Q: What is the proper etiquette when it comes to auditioning and working? What do my child and I need to be mindful of?
A: Here’s a great list of points to remember that will keep you prepared and looking professional:
Ask your agent what clothing is appropriate.
Don’t forget pictures, your resumé, and anything else you’ve been asked to bring.
Check in with whomever you need to.
Be mindful of other actors preparing for their auditions, but don’t socialize with them. Concentrate on you! (Without being rude of course.)
For callbacks, don’t change your child’s clothes/appearance. Why tamper with what worked?
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Know the rules and regulations regarding the employment of minors. You’re responsible for your child’s safety and welfare!
Bring your child’s social security card, work permit, and identification number as well as any other required information or documentation.
Sign the contract before your child begins work. Speak to your agent if you have any questions/concerns about it.
Bring at least three hours of schoolwork if your child is being tutored on set.
Be professional and courteous.
If there is informational material available ahead of time, get it and be VERY familiar with it!
Know exactly where you have to be well before the appointment date. It never hurts to check it out beforehand, including parking options, etc.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early! You’ll be surprised to realize how much more relaxed you and your child will feel when you’re not rushing.
Only you and your child should attend the audition. Don’t bring other children, relatives, pets, etc.
Never leave your child unattended, but don’t get in the way of the set and its workers.
Speak up if you are concerned about anything. You can always speak to an agent or the union under whose jurisdiction you’re working.