So your child wants to be an actor? Great! It will mean the whole world to him when he realizes that his parents are there to support his dream. Becoming a child actor is not an easy task, so you both need to be ready for the challenges that will come.
In order to book jobs and get their career going, your child will have to get through an audition. Stage moms know that the audition process can be daunting, but the right approach and proper etiquette will help your child develop a newfound sense of confidence. So to become a role model for your aspiring young actor, here are some rules that all stage moms need to remember when undergoing an audition.
Stage Moms: Dos and Don’ts at a Casting Call
1. Be polite and respectful
This is pretty obvious, but many stage moms fail to recognize the simple need to respect others in order to receive the same respect in return. Do treat everyone in the room the same way you wanted to be treated. Yes, that includes the snobbish parent who thinks she and her child are better than everyone else. There is no reason to be hostile to one another, even if the other people in the room are technically your competitors. Stay polite and grounded, and your child will learn to do the same.
2. Don’t scold your child in front of casting directors
Here’s a fact: casting directors find it uncomfortable when stage moms scold their children in front of them. So try to avoid this at all costs. Should you feel the need to discipline them for rowdy behavior, do it in a more private place.
3. Don’t make excuses for your child
It may be tempting to step in during an audition and start explaining why you’re child is acting a certain way, but do know that casting directors do not have time for such shenanigans. They have likely been sitting in the casting couch all day, reviewing candidate after candidate, so the last thing they’ll need to see is a persistent parent trying to make sense of a poor performance. Accept whatever the result is and learn to let go and move on to the next opportunity.
4. Arrive organized and prepared
Stage moms should be organized to avoid any mishaps during audition day. Make a list of everything that needs to be done, such as the time for each meal, what food you want to prepare, and the time you intend to leave home to get to the venue as scheduled. Nothing sits better with casting directors than seeing responsible parents acting as role models for their child.
5. Do make sure that auditions are fun and exciting
If you feel like your child does not have the drive to perform anymore, sit down and talk to them before heading to another audition. The last thing you want to present to casting directors is an uninterested child. Remember, you and your kid are a tandem, so whatever dreams he may have or want to leave behind, make sure that you are there to guide them every step of the way.