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Agents, Headshots & Acting Lessons for Kids

Finding an Agent
Unfortunately, there are some less reputable people in every profession and make no mistake: the entertainment industry is no exception. That is why it is so important to take your time when choosing a Talent Agent. Always ask around, do your homework and investigate BEFORE you sign with an agent. You can start by checking out some of the Talent Agents listed on our website.

Once you have chosen an agency, type up a resume to accompany the photo, along with a cover letter stating that you are seeking representation for your child. The resume should include height, weight, hair and eye color and date of birth. List any school plays they have participated in, drama courses or extra-curricular activities, special skills, sports, talents, etc. Don’t worry if it looks skimpy. No one expects a kid to have an extensive list of credits to their name yet. Mail or drop off the package to the various agencies and follow up with a phone call.

Does My Child Need a Professional Headshot?
First of all, babies and toddlers NEVER need professional photos. If your child is of school age, a school picture or snap shot would be acceptable for submission to most Talent Agencies (especially if your child is young and you are only seeking an interview). The problem with getting professional photos done before you join an agency is that the new agent may feel the photo you just invested time and money in does not accurately represent your child. You may end up spending more money than you expected on a re-shoot. On the other hand, first impressions are what will get you in the door. So if you are planning to use a school photo or snap shot, make sure it’s a good one!

Once you find an agent to represent your child, a professional photo is a MUST! A single standard black and white 8 x 10 head or ¾ shot with at least 25 to 50 copies is all you need to begin. Avoid investing a great deal of money at this point as kids grow and change so quickly, you may very well have to repeat the process in six months. Find a list of some local photographers here.

Acting Lessons for Kids
This is strictly a personal choice. Acting lessons are always beneficial at any age because acting is, after all, a craft which involves some technical skills. Even the most seasoned performers sometimes use acting coaches to perfect their skills. However, it is not absolutely necessary, especially when considering children who, by all means, are not expected to be seasoned performers…yet. Natural talent goes a long way at a young age, but there is a lot to be learned at acting schools and workshops. If you feel  acting classes would be something your child would enjoy, then by all means, sign them up!

 
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