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How To Get Your Child or Teen Into Show Business – Part 1

This 3 part video series was designed for families who are seeking a professional career in the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles for their children or teenagers.

Each segment, parts I, II, and III are critical steps designed to be taken with patience, dedication and a 100% commitment to producing results. If you rush these steps, you could really hurt your child or their chances of making a solid first impression. In our Industry, that would definitely be detrimental to their opportunities down the line. The last thing you want to do is send young talent into an arena that is already competitive, and leave a Casting Director or Agent with an impression that says “They were not ready.” Those first impressions are very hard to erase. That would be all they would remember once they actually ARE ready. Let’s not do that. Let’s follow some protocol here and do things right!


How To Get Your Teen Into Showbiz Part 1
by: Diane Christiansen

This 3 part video series was designed for families who are seeking a professional career in the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles for their children or teenagers.

Each segment, parts I, II, and III are critical steps designed to be taken with patience, dedication and a 100% commitment to producing results. If you rush these steps, you could really hurt your child or their chances of making a solid first impression. In our Industry, that would definitely be detrimental to their opportunities down the line. The last thing you want to do is send young talent into an arena that is already competitive, and leave a Casting Director or Agent with an impression that says “They were not ready.” Those first impressions are very hard to erase. That would be all they would remember once they actually ARE ready. Let’s not do that. Let’s follow some protocol here and do things right!

The smartest and most supportive parent will do as much research online as they can before you forge ahead, including finding out who the best coaches are to start with. Especially since Training is first on the ‘to-do’ list. That includes reputable classes and private coaching with the best coaches you can find. I always tell beginning families to book one hour with me to do the following; Use half an hour to evaluate your child and use the other half hour for yourself. Knowledgeable parents come with a list of questions that I can answer and guide you to become that parent that is knowledgeable and helpful, as opposed to clueless and detrimental. Agents tell me that 75% of their decision to sign young talent is the parent. So, you need to be coachable and remember – knowledge is power!
Second, you will need good headshots. I recommend photographers who the Agents keep at the top of their lists. This way, once you are sending them out or using them in Agent Showcases, you will be ready to go and most likely not have to shoot again once signed.

Third – Demo Reels! In the beginning, you won’t have much to put on your reel, so we find 2 great monologues, usually one minute in length, dramatic and comedic, to start. That coupled with an Actors ‘Slate’ and any footage you may have is enough until you build your reel.
Once you have a good theatrical and commercial headshot, a demo reel, and some training, I encourage you to join ActorsAccess.com and begin to submit your child for non-paying work such as student films at colleges such as USC, UCLA, CAL ARTS, Chapman, Brooks and several others in the LA area. This will not only give you credits to add to the resume, but also give you more for your demo reel. But the real advantage is to begin working on camera and learning how a set works. This experience will bring an incredible wealth of knowledge to your young actor prior to being on set for a paying job.

So let’s review our first steps:

  • Training
  • Headshots (usually a Coach knows the best ones!)
  • Demo Reels and Actors Slate
  • Join ActorsAccess.com
  • Work in Student Films

Once you have completed these 5 steps you will be ready for Part II of this 3 part series, Finding an Agent!! Join us next month for this critical step on you and your child’s journey to success!

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