A lot of parents ask me how they can get their child into acting. Then they ask if they should go to the city and get an agent. Most of the larger agencies will want you to go to every audition they want to send you and your child to. If you live up here in the Hudson Valley, that can be a trek and quickly drain your wallet and your energy.
There are many things you can do with your child up here BEFORE you decide to get the big agent in NYC.
One is to let Hudson Valley Casting know that your child is available to work by signing up in our talent submissions. /experienced-talent.html
The next is to familiarize yourself with the process of obtaining a work permit (or working papers) for your child. Please follow this link to begin to get to know the process.
You will need a special bank account called a UGMA or a Coogan account (this protects your child's earnings). The account is probably the most challenging part of getting the application. But breathe, and read, so you can prepare yourself for the process.
Obtaining the permit is doable and once it is done you just have to renew once per year.
Stay tuned for more information about how to give your child the opportunity to be a child actor.
Heidi K. Eklund is the owner of Hudson Valley Casting and has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years.