I Am JMARiiE Goes “Little Hollywood”

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In an effort to give the little people of entertainment some “shine”, this past summer Smudged Prntz Photography teamed up with I Am JMARiiE Magazine, and Atlanta talent agencies Houghton Talent, and the AMT Agency to create the “Little Hollywood” Issue.

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Check out the kids while working behind the scenes.

Inspired by Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue, we sought out some of the best youth entertainers that Atlanta has to offer and paired them with a celebrity doppelganger. The Summer 2014 “Little Hollywood” Issue features mini versions of Oprah Winfrey (Alexis from Houghton Talent), Julia Roberts (Elizabeth from Houghton Talent), Chris Rock (Alex Bell from Houghton Talent), Jennifer Aniston (Ansley from AMT Agency), Jennifer Lawrence (Autumn from AMT Agency), Paul Ryan (Travis), Usher (Bronx), Alicia Keys (Natalia from Houghton Talent), Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte from Houghton Talent), Zoey Saldana (Milan), Selita Ebanks (Kayla), and Sofia Vergara (Darcie from Houghton Talent).

These talented kids have worked with companies such as Disney, Phillips/Norelco, Girls and Boys Club of  America, Warner Brothers Films, Chick-fil-A, Elf on the Shelf, Cigna Healthcare and much, much more.  Now take a look at how the surreal finished product.

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If you are interested in getting your child into modeling or acting, there are some things to keep in mind.  Modeling and Commercials are not for everyone. If modeling is a hobby for your child, keep it that way and have fun. Kids gain confidence and poise and if your expectations aren’t too high… they have a lot of fun. Also, there is a lot of structure to pageants. You know when, and where they are, and you are in control.

Becoming a professional model who works in commercials takes a lot of work. You never know when the auditions are, and you drive all over town for them. The work is very unpredictable and sometimes last minute. But if you don’t mind that, and if you have a flexible schedule that allows you to take your child to auditions 2-4 times a week, or have someone reliable who can take them – then I can tell you how to get your child started in Modeling and Commercials.

SO LET’S GET YOUR KIDS STARTED IN MODELING AND COMMERCIALS 

Start with 2 simple pictures. Send 2 pictures of your child to 5-10 local modeling/commercial kids agencies. They will contact you if they are interested in meeting with you. Or, if you are assertive, you could follow up and ask for an appointment. That’s what I do. There are lots of reputable agencies. Do NOT pay any up front fees to any agency, ever. To find legit agencies in other parts of the country and world, the website NEW FACES has a great agency list. Or, you Google and call every agency in 4 or 5 big cities nearest you.

Typically agents at kids modeling agencies as well as Casting Directors want to see kids looking like kids. DO NOT put any makeup on them, DO NOT dress your child in frilly pageant style dresses, DO NOT put cute bows in their hair, etc.

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