There comes a point in every child’s life when they express what they want to be when they grow up. Whether their goal is to become a pharmacist like their dad or talk about what it would be like to be an astronaut, every child’s dream is unique. If your child shows interest in becoming one of the child actors they see in movies and on tv, don’t panic! Show business can not only be lucrative, but it can be exceptionally fun for child actors if you come into it educated and with an open mind. Here is some practical advice for getting your child involved in film.
Get Them Started Early
If your child expresses an interest in becoming an actor, don’t wait to get them into the business until they are older. There are plenty of ways to get your child involved in film at a young age, and one of the best ways is by signing them up for dance lessons as early as possible. Not only is the ability to dance a great skill to have and something that will make them a more well-rounded actor, but it will help teach them to take direction and be disciplined. Additionally, talent scouts often attend dance showcases and recitals, which means more industry exposure for your child and a greater chance of them getting discovered organically.
Learn to Handle Rejection
Rejection is an inevitable part of life, especially for anyone in the entertainment industry. Before making it big, your child will most likely have doors slammed in their face (sometimes even literally) and it is important that they know how to deal with rejection when they are faced with it.
It is so important that you work on building up your child’s self-esteem by enriching their lives outside of acting. This can mean anything from spending quality time together as a family to getting them involved in other activities, like sports or after school clubs. Helping your child become more balanced will only benefit them when it comes to facing the rejection they will often face in show business.
Take it Seriously
One of the biggest disservices you can do for your child is not taking their acting passion seriously. If your child expresses an interest in acting and you decide to take the leap of faith and go for it, it is imperative that you stick with it. It can take months or even years to get your big break in Hollywood, and child acting is especially competitive. If you take a break for a couple of months or stop taking your child on auditions, there will be thousands of other children who will have a better chance of snagging that breakout role over your child. The best thing you can do when it comes to getting your child involved in film is to decide if this is truly the path your child wants to go down, and if it is, put your all into it and keep at it. Good luck!