The following is advice from Yvette and Taylor Bright. Taylor has performed in both community theatre and regional theatre. She worked productions such as That’s Andy! and the Annie national tour. She has also done commercial and print work.
Advice for Parents, by Yvette
- Be flexible, the schedule is demanding.
- The experience is the child’s experience, not the parent’s.
- Don’t be afraid to take time away from the group when it’s needed.
- Have an open mind about schooling; don’t expect that the experience will be the same as at home. Remember: “not the same” doesn’t mean not as rewarding; in fact, it’s more rewarding.
- If you are touring, sign up for all the airline and hotel reward points.
- Keep open communication with company management and the education provider.
- Visit as many sites as you can in the various cities.
- Respect the adult actors’ time and privacy.
- Be professional; it’s a business.
- Have fun!
Advice for Kids, by Taylor
- Have fun and enjoy every performance.
- Learn as much as possible from the professionals you work with.
- Get your rest, and drink plenty of water!
- Be respectful and do what you are asked to do to make the child wrangler’s job easy.
- Remember you are there to do a job.
- Share the experience with your friends and family.
- Visit as many places as you can.
- Be thankful for the opportunity.
- Use your down time to keep up with schoolwork.
- Laugh, Laugh, Laugh.