Talented children are relying on their parents to hold their little hands and safely guide them to a place where they can share their gifts with the world. Teamwork is the key word that parents should always be aware of when they are playing the show business game. Here’s a few tips that will help parents help their child(ren) succeed in the business.
Get the proper training. If you can’t afford to pay for professional training, your child’s school, your local church, as well as other community centers are all a great place for your child to showcase their talents. Another option would be to submit your child for castings posted by film students and other low budget producers that are looking for talent who will accept roles with no pay. Most times they’re willing to provide meals while on set as well as reimburse you for your transportation costs, so it’s a real win-win situation.
Appearance and wardrobe are extremely important when trying to make a good impression. A good image is a great way to get instant recognition and make your child stand out from the competition. Dress your child according to the role that they’re auditioning for. You can also follow the current fashion trends as a guide for what’s appropriate.
Stay organized and plan ahead of so that you’re not caught off guard. It’s very likely that you’ll be contacted at the last minute for a call back or an audition. Weekends, holidays, and summer months are all times when both you and your child will be available. Reserving some of this time for training, auditions, go-sees, etc. is definitely worth the sacrifice.
Utilize your resources. Follow up with your child’s manager, agent, talent scout, or any other professionals involved on a daily basis to make sure that they’re doing what they promised. Solicit help from friends and relatives to be on standby just in case you have an emergency. Whenever you can, network with other parents whose children are in the business. You can share your experiences and learn new information.
Be Proactive. Instead of waiting for an opportunity, take the initiative to create one. Show up early or hang around afterwards and volunteer to help out in any way you can. Industry professionals really appreciate parents’ cooperation. Build relationships by networking with as many people as you can, it’s a great way to promote your child’s talents. Whenever new projects arise, it’s very likely that your child will be considered above the competition simply because they “know” you.
Consider independent promotion. If your child isn’t signed to an exclusive contract you should take advantage of internet sites such as myspace.com, facebook.com, youtube.com to give your child more exposure. These sites allow you to highlight and showcase your child’s amateur work. Above all, stay committed and be patient. If you give up too soon you’re really giving up on your child…