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4 Tips To Prepare Your Child For An Audition

Is your child heading off to an audition? Well, that’s great. We know how exciting and nerve-wrecking auditions can be for children. Yet, we are also familiar with the tons of support that you have probably offered along the way.

 

Are you uncertain about how to support your child through this? Don’t worry, you have got this. Today, we are going to share top tips to assure that you and your child arrive prepared, confident and ready to go. Keep these tips in mind while preparing, and they’ll give you a leg-up on landing that role!

Here are the best ways to prepare your child for an audition:

1. Always have a positive talk with your child.

Communication has its own power. It’s imperative for you to have a talk with your child about the audition, as this will eventually bolster their enthusiasm.

Discuss the role which they are going to audition for and teach them by co-relating with real-world examples.

Let’s just say, if the audition is for a peanut butter brand, and there are strong chances that the casting director can ask your child about peanut butter and how they like it. This is where your communication with the child can turn the table around. If you talk to your child about the foods they love to eat with peanut butter, they can joyfully tell the casting directors that “I love peanut butter, I eat it on sandwiches and I have even tried eating it on a cookie.” Just like a job interview, a little understanding and zeal for the role can go a long way!

Rather than stressing the importance of audition, tell them to do their best, to stay calm, and to let their creativity flow freely.

2. Don’t stress about what your child should wear.

It’s not essential for a boy to wear a suit and for a girl to plaster makeup on for an audition unless the casting director has specifically asked for that.

Casting teams are seeking children that appear as children, hence you should dress them as if they were heading out for a regular day unless noted otherwise.

Never let your kid stressed out by the thought that they have to resemble the character they are auditioning for. Instead of focusing on the outfit, you should encourage your little star to do their best. However, one thing that can be done to boost their enthusiasm and excitement, is to give them their favorite dress or shirt to wear for the audition.

3. Never emphasize over the small matter.

Don’t bother about minor things that you can’t control, as this will only make you tense. Be calm and guide your child about the role they are going to audition for and other important things like camera etiquette.

Believe in your kid’s abilities and have faith in the professionals who trained them.

4. Your child should be happy.

If you think your child is into acting for the long-run, then you should really make it fun for them.

Ask yourself, what would you do if you are forced to do something? Nothing, exactly! As you are not willing to do that specific task. The same applies to children. Thus, if you make the whole experience enjoyable, your kid will love to go on auditions and become eager to do so!

Auditioning should always be a stress-free and fun learning experience. As a supporting parent, you should always experiment and observe, what works the best for both of you. Preferably, preparing for the auditions can be something that you both enjoy doing together.

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Children Headshots: Why Are They Important?

In the world of acting, headshots are extremely important. They are the pictures that are critical when submitting your child to an agent or casting director.

 

The key to a great headshot is making sure it really looks like your child…..not a glamor shot of them.

The picture should represent your child’s real age, show confidence and personality. It should be a simple picture, from the shoulders up that does not have any busy patterns or props. Also, I would not recommend using makeup on children. Just a clean and neatpicture. Although, with teens, a little light makeup usually is okay……just not overdone where the teen looks older than they are.

Headshots can get expense, so it is important to get it right the first time. Research photographers to make sure you find one that best fits for you and your child. Meaning you feel like your child will be comfortable with the photographer and you like their portfolio of previous work.

Like most agents, I usually give parent’s a list of recommended photographers after they sign with my agency. As a parent, I recommend going through the list and doing the research on each photographer listed, as well as finding one that may not be on the list. Agents are always looking for great photographers to add to the list!

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How Do You Know If Acting And/Or Modeling Is Right For Your Child?

In my experience, there are two types of children that get into the entertainment industry.

 

The first would be those who truly have an interest in it. They are the ones who watch a television show, commercial, or theatrical production and say “I really want to do that”. As a performer myself, I know that becoming an actor or model is something that is in your DNA. You’re quite not sure why you want to do it, you just do. You feel true fulfillment when in front of the camera or on stage.

The second type of child that gets into the industry are those whose parents want them to be there. These are the ones that have had an interest in the industry themselves, want their child to be “famous”, or see some potential in their child that the child has not recognized in themselves yet. Not to say this is a bad thing.

A child may need a little encouragement and guidance when getting into the field of acting and/or modeling. They may do really well once they are given the opportunity to grow and experience what it means to get into this field.

On the other hand, a child may truly not like it and feel pressurized into doing something that is not right for them. This industry is one of the toughest in the world, especially when it comes to rejections, long car drives, long hours, last minute auditions, and balancing school work with professional work. This is why I always encourage parents to really ask themselves if acting or modeling is right for their child.

Based on experience, these are some of the traits I find in children that are successful with acting and modeling:

– Enjoy attention

– Can take direction well

– Can handle rejection or disappointment

– Are respectful toward other children and adults

– Are outgoing in new situations and comfortable interacting with strangers

– Are reactive and have a variety of facial expressions

– Good with memorization and improvisation

At the end of the day, parents should make sure this is what their child wants and is what is best for them.

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