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.
Why choose tyf?
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.