Together with the success of such films as “Harry Potter,” “Spy Kids” and the “Chronicles of Narnia,” increasingly more youngsters are turning to their parents and asking whether they can make movies such as the kids they see on the screen. Being a child actor or actress isn’t something to be taken lightly, and there is a lot for the children – and their parents – to understand.
Being a parent, your very first duty is to ensure your son or daughter is happy and well-adjusted. You have probably heard the problem reports of over-zealous stage parents hoarding all of their child’s money, or even the stereotypical “child star” terrorizing the set. Although some parents and youngsters fail to handle success perfectly, the parents who’re informed and never stop learning about the profession very often do well.
If your child is seriously interested in becoming an actor or actress, there are many steps you can take to get them started right there in your home town. Visit us at Robert Winsor Institute Acting School in Irvine and we will sort your all queries out…
To begin with, sit down with your child and make sure they know that becoming an actor or actress is a commitment that will take many months and in all likelihood many years before they see any real results. There are plenty of actors, but very few “stars” in the entertainment market.
As soon as it’s clear your son or daughter understands their commitment, go ahead and contact the local community cinema to find out what shows are approaching so you know when the auditions are. Neighbourhood theatres are wonderful possibilities to get young people started in acting. It’s also wise to contact your state film office to find out where the nearest acting workshops are located and schedule a time to audit one or more of the classes.
Your child should build up some theatre credits before trying to get their first professional talent agent. Once you think your child is ready, do your homework in order to find the companies in your area. Search the web for what the people say about the agency. When you approach a company, you will need to send a picture and resume and also a short letter explaining that your son or daughter is seeking representation. The photograph you provide at this point in your child’s career does not have to be professional – but it does have to really resemble your son or daughter. The agent may or may not contact you to arrange an interview.
Being a young performer like your child sees on television as well as in movies is really a long process filled with pitfalls, and of course even some very satisfying moments. Take time to read books on child actors along with other books within the field so you can be as prepared as possible when presented with the difficulties facing parents of younger performers.
Still not convinced, visit Robert Winsor Institute Acting School which specializes in developing acting and personal improvement skills in children, call us (949) 679-3406 and we will guide you.
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