The NY STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR requires that all children working in professional film, television , modeling and theater have a Child Performer Work Permit.
They have made this process easier by providing videos for parents.
PLEASE WATCH ONE TIME THROUGH BEFORE DOING ANYTHING
Below is the link to a video describing the NY STATE ONE TIME 15 DAY PERMIT (This is something you can get immediately online)
NOTE : You can only get this ONCE during your child's career so be sure your shoot fits within those 15 days or be sure to begin the 12 month process right away so you don't have a lapse in your permit.
You will need:
Your child's social security number
Below is a link to the video for NY STATE 12 MONTH PERMIT
You will need :
A TRUST ACCOUNT (and paperwork that proves you have one in your child's name)
AND at least TWO WEEKS TO PROCESS
Here is the link to all the applications:
Heidi K. Eklund is the owner of Hudson Valley Casting and has been in the entertainment business for over 25 years.