It’s fair to say that most parents are just a little bias when it comes to their children’s talent. I mean, they are talented to you because it is quite profound to see your little one even bobble their head to music.
So how do you know if your child is truly meant for the stage or big screen?
Lynn Stallings of Atlanta Workshop Players joined Ramona DeBreaux for a Special Edition of Casting Calls to weigh in on the subject.
AWP, The Atlanta Workshop Players is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, family-friendly Performing Arts Company and Film School Conservatory provides professional-level training in a non-competitive atmosphere for all ages.
Lynn assured Ramona “Some kids really are stars!” Check out the tips for parents below:
HOW TO LAUNCH A CHILD’S CAREER IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY!
Lynn Stallings-Executive Director of Atlanta Workshop Players answers common questions below:
How do parents know their kid REALLY has potential as an actor.
Motivation is a big part of it. If they are constantly
Acting things out…. or creating their
Own characters. Consistently saying “I wanna be
You’ll Know they have skill if they keep getting cast in
Major roles at school……if their acting
Teachers say they could do this professionally.
IF they’re practicing a scene and it seems so REAL
that you think they are just talking and YOU enter
into their conversation, you know they can act.
How to get them ready for a professional career.
Get them in CLASSES. Acting for stage and screen are
Very different. If they want a career on Broadway
(That can happen. We had 3 kids cast in leading
roles on Broadway this spring). They would need
to be in Musical Theatre classes.
IF they want a career in TV/Film
they need On-Camera classes. The biggest complaint
that I hear from casting directors is that the actors
in the south are “TOO BIG” for screen. Acting on
screen is intimate. It’s just a different style
and requires training.
How to do parents handle rejection & or success?
It’s a mind-set. Auditions are not about getting that
particular job. It’s about ‘owning the room’ and showing
that you belong in the industry. Go in prepared and do
what you love to do…..which is act! You are actually
auditioning for every role that the casting directors
will ever cast. They are looking at you for future projects.
Each audition is an investment in your career.
So, it doesn’t matter if you get cast in this role at all.
Knowing that takes the pressure off.
When you have successes…..that’s a bonus! Be
excited and grateful and now you can begin to open
doors for your creative friends! Treat everyone with
honor and respect. The cast, crew, the doorman,
the parking attendant, your family, friends. Success
and visibility give you a element of power. Use that
power for good!
What steps should parents take to prepare children for the entertainment business?
a) Train AND get experience: make your own movies, do
student films….practice your craft.
b) Get promotional materials together-Need professional
headshots & resume. EVENTUALLY performers will need a
video demo reel and a voice over reel to present yourself
as a ‘pro’. These consist of edited clips of professional
work you have done. If you don’t have professional work
yet, you can have a demo reel professionally created
by a pro. It needs good sound, good lighting and to be
shot on location so that it looks & feels like a TV show or
c) Actors are submitted for auditions online, so it’s
important to Join the actors online services such
as ACTOR’S ACCESS and 800CASTING and
NOW CASTING. They are not very expensive
And they are necessary.
d) So once you have developed skills and gotten
promotional materials together & are on the actor
sites, then its time to GET AN AGENT.
e) Once you get an agent, know you are a TEAM and
you can’t just sit back and wait for them to do all
the work. Constantly look for projects shooting in
the area. Look for Breakdowns on Actor’s Access & Voice 123.
f) And be gracious! Nurture your relationships! Be the
easiest person on the planet to work with. Thank
everybody. AND HAVE FUN!
So there’s your Crash course in how to launch an acting career.
You can get a great start at Atlanta Workshop Players’ VIP Movie Camp later this month. Make movies, earn IMDB credits for your resume, Audition for Casting Directors & Agents, take classes, see shows, perform and make life-long friends!
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AWP Hotline: 770-998-8111
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