Category Archives: Working Actors

Handling your child actor’s money

Your child can can earn a substantial amount of money, but no matter how much or little they earn it’s important they learn to handle it responsibly, especially income that does not go into the Coogan account. We offer ideas … Continue reading

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Shake up at Nickelodeon

Dan Schneider is out at Nickelodeon. With a surprisingly sparse amount of information, articles hint at abuse of child actors, but don’t give a lot of details.  Since Schneider and his Bakery were known as Nick’s cash cows we conclude … Continue reading

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Teens Behaving Badly: 13 Reasons Why

Warning: Contains minor spoilers The Netflix teen series, 13 Reasons Why, chronicling the emotional breakdown of Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, has been extensively lauded and criticized online. Students are bringing it up in class, with psychologists and with parents. … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo, Patron of the Arts

Last week Wells Fargo Bank’s advertising department blundered badly into a politically incorrect mess by saying that the arts one pursues as a child give way to careers in engineering or botany. Never mind that it’s equally true for child … Continue reading

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What does Legal 18 mean at age 16?

Legal 18 means an actor under the age of 16 has graduated high school, either by passing the CHSPE or by finishing school early. Actors can work longer hours and parents do not need to be on set.  Parents must … Continue reading

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Spec new media projects

We have discussed whether or not to do spec pilots or commercials. What about doing new media on spec?  The answer is the same. Not if you want to get paid.  The only benefit of doing unpaid work is for … Continue reading

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Elusive audition feedback

Does your agent or manager get feedback from CDs about your child’s auditions? Do they pass it along to you? Is it ever worthwhile?  We assume any feedback is better than silence, but generic comments or false compliments aren’t very useful … Continue reading

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