So you’ve been told your child is a natural performer, but how do you get from compliments to credits? While the entertainment business is a tough one to break into, there are a few initial steps towards employing your child’s creativity which you can take long before you start seeking representation.
Step One – Be Honest. Every parent is probably a little biased about their own child’s talents and looks, but showbiz isn’t for everyone. Taking an unbiased look at your child to find out if s/he has what it takes is possible. Just remember that the more honest you are with yourself about his/her current abilities, the more likely s/he is to succeed in the long run. Children In Film offers an online assessment quiz in their KidStart program.
Step Two – Get Organized. Organization is extremely important in your path to success. Balancing your child’s career and schoolwork along with the regular demands of having a family and a life of your own is a challenge. Getting organized involves having a cell phone with voicemail, setting up a post office box or permanent address and keeping a detailed datebook or PDA Scheduler. There are also important records and documents you must obtain such as work permits and blocked trust accounts.
Step Three – Take Photos. Photographs are the most important tool for you child’s success. If your child is five or under, or if you’re just beginning to shop for agents, snapshots are suitable. All too often people spend money on professional headshots before acquiring an agent and then have to have them redone at the request of the agent.
Step Four – Take Classes. Enrolling your child in acting classes, workshops and other specialty classes like dance or voice is an excellent way to prepare them for future auditions and roles. Classes are also a great place to network and gain exposure. But remember this: a class is a service you pay for in order to improve your child’s skills. It is not a guarantee of work, representation or immediate success. Going to school does not guarantee that you’ll get into the best college; it’s just a good start.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to build a resume and seek representation.