Does your child want to become an actor? Here's what you can do:
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Almost every young star has an identical story. Around the age of five they pointed at the television and exclaimed, "I want to do this!" If your child did the same, you may have a budding actor on your hands. Of course, it doesn't matter whether your offspring dreams of being a soccer player, violinist or thespian. As a parent, you want to encourage them as you prepare for speed bumps. If your child is moving into an acting career, what are the best ways to help?
Do you really want to be an actor?
Perhaps in random moments your little girl breaks into a song. Perhaps your son is playing scenes from a favorite movie. Chances are, they'll reveal their interests even before expressing a desire for an acting career. However, if they focus more on fancy careers and signing autographs, they may be more interested in fame and fortune. That is why it is so important to sit down and discuss your dreams. Most of the stars fought, and many were pretty poor before their "big break". Also, being a child actor is much more difficult. Auditioning can mean skipping school. When they book a job, they can be on set for weeks or even months. It's a big sacrifice. Help them understand what it really means to be an actor.
Regardless of your talent, your location has a lot to do with the options available. Your child may be able to work in local commercials. Casting a web series can provide valuable camera experience. If you live near a big city, there will likely be a film production going on. TV shows in the United States film primarily in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, Georgia. Becoming an extra or background artist is a great way to learn about sets. It can also help your little one become more realistic. If they find the whole process boring, it might be a good idea to wait a while. Of course, you never know what can happen. In 1991 Reese Witherspoon signed up be an extra The man in the Moon and went away with the lead role.
Build the toolkit
Pursuing a professional acting career means having four things. Your child will need a headshot – an 8 × 10 inch color photograph that reflects their current appearance. Don't waste money on professional pictures. An open iPhone picture is more than enough. Together with the headshot you would like to enter a resume. Alongside any theatrical work, add webisodes and additional work as well. For unknown cast members, the Special Skills section gives casting directors an idea of your child's interests beyond acting. It can also take them to the top if they can do martial arts or gymnastics and the role requires that skill. When your child has been gathering some screen time, you'll want to create a demo role that highlights the best achievements. Finally, your child needs to memorize two short monologues along with 16 bars of a song (if they have musical skills). Once they book professional jobs, there are numerous legal issues that you will want to address. Don't try to go it alone. Take the time to hire a qualified lawyer like this one Crowell Law Offices.
You can find casting tips in publications such as Backstage and online most important roles require an agent or manager. Research. When inviting your child to a meeting, trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, find a replacement elsewhere. The sweet spot for auditions is between the ages of eight and twelve because there are so many roles available. When your child is older or younger, exercise and school games can make up most of their work. Remember, once your child becomes a professional actor, you will also take on a new job.