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When your child wants to become an actor, you may be thrilled and a little scared. The entertainment industry can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know when to hire an agent and a manager or what kind of clothing should be worn to auditions? What about taxes, school, and helping your child cope with rejection? What’s the best way to ensure that your child actor has a successful experience and doesn’t end up in the tabloids?

Denise Simon has spent 30 years as an Acting Coach, Personal Talent Manager, and Director, specializing in child actors. She’s worked with some of the best and brightest young actors in television, film, commercials and on Broadway. In this book, Simon shares not only the practical how-to information all parents need but more than 75 valuable life lessons that acting will give your child.

This book will give you:

  • Tools for ensuring your child is protected and happy
  • Tips for successful auditions
  • Information on getting into top college theater programs
  • Secrets from casting directors and industry insiders
  • 75+ life lessons that will benefit your child today and in adulthood

Filled with quotes and stories from successful child actors, parents, agents, casting directors, and university theater admissions directors, this book provides parents with a wealth of practical information. Additionally, you’ll glean priceless tips on how to help your child thrive in the acting industry and reap life lessons that will ensure a successful adulthood.

Available at Drama Book Shop in NYC or in print and E-book at Amazon.com.


Here’s what people are saying:

“In terms of genuine understanding of not only the craft, but the business, you won’t get any better than Denise Simon.”
—Judy Reyes, Scrubs, Devious Maids

“I am thrilled to have a helpful suggestion to give to the parents who approach me about their children. I know firsthand of Denise’s kindness and talent, and think this book will be an invaluable tool in navigating an often difficult journey.”
—Meg Simon, VP Casting, Warner Bros. Television

“Denise offers a wealth of invaluable information on the success stories – and pitfalls – that any child actor faces. Parents, take note! This is the book for anyone looking for help navigating the intricacies of a complex and often overwhelming industry while keeping their kids, and themselves, happy and whole.”
—Rawaan Alkhatib, Editor in Chief, Backstage

“Denise Simon’s experience and expertise combined with common sense and human kindness make this book invaluable to parents who want to know the truth about what it’s like to have a child in the entertainment business.”
—Tara Rubin, award-winning casting director, Tara Rubin Casting

“Denise has the unique ability to bring so many different perspectives to the table for young actors. She’s not only a coach and teacher, she also has experience in other facets of the industry. Parenting in the Spotlight gives readers the full benefit of all of Denise’s expertise and years of experience. This book is full of wise advice and insider information. I highly recommend it!”
—Pamela Fisher, VP, Abrams Artists Agency, Head of Youth and Young Adults

“Denise Simon is one of today’s foremost experts on child acting. She has years of experience working with child actors and their parents, which makes the wisdom she shares in this book both practical and profound.”
—Jean Fox, former owner of Fox-Albert Management, whose clients included Mira Sorvino, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Zach Braff, Josh Charles, Timothy Olyphant, Lacey Chabert, Judy Reyes, Josh Hamilton, and Gabrielle Carteris

“After four decades of training young singers for the needs of the Broadway stage, I’ve seen again and again how having a solid support network in place can help make a newcomer’s career. My colleague Denise Simon has written an invaluable guidebook for parents, chock full of the same honest, frank, supportive advice she has used to mentor many, many successful careers through the often-daunting world of show business. In these chapters, you’ll not only and specific, useful tips on how to navigate the casting process and deal with the ups and downs of the industry, but encounter insightful strategies for helping children to cope with rejection and learn to recognize what makes them unique and special. In other words, important life lessons for all children and adults!”
—Bob Marks, NYC Vocal Coach

“Denise Simon’s advice is sound, and the lessons and advice she provides can last a lifetime, like being your authentic self and playing by the rules. She teaches professionalism, and she emphasizes the importance of relationships. In the end, the entertainment industry is people. Denise’s book will help guide parents and young people on a path to achieving their goals, but not at the expense of anyone else achieving theirs. From a training program’s perspective, young artists and parents who read this book and put its principles into practice will prepare effectively, connect in the audition room, and perform with integrity through every phase of their career.”
—Catherine Weidner, Professor & Chair at Department of Theatre Arts Ithaca College

“My daughter, Kristi Beckett, has been working with acting coach Denise Simon since she was 13, and she is now 16. Kristi immediately attended a workshop and the fun and hard work began. We live in Florida, so Kristi skypes with Denise weekly and attends workshops at least once a year. Denise has been a constant source of encouragement with her gentle style and hands-on approach. She has equipped Kristi with the acting skills necessary to successfully audition and land an amazing role with Nickelodeon. Kristi is on Nickelodeon because of Denise.”
—Kim Beckett, mother of Kristi