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How to Raise a Confident Child

Personal confidence is what leads us to success, independence, and happiness. As a parent, there are several steps you can take to encourage growth of confidence in your child. After all, self-assurance starts at home, where they absorb first and foremost your reactions to good and bad situations, learning directly from their family members. Let’s see which steps you as the parent can take to nudge your kid towards a confident life!

Reflect positivity onto themselves

All kids look up to their parents and their opinions. So if you talk positively about your child, they will, in return, think positively about themselves. No matter of you child’s talents and abilities, if you believe in them, they will believe in themselves!

Spend time with them

A great way to bond with your kid is during their favourite way to pass time – to play with them! When you’re actively involved in your child’s play time, you’re showing that they are cherished and worth your time, which will improve their feeling of importance. It’s a great confidence booster. This, of course, applies to kids of all ages, even teens – when playtime is replaced with shopping or video games, try to find ways to spend time with them one-on-one, whether it’s going to a movie or getting pizza.

Be realistic (it’s ok to have bad days)

While it’s good to show positivity to your child, there’s nothing wrong showing your bad days, too. Bottling your feeling up is not good for anyone, and your child should know that it’s OK to have down days and not hide their emotions, or worse, be embarrassed by them. A confident person knows that life is not all positivity all the time, but also understands the importance of getting over that “hump” and moving forward.

Get their creativity flowing

Creative hobbies are an awesome way to help your kid get out there and gain more weight to their step. After school curricular like acting in a school play, or getting into modeling is something that will teach your kid to overcome their stage fright, and will give them an opportunity to meet and connect with new friends, thus getting their self-esteem way up!

Let some mistakes happen

It’s crucial for kids to understand that mistakes do happen, and sometimes it’s OK to fail. While every parent’s instinct is to shelter your kid from any mistakes and hurt feelings (and scraped knees), sometimes it’s necessary to let them make their own mistakes. Your kid needs to learn success through overcoming failure, and if you intervene and prevent them ever making one, how will they learn? Build your child’s confidence by giving them reassurance that they can deal with obstacles themselves.

Highlight their strengths

Remember that your child is an individual, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Try not to pressure them to succeeding in a field that you deem more important than their actual interests. Just because you were gifted in mathematics as a child, doesn’t mean your kid will be, too. Carefully observe what their interests lean towards – and then help develop it! For example, if your child lights up when singing songs in front of an “audience” of stuffed animals, their strength may be in performing arts or even public speaking. In that case, KidsCasting is just the tool you need to develop your child’s creativity and talent, with auditions for various projects in acting, modeling and performing – all of them for kids of all ages!

Overall, it’s very important to invest in your child’s confidence, because it’s one of the most important ingredient for a successful life. Spend time with your child, boost their creativity and teach them valuable lessons – and you’ll see how fast your child’s self-esteem will grow, and how stronger their confidence will get. And remember, a confident child is always the one who feels love and support at home, from the most important people in their life – their parents. So always remember to not only say that you love them but also show it – after all, actions speak louder than words!

The Importance of YOU!


If your child loves acting and modeling, many factors will nudge them towards success: their determination, applying to countless auditions, and of course their natural talent. But the most important part of your child’s success is on you, the parent. Kid actors and models with supportive, encouraging parents are far more likely to succeed in this demanding business than those without a proper support system. Why? Because if your child is just beginning their journey into acting and modeling, then you’re going to be playing the role of their agent, manager and acting/modeling coach. Plus, children strive on praise and encouragement – so whether it’s sports, chess or a creative hobby like acting, it’s important that no matter their accomplishments, they will feel love and support at home.

So which roles will you have to play (besides the most important one of a parent, of course) for your actor/model child? Here are a few:

Motivator

No actor has ever landed a role without going to countless auditions first. Same goes for models – their casting schedule can become quite overwhelming. So going to auditions and castings as much as possible is very important. But it can also make your kid feel impatient and demotivated because the reality is that with auditioning comes a lot of rejection. Motivate your kid by letting them know that this path was taken by their favorite actors and models and that they, too, will “make it” if they want it bad enough!

Organizer

As a parent, you’re probably no stranger to time management – what’s with getting your kid to and from school or kindergarten, after-school curriculums, play dates, fitting in homework, dinner, etc. It’s a lot, and if you add auditions and castings to the equation, things can get out of hand, fast. So taking the time to sit down and properly organize yours and your kid’s schedule is essential. Plan your travel accordingly. Take traffic into consideration. And don’t beat yourself up if you have to skip some auditions and castings due to scheduling conflicts – after all, you can’t be at two places at once!

Protector

If your child’s acting or modeling career takes off, they’ll eventually have a team of people informing them and protecting them legally. For now, as a parent, you should always be in the know about important details like changes in the child entertainment laws in your state (check them out HERE). Always carefully read through any contracts once your child gets the gig. Learn if they need work permits in your state (you’ll have to bring them on set and renew as needed). And most importantly, learn your child’s rights in this industry. Go to SAG-AFTRA (short for Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) for more.

A Safety Net

We always stress that acting and modeling auditions come with a lot of rejection. Even if your child is the most talented in the room, it doesn’t mean that they’re right for the role. So let your child know that being invited to audition is already a success on their part and that if they don’t get a callback, it’s still a step in the right direction. Your child should know that even if they don’t succeed, you’ll still be there to love and support them. After all, parents are the ones catching their kids when they fall – figuratively and literally speaking.

It’s clear that the role you play in your child’s acting and modeling career is the biggest one: you’re their driver, their coach, their manager, sometimes even their legal adviser, but most importantly, their biggest fan. Juggling parenting, your other duties, as well as your child’s passion for acting and modeling can be a tough task. But if getting in front of a camera, or onto the stage is what lights your kid up – it’s all going to be worth it!

How to Master a Cold Read During an Audition

What is a cold read?

A cold read is when an actor is asked to read from a script with little or no rehearsal, or time to review it. This technique is used in theatre, television and film auditions and sometimes rehearsals. Usually, an actor is asked to do a cold read during an audition when the casting director, producer or playwright wants to get a general idea of the actors’ performing capabilities.

Cold reads can be especially hard for young actors, many of whom are still perfecting their reading skills, so we’ve prepared a couple of tips for your child to master cold reads!

Read read read!

It will be much easier for your child to handle cold reads if they feel confident reading new material out loud. So encourage them to practice reading aloud every day, as a way to strengthen the skill. You can even be their reading partner – it will help your child get more motivated if they don’t have to practice alone.

Prepare

While there’s no way to know which lines an actor is going to get during a cold read, they should prepare what they can. Meaning doing as much research about the project they’re auditioning for, and of course arriving early to the audition. This will give your child a chance to compose themselves and concentrate before the audition, and maybe even get some extra time with the script!

Ask questions

Once your kid gets the script, they usually have a couple of minutes to quickly run through it. Encourage them to read it aloud before the audition starts. And teach your kid to ask the casting team questions beforehand if anything in the script is unclear.

Pay attention

During a cold read, your child should pay attention to their scene partner (if they have one). When their scene partner is talking, they shouldn’t frantically look into the script. Instead, they should be looking at them and responding in character.

Relax

Cold reads are never perfect, nor are they expected to be. To make a mistake or stumble on a word is normal, so coach your child to not get discouraged if they make a mistake. In a case where your kid stumbles on a word, they shouldn’t stop reading, nor is it advised to start over. They should relax and recover, meaning keep reading in character.

Overall

Cold reads are tough for even the most experienced actors. Remind your child that their natural talent as an actor is not a reflection of their cold read. Instead, teach them that being good at cold reads is a skill that can be gained and improved. Practice, patience, and of course, you support as a parent will help your child do their best in a cold read. Good luck!

Answering YOUR Questions on Kids’ Modeling

KidsCasting is first and foremost a community of parents who strive to give their kids the best opportunities out there. Often our members reach out to us with questions via our social media and directly on our website, so we’ve decided to gather questions on child modeling that you, our members, ask most often!

Question: “People constantly stop me on the street when I’m walking with my three-year-old to tell me how cute he is. I have looked into modeling for him but am weary because we don’t live in a major city. Is there any hope for small town folk to get their kids some modeling experience?” – Janelle, TX

Answer: It’s true that modeling of any kind including child modeling gets more traction in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. However, there still are projects going on in smaller cities – you just have to look for them! It can be shoots for local magazines, commercials, and even fashion shows. Plus, many big-budget projects actually choose their production location in smaller cities. You can check out the opportunities around your area using our casting call search.

Q.: “My daughter is five and absolutely LOVES to be photographed and being on camera. I think modeling is something she’ll really enjoy, but I’m a bit lost on where to start.” – Loretta, SC

A.: The kids’ modeling industry can seem overwhelming for a lot of parents. If you think your daughter will enjoy modeling, start with building their portfolio. That doesn’t mean hiring a professional photographer – you can take the photos yourself (learn more on what to include in a modeling portfolio HERE
). After you have your kid’s portfolio, you’re ready to apply to auditions!

That’s why KidsCasting is a great choice for parents who’re kids are only staring in this industry. You can dip your toes in, and see what and if your child is interested in modeling or acting, with very little commitment. All you need to start is a KidsCasting Subscription, a couple of good photos, and you’re ready to apply to as many casting calls as you want!

Q.: “I’m stuck on which photos to apply to our portfolio. Should i upload a portrait, full-body shot, or both? And what’s the best choice of clothes for a modeling portfolio?” – Susan, NY

A.: Having a variety of photos is your best bet: you kid’s portfolio should include at least a portrait and a full body shot. Ideally, you should have several photos that show off your child’s personality and a range of emotions. When it comes to their outfit, opt for less patterns, sequins, and super bright colors. The clothes you child is wearing shouldn’t overshadow their looks!

Q.: “Are there any tricks like clothes or accessories that will help my child to stand out amongst hundred other kids going to casting calls for modeling gigs? Anything you could recommend?” – Adam, CA

A.: The only thing that matters during a casting call is your child’s raw talent and photogenic qualities. No amount of stylish outfits, accessories, and hair do’s will help your child stand out to casting professionals. Simplicity is key. What we do recommend, however, is to make sure that on the day of the casting (or photo shoot, or any other modeling gig) your child is well rested, well-fed, and has a neat and clean outfit. Their talent will do the rest, trust us!

Q.: “My baby boy has just booked a commercial after applying to many casting calls and even attending a couple auditions around where we live (I can thank your website for this). This will be his first job ever, and I’m quite excited but scared at the same time. I don’t know what to expect and am not sure what happens if he’s not in the mood and will end up just crying the whole shoot. What should I expect on our first photo shoot? Help!” – Lauren, NY

A.: Congrats to you and your baby on booking your first gig! Don’t worry, when it comes to photoshoots/filming that involves small babies, it’s usually a quick process. First, because child laws don’t allow children to work more than a certain amount of hours a day (read more on them here HERE ). And second, because babies are, well, babies, and if they feel tired, or hungry, or both – they’ll show it. So usually the production tries to move along as quickly as possible. Many productions that deal with young talent will have what in the industry is called a “baby wrangler” – a professional whose job is to draw the baby model’s attention to the camera, making them smile, laugh and generally have a good time using toys, hand puppets and funny facial expressions.

Generally what you can do to prepare is feed them, and let them nap if they want. Remember, you’re going to a shoot that is held by professionals, most of whom have worked with kids plenty of times before, so they know what they’re doing! Good luck!

Q.: “Is there a particular “look” that companies/casting directors are looking for in baby models?” – Jason, WA

A.: What casting agents look for in a child is usually charisma and an outgoing personality. If they already have some experience, that is a plus. Remember, the modeling industry is extremely vast, and each client/project/agency usually looks for a specific qualities in the model. There’s fashion, commercial, sports and many other types of modeling out there, so no matter what kind of “look” your baby has, there will be an opportunity for them.

Q.: “What’s the one piece of advice would you give to a parent regarding kids modeling?” – Keysha, GA

A.: The number one advice we would give you is to NOT force your child into the acting and modeling world. First, you have to make sure that your kid really loves to model. They should be excited to be in front of the camera, and the modeling gigs shouldn’t feel like a chore to them. If you have a small baby, look at their reaction when being photographed, as well when meeting new people. A lot of babies light up at the sight of the camera, does yours? That;s the first sign that your baby will feel comfortable on set.

We hope by answering some your burning questions you’ll feel more confident on your child’s modeling journey. Remember, baby and kid modeling is as fun as you make it to be. At the end of the day it’s all up to you, the parent, to decide which opportunities will be best for your child.

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The Benefits of Musical Theater Training

Musical theatre is a form of performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. But you don’t have to dream of performing on Broadway to take musical theater training. Why? Because it’s a great way to introduce young actors to a variety of techniques valued immensely in the acting world. Training in musical theater typically covers a variety of performance and production topics and is also a great introduction to stage movement.

Let’s see what benefits musical theater training will give your child!

Versatility

Acting is a great outlet for creativity. But what really stretches one’s’ creative muscles is acting combined with singing and dancing. So musical theatre training can be a huge advantage for any actor, because it will show something many directors are looking for in their lead: versatility. What versatility gives an actor in the audition room is an advantage if the casting team asks them to sing during the audition. Musical theater training will not guarantee your child to develop incredible singing skills, but it does give a level of technical awareness when singing.

Confidence

Confidence is all about getting out of your comfort zone. And musical theater training does just that. Whether it’s singing, dancing or both that make your kid a bit nervous, getting over that initial shyness and in the end enjoying the result of rehearsals and training will be worth it. Such experiences will only nudge your kid to try new and exciting activities further along. Plus they’ll be going to auditions with a lot more confidence!

Voice training

Musical theater training includes voice training. That doesn’t necessarily mean your child will develop professional singing skills, but it does mean that they will learn how to use their voice better. This type of training will help your child be more in control of their vocal chords, opening up their vocal instruments, which is a huge advantage when getting cast for voice over projects. Voice training is also a benefit when performing on stage in theater plays.

Dance training

Musical theatre obviously combines song and dance, so dance training is a must. When auditioning for acting projects, dance training can be helpful especially for Disney projects like “Camp Rock”, “High School Musical”, and “Descendants”. Plus musicals are in right now, what with the worldwide success of a 2016 Oscar winner “La La Land”, so productions for film adaptations of musicals are always in the works. So such skills are always in demand!

Stage movement

Mastering stage movement is super important for actors, both on the stage and on set. Musical theater training not only gives your child musical stamina but physical coordination that’s so useful on stage as well. Actors of all ages must have a certain awareness of their bodies and be able to move freely, so that’s a great skill to have if you want to find success in the acting profession.

Musical theater training provides a creative outlet that can’t be beat. It teaches kids not only useful techniques and skills, but encourages them to grow, get out of their shell, and make new friends. Above everything musical theater is super fun, especially for kids!

Find dance and musical theater auditions right here on KidsCasting!

How Do Child Actors Film Horror Movies?


2017 is not over yet, but this year’s biggest box-office hit is already here, and it’s been a long time coming. The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” broke the record as the highest-grossing horror film at the US box office, with a sequel already in the works. More importantly, the entire main cast is a group of kids, all not older than 15. In fact, the youngest cast member Jackson Robert Scott, who plays the ill-fated Georgie, is only 8. And while being one of the youngest actors in “IT”, he’s the one participating in one of the scariest scenes in the movie. This made us wonder – what are the specifics of the horror movies and the kid actors playing in them?

While “IT” does feature some CGI (and what blockbuster in the last couple of years hasn’t), the main nemesis of the kids – the evil clown
Pennywise that transforms into your deepest fears in an instant, was mostly prosthetics. Taking into the account that Pennywise is the most famous and terrifying clown in fiction, it’s no surprise that the kids playing alongside him in the scenes were just that – terrified. In fact, producers of the film have confirmed that the look of the clowns was kept secret from the whole cast of kids – to make its impression stronger.

Bill Skarsgård who played Pennywise said this this about the process of filming horror scenes with kids: “Some of them were really intrigued, but some couldn’t look at me, and some were shaking. This one kid started crying. He started to cry, and the director yelled, “Action!” And when they say “action,” I am completely in character. So some of these kids got terrified and started to cry in the middle of the take.”

The Jist of “IT”

The approach that the “IT” producers and the director have taken when filming scenes with kids is a rare one, though. When it comes to the actual process of filming a horror film with child actors, experts say that the majority of scenes are shot as “reaction shots,” meaning the camera faces the child for a reaction, but the actual “scary action” is filmed separately. So the child actor doesn’t have to do a scene with a monster, or someone who can scare them. It’s rare that a child actor is filmed with the antagonist of the film, whether it’s a monster, a maniac, a killer, or all three in one. It’s even rarer that a child is shown as the one being hurt a horror film (which, as we mentioned before, is not the case with “IT”).

Another reason for child actors to mostly be used in reaction shots is child labor laws. A child can only be on set for a very limited time, so often the director will film child’s reaction before filming the rest of the movie, especially if the child doesn’t have an important role in the movie. Usually, the child isn’t present on set when the truly scary or violent scenes are being filmed, or if the child is part of a truly violent scene, CGI is often used. The irony is that kids themselves won’t see the actual horror films they were in until they are of age to do so.

What an actor in a horror film must first and foremost be able to exude to the audience are feelings of fear and dread. And while a grown actor can look to the films that are considered terrifying for reference, this option is not suitable for children. So where do kids learn how to act terrified if not from the classic horror films? Well, in that case, an acting coach can be a good option.

The case of “The Exorcist”

In a rare case, a child will not only be portrayed as being hurt in a horror film but play the horror itself. Such was the case for the 1973 film “The Exorcist”. Actress Linda Blair was only 14 years old when she played the possessed girl Regan (and was later nominated for an Oscar for her role). But many viewers found it to be problematic for such a young child to be portraying the literal devil (Blair had a variety of gruesome scenes in the film). This hadn’t been seen in horror films before, nor has it happened often since, meaning that the uproar of a more conservative public worked.

What we’ve learned today is that in most cases, a child cast in a horror movie will do very little scenes, and will probably not film in the presence of the movie’s antagonist. In rare cases like “It’ and “The Exorcist” though child actors play a much bigger role. But either way you, as a parent, can be sure that a film production is a safe, professional environment, especially when working with children. Horror is one of the most beloved genres of moviegoers around the world, and there are always numerous auditions available for various roles in upcoming scary movies. Check out our Casting Call database to see if there are opportunities that will be perfect for your child!

Stay tuned for more Halloween-related content coming your way! We’ve got something special up our sleeve 😉

Creative Halloween Activities for Kids

Aside from Christmas, it’s hard to think of a holiday that kids enjoy more than Halloween. But this fun and festive time can be more than just about candy and costumes. We’ve assembled four fun Halloween-themed activities that kids can enjoy at home while developing their creativity!

This fun Halloween game is a great chance for kids to use their imagination and dress-up in fun costumes!

How to play: Fill two suitcases or large boxes with an equal amount of clothing, hats, and scarfs, and place them at the end of the room. Divide the players into two groups (same number of players in each team). First, each team should pick their “model” – one player who will showcase the costume. Then each team must create one original costume from available clothing items. There’s no winner in this game, just a fun activity. The teams can swap items with each other and work in collaboration.

What you’ll need: Two suitcases or boxes; variation of clothing (hats, scarves, jackets, skirts, pants, boots, and so on)

Why play it: First of all, kids of all ages love to play dress up. Second, this activity will develop creative thinking and be a great group activity. If your kid enjoys playing dress up and pretends to be other characters, we advise you to introduce them to acting and modeling as a hobby – a great creative activity for kids!

A fun Halloween variation of the classic party game Guess Who!

Your little Halloween party guests will love this game! But it’s especially useful if your child has invited a group of kids who may not know each other very well. This game is a great way to get everyone acquainted.

How to play: Tape a character name (use kid-friendly characters from cartoons, kids’ movies, children’s book, or any Halloween-related characters) on kids backs and give them clues to help them figure out who the character is. Tell all the kids that they aren’t allowed to tell someone the character that’s on their back unless they make a right guess. Encourage the kids to ask each other “yes” or “no” questions so they can find out what character is on their back.
When a person guesses the character right, they’re allowed to move the label off their back and onto the front of their body. This way everyone will know who’s made a correct guess.

Halloween character ideas: Frankenweenie, Dracula, Elvira, Ghost, Casper, Werewolf, Zombie, Monster

Get the kids moving with this awesome dance game!

The premise of the game is to dance while the music is playing but as soon as it stops everyone has to freeze. Whoever moves while the music is off, loses the game. Encourage the kids to move like their Halloween characters would. For example, a mummy and a zombie would move slowly, while a vampire would be circling around the room like a bat using their cloak!

What you need: A source of music (CD player, sound system, or a smartphone)
Optional: Halloween-themed music

How to play: Gather the “monsters” around a room, and start playing the music. Then randomly stop it. Whoever moves while the music is off, loses the game. Repeat until there’s only one monster left dancing!

Why play it: Physical activity is a great way for kids to get moving during the party and use that energy they have collected with all the Halloween candy. Dance games are proven to better posture in kids, body movement, and coordination. And if your kid is into acting or modeling, those qualities will be a bonus in their performance.

A fun game that’s all about balance!

Create a simple spider web out of tape on your carpet. The spider web should be big enough for a child to be able to walk on it’s edges. Inside the web scatter around plastic spiders, and the prize at the end of the web. The rule of this game is to stay on the web and pick up all the spiders then the prize without falling off the web.

What you’ll need: A cleared out space (preferably carpeted); painter’s tape (use tape of different patterns for a more colorful web); small plastic spiders (available at most decoration stores); A piece of candy (or any other small prize).

Why play it: This game guarantees lots of giggles! Plus it will require balance and coordination to win this game, which are both important for overall development!

Use these fun games at Halloween parties, play dates, or simply when the weather isn’t great for outside activities. And stay tuned for our special Halloween surprise coming to you next week! 🎃

The Importance of Prosthetic Makeup in Film and TV

The process of creating a believable film or TV show is a difficult one, which requires various professionals to work on set such as costume designers, makeup artists, sound engineers, stage lightning professionals and many others. But one of the most important elements to consider when creating believable characters and storyline is makeup artistry. In fact, makeup artists are absolutely essential when it comes to TV and film as they help the audience believe that what they are seeing on the screen is real.

Regular makeup is used to either highlight the actor’s features, or the opposite, make them look worse (if the role and storyline requires that). But prosthetic makeup is different. It is used to create anything from bleeding wounds, to completely transformed facial features.

With the help of a special effects artist, an actor can transform into a totally different person, or even a creature, like Jennifer Lawrence in “X-Men” (the actress shared that it took 8 hours in a makeup chair to “become” the infamous blue-skinned shape shifter Mystique).

Prosthetic makeup (also called Special effects makeup or FX prosthesis), is the process of using prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic effects. The history of prosthetic makeup is fairly new. It was revolutionised by Makeup artist John Chambers who first used the technique in the 1968 classic “Planet of the Apes”. Chambers, who was a medical technician in World War II made prosthetics and facial-reconstruction patterns for the wounded. Since then his technique was used to transform actor’s faces (and sometimes their full bodies), from subtle changes to creating a totally fantastical creatures.

There are so many amazing examples of outstanding makeup transformations of actors. Some of the most memorable would be “The Fly” (1986), which won an Academy Award for makeup artist Chris Walas and his team’s’ work in transforming scientist Seth Brundle into a human/fly hybrid.

While “The Fly” showed us how prosthetic makeup can convincingly change actors into insects, a more common use for prosthetic makeup is to change actor’s looks to make them appear as someone else. 2003 thriller ”Monster” not only earned Charlize Theron her first Academy Award, but also served as a great example of the power of prosthetic makeup. Theron’s transformation into the real-life serial killer Aileen Wuernos was so dramatic, in fact, that at first many did not believe that the role was played by the actress. This example shows that the combination of excellent acting chops and a skilled makeup team can help the film or TV series make a very strong impact on its audience.

Not only does makeup artistry allows the character to be more believable to the audience, but it also helps the actors get immersed in the character as well. Overall, it’s as important for actors and filmmakers, as it is for the audience.

What’s so great about working in the entertainment industry as an actor or a model is that one sees a variation of professionals around them, getting inspired by other people’s talent and maybe even developing interest in a profession like makeup artistry themselves. After all, it’s a well-respected profession in the industry: the work of incredible makeup artists who work with prosthetics is recognized by various categories in film and TV awards, such as the Emmys and The Academy Awards.

How to Stand Out During an Audition

An audition is usually a relatively short process. An actor only has 10-15 minutes to WOW the casting team and get into a list of candidates for the job. But what makes a lasting impression on the casting team during an audition? What can you do to increase your chances of getting a callback? Here are four things an actor can do to stand out.

Show off your uniqueness

Casting directors long moved away from the “perfect” child image: blue eyes, perfect teeth, blond hair. Today, casting directors are more interested in “real” kids. Meaning stirring away from the “Toddlers and Tiaras” image as much as possible. It’s ok if your kid has lost a couple of teeth recently, or prefers to have messy hair, or has braces. All of these details will help show your kid’s individuality. If your kid chooses to show their uniqueness with clothes, that’s great. But be aware to not overshadow your child’s natural beauty with flashy prints or sequins!

Let your personality shine

From the moment you enter the audition room, an actor should be able to show off their personality. That means leaving shiness out the door and be as much engaged, present and yourself as possible. Actors who leave a good impression on casting directors are open and not shy at all. They react, ask questions, and are engaging. It’s good to have a pleasant demeanor and be willing to talk about unique interests and hobbies. That shows if a performer is well-rounded and has interests beyond acting/modeling.

Be present

During an audition, the casting professional needs to determine if an actor has what it takes to be focused and present on stage/during a shoot/ or while filming. This especially applies to young performers. If a child can’t sit still for one second, is fidgeting too much, or can’t concentrate to answer one simple question, the harsh truth is that the casting director will most likely pass on them. It’s important for a casting director to find child actors that can pay attention to what is going on in front of them. This is something that many parents overlook when they assess whether their child is cut out for this business. It is one of, if not the most, important factor in children under the age of 10 getting cast.

Be good at cold reads and have a monologue ready

Yes, the dreaded cold reads. For those not yet familiar with the aspect of cold reads, it’s when you’re given a monologue on the spot and only have a couple of minutes to prepare (read more on it here). While cold reads can seem intimidating at first, you can and should take simple steps to prepare your child for a potential one.

When preparing for auditions, one should also prepare a monologue to show off acting skills. We have covered this topic here and here.

As any successful actor will tell you, landing a role is a combination of talent, skills and just pure luck. So taking steps to master your craft, as well as not being afraid to show your true personality is a good foundation of a successful audition. Either way, there’s no guarantee of success in this industry, but persistence and talent always go a long way, in any situation. Good luck!

How Acting Helps Develop Humanity


Most parents wish for their child to grow up a kind-hearted, empathetic person. Someone who is able to understand feelings and perspective of others, and take them into consideration. Empathy is an essential skill for kids to master because it’s the foundation of healthy and successful relationships. In fact, it has been proven that kids with greatest levels of empathy are more likely to do better in school, social situations, and show themselves as leaders later in life.One of the advantages of acting for kids is that it’s a great way to learn empathy. Acting is not about memorizing lines, or learning stage movement. The heart of acting is in the ability to create a character from the words on the page of a script, knowing what the character wants, needs, and feels. An actor creates a nuanced portrait of someone. Sure, the costumes and makeup are important to create a full image. But the most important is translating emotional complexity to the audience – that what brings a character to life.When an actor plays a character, they step into another person’s shoes, experiencing their emotions and feelings. In acting, the performer has an emotional connection with their character, so your child will gain an insight of different experiences, becoming more empathetic in the process.

Rejection can sometimes be a lesson

An actor of any age (as well as models) will also be very familiar with the reality of rejection in the industry. No matter how talented an actor is, and how perfect they are for the role/job, there’s always a chance they’ll be turned down. It’s something that happens to even established actors. Being turned down can be hard on one’s self-esteem, and will certainly be a letdown. But rejection can serve a valuable lesson as well: someone that knows the pain of not getting what they want will feel more humanity towards others in a similar situation.

Acting comes with a lot of interesting and fun aspects for kids: dressing up in different costumes, pretending you’re someone else, interacting with other kids. But it’s also a chance to develop emotional intelligence and feel more connected to your own feeling and emotions, as well as the emotions of others.

Movies that teach kids empathy

Movies, cartoons, and TV shows have the power to stir our emotions and drastically shift our perspective. The right film can teach a child empathy and open their heart to humanity better than any lesson ever could. We’ve prepared a list of films that will teach your kid empathy:

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