Some children just seem born to perform. Whether it's their outgoing personalities, immense talents, or a combination of many factors, some kids shine when they are on stage or screen. If you notice that your child has a talent for acting that you want to nurture and develop, be sure to avoid doing these things that can sink a child actor's career before it has properly had a chance to even begin.
Stop! Don't Let Your Child Throw Tantrums on the Set
Hollywood is the world's biggest small town. That is, the entertainment industry that's based in Hollywood is very interconnected. If a child develops a bad reputation when working for one producer, it can be hard to recover. If the word gets out that the child is difficult to work with on the set, some production companies may not even want the child to read for the part. If you anticipate that your child will have difficulty over something on the set, be sure to address it beforehand. Discuss how important good behavior is when you're on an actual set to film something.
Stop! Don't Allow Your Child to Go to the Set Unprepared
Child actors who are still new to acting don't realize how important it is to know their lines and hit their cues. The director will point out he cues and marks on a set, and children will be expected to learn what all these things mean. They should show up to set already knowing their lines so that they can focus on learning direction. If your child shows up unprepared, they may anger the director, producer, and other actors. Not knowing one's lines can mean an actor holds up an entire production. No matter what their age is, working actors are required to be prepared and know their lines.
Stop! Don't Encourage Your Child to Focus Solely on Acting
A child actor who is obsessed with their career is the stereotype that many stage parents want to banish from existence. However, it's unhealthy for kids to focus entirely on a show business career because it can drastically change depending on the success of the child's most recent project. Only allow your child to act when it is one of other interests that you are helping them develop and enjoy.
Finally, keep in mind that there are many different aspects to acting. Your child may not be crazy about all of them, but a child actor must love it enough to put up with the negative parts of show business. Before you encourage your child to act professionally, be sure that they can avoid these common pitfalls of a young acting career. For more tips and information, contact a management agency such as Terrific Talent.