Still haven’t found the perfect gift for your young performer? Don’t panic. Check out some of these ideas for some inspiration!
Give your child or teen an experience this holiday with theater tickets. It is the best example to fire up passion and excite anyone dreaming of performing. There are so many great shows to see that it may be hard to choose. Here is just a sampling: “Hamilton”, if you have a big budget; for the younger set: “School of Rock”, “Matilda”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Cats” or “Wicked”; for teens: “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Waitress”, “Book of Mormon”, “The Humans”, “A BronxTale”or “The Illusionists”. Make it a date with mom, dad or the entire family for a memorable day.
DVDs of movie musicals or old Hollywood classics.
What better way to expose your child to unfamiliar periods and styles? It’s not only educational, but makes a fun family evening.
Gift certificate to an acting class.
Serious actors seriously train. Ongoing weekly classes, one-day workshops and private one-on-one classes will all benefit your young performer. If your child has been working primarily in the theater, it may be time for an on-camera acting class. Take a dialect class to learn a new skill or work on how to win over the room with an awesome monologue.
Students who are seeking to move their careers forward often benefit from an independent evaluation. I routinely work with young performers into their mid-twenties to assess their talents and marketability and to make industry connections. An industry professional can offer career and training suggestions to help a young actor meet his goals, whether they be professional, collegiate or for personal achievement.
Amazon Prime membership.
Encourage reading plays, browsing through monologue books, reading books on the business or books about anything by searching Amazon.com for ideas. A Prime membership includes 2-day shipping for a year at no additional cost. It also provides access to hundreds of TV shows and movies to watch and study, including everything from original productions to old classics.
New headshots for the new year.
Your kids are growing rapidly and it’s probably time for a fresh, updated headshot. They may have been asking for it and now you can surprise them. Let them know you are invested in their career too.
Professional demo reel.
This can cost a chunk of change, but a professional reel will help your child or teen gain the attention they are seeking. Check out www.reelarc.com to see good samples.
Produce high-quality self-tapes at homewith the proper equipment, whatever your budget. Check out lights,cameras, mics and backdrops with your child’s new Amazon Prime membership!
Subscription to Backstage Magazine.
Put your child in charge of their own career by having them search for audition opportunities in the nation’s best resource for performing artists.
A great big audition bag.
Extra pictures and resumes, music binder, tap shoes, a spare set of clothes for that last minute audition… Give them something practical and even whimsical in design that they will enjoy carrying with them.
Enjoy the gift of giving. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.