Your child has been shortlisted to attend a casting for an exciting assignment, but how do you manage all the emotions that comes with that?
These moments create a roller coaster of emotions for a child and also you as a parent, it’s an exciting time and managing their enthusiasm and expectations can be challenging, especially if they are unsuccessful on the day, rejection is tough!
At Models Direct we try to avoid sending models to castings, especially junior models, however with some client’s it’s the only option. So here are Models Direct’s top tips to surviving it!
Pay Attention to the Requirements
Read the brief properly and only take children along who fit the description. There is no point going to an open call for toddlers with your adorable four-year-old. You’ll only be disappointed, and it will slow the process down for everyone else.
Don’t Go Overboard on the Lines
If there are lines for older children to deliver, don’t overdo the delivery training. Casting directors will want to be able to direct your child. Help your children learn the lines, but let them say them as they please.
Read the Instructions Carefully Before Calling
Casting directors’ offices have very little time or patience for answering calls or emails about specifics that were already mentioned in the posting. Do not expect them to tell you what has already been stated.
Dress Your Children Appropriately
Unless otherwise stated, the dress code for auditions is simple, clean, modest clothing. Avoid outfits that are all one colour and make sure shoes are clean and fit well. Clothes should also be age appropriate. Do not put too much makeup on older children, and keep jewellery to a minimum.
Make Sure Your Child Has Eaten a Healthy Meal
Casting directors want to see that your child is bright but also well-behaved. A sugar rush might make your child smile a little wider for a few minutes, but will also cause mood swings afterward.
Leave Brothers and Sisters at Home
Having extra children in the audition or waiting area leads to excess noise and acts as a distraction for the child auditioning. Generally speaking, there should be at least one adult present per child.
Know Your Child’s Data
Make sure your write down your child’s current and correct date of birth, height, weight, clothing size, and shoe size. Be patient and bring toys, casting calls are a waiting game. Treat it like waiting for a flight: bring toys, healthy snacks, and patience!
Only Go to an Audition if Your Child Wants to Go
Modelling and acting can be very demanding work. It’s important that your child enjoys it. You know better than nearly anyone else whether your child is genuinely interested in acting or modelling.
Have Fun and Praise Your Child
Auditions refuse more models than they choose. This can be a great way of building resilience in children, but only if they actually enjoy the auditioning process. Whatever the outcome, celebrate afterward and be proud of their efforts. This way, you’ll be setting them up well for the next audition.
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