Starting your child’s acting career is not that different compared to an adult. The only difference is that as a parent, you are the one encouraging your child to attend auditions, classes and other events so an agent or someone from the entertainment industry will take notice and give them a chance to be on television or the movies.
The best way to get your foot in the door is to hire an agent. This individual must be licensed so you are sure that if your child is accepted, they can legally negotiate deals for you. A licensed talent agent will never ask money up front since they only get paid whenever you land a part.
If you want, you can also have manager to look after your child’s interest although this is not required. Those who want to have one are usually represented by the parents themselves perhaps to balance school and other things that happen as they go through life.
Should the parents be unable to act as the child’s manger, then they can hire one. All they have to do is take some photos and then send this through the mail. If you do not receive anything within a 3 month period, take some new photos and send it out again which is the same thing you have to do when you are looking for an agent.
While waiting for the phone to ring, your child’s acting career can be further developed by getting projects in student films. You can visit the nearby college or university’s film department to see if there are any ads. It won’t pay much but at least your child will get the experience and add another project to their existing resume.