Spotted! A second of fame

Most of you may be aware that my boys do acting and modelling, they really enjoy doing it but it’s even better when they get to spot themselves in magazines, on TV or on posters.

Back in February, my son done a photoshoot. When we received the booking we was only told that it was a still, which is a photoshoot. I was at work so I couldn’t take him along to the shoot so dad took him, he was there for 2 hours. When he returned home I asked him what it was all about and where would the pictures be shown. All Joseph could tell me was that he was a Director and had to hold up a huge megaphone that was getting too heavy for his little hands so they had to attach it to some wire to hold it up for him. I didn’t hear anything from the agency about it and without knowing who the shoot was for I had no way of seeing the pictures or finding out where they would be shown.

Last week we was up London for a day out and whilst walking through Embankment Station, I spotted a poster through the crowds of a megaphone. I had a feeling. We walked over towards it, as it wasn’t near the entrance to the¬†platform that we needed, to take a closer look. I then noticed that they were Joseph’s shoes dangling from a chair.

 

Exciting!
Exciting!

Joseph done the shoot in his own clothes, so we knew straight away that it was him. It was a poster advertising an event at Hampton Court, Movie Making Mission. Celebrating 500 years of history, Hampton Court are exclusively showing a movie made of 1000’s of drawings created by children showing the history over the past 500 years.

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He was so proud to see himself there.

We was really lucky to notice the poster as it is only up for a short while. We took a few shots of him stood by it and came home with a story to tell of how Joseph spotted himself on the underground.

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The day my son was a Director for the day! ūüôā

Top 10 tips on dressing your child for an audition

The boys have attended a few auditions in the past few years and each one they like to choose the right outfit to wear. Clothes say a lot about a person and a child needs to be comfortable in what they are wearing during an audition.

Joseph has a favourite pair of trousers and bow tie that he chooses to wear for every audition, he absolutely loves them and if he feels good about himself then hopefully his character and persinality will shine through.

1. Try to attend an audition with clean hands and face; I know that can be hard with young children, especially after travelling on the tube in London, always carry some wet wipes with you for those last-minute clean ups. Some auditions involve trying on a selection of clothes and the last thing you want is your child to get them dirty as they put them on. Also on most auditions your child will be either filmed or have their photo taken and you want them to look good

2. Avoid wearing anything with a logo on! A big picture, characters, writing and brand names. I find that small logos are fine but nothing too big

3. A child needs to feel comfortable in what they are wearing so try not get them to wear something that they don’t want to! Remember they are going to be in a room with at least 3-4 other people, being filmed and you don’t want them to be remembered as the child that fidgeted with their clothing. Impression is important! But making the right impression is even better!!

4. Wear clothes that fit, not too tight or too baggy. Your child may be asked to move around, jump or dance during the audition so wearing something that rises every time they move or falls down will make them feel agitated resulting in them not being themself.

5. If your child is a girl then try not to put make up on them, natural beauty is best. If they want to wear some keep it light. Try not to over accessorize too, little jewelry is needed. My son always wear a Trilby hat and a bow tie but sometimes he is asked to take these off as he enters the room. I wouldn’t send him with them though as they portray his character, accessorizing is good but make suer the child can remove them with ease.

6. Wearing bright and bold colours are ideal, a director can see up to a hundred children in one day so think of colours and clothes that stand out. Don’t wear drab colours like brown, grey and black. Keep it bright and colourful, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match as long as your child is comfortable.

7. Choose an audition outfit with your child, something that they enjoy wearing. Your child needs to be confident and relaxed and they will be when they are dressed in an outfit that they have picked. Try to keep it age appropriate though! Your child is representing themselves and the agency, make sure that they are neat and tidy.

8. Keep hair neat, tidy and out of their eyes. The first thing your child should do as they enter the audition studio would be to make eye contact with the casting director and this can not be done through a mop of hair hanging over their eyes.

9. Wear light clothes and don’t over do it with the layering. You don’t want your child to be sweating and become uncomfortable and irritable. My sons always take off their coats and jumpers off first, They wear light denim and short-sleeved shirts.

10. lastly and most importantly is to wear a smile! Children should feel good about themself, don’t put too much pressure on your child to perform well. A smile brightens up your face and makes you glow. A child should be happy about attending an audition.

Remember to arrive early as there will be paper work to fill out before the audition, this will give your child time to relax especially after travelling into London on the tube during rush hour (that can be stressful for anyone). Make sure they have some nibbles to eat and a drink and a book to read, their can be a lot of waiting around at a casting.

The best advise i can give, as A mum to three young boys who all do modelling work, is to always keep it enjoyable and relaxed. I always ask my children if they want to do the audition first, because after all it is them that will be doing the work if they land the role. I always tell them to have fun and enjoy it. I always give them a huge hug when we exit the studios, I am proud of them for just trying.

I am no expert in child modelling, these are only what i have learnt through attending castings/ auditions with my boys. Please read my other post on child acting/ modelling 

If you have any questions, please do ask away. I love comments and will always reply. Thank you for reading and hopefully have helped you in a little way.

Joseph’s Debenhams Photo Shoot

The following photos are up on the Debenham’s website

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J by Jasper Conran Boys Red Striped Hoodie £15 Р£16

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J by Jasper Conran Boys Polo Shirt  £12 Р£13

 

 

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J by Jasper Conran  Boys White Polo Shirt £9 Р£10

Behind the scenes of a child fashion shoot

The alarm went off at 6am this morning, up bright and early on the school holidays isn’t something I would normally be doing especially as I am on holiday from work too! But today was special day, today was Joseph’s photoshoot for an online department store.

The call time was 9am and we had to travel to Camden Road in London. It took us an hour and 15 of travelling on one bus and two overground trains and a short walk from the station and we was there 5 minutes early.

The room where Joseph’s shoot was being held had a pool table and a sofa, so while the boys played a spot of pool I sat down on the comfy sofa for a little break.

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Joseph was called in to make up where he had his face powdered and they tried to tame his hair with a spray of hairspray.

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Hair and make up all done he was ready to don some of the gorgeous clothes and pose for the camera

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It’s hard for me to get Joseph to stand still so I’m not sure how they managed to get so many snaps of him standing still but they did and I think it was a success!

I promised him if he stood as still as a statue for 5 seconds I would buy him a bubble wand, he went further than 5 seconds an managed a whole 12 seconds which is a record for him lol

The shoot was over by 11am, so saying our thank yous and goodbyes we was free to go home, now we just have to wait until his photos go online ūüôā

If you have any questions on child modelling that you would like to know, ask away and I will try and help as much as I can ūüôā

A few tips on Child Modelling

My three boys belong to a child model agency and have been signed up to Scallywags agency since last November. Jak my eldest who is 10 years old did some modelling work for the same agency when he was 4 years old but when he was 6 i decided not to sign him back up. Jak has done work for Tesco, Nickelodeon, Comic Relief does the apprentice, on line clothes catalogue and just recently Call the Midwife. Joseph has done Tesco, Thomas the tank engine, Virgin Money, Priddy books and ELC for Nick Jr. Oliver my youngest is on the latest Cow & Gate Commercial. I am no professional in the matter but i have been approached by a few people with some questions about getting their children into modelling so i thought i would write down some of my thoughts and experiences to share with you all.

1. All agencies are different if you want to know what agency to join your little ones up for make sure you do some research, look the company up on the internet, speak to people who are already signed up to the agency and ask them for advice, find there Facebook and twitter pages and read through them and contact some of the big companies like Argos, Next and Mothercare and enquire what agency they use.

2. Most agencies charge a yearly prescription to cover their costs and to represent your child. They will take a percentage of what your child earns aswell which is normally about 25%.

3, Once your child has been on a job do not expect a payment within the month, sometimes this can take up to three months to come through. Don’t forget the agency has to wait for payment from the client before paying your child.

4. You should have a bank account set up for your child so the cheque can be placed into their account as it will be made out to them.

5. Once you have found an agency and you sign up to them, don’t be too upset that you don’t receive a phone call from them about a job as some children hit off quicker than others. Modelling is a harsh job sometimes and the client know what they are looking for so if your child is 154cm high and they want a child that is 145cm then your child will not be out forward for the job.

6. You normally receive a call the day before an audition, we have received calls from the agency as late as 5pm for an audition that is scheduled for the next day. You will have to give the agency a yes or no on whether or not you can attend ASAP. All of the auditions we have attended are in London but they are all over the UK. It has been known that some children have been called into to an audition on the same day.

7. When at an audition it may simply involve a photo being taken, others will involve some acting and dialogue. Sometimes you will receive part of the script they want them to read the day before others they will hand them out when you arrive at the audition. At all auditions clients will expect confidence and enthusiasm. Gaining any level of success involves commitment and patience. My boys have been to quite a few auditions and have not been booked onto the job. Your child needs to be confident and not fazed at not being picked. I always tell my boys that they should look at it as experience and always have fun and enjoy what they are doing, the day that they say that they are not enjoying themselves i shall cancel their subscriptions.

8. In most cases of an audition you will not be allowed in the room with them, the client wants to see how your child behaves without you around. Even on a casting i¬†don’t think i¬†have ever been in the same room with the boys, i sometimes have to take a peek through a window without anyone noticing.

9. Don’t expect a call straight away informing you that your child has been booked on to the job, it can mostly take a couple of days to hear from the agency. If i¬†havent heard anything in 3 days then i take it as they wasnt successful although that said Joseph did attend an audition and we received the call three weeks later.

10. Once you are booked onto a job, travel may be organised for you or you may have to find the way there yourself. Some shoots may ask you to take a selection of clothing with you. I always pack a few of their toys and books, expect to sit around for a while so this keeps them busy and not getting in the way. On most jobs food and drink will be supplied but it’s always a good idea to take a few snacks with you. Some jobs can be over within a couple of hours and some can last up to 6 hours, it all depends. Depending on your child’s age there is a limited amount of time they can be kept on set.

11. Try your best not to arrive late for a job or audition and if you are running late it’s best to let the agency of client know ASAP. The child is not the only one representing the agency, you are aswell so make sure that you are all on your best behaviour lol.

12. Once your child has been selected for a job they will need a performance licence, you will get this from your local children’s authority. To get a performance licence set up you will need a doctor’s certificate to say that your child is ok and fit enough to be in front of lights etc, a school letter saying they will be allowed time off of school both of these certificates need to be signed and stamped for approval. (Doctors charge for the certificate and they last for 6 months, we pay ¬£20!) you will also need two passport photos of the child. There will be a form that you the parent will sign as well and fill out the child’s details on.
These licences can take my thing up to two weeks to come through, you will receive your copy in the post.

13. On some jobs there is a chaperone fee paid to the parent to take their child to a shoot but sometimes there is a paid chaperone who are there to look out for your child.

14. Once with an agency and your child hasn’t received any auditions or castings don’t be scared to contact the agencies office and enquire why your child isn’t getting picked, it may be the case that you need to update your photos on the website. The agency work for YOU! We rely on them to circulate our child’s photos.

15. Update the agency every couple of months with your child’s measurements and hair type, if you go on holiday inform them so that they know you are not available for any jobs, if you child loses their teeth keep them up to date with where and how many.
If your child belongs to a theatre group or any type of club let the agency know what their talent is and keep them up to date with any certificates they receive.

16. Fees for jobs varies depending on what the agency have agreed with the client prior to a booking. Some jobs are paid hourly and some are per day, some times there are usage fees on top of their rates but you should be told what the child will be receiving before the job.

17. If your child is succesful for a casting, don’t be disheartened to find that after sitting around for a few hours that they are not used on the day, sometimes clients like to have back up children. Also if your child is filmed or photographed not all the time do they make it into the media. Joseph¬†has been back up for one job before and we just sat around eating and playing then we was sent home after 5 hours, just look at it as a day out and experience.

It’s all about having fun and the moment that any of my boys tell me that they are no longer enjoying it then it will be stopped. The boys love to attend auditions and castings and never get upset or disheartened when they are not picked, they look at it as fun and they get to meet many new people and most of the time it’s about¬†making friends to them. When the boys get offered¬†a job i¬†give them the option if they want to attend or not, we have only ever turned¬†two down and that was because for one we was away and the other jak¬†had plans and chose to carry on with them instead of attending the job. I like to keep a diary of all of what they have been up to so i collect, magazines, print outs from the internet and record anything that is on the television.

Hope i have answered most questions but if you would like to know anything else please contact me and i will try my best to help you the best i can in anyway whatsoever.

Thank you for reading