We aren’t professionals, not even amateurs, just beginners we’ve only been to a few auditions with Mason. But we’ve learned a few things and I thought I’d share my insight with you. Maybe you’re thinking of getting your child into the entertainment world, maybe you’ve just begun like us, or maybe you just want a good laugh/read.
First off. If you are thinking of getting your child into this world remember a few things; find a local agency, you shouldn’t have to give them money for anything, even a child’s head-shots shouldn’t be done by professionals(unless you’re a photographer) remember children’s appearance chances so frequently you could be forking over a lot of money, remember your child should be having fun.
Anyway back to what I’ve/we’ve learned.
Local Agency. Good luck if you don’t live by a talent industry city. What I mean by that is most of the opportunities are in a metro city, and usually they like to see the child in person for auditions, you hardly ever get online submissions. So, if you get an audition you have to drive there and then if you get the part you have to drive back usually within a week. But don’t let that scare you. Just make sure you are being realistic.
BE PREPARED. And I just don’t mean your child knowing the lines(if any). From the car ride to waiting for your turn. It could be a long day for your child(and you). Have a back pack full of things to entertain, snacks, water. You may not be seen right when you arrive it may be a 20 minute wait or more. And it most likely will be a quiet waiting room(possibly with no other children), so you don’t want your child throwing a fit because they’re bored or hungry. Embarrassing!
Don’t expect to talk to anyone. Most of the talent waiting in the room with you won’t even bother to look at you. Even the ones that aren’t competing for the same spot. I don’t know what it is but they just sit there and have this look of “I’m better than you” on their faces! If I were a casting director I think I would have one of those mirror screens in the waiting room to secretly watch the talent. We were at an audition the other day and out of the 20 other people waiting there were only 3 friendly ones, all the others just sat there looking stuck up, even the only other family with kids. But maybe it’s because I don’t like the quiet and that’s how they relax and prepare themselves?!
Like I said don’t expect to be seen right away. With that said don’t have any plans for a good couple hours after your “appointment” because the casting directors short wait could really be a hour and 40 minute wait.
Expectations. Don’t go with high expectations, go with the middle. Don’t get your or your child’s hopes up, if they don’t get the part that’s okay it wasn’t anything they did wrong, the casting director just had a “certain look” they were looking for. Children are so unpredictable, don’t expect them to be perfect angels. Don’t force them to do anything they wouldn’t want to do, that will get you nowhere. Keep your morals, other opportunities will come their way.
Make sure they are themselves and are comfortable.
Most importantly have fun!