When someone says “children’s television” usually one of the first channel that pops into anyone’s head is Disney Channel (originally The Disney Channel from 1983 to 1997.) Of course, actors of all ages dream of becoming a Disney Channel star but like all of the other Hollywood gigs in the world, there is some serious competition when it comes to any role on Disney Channel.
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Get A Show on Disney Channel
There are a few different ways an aspiring actor or actress can get on a show on Disney Channel. Here are some ideas:
One idea is getting a job as a production assistant or a “PA” on one of the shows. A production assistant is usually a non-paying job and a lot of work. A production assistant is in charge of all the things the producer; directors and actors are too busy to do. For example, getting lunch, cleaning up messes and delivering scripts. It’s a lot of work, but this job puts you on sets and on location with your favorite Disney channel stars, working on your favorite Disney channel shows! It also gets your face out there. If you work hard, shake a few hands, do some favors, stay out of people’s way and always follow directions you can earn the respect of some major TV executives and this in turn can help get you a better job or even a role on an upcoming Disney show! These types of staff jobs can be found on the Disney job opening boards or on Auditions.com.
Another fun way to go about getting a job on a Disney channel show is finding a job on one of their cruise ships or theme parks! We know what you’re saying, “How does a theme park job or a gig on a cruise ship get me on a TV show?!” Well, think about it! It’s all Disney, after all! Simply having the employer name of “Disney” anywhere on your resume can give you a boost in the right direction when going for the gold in the Disney world!
So, let’s say you make it! You got a gig on a Disney Channel show. What’s next?
Well, you have to remember, there are a few rules that apply!
The #1 rule in show business and on any set is: RESPECT! Respect everyone you come in contact with at your audition, at your call back, on set and afterward. Reputation is everything in Hollywood and one bad move or offending the wrong person can end your acting career before it even begins. Smile, use manners and always be grateful for the opportunity at hand.
Also, make sure you are prepared! Being on the set of a major television show can come with a lot of pressure. There are lights, cameras, producers, directors, hair, makeup and the audience! It could come at you quickly. The best way to remain calm is to have fun with it! You earned your spot there and you did it with your talent. Don’t get shy once you’re at the finish line! It’ll make the entire audition process a waste. Laugh, meet new friends and remember that you belong there just as much as everyone else does!
After you’ve wrapped, always say “thank you” to everyone you come in contact with. If you are a pleasure to work with, they will keep you in mind for future projects and even recommend you to their producer or writer friends for their future projects! One good gig could open the door to so many amazing opportunities in the acting world so make sure you are on your best behavior!
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