How To Get Your Child Into Acting

If your child has dreams of the big screen, use this guide to pair practicality with the glamour of Hollywood.


  • TIP: Never give money to someone without a legitimate reason. Agents get paid when your child works, not before.
  • Step 1: Do not give up. Show business is a difficult industry to be successful in, but the industry is always looking for children. Stick to your guns and make that kid of yours a star.
  • FACT: Did you know? Although they vary greatly, the average salary for a child actor is $52,000 a year.
  • Step 2: Find an agent that will represent your child.
  • TIP: If you are a two-parent household, one parent might stay behind to continue working and maintain stability.
  • Step 3: Take your child to auditions for local theater, print or small productions. This will build your child’s confidence and experience.
  • Step 4: Hire a professional photographer to take headshots of your child. Review the photographer’s work before hiring them.
  • Step 5: Move to Hollywood or New York if you are currently living in a smaller town.
  • Step 6: Enroll your child in an acting school or approach an acting coach about private lessons as soon as your child shows an interest in acting.

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