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Your Guide to Baby Modeling

Many parents dream to see their adorable baby on the cover of a magazine or in commercials for their favorite baby brands. How thrilling would it be to see your baby’s big eyes, beautifully lit, look at you from a TV or a billboard. So if you think your baby is perfect for baby modeling, is photogenic, and your phone’s storage is almost full with baby pictures, then maybe you’re on the right path.

Where to start

The first, and most important step to get into this business is having good pictures of your baby. We’re not talking professional, expensive photoshoots. Simple, clear shots (even taken on your phone) that showcase your baby’s cuteness are fine. Make sure to capture your baby’s best assets, like their big, bright eyes, and an adorable smile. Casting directors want to see your baby’s natural beauty, so forget about flashy clothes, or “Toddlers and Tiaras”-like styling. Keep it simple. To learn more about the best angles and techniques for baby pictures, click here.

Where to apply

Once you have the photos, time to apply to castings and auditions. KidsCasting is a great place to start your baby’s modeling career with no third party involvement (like a modeling agency or a talent agent). That means you can search and apply to however many casting calls in your area and all around the U.S. We recommend applying to as many casting calls as possible, particularly open casting calls (meaning everyone is welcome to audition on the day).

How to prepare

After you submit your child’s photos and are (hopefully) invited to a casting/audition, time to prepare. Besides for a child to be photogenic and cute, casting professionals also look for a baby that will want and be able to sit through the actual photoshoot or the filming process. So make sure your kid is fed, had a nap, and all of his needs are met. Bring his favorite toy to the audition to distract him if he’s having a fit.

If your baby doesn’t do well in new surroundings and is very fidgety and temperamental, then chances are baby modeling is not their calling. Read more on how to survive your baby’s first casting here.

How much can my baby make?

One of the great perks of baby modeling that in some cases, it can actually pay for your child’s future education as well as help your household financially. While scoring a well-paid photoshoot or ad is not guaranteed, in some cases, companies pay more than $125 an hour for a project. Pay rate, of course, varies on the job. Bigger brands like Pampers, Baby Gap and the like tend to have bigger pay rates than smaller projects.

Babies and toddlers have fun with modeling. Like sports, hobbies and creative endeavors, it is another outlet to experience new things. Many parents will say that their babies light up when they see a camera flash, and genuinely seem to enjoy the process of a photoshoot, because with modeling kids get to play dress up, or play with new toys and have new experiences! Remember, babies and toddlers 0-4 years old absorb every new experience like little sponges. Each new, positive event helps them develop into well-rounded individuals, so we encourage you to try it for yourself and see if your kid is the next baby supermodel!

Creative Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to turn off the TV and video games and get your kids participate in these fun and festive activities. Your kids will make memories by enjoying long-time traditions or creating new ones while you add the finishing touches to the holiday meal. Here are some ideas:

Thanksgiving poems

We’ve prepared printable Thanksgiving poems to give out to kids to memorize for an after-dinner surprise for grandparents and friends.
Sharing fun Thanksgiving poems for kids at home is a fun way to get young children excited about the history and traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday. Download free printable poems by clicking the banner below👇

Home theatre

Get your kids show their creative side with a homemade theatre play. They can get as creative as they want with costumes, set design and the script. Here are some tips and ideas for Thanksgiving plays for kids:

Script: A Thanksgiving play is a great way to learn the history of the holiday. You can encourage the kids to create the script themselves, or easily find one online (depending on children’s age). Make sure that each kid has at least one line to say!

Costumes: Kids love to dress up and create costumes out of old clothes and accessories. Household items can come in handy as well: for example, kids can craft pilgrim hats out of construction paper!

Set design: To create set props for a Thanksgiving play, you’ll need cardboard boxes or some craft paper. These materials work great for creating any props you might need such as the ship that the pilgrims arrive on, or the food that is shared at the first meal.

Festive charades

Everybody loves a classic game of charades. Give it a Thanksgiving spin and you have an awesome, holiday-themed game for kids to use their imagination and creativity.

Here’s how to play: prepare (or let the kids prepare) pieces of paper with Thanksgiving-themed objects and characters drawn on them. They should include a pilgrim, turkey, pumpkin pie, etc. Put the pieces of paper in a jar. When a player takes the piece, they should pantomime the word to the other players. Whoever guesses the right answer, gets a point!

After dinner talent show

A great way to keep kids occupied while the Thanksgiving feast is being prepared is to have them organize an after-dinner talent show for the grown-ups to watch. Each child can prepare a Thanksgiving-themed poem, song, dance, or even show off a football move.

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities. It gives us time ponder upon what lessons we have learned this year, look back at all the wonderful memories, and get excited for the times ahead. KidsCasting wishes you and your family a happy and joyful Thanksgiving day!

How to Succeed With KidsCasting

Do you believe you are raising a future star? Or has your kid showed interest in performing? In either case, it is good to try acting, modeling, dancing or other forms of performance for yourself to see what it’s like. To do so, there are certain steps that need to be taken to break into the industry. KidsCasting offers everything your kid needs to kickstart an entertainment career.

Follow the steps below, and you too will join the successful bunch who have participated in awesome projects found through KidsCasting.

Create a KidsCasting profile

A membership profile on KidsCasting is the way to start. Access more than 1500 casting calls for acting and modeling projects across the U.S. and submit your kid to unlimited opportunities! KidsCasting profile also gives your kid an opportunity to get discovered by top casting professionals and modeling agencies who are looking for talent through our website. Learn all about the entertainment industry and the tools needed to succeed with our Video Vault and
Parent Academy.

Upload headshots

This you simply cannot skip if you wish for any success in booking auditions. Headshots are a crucial part of landing a job. They represent your kid and their talent. On KidsCasting you can upload a number of images and choose your kid’s main headshot. If you don’t have professional headshots of your child, don’t fret: you can learn how to take them yourself
here.

Pro tip: Because kids change and grow, we highly advise to upload new headshots every 6 months.

Optimize your kid’s Comp Card

If you and your child are new to the entertainment industry, you are probably not yet familiar with the ins and outs of the audition process, more precisely, what’s necessary for a successful audition. Did you know that actors and models also need to have certain marketing tools to stand out in this competitive industry? One of the most important ones happens to be a comp card. Not familiar? Don’t fret. Now KidsCasting members can make one right on our website for free!

Search and submit to auditions

Our casting call database holds over 1500 casting calls at any given time, and that number is growing. This means you have 1500 projects to search through and apply to. We have an easy-to-use browsing tool that will sift out the casting calls you are interested in. You can search by requirements such as the audition discipline, location, age group and more. Find the casting calls you like and start applying!

Network with casting directors and industry professionals

That’s right. Top casting directors and agents use KidsCasting to search for talents for their upcoming productions. You can network with industry professionals privately, answer to their messages and introduce your kid’s profile to them through KidsCasting messaging system. Creating industry contacts is an important part of building your kids performing career and will open many more doors to opportunities. Get discovered and create friendly relations with the right people, and you are off to a good start.

Learn from our video lessons and advice articles

Our Parent Academy is a regularly updated educational section. A place where parents can learn about the entertainment industry and the tools needed to help their kids find success.

KidsCasting Video Vault
is regularly updated with new video content featuring entertainment experts and casting professionals, giving parents advice on everything they need to know before getting their kid into acting and modeling.

Book auditions

If you put the work in, follow our advice and apply to casting calls regularly. The entertainment industry is ever growing and open to all looks, age groups, and ethnicities. Those who try – succeed. Those who try the right way – definitely succeed. Use KidsCasting the right way and your kid will have the resources they need to shake this entertainment boat with a boom.

Now that you know the steps to successfully use KidsCasting, why not start applying to the casting calls available in our database right now? Try and succeed! We believe you can!

5 Ways Your Kid Can Practice Acting At Home

Your kid may have already started auditioning. Or maybe you are just beginning to apply to casting calls. Either way, you are faced with time spent waiting for callbacks. Waiting for an audition invitation requires some patience and can be discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be. Use this time productively, step by step bringing your kid closer to booking an audition. Here are 5 ways your kid can practice acting at home while waiting for their next gig to come!

1. At-home theater play

Encourage your kid to gather their friends and together prepare a little theater play. You could help them out taking up the director’s role or even more so – allow the children to explore this side of production themselves. You can invite family and neighbors to watch their performance making a day out of it. It’s also a great way to get more comfortable with acting in front of an audience.

2. Favorite scene reenactments

Does your kid have a TV show character they absolutely love? Or maybe a favorite show or a movie? Let them choose a character, write down some monologues from the show and together you can reenact the scenes, giving a new twist to them. You kid can then use these monologues later in an audition.

3. Develop a storyline

This is a great way for kids to learn to understand different characters and personalities. Building their own stories requires them to consider the character’s motives and emotions. Not only that, they get to think how the characters would fit together in a storyline and how their personalities would interact. This exercise will help them understanding different roles in the future.

4. Perform monologues in different styles

To practice understanding emotions, you could help your kid prepare the same monologue in different styles. For instance, they could read it as someone who is agitated, stressed or the opposite – very content and peaceful. It doesn’t have to necessarily make sense in relation to the story. But it will teach them to access that emotion in different circumstances. This is often required in auditions and doing it can help them understand the monologue from multiple angles.

5. Study other kid actor performances

Watch the performances of other child actors with your kid. Discuss the characters and how they think they have been portrayed. Ask them how else they think the character could be played. Which emotions does he character have? What are the characters motives? What in the actor’s performance shows this motive?

These simple acting exercises are great for kids who want to get into acting. With practice comes if not perfection then at least continuous development. Keep practicing and your kid will be ready to rock their next audition like a little pro.

Creative Christmas Gifts for Kids and Teens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to spoil your young actor or model with creative gifts they’ll appreciate. Here’s a roundup of out of the box gifts that will be perfect for your talented kid or teen:

Professional photoshoot

A headshot is the most important marketing tool for an actor or model – after all, it’s going to be the first thing the casting directors will look at. And if your child is serious about their pursuit, then getting them a session with a professional photographer will make an awesome Christmas gift. Plus, photos of your kid is something you will have and enjoy for years to come!

Singing, dance and modeling classes

Whether your kid is into acting or modeling, getting them to participate in classes that will expand their range will only benefit them. For example, voice training and stage movement classes can be a great asset to a young actor and might help them succeed in an audition. And dance lessons can be beneficial for models as it teaches to be more in-sync with your body.

Classic movies

For kids who love to perform and act, studying their favorite movies can be essential for the strengthening of their skills. Depending on the age of your young actor, the sets may include classic movies for kids like “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), “Home Alone” (1993) and “The Grinch” (2000). Not only are these movies age appropriate for younger kids, they all feature great performances by child actors.

Theatre tickets

Seeing a theater play can be a magical and inspirational experience for kids with all kinds of interests. Kids these days are so used to consuming entertainment through TV and computer screens that a live theater experience can be an eye-opening one. Younger kids will especially enjoy musical theater (“The Lion King” is our favorite).

For young actors especially, having a perspective of an audience member will be a useful and teachable experience. Actors who have had this connection are more likely to embrace it in their own performances. It also provides young actors with essential examples of good acting and inspires their passion for performance.

Plays and books

You can’t go wrong with a gift of good literature. Any child will benefit from a gift of a play or storybook. Classics like “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie, “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry are our top picks!

If your young actor is interested in monologues for audition purposes, avoid compendiums of generic monologues solely created for the audition. We recommend sticking with good literature you can’t go wrong with.

KidsCasting subscription

Our last gift idea, but certainly not least, is a KidsCasting subscription. Why? Because KidsCasting is the #1 website for talented kids who are interested in acting, modeling and performing. We are a unique, 24/7 platform that focuses on providing latest casting calls for babies as young as one week old and minors as old as 17. We are a perfect place for parents who want to introduce their kids to modeling and acting as a hobby, or even as a future career!

We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas. Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Christmas Movies for the Whole Family

‘Tis the season to watch the best Christmas movies for kids, with classics like Home Alone and Grinch. Why not plan a family movie night, make some popcorn and cuddle in for a Christmas movie marathon?

HOME ALONE (1990)

This John Hughes classic is a staple in our Christmas movie collection. It has everything a good holiday flick needs: plenty of Christmas spirit, a funny set of characters, and the best decorated house on the block. Plus, an incredible performance from 10 year old Macaulay Culkin!

Synopsis: “An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.”

ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME (2003)

“Eloise at the Plaza” book series is a classic beloved by many generations. This Christmas-themed movie adaptation will gift you with the Holiday cheer, no matter what it takes!

Synopsis: “A 6-year-old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.”

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)

We love this adaptation of the Christmas classic. Jim Carrey does an incredible job recreating one of the meanest Christmas characters out there, while 7 year old Taylor Momsen steals the show as Cindy Lou Who!

Synopsis: “On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.”

SHREK THE HALLS (2007)

The Grinch isn’t the only green Christmas monster. In this short, Shrek is back and trying to pull off the best holiday ever!

Synopsis: “This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.”

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

This movie has been warming the hearts of children and their families for more than 70 years. It’s safe to say that this holiday classic is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Synopsis: “An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.”

ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS (1985)

We’ll just say this: have the tissues ready for this heartwarming Christmas story.

Synopsis: “An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.”

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (2006)

A story of a group of kids stranded at the airport on Christmas. What else can they do than create their own Christmas celebrations? Spoiler alert: hilarity ensues!

Synopsis: “A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.”

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)

This timeless classic will get your kids into the festive spirit in no time!

Synopsis: “A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.”

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)

Who else to teach the little ones about the meaning of Christmas than Charlie Brown? Yeah, we don’t have a better answer either!

Synopsis: “Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.”

HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (1992)

There’s no place during the Holidays like New York. And the second installment of Home Alone does not fail to show off the city in all it’s Christmas glory, in this hilarious second adventure of everyone’s favourite Kevin McCallister.

Synopsis: “One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.”

A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)

A Christmas classic that both kids and their parents. No surprise that TBS used show it for 24 hours straight!

Synopsis: “In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.”

What NOT to Do at a Casting

We always discuss tips and tricks for helping you kid land a callback, from sharing our favorite acting monologues to outfits that work best for a casting. Today, we’ve decided to share the opposite: what NOT to do when going to meet the casting team for both acting and modeling gigs. So, here’s what your kid and you shouldn’t do during an audition:

 

Never pressure your child to audition

The number one rule of success in acting and modeling is that a child should passionate about it. Sure, the audition process can seem like a grueling one: there’s lots of waiting and uncertainty, and it’s easy to want to give up when the callbacks are just not coming as often as you’d like. But to find success in this industry, one must be persistent and not give up on their dream.

Remember, acting and modeling should be fun for your kid. If your child fell out of love with it, then don’t make them go to auditions. Plus, the casting professional will most definitely pick up on the fact that you’re more eager to get the gig than your child.

Don’t suffer through the audition

This is for parents of babies and toddlers on the day of the audition: If your child skipped nap time and is too tired, or they had too much sugar and are feeling too wired, then it’s a good idea to pass on attending altogether. Avoid this mistake if you don’t want for a casting professional to remember your child by their bad behavior (whiny or wired kids rarely do well during the auditions).

 

Don’t avoid eye contact

When you prep your child for an audition, remind them of proper etiquette and behavior during an audition. Your child shouldn’t avoid eye contact with the casting director, especially when introducing themselves for the first time.

Avoid asking too many questions

When entering a casting room, your child should do the following: clearly state their name and age, perform their scene/monologue, or in case of a modeling casting hand over their modeling portfolio. And at the end of the audition say thank you and exit the room. We would advise not to ask how the audition went, or when to expect a callback. Trust us, taking too much of the casting director’s time will only annoy them.

Don’t scold your child in front of the casting team

If you don’t want your child to get a callback, then go ahead and make it awkward for the casting team by criticizing your child right in front of them. Even if your child has made a mistake, NEVER scold them in the presence of the casting director. Chances are, he’ll never want to work with you or your kid.

Don’t make excuses for your child

If the casting or an audition didn’t go as planned and your child has forgotten their monologue or got too nervous, don’t overcompensate with excuses. The truth is that each casting professional only has a couple of minutes to spend on each participant, and they simply don’t have the time to listen to the often unnecessary excuses. Simply take a bad audition and learn from it.

Don’t just focus on your child

If you are a parent to a child actor or model, remember that you are being judged as well. Casting directors want to know right off the bat that if they hire your child that you will be easy to work with as well!

We encourage you to take these tips into consideration when preparing your kid for their next audition or casting! So, take nap time and snacks into consideration, don’t push your child to audition if they don’t want to, and make sure to be more of a support system for your child, and let them show off their talent while rooting for them behind the scenes (so to speak). Good luck!

Young Actors Who Rocked 2017

2017 brought us so many great performances by young actors, both in TV and film. In fact, one can say that kids dominated the screens in 2017: from the most talked about Netflix hit “Stranger Things” lead by a group of pre-teens, to the biggest horror movie of all time – the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” that also centers around a group of fearless kids. That’s why today we’d like to talk about child actors who brought amazing performances to the screen in 2017.

Brooklynn Prince in “The Florida Project”

Brooklynn Prince in “The Florida Project”

Brooklynn Prince, the 7-year-old star of Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” stole the critics heart in 2017 with her portrayal of “precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.” The film and it’s young actress has already been nominated for a slew of awards, including the 2018 Golden Globe, the SAG awards and the BAFTAS. We’re pretty sure the Oscar nomination is on the way for Brooklynn, which will make her the youngest Academy nominee ever!

Jacob Tremblay in “Wonder”

Jacob_Tramblay

Canadian actor Jacob Trembley made his film debut and gained critical acclaim at just 10 years old for his role in the Oscar-nominated “Room”, starring alongside Brie Larson. In this year’s “Wonder”, Jacob plays August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story, and Jacob’s performance will surely leave you in tears.

The kids of “Stranger Things”

“Stranger_Things”

In 2016, Netflix’s thrilling science fiction drama “Stranger Things” became everyone’s favorite show. And this year, we finally got the long-awaited second season. While the plot lines are binge worthy itself, one thing is certain: the group of kids playing middle-schoolers Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), the new girl in town Max (Sadie Sink) and their psychokinetic frind Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), are the best part of the show. Their impeccable acting skills and chemistry are incredible, and we’re positive their acting careers will only grow further.

Owen Vaccaro in “Daddy’s Home 2”

At just 12 years old, Owen Vaccaro has a pretty impressive filmography under his belt, with “Mothers Day” and “Daddy’s Home”. In 2017, Owen returned to the big screen as Dylan in “Daddy’s Home 2”, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Owen plays Wahlberg’s son and Ferrell’s respective stepson.

The “losers” from “It”

“IT”

2017 graced us with “the highest-grossing horror movie of all time”
– the adaptation of Stephen King’s “It”. The main protagonists of the movie are a group of middle-schoolers who call themselves “The Losers Club”, who go on a journey of finding their friends’ little brother Georgie.

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.

The kids of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a dark comedy about three young siblings facing trials and tribulations after losing their parents in a mysterious fire. Adapted from the widely successful children’s book series by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler), the series dazzle with incredible set design and performances by 15-year-old Malina Weissman, 17-year-old Louis Hynes and most notably 3-year-old Presley Smith.

Abraham Attah in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

16-year old Ghana-born actor Abraham Attah made an amazing screen debut in Netflix’s’ film “Beasts Of No Nation” alongside Idris Elba. This year the talented teen joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Marvel Studios latest addition to the Spider Man universe is the first major role for Attah since that Netflix film, and we’re positive that he has many more remarkable performances ahead of him!

Surviving Your Baby’s Casting

Baby modeling can be so fun: after all, who doesn’t love being told how cute their baby is. Most of the jobs for babies are also paid ones, so that’s a bonus. And you often get to keep beautiful professional pictures of your kid afterward. Double bonus! But it’s also important to remember that baby modeling is not just play, it’s also a business. And a serious one at that.

For starters, babies are allowed to work only a couple hours a day, so shoots and filming usually run on a very tight schedule. But most importantly, babies are VERY unpredictable. And even if you take all the steps for your baby to behave during an audition (aka feed them and make sure they nap beforehand) it’s not guaranteed that your precious little one won’t throw an hour-long fit during an audition/casting/photoshoot etc.

We have prepared some tips for you to follow that will help you survive that audition/casting/job with your baby. Here they are:

Leave early

On the day of the audition/casting or if your baby has already booked a job (congrats!), try to avoid stress as much as possible. That means avoiding doing anything last minute and being as much prepared for delays and traffic as possible. So, try to pack all the necessities you’ll take with you the night before. Take care of your child’s napping/feeding time (easier said than done, we know), and try to leave the house early. All in all, be super prepared!

Bring a friend

And by a friend we mean anyone who you’ll think will help you handle a stressful situation with your baby. A family member or friend is an extra set of hands that will always be useful in situations with a baby, like changing diapers, handling paperwork and so on. Especially if it’s your first time at a casting.

Take something familiar with you

A toy, a blanky, a special bottle – every baby has this one object that they absolutely love and that seems to bring a bit of comfort to them in stressful situations and gets them distracted for a minute. This object can save you from your baby’s tantrum, as well as help them concentrate on a photo, so take it with you!

Take a breather

If the castings waiting room gets too hectic for you and the baby, you can always take a little time-out in the break room, or restroom, or even go outside (if the weather allows) for a quick breather. Some quite and your soothing words will help calm your baby, as well as calm you, too.

Under 10 and an Oscar Nominee

The 2018 Academy Awards nominees have been announced a couple of days ago. And while we wait for the award ceremony airing March 4, we thought to acknowledge the young actors who have been nominated for the most prestigious award in film in its 90-year history.

Let’s celebrate the amazing talents of the youngest Academy nominees who made their families the proudest they could ever be!

Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)

Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine

Abigail Breslin was cast in “Little Miss Sunshine” at just 6 years old, but had to wait 4 more years to start filming. Worth the wait though, as her performance not only melted the hearts of viewers worldwide, but also earned her an Oscar nomination.

Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012)

Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

At only 9 years old Quvenchané became the youngest nominee ever in the Best Female Actress category. Her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” opened many more opportunities for her, such as a starring role in high-ranked “Annie” remake.

Haley Joel Osment in “The Sixth Sense” (1999)

Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense

Haley Joel Osment was only 11 when the supernatural thriller “The Sixth Sense” brought him to stardom. His performance as a psychic child was so impressive, that he became the second-youngest performer ever to receive an Academy nomination for a supporting role. Sadly, he lost the final Oscar vote to Michael Caine (with whom he would later work, appearing together in “Secondhand Lions”).

Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement” (2007)

Saoirse Ronan in Atonement

13-year-old Saoirse Ronan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 2007 film “Atonement”. Today, the Ireland native is 22 years old and has just received her third Academy nomination for her starring role in “Lady Bird”.

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” (2010)

Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

Today, Hailee Steinfeld is an accomplished actress and singer. But her rise to fame was at only 14 years old, when she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Mattie, a girl seeking her father’s murderer, in the 2010 film True Grit.

Mary Budham in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

This young girl received an academy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the iconic “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Interestingly, Mary was only 35 days older than the record holder Tatum. She lost her nomination to another child actor that year, but nevertheless Mary’s amazing performance stays in our memories along with the timeless movie.

Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver” (1976)

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

14-year-old Jodie Foster was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Iris in the 1976 film “Taxi Driver” directed by Martin Scorsese. As an adult, she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in “The Accused” (1988) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). She was also nominated for her starring role in “Nell” (1994).

Justin Henry in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer

Justin Henry’s performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer”, his first movie ever, landed him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Plus, he was only 8 years old, making him the youngest nominee in any category ever at that time. Now that’s what we call a movie debut!

Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon” (1973)

This young actress takes home the biggest prize. At the age of 10 Tatum O’Neal became the youngest winner of Best Supporting Actress. In the movie she played a young orphan girl who forms a bond with her travel companion when she shows her skills for conning people.

These children prove that even the biggest dreams can be achieved at any age. If you think your child has the talent to become an actor, KidsCasting is the perfect place to kickstart your kid’s career!