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Why Follow the Casting Process?

June 21, 2017

When it comes to breaking in to the biz, seek representation before seeking roles.

If you're pursuing a career in entertainment for your child, you've probably had a day dream or two about getting discovered.  Sure, it would be awesome to have a producer or director walk up to you, admire your adorable child, and then offer him or her the lead role in the next big Hollywood blockbuster.

Although this happens occasionally, the chances are minimal.  Most parents have to do the "heavy lifting" themselves, working daily to get a foot in the door.  The problem is, many parents are confused as to when and where to start.  We've, for example, seen parents submit to casting notices on CIF before they even have a fully populated profile on our website.

Before using the site to submit to castings, it is imperative that your profile reflects your child actor.  You should upload a few photos, but don't overdo it.  It is not necessary to upload 20 of almost the same picture.  One good, clean headshot, a full body shot, and possibly a couple of "character" shots (showing different "looks" that your child pulls off well) will do.  Make sure to complete your bio and resume of your experience and skills.

We've also seen parents struggle to land casting opportunities before they've actively sought representation. Casting Directors prefer auditioning children who have representation because they are guaranteed a child who has been pre-screened.  If you do not have representation, you are often limited to online opportunities.

So while this may all sound overwhelming and frustrating, understanding the casting process will help because you will be able to determine where you stand within the process, and what your next step should be.

Don't have an agent yet?  You don't need to wait for an agency open call to submit. First, focus on your photos, resume and classes.  Next, make sure you also understand the difference between a talent agent and a talent manager.  In his article, "The Practical and Legal Differences between Agents and Managers in California," Entertainment Attorney Robert Pafundi explains some important differences you should know.  Then submit to the agents and managers on our site to see if they'd consider representing you!