Casting calls for children under the age of 15 could get frustrating.
There are a lot of people around because each child usually comes with a parent, an agent or another guardian and the competition is fierce. But, they can also be a lot of fun. If you are a parent of a talented child who is ready to get discovered there are a few steps you should be ready to take.
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The first and main rule of getting your child into auditions and diving into the world of showbiz is to be honest with them. You don’t want to sell your kid a dream, you want them to be excited, educated and ready for everything that is going to come their way. You must remind him or her in the beginning that no role or job is ever promised to any actor of any age and that even though they did their best they might not land the gig. Let them know that even the best of child actors will go on hundreds of auditions and be rejected before they go on the one audition that will change their life and career forever. If your child already knows what to expect, the pressure will be taken off of them a bit and they will really be able to decide if Hollywood is right for them or not. After all, deciding whether or not they want to peruse acting should be their decision, not yours.
Never ever pressure your child to audition for something they don’t want to audition for. It will come off during their audition and the casting directors will be turned off by it.
Be supportive and be as interested as they are. If your child is thrilled to go on an audition for something even though it doesn’t have paid or if it’s a bit far, embrace it and be their biggest cheerleader. Auditions aren’t for every child. Even if you are the parent of the cutest, funniest, most outgoing kid on the planet; he/she might just not be feeling up to it that day, and that should be okay with you as a parent.
During a casting call for your child, the audition etiquette, and cardinal rules still apply just like any other adult audition. Always arrive at the location of the audition 15-30 minutes early in order to sign in, prepare and rehearse. Remember, even though your kid is going to be playing a part during the audition, encourage them to just be themselves. Casting agents like kids who act like normal kids, hence the reason why they are casting them. Don’t pressure your kid into acting to snobby or to overly professional as this might come off as obnoxious and annoying. At every audition, it’s the Childs choice to have the parent present in the audition room or not. Sometimes, casting directors feel like the child is more comfortable with the parent in the room and sometimes they realize that it takes the pressure off a bit when the parent waits outside. As a parent, you should know what makes your child more comfortable. Any sort of added pressure from parents has never heightened a kids chance of landing a gig, and casting agents know a mom or dad’s presence in the audition room will affect the performance of their child greatly.
Be motivational and be encouraging. When your child is done with his or her audition, praise them and congratulate them on doing a great job even if you believe they messed up or didn’t do well. With the high rejection rates that come along with children auditions, constant support from parents is necessary to keep kids positive and proud of themselves. Once your child has completed their lines, wait in the lobby for about two minutes just in case the casting agents wants them to come back in and read their piece again or read something else. After the two minutes is up, sign out, thank the casting assistant and leave quietly and respectfully.
If you and your child work together on their budding career, they could land a gig quickly. If your child is truly destined to be in show business and really believe that they can make it and they are ready for the hard work that comes along with it, be their biggest fan. Enroll them in acting schools, classes and theater groups. Take them to see plays, watch classic movies with them and buy them books on other famous child stars. Your job as their parent isn’t to be their manager but to be their biggest supporter. Good luck!
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