The BizParentz Foundation is an organization serving families in the entertainment industry through education and advocacy. Since it’s founding in 2004, BizParentz representatives have presented workshops on Managing Coogan, Parenting Young Performers, Child Actor Taxes, Incorporation/Emancipation, and Predators and Pedophiles as well as seminars on the realities of the children in the entertainment industry.
Anne Henry and Paula Dorn have become sought after media and legislative experts on the subject of young performers, and in addition to the educational articles on their own website, they have contributed to multiple national publications, web-based venues, and television shows in the US, Canada, the UK, and Brazil. For a full listing of media activities, see BizParentz In The News.
The support of hundreds of volunteers is crucial to the success of BizParentz, Since there are no paid staff, they rely on the generosity of their members. Agents, managers, casting directors, union officials, and of course showbiz parents all contribute in various ways.
BizParentz is also the sponsor of the CARE Awards held in March at Universal Studios, to honor well-rounded professional young performers.
Paula comes to BizParentz from the business world. Her professional career includes Plant Accountant for Avery International, with responsibilities for inventory at 3 warehouses across the United States. She is also a certified tax preparer. In addition, Paula had an active life of public service. She held various leadership positions through 8 years with local and council level PTA where she planned multiple events, and she served as a parent advisor to the SAG Young Performers committee. Paula’s son has been a professional actor for over 9 years.
Anne is the mother of 3 young performers, ages 13, 20 and 21. In her life prior to showbiz, she had a 15 year career as a city administrator where her responsibilities included managing parks and recreation departments, special events, and social services including community-wide youth master planning and the development of legislation and public policy. She currently works as a free-lance grantwriter for non-profit agencies, and has served as a parent advisor to the SAG Young Performers Committee.
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