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How do I know if my child really wants to pursue a professional acting career?

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This is extremely important for two reasons. First, the amount of personal sacrifice for a parent and family to support your child through this journey is immeasurable.  Second, being on location away from their school, their friends, their life is not an easy task. It’s a huge sacrifice. Not to mention the countless auditions and sides learned, possibly without ever booking a thing. The driving force needs to be the child. They have to want to do it so when they do their zillionth audition and still don’t book a job they are discouraged but not resentful or tortured.

1-pair_movie_tickets_pc_1635   How do I know if my child really wants to pursue a professional acting career? 1 pair movie tickets pc 1635Because of my background, my children were in, around and on the stage from birth. My big kids began asking to do television and film when they were seven and four years old. Because of her exposure to the business, my three year old has recently begun to ask to start acting too. The only acting world I knew when Payton and Bryant were little and began to ask for a talent agent was the theatre. I had no idea where to begin. We moved from Northern California to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007 and I immediately found David Ira Wood III and his Theatre in the Park. I was anxious to resume acting and especially wanted to find projects I could continue to do with my children. We’d been doing productions as a family for years and for me it was the best of both worlds. Being a mother has always come first. Long rehearsal schedules take me away from the family so much so if we can all be on set rehearsing together it is helpful. My husband is very supportive of this and comes to many of the rehearsals to support us. He says we made him a lover of theatre. He has even participated a time or two.

My children were not forced to participate in stage productions. They were exposed to it and took to it like naturals. I always tell people if they want to know if their child really wants to act, take their children while they are little, about three or four years old, to live performances, a musical, a play, a ballet. Be sure to choose something that has child performers that tells a story they can understand and relate to. If they are on the edge of their seat the entire time and without persuasion say, “I want to do that!” the moment the curtain goes down, you’ll know they have the desire.  If they do, sign them up for a class or audition for a play. While I wouldn’t recommend background work as a path to a successful career, being and extra onset is worth doing once as an exploration into the business. Not only do these things further your investigation of the level of your child’s interest but you are doing things that can be put on an initial resume to try and get an agent. It’s a win/win.

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