So as we have now reached 2017 what can you do to help your child get work?? It’s time to start thinking about how others see your child as an actor/actress.
The first thing I would ask is – does the headshot portray your child correctly for how they currently look? Children change over the year which is why I suggest new photos every six months. For example, maybe their hair is different from the last headshot that was taken previously. Casting Directors expect to see the child they have picked from the photo, so it’s important that they look the same as their photo. Failing that, you may have a wasted journey!
Have you updated their profiles on spotlight, including adding any previous work they may have done? It’s important to keep all the sites that are used up to date.
Are their measurements up to date? A child can grow a lot over a year – so ensure all the measurements are correct. A Casting Director may have chosen a child due to their height and if they come in much taller it’s a waste of everyone’s time.
Do they have recent Show-reels? Videos are to give Casting Director a chance to view your child before they meet them. They can see their character, their accent and how they react in front of camera – especially helpful if you’re just starting out and don’t have any credits to upload.
Talk with your agent. Do they want to be put forward for everything or are their certain roles or media types they would like to be involved in. Let your agent know about anything they do outside of acting, such as hobbies, sports, interests, as the better your agent knows your child the easier it is for them to find acting work. I personally work very closely with all my clients and love getting to know them.
Castings don’t come up all the time so if you get offered a casting – always take it! You never know if that was the job for them! Finally, all the very best for 2017!!!