The first thing you need, to get your young actor started, is a Work Permit. Be advised that your child must be in good standing with their school grades, behavior, and attendance before they will be granted a work permit. Even with the best of grades, behavior and attendance, the decision to allow the child to work is at the discretion of the school.
Parents, be sure your relationship with your school administrators and teachers is a good one, it will really help you to get the permit and then in making the arrangements when your actor is working.
Before your child auditions, do your absolute best to have your Work Permit and Coogan Account in place. Agents, Casting Directors and Producers will easily eliminate a child from casting, if their paperwork is not is ready.
Work permits usually take 5-7 business days. Many schools provide Entertainment Work Permits in the attendance office. The best way to facilitate your permit and learn everything you need to know is to go to www.ChildrenInFilm.com. Tony and Heather are great women who know their business and they will get you set up properly. Tell them Loren sent you!
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