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There’s not much to say about this shoot except for the fact that it’s so epic I want to tell EVERYONE to book surfing shoots (or at least a sunrise beach shoot) for their senior portraits or modeling sessions. I might lose some sleep if I have to wake up for sunrise for all of them, but I will do it. You’ll see why by the time you get to the end of this post, which might take you a few minutes!
Thanks to Caroline for her surfboards, perfect wardrobe, Jeep, and willingness to wake up at 4am along with me. It was SO worth it!
For anyone curious, here’s the pinboard we used to plan this shoot!
Surf’s up! ~M
K is The Cameo Agency’s newest teen model, and she sure deserves that spot at the agency! She rocked her shoot with us, and was so fun to hang out with for an afternoon. Also- notice the SUN and warm weather clothing? She might have been a tiny bit cold, but this shoot proves that Spring is here, and Summer isn’t far behind!
Good luck with auditions, K! We know you’ll go far! ~ Mariah
“Kids, you could be a big star and work on popular TV shows! Call this number now!”
I hear that radio commercial pretty much every time I’m in my car. Chances are, if your kids have heard it, they’ve probably begged you to call so they can be on TV. But…are ‘talent showcases’ like that the right way to get your child into acting or modeling? (Spoiler: nope, it’s a total scam. Definitely don’t call that number!)
I started shooting for Cameo Kids several years ago (photographers, if you’re wondering how I approached the agency to work with them, that will be a Tips Tuesday in a few weeks!). Since then, the kids and teens I’ve photographed have gone on to book jobs in movies, TV, voiceover, print, and fashion. They even booked me in a commercial for Hasbro, which you can see at the end of this post.
So, you want to know the right way to get into the industry? Here are the six steps to get your kiddos modeling and acting!
1. Make sure modeling or acting is right for your kids.
Kids that are successful in modeling and acting:
- Can take direction well
- Are respectful toward adults and other kids
- Are outgoing in new situations, and with new people (a few minutes to warm up is okay)
- Enjoy attention
- Can handle rejection or disappointment
Babies that are successful:
- Have a very unique or a very classic look
- Enjoy attention
- Are reactive and have a variety of facial expressions
- Have a long(er) attention span
- Are comfy with strangers and new settings
If you can picture your child being excited to walk onto a brightly-lit TV commercial set surrounded by strangers, they’re good to go for acting. If your child is more shy, but has unique features (like red hair or dark skin and blue eyes), they might be better suited to just model. Either way, it’s key that your child wants to get involved and is a part of the decision process. If it’s right for them, it can be a great way for your child to view the behind-the-scenes world of media. Knowing how a movie or advertisement is produced is valuable for a generation that is marketed to constantly.
2. Find a (local) agency that has a good reputation and fits you.
There are many different types of modeling and talent agencies. Some only handle stage actors. Some only handle models, and some only talent. Cameo happens to be a full-service agency, so they book every type of job. They’re also described as “All-American”, signing models that have a down-to-earth look. Some other agencies focus more on a high-fashion or glamour look. The agency’s type and services should be available on their website.
For each agency, FIND OUT: When did it open? Do they have a facebook page? Do they have a list of clients their models and talent have booked with? Do they have a physical address? Do they have good reviews and are they listed on BBB? Would I want to drive there repeatedly for meetings and workshops? Do they answer the phone?
BEWARE THESE SCENARIOS:
- “Agencies” that don’t have a physical address that want photos of your child to put online.
- Any ‘agency’ or workshop or ‘open call’ that requires an up-front investment.
- Anything advertised on TV or the radio that promises a big star will look at your child (yep, those radio commecials!). These are super expensive scams that require up-front investments before your child is ‘considered’ by anyone, and they usually don’t have the connections to actually get you a job.
- Anything that guarantees jobs. If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS.
3. Submit your kids to that agency for consideration.
Each agency has certain requirements for submission. Some agencies require you to go to an open call where they can see you in person. Some agencies offer private interviews and open calls. Some just require snapshots. For example, this is how you submit to Cameo, which is pretty standard:
“Send two photographs: one headshot and one full body. Do not send more than two photos. Home snapshots are fine as long as they are clear and close enough for a good view. Include a resume. For children and babies, include a short paragraph of vital statistics and why you feel your child would be a good model.”
Important to note is that you don’t need to submit professional photos to be considered by Cameo. When Cameo receives a submission that they like, they’ll call you in for a group audition. Professional photos come later.
4. Know the process, and adjust your expectations.
After you’re accepted, here’s how it goes:
- You’ll sign paperwork with the agency. Make sure you read everything carefully- some require ‘exclusivity’, meaning you can’t work for any other agency. That’s fine, but make sure you’re cool with it.
- You’ll get a professional photoshoot done with a photographer that the agency recommends. This photoshoot will consist of 4-5 ‘looks’. (This is where we come in!)
- A ‘comp card’ or ‘zed card’ will be created by your agency that has 5 of the best images from your shoot on it. Often, babies under 3 years old only need one photo, and not a full comp card. (See comp card examples in our Commercial gallery.)
- You’ll be put on file with the agency, and they may require extra fees for your photos to be put on their website.
Here’s a sample scenario where your agency gets you a job:
- Hasbro submits a request to Cameo for “7-8 year old girls with red hair, blue eyes, and freckles”. It’s for a TV commercial with a 2-day commitment that will shoot the first week of March.
- Cameo sends all of the comp cards that fit that description to Hasbro.
- Hasbro chooses the kids they want to see in an audition.
- If your child is chosen, you’ll go to the audition (at the company or a casting agency). Your agency will give you any info about what to expect.
- Sometimes a ‘callback’ is needed, and you’ll go back in for another audition that narrows the candidates down.
- If you get the job, Cameo will negotiate fees for you, and officially book you.
It’s easy to see that there are lots of opportunities for disappointment in the process of booking a job. Make sure you keep it fun, no-pressure, and an opportunity for learning and building on new skills.
5. Consider the amount of money and time you’ll invest.
Time: The scenario above requires you to be available at a moment’s notice for two auditions, the shooting day of the commercial, and a wardrobe fitting the day before shooting. Of course the time invested depends on the type of job- you might expect to work for a couple hours to do a photoshoot, or a couple months to shoot a movie.
Investment: You should also expect to pay for the professional photoshoot (up to $500 per child), the printing of your comp cards (up to $200 per model), any additional listing fees, and then the expenses getting to and from auditions and jobs. Jobs do pay, but the rate you’re given depends on the job, the role, and the viewership of the end product. Understandably, nothing can be guaranteed.
Travel: Getting to jobs is also a factor. If you pick an agency in Boston, you’ll be driving to the Boston area for a lot of the auditions and jobs. If you pick an agency in or near NYC, be prepared to be driving into NYC a lot. Big jobs happen in big cities!
6. Commit to it!
Modeling and acting is a professional job that requires commitment (not a bad thing, but not for everyone!). If a commercial shoots on a weekday, your kids might have to miss school, and you might have to miss work. For the commercial I was in, I invested 4 days’ worth of time with driving into Boston twice and to Rhode Island. Was the commitment worth it? Definitely!
My commercial experience:
Here’s the end-product of 2 auditions in Boston, a 4-hour wardrobe fitting, a hotel stay, and an 8-hour filming day (I play the photographer, and yes, you only see the back of me, haha):
Sparkle Pets! I really sold those for you, right?
If you have a question I didn’t answer, definitely leave a comment! Good luck, and keep it fun!
Miss P was one of the spunkiest models I’ve ever photographed, can you tell? She’s a Model Club Inc model, along with her brother, P. We did her portfolio shoot for her comp card, and I think she’s going places!
For anyone thinking of getting their child into modeling, I’ll be writing an informational post soon about the process. Stay tuned for that!
L is Model Club Inc’s newest model, and we were lucky enough to shoot his and his sister’s comp card portfolios! From baseball to nautical, L was happy to change into the 5 different ‘looks’ that kids need for comp cards. We kept things simple and classic for him, and I can totally picture him in an LLBean or Nautica ad sometime soon.
Sweets + a sweet model = an epicly sweet shoot! Shoots like this remind me how much I love my job. Sweet Indulgence called us the day before this happened and asked if we wanted to pop over to their shop for a quick shoot, and I had no idea that THIS would happen! We started out shooting the table of cakes and candy, then added in our bridal model to create a ‘fashion’ shoot to show off the stunning wedding cakes that Sweet Indulgence now makes. The tiers of lace in the background, her dress, and then the ruffles on the cake all came together for a vintage-elegant look.
Wedding cakes and dessert table: Sweet Indulgence
Bouquet: Flowers By Semia
Dress and Accessories: Couture Bridal
Lashes: Ch’i Spa
Makeup and Hair: Dion at Magnolia Salon
We’re so excited to be bringing back our December Deals! Every week from now until the new year we’ll be offering a special deal for a Heidi Hope Photography session. Each deal is available for ONE WEEK ONLY. After one week, the deal, and the opportunity, expires! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’re already in the know about the entire series. To hear about future promotions, sign up for our newsletter here.
This week’s deal (expires 5pm EST, December 21st, 2012): Book a Senior Portrait session for the Spring of 2013 (before May 31st), and receive 32 free wallets of your favorite pose, plus a free yearbook photo!
We’re already thinking Spring for senior portrait sessions, and want to make sure we have sessions free for the class of 2013 and 2014! This deal is perfect for seniors who want to remember their last highschool years with more than just a studio yearbook portrait. We personally make every shoot unique, and provide stylists for professional hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling throughout your session. This Spring, show off your magazine-quality shoot with free wallets and a yearbook photo!
How do I take advantage of this deal??
Call the studio (401-864-1919) this week to schedule and submit your session fee for a senior portrait session. Please note we are here to answer your calls Monday through Friday 9-5pm. Calls during non business hours will be returned in the order received. Session fee must be submitted before 5pm EST, December 21st, 2012.
Please visit our SENIOR PORTRAIT WEBSITE to learn more about Heidi Hope Photography sessions!
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J was just signed to The Cameo Agency, a modeling and talent agency that I’ve worked for since the beginning of my photography career! As soon as you’re signed to Cameo, they need a good portfolio of images to represent you with. Those images are used to get auditions for commercials, catalogs, print ads, videos, and movies!
We wanted to show how versatile J’s look can be, so we photographed her in 5 different outfits and hairstyles. I always love playing stylist during these shoots! She pulled off figure skater, floutist, traditional, casual, and serious looks for the camera.
Beautiful J, good luck in your career with Cameo!
Little V is one of my Cameo Kids, a model and actress that has had quite the career so far! I photographed her very first comp card a few years ago, and she’s been rocking commercials and photoshoots ever since. It seems like every time I check back in with Cameo, she’s booked another job!
V needed an updated comp card that showed her range and new look as an older kid. She effortlessly switched between bohemian, rockstar, sporty, and classic looks. We also did a quick shoot at the end with her sister (just a tiny baby when I saw her last!), and her beautiful mom. Looking at these photos, is it any surprise she’s been so in-demand? I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!