Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress
I did what you said and I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
Message for child actors and their parents:
In addition to the teenage and adult aspiring actors who come to ActingCareerStartUp.com, there are also a fair amount of parents of child actors who come to visit us as well for some advice on how to manager their daughters' and sons' acting careers. Recently a mother asked me a question. Below you'll see my answer.
QUESTION: Hello, I would like to save some money for me and my daughter so I have decided to become her agent. What can I do? Any information you have about starting an acting career would be appreciated.
ANSWER: First of all, talent agents don't cost money. Usually agents take 10-15% of whatever the pay is for a job AFTER the actor has actually done the job.
If you really want to learn how to be an agent, what better place could there be to go to than to study real agents and learn what they do, why they do what they do and so on.
Find out where you can find good, reputable talent agents first of all.
That's the same thing I tell new and aspiring actors. It has to do with the business side of acting. Agents are one of the actors customers. In other words, the actor has to 'sell him/herself' so to speak to agents, casting directors, producers, directors, production companies and so, just like a company, they need to learn how to do that.
My advice for any parent of child actors would be to go ahead and get a real agent. There are a couple of reasons for that.
1. It will take you a long, long time to be able to get hooked into the kinds of breakdowns and projects that you will want for your daughter. Only well-connected and experienced agents will be able to do that.
2. It will free you up to help your daughter get better as an actress and to help her doing the rest of her marketing, which she will inevitably need.
Get your daughter in classes first. She won't get any good parts unless she's trained. As the parent of a child actor you will also want to make sure you help her choose the acting school and teacher that are right for her. Put together a strategy that is based on a vision of what you want your daughters future as an actress to look like and that is supported by a solid plan. In order to do that though, as the parent of a child actor, you will need to learn a lot about the business yourself in order to be able to help her.
There is really a lot to say on this subject, but I have covered the basics and given you a lot of information you can follow up on at the same time. This would be a good page link for the parents of child actors to find a lot more good information and advice.
Lastly, I would recommend to parents to encourage their acting children to read and stay informed of things she can do as well, at least so she has an idea of what mom is doing for her acting career. You can send her to this page of information that has 23 links on it especially for teen aspiring actors. The links cover just about any imaginable aspect to starting an acting career.
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Sara, Pasadena, CA
Just wanted to thank you for bringing me in to [audition for the video], meet you and chat this Saturday. I was really excited to hear about your working on actingcareerstartup.com and even took a look at it today - it's awesome! You are very well-spoken, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it shows through the work that you do! I hope our paths in the industry will cross again and really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks, again and best wishes with your very important work!
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