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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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!
P.S. We refer you to TOP Talent Agents and/or Managers!
Baby Modeling – Baby and Child Modeling
When you shoot photos of your kids for modeling please do the following to get the best pics you can.
1. Get down on their level, eye to eye
2. Have them smile at the camera making a connection
3. Simple colors, no neons, checks or crazy prints
4. No hats, sunglasses, or headbands
5. No one else in the photo, check the background also
6. Simple backgrounds that do NOT compete with the subject
7. If shooting outside, go in the shade and use a flash NO hard shadows, please. Make sure they’re not squinting from the sun either!
8. Clean face and brushed hair
9. No toys or dogs, cats etc… just the child!
10. Shoot from the waist up…
Your Talent Scout will assist you with your photos and finding those “winning” shots! The quality of your photos is everything in this business!
For parents who do NOT want to spend any money trying to get their child into modeling…If your child is 4 yrs. and above and books a union commercial….
Here is just one example of money you may have to fork out…
The current initiation for Screen Actors Guild fees are $2,277.00
If you have No earnings in a year, you only pay the base amount of…$116.00 2 payments of $58.00, that is after you pay the initial amount to join.
Once a member you will pay on earnings of
$1.00 to $200,00… 1.85% on your SAG earnings
$200,000 and above a different % applies
You will also be responsible for parking, pictures, any commercial workshops that your agent suggests, possibly ZED cards, and the charges for the casting sites that your agency uses.
Soooo, if you have no idea what it takes, or don’t want to spend a penny doing this, it’s probably not for you right now. Unfortunately, when your dealing with a brand spankin’ new young child with NO RESUME (CREDITS) or professional legal representation, there’s no easy, quick or free way into this!
AGENTS & MANAGERS DO NOT AND WILL NOT “PAY FOR EVERYTHING”.
O.K. So the worst thing a parent can do is get on the phone and blab about “Johnny not booking the Gap commercial”….IN FRONT OF JOHNNY!
If you are a parent in the entertainment industry, you are lucky to have the opportunities! Don’t blow it by becoming a horrible industry parent. PLEASE do not put pressure on your child before an audition, it serves no purpose for the child. Don’t discuss NOT getting a call back either, that can make your child feel bad, and a failure.
If you focus on having a great time at the audition, enjoying the fact you are there, it will show in your child’s behavior and how they come across to other people. When they aren’t under pressure they are more themselves, and come across better to a casting director.
Have fun with it! If it’s not fun, take them out! 🙂
…That’s all folks!
Children Models – Baby and Child Modeling