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 but only once... the first time you apply)
NOTE : You can only get this the FIRST TIME YOU APPLY ... it is a one time first time permit. 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.