performers

Does your child have his SAG-Aftra card? Perhaps he has a few waivers and is approaching a “must join” status. The Screen Actors Guild has a great new place for young performers to get information and resources about being a part of the union.

There are answers to frequently asked questions, news and industry updates and behind the scenes videos.

One of the coolest features is an interactive animation of a set that describes all the production people as well their names and roles.

Check it out with your little performer and bookmark the site so he can visit it often!

For more information visit:
http://www.youngperformers.sagaftra.org

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!