KidsCasting.com allows casting directors, filmmakers, and talent recruiters posting casting calls with the purpose of hiring talented kids. Then parents are notified about new casting calls and are able to submit their kids' profiles to a specific project that they are interested in. From there, a recruiter will normally review all profiles of potential candidates and contact the best candidates directly by sending a message.
Talent recruiters can also perform a customized search for talent (www.kidscasting.com/community/) and contact candidates who grab their attention. Make sure your child's main photo stands out above the rest. If you fit the role, you may get a call from just your main photo alone.
Go to www.KidsCasting.com. In the upper right corner you will notice a designated field for username and password. Type your username/email and password and click the "log in" button. This will log you in.
STEP 1 - Set up your child's profile. First of all, set up a profile with accurate information about your child, your child's skills, background and experience. Casting Directors search for talent based on their profile information, such as, age, gender, location, height, weight and skills.
STEP 2 - Upload your child's photos. Upload clear, well-lit, close-up and medium photos of your child. These photos are one of the key elements to getting your foot in the door.
STEP 3 - Submit to casting calls. The most important advice we can give you is to submit to as many casting calls as possible within your area. The most successful members are pro-active, persistent and never give up. They submit to casting calls just about every day and to a variety of casting calls just to get their feet wet and gain some experience. It's really a numbers game.
Little yellow star next to your kid's photo - What is that?
While completing or updating your child's profile, you may have noticed a little star with some numbers right next to your kid's photo and thought to yourself "What is that? But most importantly – what do I have to do to get that number up?"
Introducing – KidsCasting.com Talent Rating. It puts you in a priority position in the talent search; the bigger your rating score, the higher up in the search you appear, when Casting Directors are looking for talents.
Keeping yourself busy on KidsCasting.com is definitely the best way to get that number growing, since your rating increases by being active. Being active means filling in your child's profile as thoroughly as possible – upload recent photos, provide all the required information about experience, your child's hobbies and so on. If you have a subscription plan with us, it can also move you a bit higher up the talent ladder.
Remember that your baby is growing, changing, and constantly evolving; their hobbies and skills change, so don't forget to update their details and photos on a regular basis – being up to date is a crucial part of becoming one of our promoted talents. You see, casting directors could find your profile to be a perfect match for their projects, but if it turns out the photos are outdated, or you haven't input any new skills, you might miss a great opportunity.
Sharing links to your social network profiles is always a good idea – it gives you more exposure.
Another great way to climb higher up the rating ladder is by creating an easy to remember and personalized web address on your KidsCasting.com profile (also called a public profile URL). Take advantage of this awesome feature – it will make your profile stand out from the crowd!
We are always happy to hear about your auditions and success in projects, so feel free to share your stories on our Testimonials page for the whole world to see!
One more thing we can't stress enough – don't miss out on any incoming messages in your KidsCasting.com inbox! Check your mailbox every day, because you never know when the next big opportunity will arrive!
A casting call is a job posting specifically seeking child actors, extras, dancers, models, musicians and other talent for various types of productions, such as, TV shows, movies, commercials, modeling and other entertainment related opportunities. The casting call will include the name of the production, a brief description of the project, where and when it is being filmed, and what type of kids they are seeking and the rate of pay to be expected. You can search and view all the KidsCasting casting calls from the "Casting Calls" page.
Child extras are kids in the background of a scene. They generally do not have any lines to speak so acting experience is not required. Extras can make up to $250 a day just standing or moving behind the main actors in movies, TV shows, music video and commercials. There is a huge demand for extras all over the country. To check for opportunities in your area, go to the "Casting Calls" page.
When you find a casting call that's right for your child, click on the title of that casting call. You will see the casting call description and breakdown. Under "Contact info" section you will find the submission type - you can either write a personal message to the casting director and click "SUBMIT", apply via external link, or contact the casting director by phone or email. There are also so-called open casting calls, where you have to show up at a specific time in the location indicated under "Contact info".
Child labor laws are designed to shield minors from exposure to dangerous occupations, while recognizing that as teenagers get older they are capable of working longer hours or in more challenging employment.
Child labor laws vary between states, often quite significantly. States may have different rules as to minimum ages for employment, the maximum number of hours that can be worked by a minor, hours during which minor employees are not permitted to work, and when a minor must obtain a work permit before starting a job.
It is important to check for specific state laws and restrictions before hiring a minor. Most states provide websites, brochures, or posters that summarize labor laws, rules and restrictions. Source: https://www.expertlaw.com
In many jurisdictions, before a minor can obtain employment the minor must produce a work permit, usually issued by the school the minor attends. The principal purpose of the work permit requirement is to ensure that employment doesn't interfere with school performance, and that minors who are having trouble in school aren't being overtaxed by the demands of a job.
A few states require a physical examination before a work permit may be issued. Some states have never required work permits. Other states, having concluded that schools don't actually exercise any real oversight or fear that troubled students will drop out if denied the opportunity for employment, have dropped the requirement for work permits.
Sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription. If a casting director or an agent does not contact you within 6 months, we'll give you an ADDITIONAL 6 MONTHS at no extra cost for you to continue your search. More info can be found here.
How do I improve my child's chances of getting a job?
First of all, utilize all of KidsCasting's services. Put up clear pictures of your kid in your profile and keep the profile updated, then apply to all the casting calls in your area that suit your child. People who apply to several casting calls every week have a much higher chance of finding work than people who only apply to one or two. Perseverance is key! However, make sure that you are submitting to the castings that are right for your kid! If you submit to every casting on the site, you're just going to irritate a lot of casting directors that may have otherwise gotten you work in the future.
How can I get my child started in the Entertainment Industry?
If your child has no acting experience and you would like to see what it's like to work in this exciting field, we recommend that you start by submitting to casting calls seeking extras or background talent. No experience is needed. It's a great way to get on set and see how it all comes together. We also recommend looking into auditions for short films or student films or looking into your local community theater. There are thousands of casting call opportunities that require little or no experience, it's a great way to just get your feet wet.
Make sure your kid's profile is filled and the photos are up to date; be persistent, be positive and stick with it. For more advice, check out our Parent Academy section.
NO. It is always unethical and, in most states, illegal for an agency to charge any upfront fees. An agency makes money by charging a commission on a job they help you get. Under no circumstances should you ever pay an agent an upfront fee of any kind. Another common trick is for agents or managers to refer you to expensive photographers. You always have the right to choose your own photographer. Beware of an agent or manager who insists that you use theirs. Please keep in mind KidsCasting.com in NOT an agency.
An agent will arrange for your appointments with clients and photographers. They will handle your schedule and take bookings, as well as negotiate rates and any other fees involved in an assignment. An agency will promote you with all of their clients in a variety of ways: through an agency book, over the Internet, and by sending your composites and book to clients for specific campaigns and any other pending jobs. They will collect fees on your behalf, and, in some cases, may advance you money.