I feel like I’ve worked my entire
life for this very moment, I feel at
home……..Home Sweet Home!
For the past 17 years, I have been
involved in pageantry in every facet and
will stay involved for the rest of my life.
My business partner, Shane
SantaCroce, works as a Managing
Director for a prominent South Florida
consumer protection Law Office and is a
highly sought after and nationally
merited sales trainer and motivational
speaker. Together we partnered our
efforts to establish SantaCroce Model
Finally, our chance to bridge the gap
between pageantry and modeling, use
children with pageant experience,
acting/modeling experience or cultivate
new talent altogether! Our first step was
to seek out established or new
talent/children nationwide. Although
our office is located in South Florida,
we are better able to service our clients
with talent/children throughout the
In making certain, we are showcasing our talent/children in the
most marketable manner, these are the 10 steps/guidelines SMG
suggests all actors and models (or parents of the child actor/models)
follow in order to most effectively work in the very competitive
world of acting and modeling.
1. A simple clean headshot goes a long way. Children, typically, do not need a portfolio or
composite card. Children are growing, changing, or losing teeth and it is important that the
child look like the picture we are presenting to potential clients. Please absolutely no
retouching on any of your child’s images.
2. Provide the agent with a telephone number where you can be reached at all hours of
the day and night. It is a dynamic industry; you must be ready to work at all times. You
may need to establish support from others too; it definitely takes a community to work as a
3. Start to work on monologues with your child, it will
never hurt! The child will work with parent or a coach to
memorize lines, show expression, develop eye contact,
sound REAL, and beat the fear and nervousness of the
4. Wear age appropriate clothing with no logos or
brand names, keep it simple. Understand what colors
look best on your child and work around that color
scheme. We suggest a bright POP color and simple short,
jean, skirt, or pants.
5. Allow the child to do the talking. Parents, it
is best to take a back seat at the audition. Keep in mind
that the audition truly begins when he/she walks in the
door, even in the waiting area.
6. Be willing to take extra work or low pay/no pay work initially to build resume, child’s
experience, and confidence level.
7. Meet other parents who are also pursuing the acting/modeling career and network with
them. They may hear of other opportunities or vice versa that is not right for their child, but
perfect for yours! It is always beneficial to surround yourself with good people for support,
guidance, and friendship.
8. It is important to build relationship with agency, call in once a week, check-in, inform
agent if you will be out of town or child is simply not available.
9. Not every agent is a fit for your child, you, as a family, must feel comfortable with your
agency. As you begin, you most likely will multi list, but eventually you will figure out what
agent is a match with your child.
10. Lastly, keep your information at agency updated, attend any workshops for you to
become more informed and better suited for a successful acting and modeling career for
Michael Galanes, National Director, SantaCroce Model Group
It is important that you feel like you are at Home Sweet Home with your agent. Shane adds:
“You know, with 4 children of my own, I approach this new endeavor, SantaCroce Model Group,
with a different perspective. I understand that without the acting and modeling, your plates are
already full. How will you dedicate time and energy when you think there is none left in the
course of a day? What if your job is not flexible to allow time off to attend castings with your
child? Who do you trust? When do we throw in the towel? When do you take the next move? To
all of those questions, I have one answer: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! I was never given a manual
to raise my children, but I am careful, make the best decisions I thought were right at the time,
and always knew someone to ask. We hope at SantaCroce Model Group, we are that person or
that you have an agent who you know has the best interest of your child at heart! It is an
amazing ride, just be ready to enjoy it.”
Shane SantaCroce, Owner, SantaCroce Model Group
Michael Galanes, Agency Director
SantaCroce Model Group