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{December 15, 2010}   Auditions for kids

Have you ever wondered about how to find auditions for kids

There are so many kids that want to be famous and most are searching for the obvious Disney Auditions and Nickelodeon auditions in a search engine such as Google or simply through social sites like MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

Sooner or later, the parents find out about the kids quest for fame, in some cases the parents begin that quest themselves. Either way, the child’s parent may get involved in helping the child find the fame the kid wants.

After searching the Intenet for hours, they realize that it is quite difficult to find any kids auditions on the Internet, especially, if one lives outside of of metropolitan areas, or the two largest cities for auditions, New York and L.A.

The auditions that they do find, many times may not be what they expected and they get disappointed in the search. Other times, the information they find actually ends up being a Acting and modeling scam .

Getting into acting takes time and effort, there is no magic to it or a quick way to stardom. Since most people lack the patience required to achieve such goals, many get sucked in by fast talking sales people who promise fame and deliver nothing.  If approached by someone with the “fast track to fame” attitude, it is most important to do your research before agreeing to anything especially, since it involves your child.

There are many services out there that promise auditions and casting director attention for a fee. Some of them are are completely web based while others use a more personal approach such as approaching someone in a mall. Both methods are used to play on your heart strings and love for your child.

There are so many ways set up to disconnect one from ones money and one of the more popular ways is the “mass casting call” method. Unscrupulous companies may use commissioned sales people that they call “talent scouts”, “talent agents” or any other name that sounds like they have some power over getting your child work. These “fake” agents and “scouts” will normally hang out in places that people tend to visit with a child,  shopping malls and stores is a common area for them to work in. They see you and your child walking to the car and they approach you. These scammers will tell you what both of you want to hear, your child has “The perfect Look” and offer to audition him. They tell you it’s free to go to the audition and casting directors will be there to interview you and your child.

So you go. You feel you have nothing to lose to simply check it out. Once at the audition, you realize that it is nothing more than a huge sales pitch at some of their services. Services that may include acting classes, portfolios, conventions, pageants and anything else they can think of that they feel you may fall for. Most the time the services are sub-par and worthless but come with a heavy price tag. They try to convince you and your child this is the way to get what you want. It is done in the same manner as timeshare conventions. Basically, bait and switch.

They get you there with the promise of something “free” then use hard sales tactics to separate you from your money. The entire sales pitch is done in a way to appeal to your child and convince your child this is the way to stardom. If you resist or say no, you will disappoint your child, and the organizers know that. How many parents want their child to believe all their dreams were shattered by you not wanting to cough up some money?

Another great method to do the same will not happen face to face,  is online. Your child searches for “disney casting calls” or any other combination of searches and finds a form that asks for email, phone number, and name. They tell you the info is so casting directors can contact you and most kids fall for it. A few days later you get a call from a so called casting director who offers you an audition. You and your child are excited and then the ball drops. You hear “A payment is required” to submit your child. How can you refuse? Your child was offered a part for Disney, right? Not so much. The so called “casting director” is playing on words and you do not realize it. The casting director is really just another telemarketer with no connections at all to anyone in Hollywood.

What they are actually saying is that an audition is “available” and “He” believes your child is a perfect fit. He will “submit” you if you pay.

Here is what it all means:
“Available” – means that the production company may actually be casting for the part, they saw it on one of the entertainment sites or spoiler sites.
“He” – means just that, which is meaningless since he is no closer to the casting director than you are. Remember, he never actually stated that he had any control over the casting, only that “he” believed your child fit. BTW, he believes ALL kids fit as long as he gets his sales commission.
“Submit” – means that he will forward your kids name to whatever contact he may have. He does not need to have the correct contact and most likely does not.

If you actually fall for this one, your child will be very disappointed when no one ever calls and an audition never happens. But I was submitted? right? Sure, maybe a link to your page was sent out, maybe not, no one knows, but most casting directors do not even get those. They get rejected as spam. If you were casting a large project would you want to be bombarded with thousands of unqualified links to pages? No. Most casting directors casting large projects for Disney and others use agents to find the talent they want. Most projects will only look at someone if they were submitted by an agent. There are a few exceptions and everynow and then you will run into a casting that asks for headshot, resume and reel be sent to a office location.

I don’t get it. I know my kid is awesome, why will they only deal with an agent? Simply because every kid is awesome and they only want to see the few kids that are qualified and trained. An agent is a screener of sorts making sure that they only see the candidates that not only have the look, but training and experience as well.

Great, the easy ways into showbiz are scams. Now what?

To get your child into acting or modeling you must focus on the skill set needed. Forget about the money and fame aspect of it and concentrate on developing the skills needed to get an agent. If this quest was started as a way to make quick money, forget it. You will most likely spend more money than you make, at least at first. Get your child involved in his school plays and community theater group. Not only will it be fun for the kid but it will also show you how dedicated he is to the craft. Once your child finds out he / she will not become an overnight Miley Cyrus, will they still want to do it? If the answer is yes, you enroll the kid in acting classes. The community theater, acting classes, etc. not only help teach your child the skills needed and build experience, they also offer you a way to network with other parents that can help you find an agent for your child.

Work on building a great resume using your unpaid gigs and classes. Agents like people who have experience and a good resume. They want to send out talent that they know can perform under pressure and won’t botch the audition. I have heard many times that if given a choice, most agents will sign the experienced child who shows less natural ability over the “natural” with no experience.

So here is how to get your child into acting
1, Get your child involved with his school drama classes and school plays
2, Talk to your child’s drama teacher and get his input
3, Find your local community theater and get your child into their productions
4, Network with everyone you meed along the way and get advise from other parents who are doing the same thing you are.
5, Build your child’s resume – Here is a How to create an actor’s resume
6, Find an agent – you can call around or if out of your area, send out mailings to agents –talent agent and casting director labels
7, Break a leg!

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We all know who Cindy Joseph is… right? Cindy is the model you see all the time in commercials, ads, etc. Cindy is middle- aged and has gray hair. She has been the spokesperson for many products and most of us will recognize her image even if we do not know her name.

What makes her so amazing is her willingness to talk and discuss her accomplishments with people she does not even know.

I started this blog and a few more. I am also an aspiring model and, I must add,  a huge fan of Cindy. I wrote qa story about her and the amazing thing is she responds with comments and advice to my readers.

Cindy really is an amazing person and it’s hard to believe that she finds the time for us, but she does.

Cindy Joseph has responded to every comment that readers have added and I think that is totally awesome!

Below are some comments she posted on another entry, I just wanted to share her comments withe everyone who may have not seen the original post.

Hello everyone,

I am Cindy Joseph, the Classic Ford model.

I accidentally discovered this blog after a friend suggest I google myself. It was quite fun to see this article you posted. I am not sure how this whole thing works, however I will post this letter in hopes it is read by those who posted their comments here.
Firstly, thank you for your lovely comments about me. I remember working with Joachime. He is a talented Creative Director and I enjoyed relating with him very much.He is forward thinking with great vision. It was a pleasure working with him for Ann Taylor. I can understand the points he made. It is often very much like what he explained.
However, I am compelled to set the record straight on this little controversy. The original article was accurate.
It’s very simple. In 1999 I was standing on a street corner in the east village of Manhattan. I was approached by a casting agent looking for someone to model for a D&G campaign photographed by Steven Meisel. I thought it was a joke, having been in the business for 25 yrs. I had worked with top models and celebrities around the world. . I could not imagine someone was asking ME to model. Long story short, I did the shoot for D&G. It came out about 5 months later. I was approached again within a month for another advertising shoot and then a producer suggested I go to Ford. I have now been modeling for 10 years. That’s my story in a nutshell!
Thanks for your attention and thank you again for being interested. I believe that women my age, being represented in todays fashion, beauty advertising, clearly indicates that e western societies prejudices about aging are changing! So far, I have experienced life gets better as time goes by!! the old paradigm does not work for the Baby Boomers. We have never accepted the status quo and we are continuing to reinvent every decade of our lives. Lets continue the revolution!

Regards to all,
Cindy

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Cindy,
I hope you read this because I want you to know how you have inspired me. I am 45 and have been grey since my twenties. I bought into the myth that only youth is beautiful. I agonized over it. I battled with hair dyes for years. One day several years ago I saw you in an ad. I thought “that is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen” . It inspired me to let my own hair go grey. This is turn opened a whole way of thinking for me. It literally changed my life. I embraced who I am. I feel more free and beautiful than ever. (And it all began with you in an advertisement!)
Thanks for being an inspiration.
Kimberly
North Carolina USA
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Kimberly,

Thank you so so much for sharing your story with me. I am thrilled that my image could inspire you to go as nature made you. Its time that all women find there own unique look right!
Yahoo!
I want to share you story with others and let the inspiration spread!!
I recently met Diana Jewell the author of Going Gray Looking Great. Check it out at http://www.goinggraylooinggreat.com
Lots of silver beauties sharing their stories and a great event this June in NY!

All the best
Cindy

the Cindy Joseph post can be found here



In the year of reality modeling and talent shows, another pops up that involves kid modeling and child stars. They may be running out of ideas and hosts one would think after seasons and seasons filled with “Top Model”, “Project Runway” (which I love BTW) and “all the other Top Model type shows”.

tyra americas next top modelI also must mention that I watch “find me a mate” type shows, such as “Rock of Love”, “I love NY”, and “Flavor of Love”. I think the shows are just too funny as the casts involved try to convince each other and the world that they are there purely for LOVE and not stardom. No one ever mentions that these shows are cast through auditions and filled with wanna be stars and starletts. 1 season, cool… 2 seasons is understandable, but 3 seasons? come on now producers.. move on… that fool will never find Love. Actually, I watched Flavor of Love 3 last night.

Anyway, getting back to the Child modeling / talent show Reality series “I know my kids a star”.

The VH1 show is hosted by Danny Bonaduce. “I know my kids a star” puts parent against parent and child against child in a kid modeling / acting / talent competition to win the prize.

Do you want this guy to mentor your kids?

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Yep, not a typo, Danny is back in reality TV land again… this time he is back as a role model. Last time we saw Danny, he was angry, depressed, addicted to sex and drugs. So what better role model for the star struck youngsters than this aging, addict son, of a old hit series… the Partridge Family? Hey, I can’t think of a better role model… NOT.

The TV guy has this to say… Someone pick me up off the floor, Danny Bonaduce will have a reality series in which he mentors children. VH1 will offer “I Know My Kid’s a Star,” starting at 10 p.m. March 20.

Bonaduce will help identify standout child performers, then advise their parents on how to help the young talent. The eight-week series will feature 10 parent-child teams in an elimination contest.

Here’s the setup from VH1: “The kids will need to have talent, and the parents will need to have the smarts to navigate showbiz without ruining their child’s career or life. The realities of the business become clearer, as each week Danny will eliminate one parent/child team that just won’t make it in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.”

Gee, wouldn’t you rather watch a rerun of “The Partridge Family”?

I watched the show last night and found it to be in “very poor taste”… not that reality TV is ever in “good taste”, but it seems a bit cruel to put kids into a situation where they get humiliated on TV by the actions of their own nutty parents or by a horrible performance.

There is nothing wrong with ambitious kids and strong willed parents pushing them to success, casting calls and auditions, but unfortunately, the reality TV arena is all about controversy and stirring the pot. Without knockdown brawls in the “reality” house, the show is not much fun for viewers and getting kids involved in the backstabbing is GOING TOO FAR.

Other opinions of this ohh, so, so, so bad reality TV show…

Pity the kids on ‘I Know My Kid’s a Star’

The best hope for “I Know My Kid’s a Star” is that some viewers will think it’s so bad, it’s interesting.

But this competition among wanna-be child stars and their wanna-be stage parents isn’t bad in the kind of way where everyone can sit down afterward, put a few straws in a milkshake and have a good laugh.

It’s bad in a much creepier way.

At its worst, and “worst” is not just one fleeting moment, it’s cynical. It lures you in with the reassuring promise that it’s going to steer the contestants away from the snake pit of child stardom and then can’t wait to showcase painful scenes of overbearing parents and uncomfortable children.

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I am not alone here I think in thinking that the child model /kid talent / reality tv series hosted by Danny may be a bit unhealthy for kids who are serious about showbiz



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