What Is a Comp Card and How Important Is It?
Sep 6, 2018
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Child modeling and acting is a competitive business based on first impressions. Casting directors and modeling agencies aren’t just looking for talented and photogenic kids. They also pay attention to strong, up-to-date portfolios with high-quality photos.

If you and your child are just starting to explore the entertainment industry, you are probably discovering various marketing tools that actors and models use to get noticed and remembered by casting professionals. One of the most important tools is a comp card — a model’s or actor’s business card.

Comp card (also known as a composite sheet, composite card, z card, zed card or sed card) is an inexpensive yet efficient way to showcase the model’s or actor’s range. This card includes a variety of photos as well as the talent’s stats and job-related details. If your child wants to get cast in any project for TV, theater, film or fashion, they need a comp card.

KidsCasting fact: Children with Comp Cards are 8 times MORE likely to get invited to an audition.

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The industry standard layout includes at least 3 photos: a headshot, a side view, and a full-height photo. No excessive Photoshop, no graphics, no Sepia or other filters should be applied to the comp card photos. To get more information on photo requirements, read this article.

Here is the list of details that should be on your child’s comp card:

Name, Gender, Age, Height, Weight, Eye color, Hair color, City/State, Parent's/Guardian's name, email address and phone number.

How do I create a comp card?

KidsCasting now has a feature that allows you to generate your child’s comp card for FREE and download it as a PDF file. Your comp card is just one click away! Go to the portfolio page and click on ‘Download Comp Card’ link. Make sure all the main photos are uploaded; otherwise your child's comp card will be empty.

Why is comp card important?

Having a professional comp card makes your child look like a strong candidate in the casting process because it’s a sign that you and your child take this business seriously.

Comp cards should be printed on cardstock paper and brought to each and every audition. It will serve as a powerful reminder of what your child looks like, what their stats are, and most importantly, how to contact them for a callback. Your child will never get booked if people can’t get a hold of you!

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Please note that KidsCasting.com is NOT a talent agency, employer or a talent scout. We provide a platform that lets you take charge of your kid’s career yourself, without any third-party involvement (e.g. talent agent or agency). KidsCasting cannot guarantee employment, however, we do guarantee that Casting Directors will contact you. Please refer to our Guarantee Page for more information.

Why we charge for our service

KidsCasting is a service, and like any service, it cannot be free. We have a team of designers, developers and other specialists to create a user-friendly platform for kids acting, modeling and performing auditions. Every day, hundreds of casting professionals from all over the US submit casting calls in search of a perfect talent for their project.

With KidsCasting, you can also learn all about the entertainment industry and what kid′s acting and modeling entails with our Parent Academy. Create professional marketing tools like a Comp Card, at no additional cost (find out more HERE). Reach out to top notch casting directors who use our services with our messaging center. And most importantly, easily search and apply to auditions in a variety of creative fields that your kid will love, be it commercials, movies, tv shows or photo shoots, every day, with no limitations.

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