{modern, stylized and urban couture~ san diego county based destination photographer}

Nicole Benitez

I am a Modern Stylized and Urban Couture Photographer based in San Diego {Southern California} and always available for session and wedding travel. Specializing in Modeling Portfolios, Commercial and Editorial Photography, Weddings, Couples, Kids and Seniors.

I love God, cupcakes, handbags, shoes, my family and wine. We recently moved back to California after my husband retired from the Marine Corps and we are living life in the Southern California sunshine.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Getting an Agent... Guest Post by Aubri of Minikin Model & Talent {part 1} || San Diego Modeling Portfolio Photographer


Pursuing agency representation for your child does not have to be a daunting task! But it's important to understand what you're looking to have your child do, why they need an agent to be successful, what kind of agents are out there, and lastly, how to effectively reach them. Your child's participation in the broad world of entertainment can be in a variety of capacities. Whether you hope to see your child grace the next Target billboard or star in the next Coca Cola commercial, having an agent is your gateway to these possibilities. However, this does not mean your child cannot get a start in entertainment without an agent.
 Establish profiles for your child in a variety of casting web sites and submit for student projects, low-budget films, stock photography shoots, anything to get your child out there and experienced with working on set. It's possible for agents to discover your child through this completed work. Even if they don't, the experience and portfolio and resume additions you are able to garner will make your child more desirable for agency representation.
 Reputable talent agents make money when your child makes money. If you are presented with an opportunity and it involves upfront fees (in the form of registration, interview fees, headshots, etc.), decline. Research licensed talent agencies on the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) web site in your local area and find out how submissions are accepted by each agency. Some agencies require mail-in submissions, others permit them electronically. Photos are critical in this process, as they are serving as the sole representation of your child as agents are reviewing submissions. Ensure the photos provide a clear, close-up shot of your child's face with no distracting hats or backgrounds. Yes, that shot of your child with cake covering half their face is adorable, but not suitable for submitting to an agency. Aim for good lighting (preferably outdoor) and keep it simple.
Once you have submitted, you simply wait and hope that your child is invited in for an interview. If you have submitted to a variety of agencies with no luck, try again in a few months.  Remember, "never say never" just keep the process going. Things have a way of falling into place when you persevere!

- Aubri Almendariz, Director of Youth Talent, Minikin Model & Talent Agency

We are so excited to announce that Minikin Model and Talent Agency is doing a four part 
guest post blog series right here! Next installment up.. next Wednesday.
More info coming soon on What's In a Headshot, The Audition Look and From the Trenches. 
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