Coach BJ here with a transparent moment. I hosted a conference call at the top of the school year with a few parent managers and we chatted about their back to school plans for juggling auditions and bookings. I shared with the group that I was considering “booking out” for the first month of school and maybe longer. This may come as a shock to some of you but I hold great anxiety when it comes to juggling my kids’ schedules, keeping them active, making sure they have normal childhood experiences and adding auditions and such into the mix.
I started my son in the modeling industry as young as a few months old and was exhausted before he was 6 months old. Can you imagine commuting from...
1. Always Google or research any agency, company or person offering you an opportunity. Look for negative reviews, industry relevance on social media and signs that it’s a legitimate gig.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask money questions. “What is the compensation?” “How will payment be made to me?” “What’s the average timeframe to receive compensation?”
3. It’s okay to do unpaid work, however, the work should align with your career goals and have some benefit for your child as well, i.e. video footage, professional photos that you can use, brand exposure, etc.
4. Most kid agencies will offer a one year exclusive contract which is totally fine. Beware of contracts longer than a year and ask yourself if they have the connections to make a longer term worth it for your career.
5. You don’t need professional photos to secure an agency, but they can help with representation if you choose an industry experienced photographer.
6. Remember to keep the fun in your child’s performance career. Don’t be too hard on your kids about auditions and bookings. There will always be another one to book.
7. Focusing on your child’s long term career goals and creating a strategy will take you much further than focusing on instant or overnight success.
DID YOU KNOW? Yes agencies, more specifically non union franchised agencies, can take more than the 10-20% commission that was agreed upon upfront. Agencies request an agency fee from the production company or client for providing their services if they book the gig. This is separate from the commission that you pay as the talent. Occasionally, the client or company will give a lump sum amount that they are willing to pay for your services or they simply decline to pay the additional fee. This means that the agency will either lower the rate they email you that the gig pays or they will straight up say that our agency fee is also being deducted from the lump sum. ⠀
Coach BJ explains why its better to work with an industry coach to have a well rounded understanding of the performing arts industry instead of only using an acting coach. Listen in via SoundCloud and leave a comment while you're there.
Hey yall! Those who know Coach BJ know that I'm always questioning the money right? Why does it cost that much, is it a sound investment, is it related to your career goals and so on. This week I'm bringing back my "Do The Math" topic with more examples and an audio version for all you movin' and shakin' parents. So listen in here or ...
You never know when you'll need to refer back to a document that you signed regarding a booking, agency representation, or for any matter really. In this video, Coach BJ explains a quick cheat for always ensuring that you have a copy of documentation that you sign and how to quickly access documents.
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Tune in as Coach BJ shares a quick note on thinking like a casting director. When you view your auditions, photos and other materials from their perspective, you may rethink your strategies.
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It happens all the time. Your kid sees an actor in a movie, a dancer in a music video, or a model on a runway show and want to do what they do. But, depending on the age of your young folk, those genres may not be age appropriate. Consider TV commercials and commercial fashion as an alternative to meet their desire to perform. These projects are by nature age appropriate and let a kid just be a kid. The commercial industry also pays pretty well and has other benefits like building public speaking skills, self-confidence and other perks that can accompany a gig. Perks like a roller coaster ride if you're shooting at an amusement park or yummy food sometimes if you're shooting for a restaurant commercial. Cool, right? Yeah we know, that's why we love commercials and always recommend that new clients test it out while considering other genres. Learn more about the industry and see if your child loves it too.
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Young performers should update their snapshots every month. For clarification, snapshots are simple photos taken in your home or outdoors. They can be taken with a digital camera or a cell phone if you capture great lighting. The goal is to capture the personality of your child very quickly in a few well lit photos from different angles.
Most agencies will make this a requirement to ensure that they always have your child's current look represented. From toddlers to tweens, kids have an everchanging look. Think about the snagatooth kid or the pre-teen getting their first set of braces or even acne. I dont think the casting director would be pleased if your child showed up looking completely different from the photos submitted. The point is that agents and casting directors need to know what they are truly working with. So parents let's learn how to master the snapshot at home and take updated ones every month. Stay tuned for our thoughts on how often to update professional photos.
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Talented Young Folks, LLC provides a safe space for young performers and parent managers to learn and grow. We move at your pace, whether it's simply learning about the industry or moving forward with gaining agency representation and the tools required. We believe that behind every successful child performer, there's an industry educated parent manager. Therefore, we provide various services to assist your household from both angles. You won't find a better place that feels like home and gives you the practical steps needed to sustain a long-term career in the performing arts industry.