Federal Taxes

It would be impossible to cover all scenarios regarding Federal Income Tax in this document. However, find below general information regarding child performers and Federal Income Tax regulations for the 2020 tax year. This information is in no way intended to be a replacement for professional tax advice. Now more than ever, we strongly suggest…

Trust Accounts

The one thing that most people have heard of in regard to child actors are the laws which are in place to protect their earnings.  In California, it is often called Coogan’s Law, named after child actor Jackie Coogan. Other states may refer to it as a Performer’s Trust Account. The laws in each state…

New Mexico Laws

Child Labor Laws for Entertainment in New Mexico Many families may recall that the legislation for child performer’s working in New Mexico was passed in April 2007 and went into effect June 2007.  This was widely reported in connection to the Kid Nation controversy, with many entities asking if stronger regulations would have better protected…

Printable Forms

Below are forms also referenced on our website in their respective content area. They are included here for your convenience, to provide easy access to these printable tools. Trustee Statement [PDF]CA Work Permit Application [PDF]CA Work Hours for Minors [PDF]Coogan Paperwork Checklist for Asst. Dir. [PDF]Receipt – Coogan Information [PDF]”Copy Provided” Agreement Form for Student…

Child Actor Safety

As parents and employers of child actors, we need to be especially concerned about the safety of showbiz kids, especially when it comes to their image. If you are a producer, we hope this information will motivate you to be aware of the people you are working with, the subject matter you choose, and even…

Manipulative Marketing

We are currently in the midst of an interesting time in history.  Thanks to technology, everyone *thinks* they have access to levels of the industry that they never did before.  Some go one step further, and think they can exert more control, or drive their career with this new access.  We now see child actors…

IMDb

Making IMDb Work for You About IMDB The Internet Movie Database is owned by Amazon, and has become a staple in the entertainment community. It is built on a huge database of every movie and television show, along with all the people and companies that worked on them. As of 2020, there were 6.5 million…

Fans and Followers

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fan Interaction for Young Actors Everybody loves fans, right?  We all want to think someone loves our child and appreciates their performance.  And fan mail is FUN whether it is in the form of email, a Facebook like or an IG follower. Really fun!  But, as most experienced young actors…

How to Research People

Get the Mindset, Sherlock Hollywood is an unregulated industry for the most part. The burden falls on parents to do all the screening. Your child’s safety (and your wallet) depend on you. You have to be your own Sherlock Holmes. Check out agents, managers, website designers, acting teachers, publicists, casting directors, film makers etc. This is…