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FAQ about Kids Casting Calls
Q: What is the difference between kids auditions, casting calls, open auditions and cattle calls.
A: Kids auditions and casting calls are two terms meaning the same. They are by appointment and there are never fees. Open calls and cattle calls are usually scam gimmicks to make money and do nothing for you. If they say "bring in your child" and don't even know what your kid looks like its a scam! Trust us when we tell you that casting directors are professionals and are hired and paid to find specific types for every role. They literally audition 200 three year old caucasian blonde girls to find exactly the right one. Be polite at auditions. Listen carefully to directions from the casting person and pay attention to the details you receive from your child's agent.
Q: What are my child's chances of success?
A: Better than most kids because now you have correct real information. But information is only good "when you use it". The more auditions the better you get at auditioning and the more jobs your child will book. It's a a numbers game. Some get lucky on the first try, others might have 40 auditions and then book 5 jobs in a row. You will never know if you don't try, and stick with it. Those that succeed are those that stay in the game.
Q: What is an audition like?
A: Your child is given an appointment time or time frame. Kids auditions are always after school and take about 5-10 minutes, you should arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to unwind from traffic and the stress of your day. Plan on staying an hour as they often run late. If your child is of speaking age, you will know in advance if they have lines to say. Most commercials and print ads are cast on looks and personality. If your child has lines you will be given a script or sides in advance. "Sides" is the term for a small section of the script used to audition. Kids are never expected to memorize until they are booked to play the part. But if your child can memorize a line, they will stand out above the others.
Q: When are you paid?
A: Print jobs usually pay at the end of the workday or work week if you are hired for more than one day. TV, films and commercials pay within (2) weeks and then you receive residuals (usage checks) every time it airs. Commercials pay big $$. Unless your child is the lead in a movie or a series regular on a TV show, they will highly likely earn more doing one national commercial which takes one day usually to film.