Breaking in to the showbiz industry is not an easy task, but for kids and teens, time is on their side. In fact, babies, children and teenagers actually have an easier time of “getting discovered” than most adults over the age of twenty five actually do. So, if your child is expressing an interest in becoming an actor or performer, or if others are telling you that he or she is so cute they should be in commercials, you are probably wondering exactly how to get started.
The steps to becoming a child actor or model, while challenging, are actually fairly strait forward provided you know what they are. The problem is, many people are misguided, scammed, or simply attempt the task in a way that is actually detrimental to the child’s blossoming career.
If you educate yourself about the ways of the entertainment industry, it will be much easier to avoid scams. Knowledge is power and knowing the proper steps will keep you in control. Here are a few red flags to look out for:
– Talent agents, especially those in California where it is the law, are usually licensed
– You should never pay an up-front fee as a condition to be represented by an agent or manager
– There is a difference between being represented by someone and taking their class. Classes cost money to attend and don’t guarantee you’ll get a job