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With a television in every living room and a movie theater in every town, the dream of becoming a television or movie star is a real possibility for the young actors of today. But as there are hundreds of talent agencies out there that are only after your money, you must be careful that you and your child are not exploited.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551804262
  • Publisher: Self-Counsel Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Self-Counsel Reference Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 9.83 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Cohee is a "Hollywood Mom" with 12 years' experience in the movie industry. Her son has been acting in movies since he was seven months old; he is currently filming X-Men 2. Her husband acts as a double for a major Hollywood actor. Allison also teaches university adult extension classes on this subject.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 Do You Have the Time to Involve Your Child in Film or Television? 1
2 Assembling Your Team 5
Do I need an agent? 5
How are agents paid? 6
How do I find an agent? 7
Choosing a good agent 12
Getting agents to come to you 15
What if I live out of town? 15
Do I need a manager? 16
Should my child take classes? 16
Talent and model searches 17
3 The Casting Call 19
How does casting work? 20
How do they decide who will audition? 20
Breakdown services 22
Internet breakdown services 22
Auditions 23
Who will be at the audition? 23
How do directors decide which child to use? 24
Who decides who gets the part? 24
Why is more than one child often hired? 25
How does casting differ for film and television? 25
Taping auditions 26
On hold 26
Casting background 26
Internet message boards 27
4 Headshots 29
How important is a good headshot? 29
What to send out for your agent search 30
Taking your own headshots 30
Choosing a photographer 30
Preparing for the photo shoot 31
Choosing the headshot 32
Making reproductions 33
5 The Audition 43
Keeping track of the details 43
Who goes to the audition? 43
Day/date 46
Time 46
Place 47
Casting director 47
Project 47
Scene 47
Appearance 48
Lines, sides, and storyboards 48
Callback dates 50
Shoot dates 50
Expenses 51
Got callback 51
Some guidelines for making auditions go smoothly 51
Take only the child that is going to audition 52
Check in with the assistant when you arrive 52
Keep yourself occupied 54
Familiarize yourself with the proceedings 54
What if my child is reluctant to audition? 55
What happens in the audition? 55
What time will auditions be held? 56
6 Working Background 57
Scheduling your time 57
Working conditions 58
Upgrading 58
Some tips for working background 59
Keeping track of the details 60
Location 60
Project and scene 60
Wardrobe 60
Wrangler/assistant director 64
Expenses 64
Background performer vouchers 64
7 How to Behave on the Set 69
What to do on set 69
What not to do on set 73
8 Working Conditions for Children 75
Parent must be present 76
Performance requirements 76
Child not required to perform in dangerous situations 76
Physical, athletic, or acrobatic activity 77
Parent's written consent required for all stunts 77
Work with animals 77
Children employed in scenes depicting child abuse or carnal acts 77
Responsibility of the parent 77
Parent actions are subject to review 77
Parent must accompany child when traveling 78
Parent must be familiar with child's role 78
Permits 78
School permit 78
Working permit 78
Canadian Union Work Permit 81
Emergency medical authorization 81
Parent disclosure 81
Working hours 81
Rest and recreation 81
Five-out-of-seven-day work week 81
Hours of work for children 81
Meal break 83
Working with infants 83
Infant defined 83
Minor defined 83
Physician's statement 83
Adequate facilities for infants 83
Exposure to light 84
Handling infants 84
Altering an infant's appearance 84
Schooling 84
Wages for time on set 86
Dressing/change rooms 86
Child's coordinator 86
9 The Unions, the Money, and What You Really Want to Know 87
Working in a union 87
Payment scales and minimum rates 88
Background rates 90
Actor rates 90
Session fees and residuals 90
How long before I get paid? 94
Your agent's commissions and deductions 94
Protecting your child's income 95
10 Who Does What in the Film and Television Industry 97
IATSE jobs 98
Director 98
Second unit director 98
First assistant director 98
Second assistant director 99
Production manager, unit production manager, production coordinator, and their assistants 99
Accountants 99
Locations manager and assistants 99
Production designer/art director 99
Editing 100
Sound team 100
Foley artist 100
Photography department 100
Gaffer 101
Grips 101
Greenspeople 101
Makeup and hair artists 101
Construction/painters 102
Property master/props 102
Publicist 102
Script supervisor 102
Set decorating 102
Colorist, color consultant 103
Special effects 103
Video special effects 103
Matt artists 103
Teamsters 103
Producers 104
Producer 104
Executive producer 104
Co-producers 104
Associate producer 105
Line producer 105
Appendix Online Resources 107
Glossary 109
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