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How to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition as a Young Actor

The majority of actors would agree that to be able to master the art of commercial auditions is an invaluable skill, considering their wide berth of exposure and on-camera experience. While commercials may seem to be easy work, and even silly at times, it is essential to learn the essence of staying natural and being yourself in a genuine way, all of which are skills learned at YAC!

Here are a few essential tips to take into account when auditioning for a commercial as a young actor:

1. Dressing appropriately.

When casting directors are casting for kids and teens, they want kids and teens that look like kids and teens! That means you need to dress age appropriate. If you’re not sure what that means, try looking at other kids and teens in commercials currently, or check with a parent. As a general rule though, girls, you should not show up caked in make-up, walking in heels or wearing inappropriately provocative clothing. More coverage is best! Boys, you don’t need to be squeezed into your best, most formal clothing with itchy collars and hair slicked down unnaturally, nor should you show up in clothing that is unclean or marked with inappropriate slogans. In fact, boys and girls, try not to wear obvious brands and slogans at all. Think of this: how would you normally look on a school day? If the answer is ‘unclean’, or wearing inappropriate clothing, well, please adjust. But you get the idea, no? And certainly take the role into consideration – tomboy or girly-girl, bully or nerd? Please don’t show up in a full-fledged costume, but there’s nothing wrong with wearing normal clothing that hints at the role. When in doubt though, school attire is usually fine.

2. Taking in adjustments.

When casting a commercial, a casting director will want to make sure a you, a young actor can change your delivery in the room; this reassures them that you can take direction, which is important when being on set and actually taking directions from a director when he/she wants to try something different. If you’re cast, but can’t take directions, this not only looks bad for you, but for the casting director. So it’s not only your job on the line, but theirs too. Unfortunately though, young actors often make the mistake of repeating, memorizing lines so many times in the exact same way while rehearsing, that they’re incapable of changing when requested. Plus, added nerves can make taking in directions almost impossible.

So, when you’re preparing a role, experiment with different ways of saying the lines, different intentions, movements (only if necessary), pacing and timing, and do not settle into any one delivery. Get creative, and play around as much as possible during your rehearsal; this will not only reassure you that you’ll be able to take directions, but it will also help eliminate any nerves. You’ll be prepared and ready to rock the audition!

3. Know the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind your lines.

When memorizing a commercial audition, it’s very easy to do just that: play around a bit (as suggested above), but still just memorize. Instead of doing simply this, you should reflect on what your characters wants, what’s happening in this scene, what you’re really trying to convey, what obstacles are in your way should you need to overcome something, and so on. Essentially, understand what it is that you’re saying exactly, and why you are saying it. There is meaning behind everything, and you’ve got to find it! Try utilizing the common acting technique of assigning an objective to each line or paragraph using active verbs. An example would be: “I’m trying to convince my mom to give me the money to buy the new t-shirts.”

Even when dealing with a short commercial script, perhaps with less than five words, it’s possible to conduct basic script analysis. Think about who you are, where you are, what your relationship is to the other characters, what you want, what’s in your way, what are you’re going to do to get what you want, and so on. This may seem silly for just one or two lines, but by being specific, you’re already setting yourself apart from the other actors. Plus, if the casting directors don’t like your interpretation, all you have to do is take in their directions and deliver them. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and be different, but commit to that choice before you go in. Take that choice, and run through all of the above questions so that you know your character inside and out, and even be prepared to improvise the scene, if asked.

4. Create a moment before.

Scenes aren’t just “scenes”; they’re meant to be a ‘slice of real life’, and in real life, we are always living in moments that end, and another begins immediately. With that being said, a scene doesn’t ‘just start’—it has a moment before. Usually, something was happening before the scene started, or at least it can be helpful to imagine that something does. When rehearsing, try improvising the scene that may have occurred just prior to the one you’re auditioning for, just for fun. While you won’t be doing this in the audition room for longer than a second, it will not only help you get into the character and scene, but will also show the casting director that you understand the ‘slice of life’ concept, and that you take the audition seriously.

5. Memorize the first and last lines.

When you get a commercial audition, it’s most likely going to be cast the next day, which means that should you be sent sides, you won’t have very much time to memorize. The casting directors know that you’ve had little time to prepare, but when you have the lines with you in the room, ideally, they want to be able to see your face, not the top of your head as you look down to read (especially because the casting directors are taping the audition). Again, they understand there’s not always time to get off-book, but a professional young actor should try to get as close as possible! They will be very appreciative of the fact that you tried to be memorized. Hopefully though, in the process of exploring your character and playing around, you’ll begin to learn your lines naturally. But at the very least, you should learn the first and last lines by heart, so you can start and end with your face off the page. That will make a lasting and much better impression with casting, as opposed to a young actor who reads with their head down, eyes glued to the page.

6. Have fun with it!

One thing that casting director’s all love, is when young actors come in looking like they’re super excited to be there and ready to have fun! Show them that you want to be there! Not only will they be excited to work with you, but you’re showing them that not only do you have a great attitude, but you’ll be pleasant to work with on set. Try looking at commercial auditions as an opportunity to give a mini-performance to an audience that really wants to watch—they want you to be amazing and to enjoy yourself, so have fun with it. If you’re not having fun, then revise your acting choices so that you are J

7. Let the pressure go…

At any audition, it’s very easy to only focus on how much you want or need this job, but your true focus should be on feeling good about your auditions, and the work you produce. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, and celebrate when you give an awesome audition, regardless of whether or not you book the role. And when you give a not-so great audition, reflect on what you could have done differently and make note of that for your next audition. Either way, after an audition you should do something fun and forget about it! Celebrate the fact that you’re a young actor, that you got to perform today, and that you’ll get to do it again soon.

 

Happy Acting!

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How to Combat Audition Nerves

Nerves.

Everybody feels them at one time or another in their life.

But, as actors, you feel them far more often then anyone else! You’re constantly putting yourself out there, auditioning, performing, at the risk of being rejected. Unfortunately, ‘putting yourself out there’ is a necessary part of being an actor, which means that nerves will be a big part of your career… Unless you can learn to shoo those butterflies away!

While there is no guarantee method to kick those buggers to the curb, the following simple tips and tricks can help put you at ease, which will help you perform at your best and present yourself as professionally as possible, all while showing them how you can totally embody the character you’re reading for:

1. Prep Your Mind: Knowing the sides inside and out before you walk into the door is perhaps one of best thing you can do to help eliminate nerves; a good portion of your anxiety is probably a fear of forgetting your lines. But, if you’re confident you have studied, understood, and interpreted the material 100% before you even get in the door, then it will lessen the fear right off the bat. Also try and be familiar with the script and the genre if it’s available to you (it’s perfectly fine to ask your agent, should you have one, if there’s a script available); this general knowledge will also add to your confidence, via preparedness. And don’t be afraid to be aware of who might be in the room with you. For most beginning auditions, you’ll be with just the casting director and their associates, and for other auditions and callbacks you’ll be right in the room with the producers or director of the show or film. Often, if you’re with an agency, they’ll let you know about whom you’ll be seeing when you get the audition information. If not, you can always ask.

2. Compose Your Body: When we get nervous, often times there are physical symptoms: dry mouth, sweaty hands and armpits, shaking, and so on. This can put a real damper on your preparation and also add to your nervousness—not only do you feel nervous, but you look it to! But don’t fret! Make sure you get to your appointment a little early (15 minutes or so is enough) to prepare yourself before you go into the room. Go to the bathroom, fix your hair, make-up, clothes, and maybe reapply deodorant. Bring a bottle of water for the waiting room to stay hydrated, and breathe calmly and deeply. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to distract yourself and maybe review your sides.

3. Keep Busy: If you have time to kill and you’re sure you’re comfortable with the material, don’t feel that you have to keep reviewing. Sometimes frantically trying to re-read and prepare more right before your audition can cause more anxiety. But with that being said, it’s also important to review at least once right before you go in. With that being said, don’t be afraid to go over the pages when you’re on deck. Prior to that though, bring a book, headphones, or a pad of paper perhaps to distract yourself, or get into your zone (but make sure the music is kept low as not to distract fellow actors and to ensure you can hear when your name is called). You can read quietly, listening to calming music (and to prevent other people from talking to you), or doodle on the pad of paper. Also, if talking to a certain friend or loved one helps, try texting them (again, silenced, though) or go outside of the waiting room where you’re not a nuisance and chat for a few minutes to calm yourself down.

4. Breathe!  You’d be surprised how much you forget to do that when you’re all clammed up and worried about what’s going to happen. While a few deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth) can really do wonders, another great method is to take a big breath, hold it for as long as you can, and release slowly, feeling how wonderful it is to have fresh Oxygen flowing into your body. You may feel a bit ridiculous doing this, so feel free to take a step outside the casting office and do it in a private place (but make sure to be back in time to hear your name called).

5. Positivity is Key. This may sound utterly cliché, but it’s so true! When you have confidence that you can nail this role, that you are exactly what they’re looking for, that this role was made for you, it really makes all the difference. You are this character, and no one else but you can embody her/him as you will. If you believe in yourself, stay confident and be positive, you can make it happen. It’s inevitable. You’ve got this.

6. FINALLY: If you have to, try imagining the auditors in their underwear, or in a funny costume, or as your friends and family. By doing this, you’re casting them in a more vulnerable light, humanizing them, and this should give you a sense of rightful power: this is your audition. So run with this! Allow yourself to take back the power and confidence for yourself. And honestly, you’ll be surprised at how much this makes the auditioning process significantly easier and less stressful.

 

Happy Acting!

How to Keep an Audition Notebook, and Why

To be a great actor, you need to audition well, plain and simple. To audition well, you need to be self-sufficient in ‘becoming’ a few different people, to help through the sometimes tiring and sometimes fun process; most importantly, you need to be a good actor (you knew that one, right?). You also need to be an insightful and knowledgeable self-director during your preparation, to guide and decide your course of acting action and execution. Lastly, you’re going to need to be your own best friend when the audition is over, to give yourself comfort, praise, and help you forget and move on.

Dang, this acting thing is tough, isn’t it!

This last step of friendship and taking care of yourself is many times the most important, aside from being ‘the actor’; it’s what allows you to learn from and then let go of the audition, which is half the battle of being an effective and healthy actor. Now admit it, you’ve obsessively rehashed auditions before, even though they may have happened weeks and sometimes months ago—am I right? This post-audition fixation is far too common, amongst all types of actor, all because they didn’t take the time to sit down right after their audition and go over their experience. I bet you didn’t take a moment to pat yourself on the back for the great bits you accomplished, or heal your wounds, should you have had a bad experience. That, right there, is a missed chance to learn lessons while audition was still fresh, and now there’s a good chance you’re living with the repercussions: you may be stuck racking your brain as to why you didn’t get the job, or trying to remember the exact tone of the “thank you” from the casting director, and generally conjuring far fetched and toxic, neurotic scenarios that usually have nothing to do with what actually happened.

Stop. That!

I know, I know. That’s much easier said than done. Unfortunately though, over time this can become very dangerous, because without closure, this one little audition is now taking on a unnecessary significance and carrying an emotional weight that can wreak havoc on your psyche, confidence, and the next audition.

The solution is this: keep a notebook just for your auditions. It’s easy, simple, and will do wonders in maintaining or helping to repair the above-mentioned areas of an actor’s life. Have it with you at the audition, and when it’s over, review and examine the experience on the ride home, or as soon as you get home. The point is to do this right away, while you are still in the mental space of the audition. At the top of an entry, be sure to write who was in the room with you, what the project name was, your role, the date, shooting dates, callback dates, and any other relevant information. Later, when you find out if you got a callback or not, be sure to make a note of that in the entry. The main thing is to be specific, so write down everything: how you felt in the waiting room; how you entered the room; your opening beat; how you listened; your commitment to choice; your closing beat; how you handled adjustments, and how you exited the room.

Another vital tip is to be honest about what went well and why, and what could have gone better and why; the purpose of the notebook will be negated if you lie, so don’t do it! Be firm, gentle, and complimentary as needed. Treat yourself as you would a best friend, remembering that no one has ever improved through self-punishment. Also, remember that you are a young actor: you are just starting out, and you are learning. When you’re done, close the book, put it away, and do something that you enjoy. That audition is finished, and you’ve taken the time to learn the lessons it had to teach you. Now, you can let it go. For your next audition, open the notebook up and use the lessons from your past experiences to guide you in your preparation.

Learn from your mistakes, and celebrate the awesome triumphs!

After just a few entries, you’ll start to see patterns, both positive and negative, and if you’re not able to, review the notebook with a parent, trusted friend, or an acting teacher or coach. With the patterns, you’ll be able to prepare for different rooms and different projects with greater specificity and clarity, since you now know—and remember—in advance how you’ll react.

By writing and then closing the book on each audition as it happens, this will make it make it easier to let go and move forward with ease and growing confidence as you make your way through a budding and exciting career as an actor. You’re free to move forward, unrestricted by emotional baggage and in a way that allows for effective learning experiences. When this is combined with good training, knowledge of the entertainment world, and experience—all of which can be found at YAC—you know you’re on the right track J

 

Happy Acting!

How to Avoid ‘Traps’ When Self-Submitting an Audition Tape

As young actors of today’s generation, you have the ability to audition for casting directors in Los Angeles and NYC, without even leaving your home! Yes! You have the opportunity to put your learned YAC on-camera skills to work! But, when self-submitting, there are many technical and artistic traps to fall into, with these five being the most prevalent:

1. Auditioning on video is different than auditioning in person in more ways than just the technical considerations. You don’t get to have that brief interaction with the casting people in the room, and they don’t get to gauge your demeanor, your personality as you walk in. (Both of these things could work in your favor!) More importantly, you are expected to submit a stumble-free video audition, since you have the opportunity to record several takes. In person, if you blow a line or lose your place, you’re not faulted nearly as hard. So, make sure your videos are as good as they can be!

2. Video auditions should be shot in close-up. Most casting directors will tell you that they’re looking to see the life in your eyes when you read for a part. On a video that will be played back in a small rectangle on a computer screen this is best demonstrated by shooting from the clavicle up. Why does that matter to you, the actor? Because you must be unnaturally still! Any head movement in a tight frame will look like you’ve just mainlined caffeine, or worse. Not pretty. Even wildly emotional, action scenes must be kept in that small frame, with very little physicality.

3. When filming, do not look away from your reader, even if the sides call for it, even if you’re supposed to be speaking to more than one person. The moment you look away is a moment the casting director cannot see your eyes, and it’s the moment they loose interest in your audition. While it may feel unnatural, it’s important to remember that taped auditions are special in their own right, which calls for special circumstances and practices.

4. Make a choice to focus on what you want your reader/scene partner feel in the scene! If you do that, you’ll be setting the viewer up to feel those same emotions, thus creating a connection, creating authenticity. This is what makes casting want to see more of you, which is what gets you a callback. In some sides, this may feel unnatural, and when this is the case, make a choice that allows for a refocus on the person that isn’t your character. Then, if you’re brought into the actual casting room, with the casting director, producers, director and so on, then you can shift the focus so the scene is more natural.

3. Shoot the audition from a seated position. It doesn’t matter what the character is doing. You will perform better (i.e., be more still) if you have both feet solidly on the floor and your butt on a chair. No one watching the video will know whether you were seated or not.

4. Do not fall into the trap of recording your audio on the built-in mic on the camera. There are many inexpensive solutions to this problem, and you are not to be forgiven for not taking advantage of them. Recording your voice to the on-board mic, even from just a few feet away, is the equivalent of submitting a faded black and white headshot – with jelly smudges on it. Not good.

5. Make sure your contact information is part of the video itself. You should always have your name and contact info on the video itself to make sure you’ll never be the answer to the producer’s question: “Who is this actor that we almost called in for our last project, but who would be great for our next one? I’ve got her audition right here, but the file name is Rejecteed_BR_Untitled9087.mov.” You don’t want to loose out on a part just because of a silly thing like this!

 

Happy Acting!

Agents & Beginning Young Actors: Why You Don’t Need One…Yet

As a new, budding young actor, an agent may not be the best thing for you to invest your time in… yet. Here are five reasons having an agent might not be a good move at this point:

1. You’re not ready to act professionally. Ouch! I know, that might sound a bit harsh, but just remember! Everyone starts out like this. If you’ve only just started out in your acting classes, or have no training to speak of, that’s a sign that you’re most likely not ready. When auditioning professionally, there is a standard that must be met and is expected, but how can you know this unless you’re taught? You can’t! That’s why it’s important to continue training, until both you and your teacher agree that you’re capable of handling the professional world. Until then, why waste the time, energy and money to find an agent? But, if even then you still feel like you should be auditioning and want to submit yourself without an agent, you can do so by visiting the many acting websites dedicated to open calls and self-submission tapes, such as Now Casting, Actors Access, Cast It Talent, and more.

2. You have little to no acting credits. Before you and your parent drop that bundle of headshots and resume into the mailbox, do you ever wonder why exactly an agent would be interested in you? Most actors just do it and pray that something will spark their interest, but why don’t we even know what might ignite that spark? How can we possibly be sold, when we don’t know what we have to offer? If you don’t know what you have to offer, aside from perhaps your looks, you have nothing to offer. Regardless of headshots, reel, and general look, you have to have credits. The main criteria for any job is experience, and in the case of acting, credits. If you have not done any work, you are not a professional actor so why would you be trying to get represented by a professional agent? Try gaining a couple of credits first, train, hone your craft, make connections, and agents will be far more receptive to you.

3. An Agent’s Reputation & Your Funds. An agent gets paid 10 percent, taken from your paycheck after a day’s work. Not only is that money being taken from you (which you want to save for training, workshops, new headshots, and anything you’ll need as a new actor), but that also means that an agent is not going to put their reputation on the line trying to convince a casting director that you’re so right for a role, until they are sure you are the next Dakota Fanning or Josh Hutcherson. When you find an agent, you want them to be one of your biggest cheerleaders, because they know how amazing you are! Why sign with anyone else? Wait, and you’ll be rewarded with a great team.

4. An agent can’t change the person you already are. A common phrase you may see or hear when potentially looking for an agent without the above ‘it factors’, is “developmental talent”; this means that the agent is interested in just that, developing you, helping you grow as an actor into your full, professional self. But, despite seeing and hearing this, in reality, no one truly wants to develop talent. That’s like gambling blind with really long odds and very little to gain. They would rather have someone signed that knows what they’re doing, has training, maybe some good credits, a good look, and so on. Agents and managers are happy to sell you, but they have to know what they are selling and it needs to be more than a headshot.

All of this may seem a bit pessimistic, discouraging, but don’t be! Don’t be disappointed! As a young, beginning actor, no one expects you to have it all just yet; you’re learning, developing your craft, skills, and who you are as a person, and that’s more than great J. Of course, don’t let being young stop you! Go after your dreams, take classes, workshops, attend YAC, where you can take classes covering topics such as these, on-camera classes, and more!

 

Happy Acting!

How To Get Involved in Your High School and Local Theatre Programs as an Aspiring Teen Film Actor

It seems that many young, aspiring film actors believe they can’t begin their career until they’ve moved to Hollywood, which, of course, means after they’ve graduated. Yet this notion couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many of today’s biggest movie stars began their acting training in local Thespian Troupes and high school drama departments.

Acting for the stage and acting for the silver screen are not two entirely separate crafts; there are many skills that are common to both efforts. Thus, if you’re a young actor of any kind, the best thing you can do while completing your vital high school education is to get as deeply involved in local theatre as possible. The stage could very well be your ticket to the studios.

Casting directors look for child and teen actors with ample stage experience, while universities look for applicants who are dedicated to extracurricular activities, clubs and the International Thespian Society (more about ITS in tip seven).

So here are seven ways to utilize high school and local theatre programs to hone your craft and develop your confidence, to help prepare you a killer college application and to build an impressive acting resume that could open the right doors for you in Hollywood.

1. If you’re not already taking drama classes at school, sign up for theatre immediately.

Learn everything you can about acting techniques for the stage. By becoming a well-trained theatre actor, you will take direction more easily, understand cues and impress casting directors at film auditions.

2. Join any afterschool drama clubs available at your school.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that universities look for students who have been deeply involved in extracurricular activities. By joining your theatre or drama club, you will not only get to work with other young actors and immerse yourself in the acting world, you will also be significantly improving your college application. And chances are, if you love acting, you’ll have a ton of fun in your high school drama club!

3. Audition! Try out for as many plays as your schedule will allow.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not immediately cast as Romeo or Juliette. If you’re auditioning, practicing and participating in your high school plays, you are learning to act – which is the name of the game.

So get out there and be bold! After you’ve auditioned a few times (and played a few roles!) you’ll begin getting comfortable with theatre. Learning to memorize lines, understanding scripts and becoming a confident stage actor will only help you when it comes time to audition for film.

4. Learn everything you can about performing on stage… and what goes on backstage.

Becoming a great actor also means becoming an expert in the drama industry. It’s not enough to simply deliver your lines and know your placement. To set yourself above the rest of the world’s fierce competition, you must try to understand all that goes into stage production: lighting, sound, direction, music, casting and set, costume and makeup design.

The more you know, the more successful you will be once you do reach Los Angeles. Hollywood directors are hungry for young actors who have already learned the ropes of stage acting and whom they don’t have to handhold through the process of learning film acting. So set yourself ahead of the pack and become an informed, knowledgeable thespian.

5. Research the theatre companies and acting schools in your town – and get involved!

One of the worst things you can do is to limit your acting possibilities by telling yourself you are only a “film actor”. Above all, movie-casting directors love versatile, adaptable, well-trained and intelligent young actors. So do your best to become one!

Be diligent in your investigation and look up regional theatre directories at your local community center and cultural affairs office. Keep up with the arts and culture section of your local newspapers and magazines to stay informed on the various workshops and events available to thespians in your area.

Then don’t hesitate to go to these venues and introduce yourself to whoever is in charge of the play. If they’re not looking for young actors at the moment, at least they’ll know you’re available if a part does come up. And you can always volunteer to help backstage! By getting involved anyway that you can, you’ll continue to learn about acting and production.

6. Participate in your area’s community plays and theatre festivals.

You’re already staying up-to-date on all of the film festivals and movies being shot in your area… right!?! (If not, you should be!) So do the same for all of the stage acting opportunities for thespians, too. Again, don’t limit your acting possibilities by claiming you’re only a “film actor” – just be an actor! Take a part whenever and wherever you can.

This might even mean volunteering at a Renaissance Fair, at a Shakespeare Festival, at a kids puppet show at the public library, during Christmas at your church or even at a convalescent home to cheer up the elderly.

Everything that you can get involved with now will not only look great on your college application and your actor’s resume, it will help you further develop into a brave, competent and talented actor. Without those three traits, making it in Hollywood will be nearly impossible. So start honing these skills today!

7. Once you’ve completely immersed yourself in all of the theatre acting possibilities at school and in town, apply to your high school’s International Thespian Society troupe.

The International Thespian Society is a prestigious honorary society for grades 9-12; and membership is earned through a point system. There are over 3,600 troupes in the U.S., Canada and abroad. The mission of the ITS troupes is to honor student excellence in the theatre arts and to help further develop, support and educate young thespians.

Being accepted into ITS is the pinnacle of success for high school theatre actors. Membership will drastically help your college applications and set you up as a serious, well-trained actor – which again, Hollywood directors love and seek. To find out if you school has an International Thespian Society troupe, and to learn more about the membership point system, visit http://schooltheatre.org/society.

So go forth young actors and find out everything you can about your school and community theatre programs. Don’t merely wait to move to Hollywood “someday” to begin your acting career. Start today and get involved!

Meet Hollywood Celebrities Like Joey Lawrence!

Hey Young Actors!

Just a quick note to let you know that if you haven’t already done so, you must get your applications in for camp immediately!

We’ll be announcing the Hollywood celebrity guests visiting YAC very soon and once we do, EVERY space will fill up right away.

These big-time stars will be coming to us from Disney, Nickelodeon and from many of your favorite TV shows and movies. It’s going to be a fantastic experience that you don’t want to miss!

So if you’re wondering how to spend your summer and you’re dreaming of succeeding on the silver screen, get your applications in to Young Actors Camp today!

There’s no other place on Earth where you can spend time with your favorite celebs learning the inside scoop of the Hollywood film and television acting industries. YAC will get you into places that no other organization can – the field trips to studios and sets are going to be awesome.

Get your applications in and while you’re doing so, let your parents know that YAC has a fantastic Parent Camp, too – and this year, it’s hosted by former child star, Joey Lawrence! We’re very excited about this at YAC.

During this two-day weekend event, Joey will introduce current and former child stars who will recount their path to success and the tribulations they faced in Hollywood’s film and television industries. Parents and siblings of child stars will also discuss how the pursuit of one family member’s dream affects the entire family unit.

Additionally, important logistical details for a successful child film career will be covered, including relocation tips, tax and legal advice and how to pursue local film work and acting training – the weekend will be packed full of really useful information that parent’s will be very thankful to have.

A guest panel, comprised of film agents and managers for child actors and casting directors from hit TV family shows, will also provide valuable advice on how to navigate your way through the film and television industry with confidence.

This is a very unique experience that the whole family will benefit from. So don’t forget to tell you parents about Parent Camp!

Young actors – get your applications in before the celebrity guests are announced and camp sells out!