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Were you handed a card at the mall by a “Scout” who thinks your child is perfect for the Baby Gap campaign? Heard a radio ad that “advertisers are looking for talent in your area for tv commercials”? 

You probably wondered if it’s too good to be true, and I hate to break your reality bubble but yes, you’re probably about to get scammed.

Do you know the difference between a Casting Agent and a Model Scout? If the answer is “No” then you’re putting your child’s safety (and your wallet) at risk. 

Talent Scouts are nothing more than middle men who, in turn, pitch the talent they find to Casting Directors. Talent Scouts are recruiters; they need to move volume in order to bank commissions.

Casting Agents work on behalf of real clients to find appropriate talent options for a specific job. They may “cast” 500 kids to find the perfect one, but all 500 of those kids did, in fact, have a chance at an actual job.

This isn’t to say that Talent Scouts don’t occasionally place a model with a top agency… But the odds are not in your favor.

So I pose this question:

If you were looking for a job would you apply directly to a company’s Human Resource Department or would you go to a Job Fair, pay a Recruiter to post your resume on their website and nervously await feedback?

You probably just answered your own question. Business is business, even when it’s the business of modeling. You’re applying for a job. It should feel professional and be free of charge.

And by the way, I posted the Fall 2013 Baby GAP casting in my Facebook feed and a FB friend’s son booked the ENTIRE campaign. Casting directors use their trusted social network to find new talent. So, don’t be shy… Connect with me on FB!

 

Are you sure you want to model for a living? Read my article on the changing fashion industry and how it’s affecting model work.

Other discussions coming soon:
Casting Director vs Casting Agent
Submitting Directly To Agencies
Online Agencies And Casting Websites

It’s hard for a brand to stand out in the social media world, so I  understand why companies resort to edgy marketing but where is the line? 

Bolthouse Farms new Food Porn Index website is irresponsible regardless of how they spin their “encouraging healthy eating” message.

Targeting a family-oriented market and “rebranding” WTF to mean What The Food exhibits questionable standards as well.

Can we all stop and think for a moment about the messages we’re sending to our young’uns as they try to make sense of their world?

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Photo Credit: Eroteme.co.uk celebrity social network pictures

As I dragged myself out of bed this morning I felt pretty accomplished, mentally listing my tasks for the day (morning production meeting for client website updates, confirm details of upcoming photoshoot with agent, afternoon casting at Hearst Magazines, prepare for tech client meeting on Friday, send pitch deck to prospective investors, stop by UPS, buy shrimp for dinner...).

I pulled up my usual NYPost.com Page Six news and grabbed a double espresso… And there it was *smack*! A photo of Gisele, Supermodel Mom in hair and makeup being prepped for a photoshoot while breast feeding her daughter. Cue ego deflation.

In a world where Moms write satirical blogs like “People I Want To Punch In The Throat” there was surely exasperation at breakfast tables everywhere. Moms already have a lot on their plates running their household and putting elves on shelves. Do they really need to see an apparently-staged photo like this that makes them feel inferior, like they should be parenting in a ball gown? 

I’d feel the same frustration if I hadn’t met Gisele. She’s the real deal.

It’s hard to feel hatred and jealousy when you know someone is successful as a result of hard work. When I modeled with Gisele in the Louis Vuitton campaign this scene was real. After her routine 5am meditation she attended to her newborn and reported to set for an 8am call time, newborn in tow. She was vibrant. Outgoing. The brightest light in the room.

There was no personal assistant. There was no entourage, just a quiet family nanny who only took baby Vivian Lake from her mama to allow the styling team space to prep their model for the day’s shoot. There were no special riders to her contract or diva attitudes. Gisele was as kind to the caterer as she was to Steven Meisel and Marc Jacobs. She was as grounded as any yogi mom I’ve ever met.

Careful not to exploit her children on social media, I’ve noticed that Gisele’s Instagram contains only carefully-obstructed photos of her family moments. That’s good parenting. While she’s working she’s making travel arrangements for her family, making sure they travel together and aren’t victims of success. She’s juggling kids, husband, supermodeldom and – did you know this? – the businesses she’s invested in. Yes, this #SuperModelMom also owns legit businesses like Unreal Candy. She took the time to make a healthy-alternative candy for the rest of us, including your children. Side note: the Peanut Butter Cups are ammmmazing, and I obsessed over them without knowing she created them.

The saying goes “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” Don’t hate success, either.

My point to this story: Women come in all shapes and abilities, and we juggle the responsibilities of the life path we’ve forged. It’s never easy, just different. Some of us have taken on more than others, and we need to celebrate those women that are boldly setting a successful SuperMom standard. 

What do I see in this photo, really? I see a mom in her bathrobe, caring for her child while juggling her job. Just like everyone else.

 

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When we change the way we look at things, things we look at change.

Thought I’d start a #MommyMonday tag with this Macy’s ad, even though I’m a Rent-A-Mom.
Sometimes the parents seem a little too happy to drop their kids in my lap and get a few hours to themselves!

PP Macys Coupon Ad With Kids

 Here are the actual full-sized Macy’s magazine ads: 

A hilarious parody!!!  Working with rent-a-babies is no laughing matter though, it’s tough!

This baby romper is so clever, I totally Fancy’d it.

Not sure where Fancy is headed… but I’m discovering fun stuff!

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I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s real.

My Mom turned me on to eBates and I’ve gotten $300+ cash back so far. Yay, free money! Thanks Mom

All you do is click through the eBates website to the store you’re purchasing from. Your computer automatically registers the click-thru and that’s it! Buy your stuff the same as you normally do, and eBates sends you a cash rebate between 2%-10% of your purchase.

If you forget, like I do, and add everything to your shopping cart, no worries – just close the store’s site, go to ebates, search for the store, click the link… then check out from the same site you were just on.

Voilá! Free money for you, too!

Use this link and you’ll get $10 just for signing up… and there’s no catch. Nada.
No spam, no marketing, just checks in the mail. Kaching $

So cute! They also have buck teeth pacifiers, mustaches… I’ve never seen these before but I’ll be buying them as gifts!
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Leave behind an impression! You never know when opportunity will call, but you can’t be walking around with a huge headshot or comp card. 

Put a different photo on every card and hand them out according to the circumstances: editorial for that edgy designer you meet, and natural for the tv agent you network with.

Much less expensive than printing comp cards, especially if you’re a parent whose child is quickly growing.

Click for 10% off your first order. This is where I get mine, so I know the quality is faboosh!

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the paper bag princess
This book is a celebration of feisty females everywhere! Canadian author Robert Munsch has created  a smart, empowered Princess whose Prince Charming is snatched away by a dragon as they’re about to marry. With her clothes burned by his fiery breath, she dons a fashionable paper bag and races off to save her prince- who promptly criticizes her appearance. Pfffft Setting an example for fearless females, our heroine outsmarts the dragon, dumps the self-involved prince and lives happily ever after in all her Fierceness.  A great lesson geared towards children ages 4-8 years, and a great self-confidence refresher for women ages 14-48!!! Get The Paper Bag Princess here, and read the positive reviews for 1000 more reasons why you need to buy it.
William Edwards Allergy Book Series
Stacie Berg is an award-winning journalist and allergy mom. With her son Jonathan, an engaging book series was created to empower kids with food allergies. It’s through mediums like books and films that allergies will become no big thing and we will change the self-esteem of this generation of kids… and as a result stop future bullying. William Edwards targets kids 8 – 12 years old. By this age, kids usually have already been diagnosed and have a pretty good understanding of what the diagnosis means in terms of food restrictions. However, it is at about this age that exclusion as a result of dietary restrictions becomes more pronounced and when kids begin to feel the impact of being different from their peers. Stacie gets a PP Positivity Star!!!  Keep Reading »
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The food allergy and gluten intolerance fields are full of unknowns, but circumstantial evidence is building that there’s a direct correlation between allergies and vertigo. In my personal experience it only takes one bite of a nightshade food and within 60 seconds my world starts to spin with a feeling of walking down a dark tunnel, similar to the wooziness right before you faint. Know that feeling? We’ve all experienced it at some point.

This article by Nutrition Therapist Melissa McLean Jory is fantastic. It covers Gluten Ataxia – or put more simply if you’re gluten intolerant and eat gluten your head spins.

For me, once I started to understand what’s happening with my body and started removing foods that cause symptoms, I felt better just knowing I was in control. Knowledge is power.

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The study was funded by the NIH and was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins. They used data from a national health survey of 860 kids between 6 and 18. They looked at the connection between the levels of antibacterials and preservatives found in the children’s urine and the presence of IgE antibodies in their blood. IgE antibodies are chemicals your body produces in response to allergens, and they become noticeably elevated in people who have allergies. What they found was that kids who had had high levels of antimicrobial agents in their urine also had high levels of IgE antibodies. They were looking at seven different ingredients that have previously been shown to interfere with endocrine function in animals—bisphenol A (the newest scourge in plastics); triclosan; benzophenone-3; and propyl, methyl, butyl and ethyl parabens, which are found in lots of personal-care products and also in some foods and medications. In the end, they found that it was triclosan and both propyl and butyl parabens that were associated with higher allergy risk. What do all three of them have in common? Bingo: they’re all antimicrobial.   http://jezebel.com/5919817/weve-sanitized-our-children-into-a-bunch-of-itchy-allergic-messes
Listen up model wannabes and parents of potential models:  If you want to understand the process that happens from the time you get approached in the mall with a scout’s business card to going to NYC as a signed model, this show will give you a glimpse into the fast track. No, not all models have it this easy – most get rejected once they do that first test in NYC and they need to shoot more, practice more, attend open calls at agencies, send in polaroids, and work work work their way to getting signed. But in a perfect world, if a model truly has what it takes to become a Superstar, this is how it’d play out. Spend the $3, buy it on iTunes and take the time to really understand the process as well as enjoy the show. Below, my iTunes review. icon icon
Skipping the overhyped drama of “other” model shows, Scouted is the authentic process that model wannabes experience to go from potential to possible to signed-or-not.  I’ve worked with Beri – we’re both represented by Ford Models NY – and she is the 100% real deal. A superstar known for her DKNY campaigns, designer catwalks and ability to work in just about every market, she is exactly the type of model mentor that would bring out potential if these girls have it. Charles I’ve known for many years, and he has the type of inherent talent that can’t be learned in a beauty school; his eye for edgy-but-beautiful is unparalleled. And of course, Michael Flutie, Scott Lipps and the rest of the cast have reputations for creating countless model stars. So happy they kept this about the models’ opportunity and left the drama to the other shows. Bought my season pass and watched the first 4 shows back-to-back to catch up!