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FAMOUS FOOTWEAR Request Go-See

FAMOUS FOOTWEAR Request Go-See

Sofia had a request go-see for Famous Footwear today. We were told to wear shorts and flip-flops, and it was the perfect day for it!

A few minutes after signing in to the go-see, a pleasant man came out and let us know that they would be taking a quick 10 minute break for lunch and would then resume seeing kids. There were only 3 or 4 of us waiting. Within half an hour Sofia and I were escorted into a loft where the casting crew was assembled. Sofia tried on 2 pair of boots in her size. The first pair slipped right on. The second pair, not so much :-( Although the shoe was the correct size, the boot was too narrow for her foot to slip into. The gentleman said it was not a problem and we then walked over to the casting table.

I took a step back and Sofia chatted with the photographer and crew. At one point one of the women said, “WOW you’re 6? Are you sure you’re not 8?” And Sofia rolled her eyes at her. Everyone there busted out laughing and continued to chat her up. She enjoyed every minute of it and then went to chat separately with the photographer and have her photos taken. I listened from afar and she and the photographer seemed to get along well.

Thankfully they were amused by the eye rolling – I for one wanted to die. lol But I think they were really amused that she had a fun personality and took it all in stride. I really did appreciate their courtesy and professionalism. Not every crew is like that. I am guessing that this is a fun crew to work with so fingers are crossed.

I will keep you all posted! xox Rosalie

No word yet on Original Marines Casting Call

No word yet on Original Marines Casting Call

Ok, so I am not exactly holding my breath for a call on a booking from Original Marines. Let’s face it, it was swamped – and based purely on mathematics, anyone’s chances of being booked are slim to say the least. But someone does have to book, no? :-)

As for us, we have had no word. I haven’t seen any updates on fellow mom’s facebook pages or anywhere on backstage.com message boards yet. That means there is still a chance, no matter how small that Sofia could be called.

Since I am a hopeless optimist, I will keep my fingers crossed and head held high until I am told otherwise. And even if we are not booked, my head and spirits will always remain high.

Sofia and I are warriors. Warriors persevere. Warriors do not give up. Warriors appreciate every step of the journey. Warriors have tiger blood. hee hee Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little Charlie Sheen humor. Must be all the celebratory Mother’s Day wine kicking in.

I hope we have some happy news to report soon :-) Until then, to all the mothers, aunts, sisters, friends out there who inspire those around them – Happy Mother’s Day! xox Rosalie

Original Marines Casting

Original Marines Casting

What a great day Sofia and I had today. We left a little after 7 and made our way to the train. Sofia loved the train ride. It was a bit of walk over to MILK Studios, but neither of us seemed to mind. The weather was lovely and Sofia used the time to collect leaves from the various trees along the way.

When we got there, Sofia recognized some of the girls from previous castings and from Vogue Bambini and went to stay with them, and I chatted with some of the moms. It was extremely hot at the end of the line as the lights were very bright and gave off a ton of heat. Luckily there was a coffee stand and I got to enjoy an iced coffee while we braved the hour on line.

While we were on line, I noticed that most of the girls had these crazy, beautiful, professional comp cards and photos. We had a snapshot. I have to say I started to feel a little inadequate and had to remind myself several times to really be focused and take it all in stride. As Irene Caffrey Baldasano so eloquently put it, I was having “comp card envy.” :-)

It was finally Sofia’s turn. She walked in, walked up to the table of casting directors and handed them her paper and photo. One woman wrote down some things on her paper and Sofia just stood there. No one gave her direction. Then the woman got up off the table and began to walk away. I guess she realized that Sofia was waiting for direction when I said “Is she done?” She then smiled and said “Yes thank you, you’re done.” And that was it. We were done.

We enjoyed a long walk back to the train, stopping along the way for a hot pretzel, some water, and an outdoor seating area to enjoy them in. Sofia fed the birds, we chatted, and I took some photos of her.

On the ride home, Sofia put it all into perspective for me when I asked her to pose for some photos because the lighting was really great. She sat by the window and sat in a meditation pose. GOTTA LOVE HER! She just gets it.

xox Rosalie

Busy day today – fingers crossed!

Busy day today – fingers crossed!


Yesterday, at 5 pm, I received an email from Sofia’s agency saying that a client was looking to put her on hold for Friday. While it sounded pretty exciting, I have to admit that I had no idea what the hell that meant. After a few emails back and forth with a friend, I found out that it basically meant that a client had asked her to not book anything else in that time slot, and that more often than not, it meant she would book. (I suspect that it is more cost effective for a client to ask for a “hold” until absolutely sure than to “book” and be obligated to pay if the shoot doesn’t take place or they decide last minute to go with another model.)

So I told Sofia that she may have a modeling assignment for Friday and she was thrilled. I loved seeing the sheer joy on her face when I told her :-)

Shortly before 11 I received another email stating that the client now wanted a last minute request go-see TODAY, which basically means that they wanted to meet Sofia before making a final decision. I got a simple outfit together of blue skinny jeans, a white cotton cinch waisted shirt with white flowers made of the same fabric on it, and gold gladiator sandals for her. I packed a bag of snacks, ordered some prints from CVS to have on hand in case they wanted a photo of her, and finished some last minute chores in the house.

I drove to the children’s school a little before 2 pm, and pulled them both out early. I dressed Sofia quickly in the school bathroom, tidied up her hair and we were off to Manhattan. I dropped Giancarlo off at a job site Augie was working on and shot across town to our destination. We were in and out in less than half an hour.

When we arrived in the client’s offices, we were asked to sign in. Of course I couldn’t resist checking out their sign-in sheet to see how many others were there for the request go-see. It wasn’t many, and most were from our agency :-) After a few minutes, they called Sofia over, snapped a few pics, asked her to jump up and down and wave a towel or bunny or whatever it was, and it was done. I could swear I heard one of the ladies saying, “She would be great for…” but I couldn’t make out the rest. I am hoping that means that our “hold” will shortly become a “booked”. :-)

I will keep you all posted! xox Rosalie

Child Modeling – This is not “Toddlers & Tiaras”

Child Modeling – This is not “Toddlers & Tiaras”

Ok, so I must begin by admitting that I’ve never even seen “Toddlers & Tiaras”, but I have seen the previews and children in other pageant videos. They are prim and proper and most importantly, pretty. Now I am not knocking pageants or “Toddlers & Tiaras”. They are what they are, and I honestly do not have an opinion either way about them. What I can say, (from what I can see anyway), is that pageants seem to be based on some sort of conformity and competition. There is only one winner (aside from the runner up or second place title if there is one), and she is undoubtedly a cute, all-American type gal. There are lots of broken hearts.

Child modeling can be quite different. The industry celebrates and embraces those children that society might otherwise deem “misfits”, or odd. The red headed boy with freckles, who may have experienced ridicule or bullying by his peers, can become the main focal point in an ad for a product that those same bullies just “have to have.” This can do wonders for a child’s ego, especially one that may not fit the bill of what is beautiful or handsome or pretty or cute in their community or culture.

Modeling can can provide many benefits to a child. For starters, they can build quite a nice college fund from it (more on that in a future post). It can also be a great confidence builder. It can help children make new friends and become more social. It can provide an ordinarily insecure child with a boost in self esteem – again, especially those who may be the victims of teasing by their peers. The boy with the freckles becomes the star. The girl with the buck teeth becomes the star. And just recently, the adorable Ryan Langston, who happens to also have Down Syndrome, became the star in a Target ad campaign. Simply beautiful!

If you are on the fence about your baby or child working as a model, I suggest you submit photos to Patti Fleischer, of Generation Model Management. You have nothing to lose by going and meeting with a reputable agency. (More on NYC top modeling agencies here) I can honestly say, meeting with Patti, and going on a photo shoot with Sofia, has really cleared up many misconceptions and stereotypes that I had about the child modeling industry.

Child Modeling – Don’t get played! A list of NYC most reputable modeling agencies UPDATED 8/8/2014

Child Modeling – Don’t get played! A list of NYC most reputable modeling agencies UPDATED 8/8/2014

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***There are many people in this city looking to make a fast buck at the expense of you and your child, so it is important to know who you are dealing with. Below is a list of the most reputable modeling agencies in New York City that represent children, and how to get your child seen. Effective January 2013, we have decided to place Sofia with a Manager as opposed to an Agent. Please see my January 18th post for more on the difference between a manager and an agent. Sofia is now represented by CP Talent.

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*** IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE TOP TALENT AGENCIES FOR CHILD ACTORS, PLEASE SEE MY NEW POST:
CHILD ACTING – DON’T GET PLAYED!

*** Quick note – If they are interested, the will contact you, so please don’t be a stalker. If you don’t hear back from them, wait a few months, and take some updated photos of your child and submit again.

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BELOW YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION AND LINKS ON SUBMITTING TO THE TOP NYC MODELING AGENCIES.  I AM IN NO WAY CONNECTED TO ANY OF THEM, AND LIST THEM ONLY AS A COURTESY FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GETTING THEIR CHILDREN INTO THE BUSINESS.

THE AGENCIES LISTED BELOW ARE:

BMG MODELS
NEW YORK MODEL MANAGEMENT
WILHELMINA MODELS NY
PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT
ZURI MODEL AND TALENT
GENERATION MODEL MANAGEMENT
CESD
FFT (FUNNYFACE TODAY)

****PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR INFO ON EACH INDIVIDUAL AGENCY. AGENCIES ARE LISTED IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.  GOOD LUCK! :-)

BMG
242 WEST 30TH STREET
SUITE 903
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10001

***The New York office represents children of all ages, from newborn to 12 years old. We only accept submissions for children through the mail or online.

You can submit photos to BMG through their web submission form by clicking below”

BMG ONLINE SUBMISSION

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NEW YORK MODEL MANAGEMENT
596 BROADWAY
SUITE 701
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10012

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NEW YORK MODEL MANAGEMENT
or on their website: www.newyorkmodels.com
” The Kids division at New York Model Management is always looking for new faces to represent. We represent children from the age of 6 months through 12 years.

If you are interest in getting your child into modeling and would like to be considered by the Kids Division at New York Models, please follow the submission instructions.

Please mail 3-4 snapshots of your child to New York Models, attention – Kids Division. Please make sure that you include the following in your submission:

Include your child’s age, height, date of birth and a contact number so that we are able to reach you. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please do not mail photos that you consider irreplaceable. Photos should have a clear view of your child and should be snapshots from home.

If we are interested, we will contact you within a week of receiving them. If we are not interested, you will not hear back from us unless you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, which we will use to return your pictures to you.

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WILHELMINA MODELS NEW YORK
300 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010

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*** PHOTO SUBMISSIONS TO WILHELMINA NEW YORK ARE ACCEPTED VIA SNAIL MAIL ONLY!

Wilhelmina New York accepts photo submissions through the mail. All photos must be mailed directly to our agency.

We request that models send at least one clear full face head shot and one clear full length body shot. The most important thing is that we see a natural you. No makeup is needed. Please do not send nude photos. You can send a composite, if you have one, along with the face and body polaroids. Do not send your portfolio. Anyone interested in sending photos to be reviewed by our agents should send them to:

NEW YORK
Wilhelmina
300 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

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PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT
555 EIGHTH AVENUE
SUITE 710
NEW YORK, NY 1018

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***PHOTOS CAN BE SUBMITTED VIA SNAIL MAIL OR ONLINE SUBMISSION **THERE IS A $10 ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

***FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE ~ PRODUCT MODEL MANAGEMENT

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ZURI MODEL AND TALENT (NOW IN NYC)
5223½ Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Website – submission info: http://www.zurimodelandtalent.com/submission.aspx

***ZURI HAS NOW ENTERED THE NYC MARKET AND IS TAKING SUBMISSIONS

NEW YORK SUBMISSIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL TO: christine@zurimodelandtalent.com

To submit for professional representation with Zuri Model and Talent Agency Inc. please send 3-4 current home snapshots/digital photos. You do not need to submit professional photos, although you may if you have them. We do prefer to see natural shots; free from make-up, hats, etc. Simple shots that capture the prospective models natural coloring and everyday look. We highly recommend that you do not send anything of great importance that you necessarily need back.

With your photos, please include the following:

Name
Date of Birth
Clothing sizes, height and measurements (for Teens and Adults)
Contact name(s) and information, including an email address

GENERATION MODEL MANAGEMENT
20 WEST 20TH STREET
SUITE 1008
NEW YORK, NY 10011
212-727-7219

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How to become a Generation model
***Information taken from the note section of their Facebook page

We are always looking for great kids between the ages of 3 mos to 17 years. If you are interested in having Generation represent your child, please do the following:

Email pictures to info@generationmm.com. Send 3-4 CURRENT images. Please make sure your child is by themselves, facing the camera, no sunglasses, hats or food on their faces. The photos do not need to be professional.

In the email, please include your child’s height, dob, where you live and the best way to contact you. If we are interested, you will hear from us within two weeks of the submission.

During the school year we work w/children who live in the nyc/nj/ct/pa area. if you live further than that, and we are interested in discussing representation, we would consider representing your child for the summer. Which means moving to the nyc area for the summer. If that’s not an option, then it would be wise to investigate markets in your area. this is a demanding business ….. time, close proximity and energy are required.

If we are not interested, we will not respond. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we can not reply to everyone and we do not give individual feedback.

If you want to send pictures through the US mail, follow the same directions, but include a self-addressed stamped envelope and your email address and phone number.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT TAKE SUBMISSIONS THROUGH FACEBOOK

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CESD TALENT AGENCY
257 PARK AVENUE SOUTH #900
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010
212-477-6622 – VANESSA GRACIA

*** PHOTO SUBMISSIONS TO CESD NEW YORK ARE ACCEPTED VIA SNAIL MAIL ONLY AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.  ATTN: VANESSA GRACIA
*** CESD Website states: “If you are looking for representation we accept mail in submissions only; no emails or phone calls please.”

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FFT MODELS – ********THIS IS NOT FUTURE FACES!!!!
FUNNYFACE TODAY INC.
MODEL MANAGEMENT
381 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
SUITE 821
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016
212-686-4343

 

**If you are interested in FFT representation, you can submit online at their BECOME A MODEL link.

Fill out the application with the correct stats.

Upload two COLOR pictures (preferably one smiling headshot and one full length)

**IMAGES DO NOT HAVE TO BE PROFESSIONAL

***If they are interested, you will hear from them within two weeks of the submission.

 

FORD NEW YORK —
*********EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2013 FORD IS CLOSING ITS KIDS DIVISION!**************
111 FIFTH AVENUE
9TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003
212-219-6500

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Photos Courtesy of Andrea Falco

Photos Courtesy of Andrea Falco

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANDREA FALCO

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