Baby Biz

Why put your baby in the biz? Because it is fun! You might make a little bit of money. If you are successful, you will have some really cool photos and mementos of your child’s early years. It’s a good place to learn about the set and about how Hollywood works. But, babies are a tough…

California Work Permit

California law requires that all children working in the industry, birth to age 18 (or high school graduation) must have an Entertainment Work Permit. This permit is a different type of work permit than the one normally issued to working teens by their school. The Entertainment Work Permit is issued by the State of California…

Background Work

Note: Most of the information in this article pertains to working in Los Angeles, since background work in smaller markets tends to be handled by the local agents and casting directors. The terms “extra” and “background” are used interchangeably, and no offense is meant by either term. Many parents ask if working as an “extra”…

Broadway for Kids – Finances

Pay and Credit Negotiations The big myth: You aren’t getting rich or famous doing Broadway. The reality is, you do not usually break even when doing a Broadway show if you are from out of town. Even if you live there, money is tight. Every contract and every situation is different! It is strongly suggested…

Broadway for Kids – Understudy & Shared Roles

Special Considerations – Understudies and Role Splitting Being cast as an understudy or splitting a role has unique issues. Typically Broadway shows are performed 8 times a week. Producers make the decision about how to handle the work load for the child actors. Before accepting an understudy or split/shared roled, parents would be wise to…

Broadway for Kids – Tours

Special Considerations – Touring Companies Touring companies take Broadway on the road. They range from high budget shows that stay in large cities for weeks at a time, to those that travel around the world, to “bus and truck tours” where the entire company packs the show into buses and trucks, traveling from city to…