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.