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Top 5 Rules for Spotting REAL Auditions and Jobs for Professional Child Actors

Posted on 24. Jun, 2013 by .

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It’s summertime, and the momagers of would-be Disney stars are getting bombarded with letters and sales pitches from companies who want to help them “market” their children to casting directors.  I’ve heard from a number of parents who have said something like this: “If I’d known how the process really worked, a scammer couldn’t have fooled […]

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FROM THE MOMAGER TRENCHES NYC: Glamorous? A Typical Day in the Life of a Child Actor and Her Hollywood Mom

Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by .

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Red carpet…premieres…after parties…meeting A-list actors: These are some of the wonderful things that a child actor may experience in his or her career.  Then there is the other side of the coin, the not-so-glamorous days no-one hears about (until now), and I know most parents of professional child actors have similar stories. Our day started […]

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FROM THE MOMAGER TRENCHES: A Hollywood Mom Blog Update!

Posted on 18. Jun, 2013 by .

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The last two weeks I have been much more Hollywood Mom and a lot less Blog.  To all of our wonderful Hollywood Dads, Happy Father’s Day!  Better late than never right? This week I’ll be catching up on many posts including The Actor’s Funds’ Looking Ahead 10 Year Anniversary Gala (The Best!), The Plush Show […]

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Celebrity Hollywood Mom JADA PINKETT SMITH asks: “Are we bullying our young artists?”

Posted on 07. Apr, 2013 by .

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“Are we bullying our young artists? How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them? This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying […]

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From the MOMAGER Trenches: Top 5 Tips for Becoming a Successful #HollywoodMom! @CollegeWizard

Posted on 30. Oct, 2012 by .

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Hollywood Mom Blog recently asked professional Hollywood Mom Kerri Moseley Hobbs (mother of child actor Anthony Hobbs) to share her TOP 5 TIPS on becoming a Successful Hollywood Mom.  She kindly obliged. Kerri: Top Five, lets see: (1) Learn business, consider going to buy some college level business course textbooks. The entire framework is the same […]

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From The Momager Trenches UK: Following in My Footsteps (Like Mother, Like Son)

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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Following in my footsteps.. …or how Wendy Craig taught me to yawn The entreaty of German playwright Goethe that “to accept good advice is but to increase one’s ability” has a special resonance for a child who is beginning to learn how to act. It’s one of the unique delights of doing this kind of […]

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From the Momager Trenches United Kingdom: “How it All Got Started”

Posted on 08. May, 2012 by .

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Jemima Laing (a Plymouth, UK Native) tells us how her son Felix Soper, now 13, was first bitten by the acting bug after landing a part in a theatre production of Peter Pan. What got Felix started with this whole acting thing was, basically, my innate nosiness. Collecting him and a friend from drama group on […]

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From the Momager Trenches Los Angeles: “But it’s SO competitive!”

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by .

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“But it’s SO competitive!” I don’t hear those words nearly as often as I did in the beginning or maybe I just don’t pay attention to them any more.  The beginning being when I first heard my son say “Mom, I want to be an actor.”  We’ve come a long way since then.  It took […]

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From The Momager Trenches South Carolina: Unemployed Momager for Hire!

Posted on 28. Oct, 2011 by .

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“The times, they are a changin” ~ Bob Dylan I now can truly relate to these words, and I have seen some major changes throughout my life. I don’t know what it is about this move from Texas to South Carolina that has me feeling so upside down? If anything, I have a lot more […]

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From the Momager Trenches L.A.: Baby Books Carters Holiday Shoot

Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by .

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When we auditioned for a Carter’s Holiday print job on Saturday (during Carmageddon weekend no less), I knew the shoot was scheduled for the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  So by Tuesday evening, it was safe to say that I’d given up hope of Cash booking it at all and was mentally ‘on to the […]

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From the Momager Trenches Seattle/ Vancouver: Working 3 Markets Means Triple the Travel Time!

Posted on 03. Nov, 2010 by .

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Occasionally, I respond to emails faster than I actually think about them. Okay, perhaps I do this more often than occasionally. I could easily blame my smart phone but to be honest it’s me, in all my positivity, saying “yes” to everything. And “yes” can often cause a bit of a conundrum or in the […]

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From the Momager Trenches Seattle & Vancouver, BC: Its L.A. Calling…Is Your Coogan Account Ready?

Posted on 17. Oct, 2010 by .

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It began with the text…“You have an audition in L.A!” It was followed by the phone call…“You’re booked in L.A.!” Then it concluded with sheer panic as the casting director reminded me to bring my daughter’s work permit and Coogan account information with me. “Huh?” O.K, what I actually said to her was a little […]

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From the Momager Trenches Los Angeles: Baby’s First Talent Agent

Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 by .

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I am thrilled to announce that my infant son Cash will now be working with a top Modeling Agency, the premier baby modeling agency in Southern California! When I was told the agency had accepted Cash as one of their models, I was also told that I needed 40 outdoor, clean shots of him in brightly-colored […]

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From the Momager Trenches: An L.A. Baby’s First Modeling Job

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 by .

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Yes, I admit it. I am an aspiring Momager trying my best to help my son Cash and daughter Shelby smoothly break into the world of baby modeling. Cash started modeling young, really young – in utero to be exact (photo right) when I did my first and only paid modeling gig for international swimwear […]

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From the Momager Trenches Texas: Keep it to yourselves people…

Posted on 09. Apr, 2010 by .

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Have you ever taken your talented, fabulous child to an audition and heard this in the waiting room: “My Johnny  just booked a major role for a feature film – the director said that he is the most talented child actor he has seen in ages,” or “Oh we’re not too worried about this job; […]

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From the Momager Trenches: Slow as Molasses in Texas

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by .

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By HMB Contributor Cari Surch Being the parent of a child actor requires hard work, dedication and patience – lots of patience!  When my daughter, who has been pursuing acting professionally for a year and a half now, first approached her father and me with the news she wanted to act, we were skeptical.  I did […]

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From the Momager Trenches: Actorfest NY 2009

Posted on 22. Nov, 2009 by .

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My 12-year-old daughter Kennedy Kathleen Surch is an actress and always has been.From her pre-school performances to more serious make-shift performances in our back yard in her tween years, this girl has always commanded attention. Recently I came across a casting call I knew Kennedy would love:  Nickelodeon was having an open call for 12 […]

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From the Momager Trenches L.A.: “Gunfire, Car Chases and Kids, OH MY!” A day on the set of RENO 911

Posted on 10. Dec, 2008 by .

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Yesterday, Jordan worked  on an episode of Comedy Centrals’, “RENO 911!” As a background job, we’d normally pass; however, I Love RENO 911! I’m not proud of this.  It’s a guilty pleasure and I admit it.  My “rational mom reasoning” for submitting my daughter Jordan for this was threefold: (1) the scene only involved a few kids and the […]

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