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 to actors who don’t book the job.

We hear it all. The actor was too________ pretty/tall/short.  The actor gave a perfect audition performance but they wanted someone who was more natural. The most generic and useless is “we went a different direction.” Well, of course they did. They hired someone else.

If your child is in the final mix and the CD is kind enough to let you know through a rep in advance that the part went to someone else, you can move ahead to the next audition. Ultimately, feedback is more of a scheduling issue, because once your child’s rep knows it’s the end of the road for an actor, they know the child will be free for the next project.

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Coogan Investment

Parents spend much of their effort toward making sure their children get paid when they are supposed to and that the correct amount lands in their Coogan accounts.  Once there is a substantial amount deposited, you will want to make sure your child gets the best possible return.  You can transfer money to another account within the same financial institution, but you must make low risk choices. One good option is using the SAG AFTRA Credit Union.

Coogan investment help.


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NYC Agent and Manager list

New York City is a smaller market than Los Angeles, so we are able to offer a manager list along with the agent list.  We included reps who primarily work with children and have more than a few child actors as clients.  Since most of our forum members looking for a new agent or manager want someone who represents child actors, it makes sense to include those who are likely to take on new clients when they have a need to add to their client rosters. We are always open to feedback.

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Find an agent – Los Angeles

We have updated our children’s agent list and are discussing the pros and cons of a large, power agency vs using a boutique agent with a smaller roster but providing closer personal attention.  A list is only a starting place. An actor  can only choose between the agents that offer representation, so the list of names is nothing more than possibilities.

Read the list and follow our discussion.

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What child actors can learn from Ryan Lochte’s big blunder

We now know that Ryan Lochte ended his time at the Olympics by behaving very badly and then lying about it.  Whether he meant any harm or not, he created an international incident that made the Olympic Host City, Rio, look bad and Lochte and his friends look even worse.

Lochte’s swimming accomplishments gave him celebrity status, which for athletes can be temporary.  Had his happened any other time, it might not even have made the news.  But right after the U.S. team’s big wins, all eyes were on him.  Actors need to assume the same thing when they are with friends or out in public.  If you are known, people will be watching.

Parents can teach their children from early ages that their are always consequences for their choices.  Some are good, and others result in the kind of unwanted attention this incident received.  Teenagers and young adults face temptations all the time, but for most, if they make a bad decision, as long as it’s not dangerous or life threatening, there is usually an opportunity to learn from it and move on.  Celebrities don’t have that luxury, no matter what age they are.  Lochte was not a child. At age 32, he should have known better. The fallout from this will very likely be loss of all endorsements and all future earnings from his time as an Olympiad.  We have seen actors make mistakes and recover.  Sometimes that happens, but the best solution is to make a choice not to make bad decisions that affect one’s life and others.

Lochte’s Story.

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Checking accounts for children

Child actors in California are required to have Coogan accounts which can’t be touched until they they turn 18, except to make deposits. Parents need to access other earnings in order for the child to pay for their own acting-related expenses out of their other earnings. The easiest way to do that is to open an additional savings account for the child.  But, those accounts don’t offer check writing privileges. A FBO account may solve that problem. For more information, read our discussion.

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Types of homeschooling

There are many directions you can take when homeschooling your child.  There is traditional homeschooling eith thenoarent as teacher. Another option is unschooling with student-driven curriculum.

Home schools can also be under the umbrella of a public or private school. To do locate your options, parents may choose to combine types and create a morph of many.

Bizparentz on schooling options.

Our discussion on options.

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