and more FUN!!!!!!
Garrett on the set of his Foster Farms commercial Having a blast!!!!
Congrats on a job well done!
Everywhere you go people come up to you and say ” Oh he/she is so adorable, you should get him/her in commercials” If I had a dollar for everyone that tells me…. “everyone comes up to them and says their baby should model”, I’d be in the Tahitian Islands in a villa by the sea.
OF COURSE everyone loves babies…..babies and puppies….everyone is drawn to them, they’re so cute. What I tell the Mom’s that tell me this is….. that those “people” are not casting directors, and probably don’t even work in the industry….so don’t get too excited, they are just a nice person in line at the grocery store.
Casting directors look at different things….how does the child respond? shape of head? skin tones? Does the mother look sane? Someone that you would want on your set? Now if a casting person gives your child a compliment, that’s different. They are acknowledging that maybe the child is workable…….that’s a lot different than someone with purple hair in line at your local drug store complimenting your child.
So, just don’t get so excited by a compliment….it is just that! It’s really WHO is delivering the compliment when it’s pertaining to working in the entertainment industry!
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What Constitutes a Great Industry Mother or Father?
1. No drama
2. Returns phone calls promptly
3. Arrives at auditions and jobs ON TIME
4. Makes sure their child is well rested and fed
5. The parent brings all necessary work permits, photo’s, dialogue, etc.
6. Does not tell the director how to get their child to smile, behave etc.
7. Not a butt-in-ski
8. Not a “know it all”
9. Has patience on the set
10. Does not call agent and bug them all the time.
11. Is organized and prompt at all times.
12. Keeps records
13. Polite and easy going
14. Flexible with time
15. Does NOT turn down any audition!
16. Is not freaked out by taking their child out of school
17. Parents that apply pressure on the child before the audition, or get upset when their child doesn’t get a call back
18. A parent that doesn’t work 80 hours a week!!!!!!
Drama Mama’s need NOT apply!
We got a letter from one of our clients the other day….I thought I would pass along their experience. Some parents feel with all the online things they can get jobs for their Children Model themselves. Not only is this naive, it’s also dangerous. It turns out they were called for an audition, they had sent a pic somewhere, and it was at night downtown Los Angeles. There were intoxicated people trying to get close to the filming, and a big fight about their rights to shoot in this particular alley…Yikes, it gets worse! While standing in the alley the mother of the child got some kind of liquid poured on her head from an open window in the apartment house above the alley…I guess the neighbors were upset with the filming…AND they went thru this all for , drum roll…… $100 dollars!
Agents generally can get you more money for something, if you have to do these sorts of jobs. An agent takes 10-20% of the job depending what it is, and they are not going to waste their time and energies for $20 dollars…it’s just not worth it for them. The lesson here is…YES!!! you do need to be represented by well seasoned talent agent!
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Baby Modeling – Baby and Child Modeling
There are a myriad of reasons that most agents really are adverse to working with young children. There is a book of child labor laws a mile thick, children s hours are very limited on a production set. Their limited hours directly affect their income, and that indirectly affects the Talent Agents income. Another important reason also is because young children change all the time, their pictures constantly need to be updated, this takes time and staff.
If a Talent Agent represents an adult in comparison, they do not time restrictions because of their age. Why then would an agent choose to work with a child, and not an adult? It is definitely a niche. There are agents also that specialize in Hispanic talent, Asian talent, etc.
Another reason…. an agent would not be dancing at the thought of having to educate a new parent to the entertainment industry…… New parents have a ton of questions, and require a lot of hand holding. This all takes time and energy, and takes an agent away from what they should be doing…booking jobs, and earning a commission ( 10-20%).
New parents also come into the Talent Agency with unreal expectations. They have been told at every mall that their baby/child should model or be on TV! Then the parent doesn’t get a sitcom their first month with the agency, and they are disappointed. They complain to the agent they are not going out enough. Unrealistic expectations are the parents worse enemy.
There is a lot to consider from the agents point of view!
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