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:
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.
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.
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.
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!