The best advice I can give the parents of young actors is that your behavior is as important, sometimes even more important, than your child’s. You may be the only thing standing in the way of your child booking the job.
When an Agent, Casting Director, or Producer casts your child, they know that they will be dealing with you and spending as much time on set with you as they will with your child. It is important that they like you and know you’re going to be easy and agreeable.
I have had agents and managers who have wanted to represent students of mine, but the parents were too difficult, so they passed on the child. I also know kids who have been released from set because the parents were demanding and difficult.
Here are two things that can help you help your child book the job:
1. Be a happy and nuturing parent. Be flexible, patient, kind and helpful. And if you can’t be, get help, or send another adult in your place.
2. Hire a coach to prepare you and your child for meetings and auditions. Don’t be your child’s coach and/or manager.
Share your experience as the parent of an actor. Remember you are a part of a community and your experience can be a valuable learning tool and inspiration for other parents with young actors.