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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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Insider Advice from the Pro’s on How to Photograph your Children!

Insider Advice from the Pro’s on How to Photograph your Children!

 

Photo credit: Sue Barr

When it comes to getting started in the modeling industry, parents always want to know if they need professional photos. I think this has also been one of the major ways scammers have taken advantage of eager parents looking to make their kids a star. They sell them a photo package with a few looks and not only do the parents end up out of a couple hundred, or even thousand dollars – the child never gets called for an audition. And you can forget actually finding representation or booking a job.

I have mentioned on this blog numerous times that you do NOT  need professional photos especially for kids under 3 years old because kids change their look so rapidly. In fact, the agencies expect updated photos every month! That could get very expensive!

But just because you don’t need to pay for photos it doesn’t mean your photos can’t and shouldn’t look professional especially with the high tech smart phones we all have. Most agency websites tell exactly the types of photos that want to receive. I came across this great article from industry professionals on how to get great photos of your kids. Their advice? Lose the Cheese!

As one of the top children photographers Jade Albert states:

 Keep it simple. Have fun, choose an activity for interaction and capture that natural moment. Talk to them as an equal, to make them feel relaxed and not posed. Make it an adventure, because kids are always an adventure. I love playing games on set, Simon Says, peek-a-boo, dancing, etc. If all else fails, reverse psychology works like a charm. Tell them not to smile, not to laugh, and they crack up in giggles. –Jade Albert

 

Photo Credit:  Joan Ford

Want to see what the other 5 experts had to say? Check out Lose the Cheese: 6 Experts Share Their Tips on How to Photograph Children.