Child actor: A mother’s question

QUESTION:

Hello Tony,

I watched your introduction video today and have seen some information online about
what you do. I was wondering if you think this course is suitable for a child actor
who has absolutely no experience as yet but is very interested in starting a career
in acting.

My son is 11 years of age and has a passion for acting. I have joined up with
‘starnow’ agency and am waiting to have professional photos taken for him for a good
headshot. We have one audition booked so far but we have only been with the agency
for about a week so far.

What kind of help would you recommend for my son?

I hope you can help.

Thank you so much for your time in advance.

ANSWER: See here below. So as not to reveal her name and the name of her son, I will refer to them as “Barbara” and “John”.

Hello Barbara,

First of all, thank you for contacting me and for your
trust that I might be able to answer your question.

I would love to be able to have another person in the program,
but NO, this course is not suitable for an 11 year old, HOWEVER,
if you want to do “whatever you can” to help John, I would strongly
recommend that you take the course.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST MYTHS

You see, one of the biggest myths about starting an acting career is that having an agency represent you will get you to stardom or even just get you acting work. Barbara, that is so not true. It takes much more than that. While I truly admire your wanting to help out your son, but I know from many years of experience, that your passion and love for him is not enough. I strongly recommend THAT YOU LEARN THE BUSINESS of acting.
Like I always tell people, you don’t necessarily have to get all the information you need from me and my step-by-step, easy to follow home-study course, but Barbara, if you really want to help your son, I recommend you get that information from somewhere.
You can spend time looking around the internet and asking people to teach you and informing yourself, or you can get it all in one place and have someone take you through all that you need to know, step-by-step.
If you would like to discuss further, let me know.

SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION

In the meantime, here are some links for you that might help you.

This one is the sales page for my course.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html
Scroll down to the bottom and look at what is in each module. Again, whether you take my course or get the information from some other source, realize that it is the information you will need to be well-informed and in a position to help you son in the best way possible.

Here is another link you might find helpful:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/child-actor.html

What you will find on that link may seem like a lot of good information and it is in my opinion, however, it doesn’t replace step-by-step instruction and monthly coaching sessions on skype. It’s up to you.

Barbara, I’m at your disposal and thank you again for contacting me.
Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck for your son’s acting career.

Tony
Creator of
The ActingCareer Quick StartHome-Study Course

Acting Career Question (S) and Testimonial

An acting career question (s) and some feedback from a brand new student the acting career quick start home-study course Here name is Darlene.

Hello Tony,

So I’m very excited that I joined your program. I just saw your 1st video
and I’m growing to trusting you more and I love the vast amount of
information you gave. You seriously kept it real!! I appreciate that a
lot. It did hurt to hear the part about the beginning years of acting (pay
rate wise), but I’m gonna keep pushing forward to my dream.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 1

OK now to my questions, you mentioned about being surrounded by people who’ve
been working in acting, but I really don’t know anybody. I’m a young woman from
Harlem, New York and not many people here in the “hood” are thinking about the
acting world, but more so the hustling world. So what should? How do I
get connected to other actors?

I RECOMMEND GOING TO HANG OUT AT PLACES WHERE THERE ARE OTHER ACTORS. HERE ON THIS PAGE LINK, THERE ARE 26 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND OTHER ACTORS: http://actingcareerquickstart.com/actor_hangouts.html

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 2

Second question, I just started taking classes on-camera commercial classes and in 2weeks we get to audition in front of 2 other casting directors. I’m in the process of getting my pics done, do you believe in character shots?
YOU NEED TWO HEADSHOTS AND A REALLY GOOD HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD KNOW THIS, IF THEY DON’T THEN STAY AWAY FROM THEM! YOU NEED A LEGIT SHOT AND A COMMERCIAL SHOT. THAT’S IT.
IN THE ACTING CAREER QUICK START COURSE YOU WILL GET SOME GREAT ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER, HOW TO ENSURE YOU GET THE BEST SHOTS POSSIBLE AND QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE THE SHOOT TO MAKE SURE HE/SHE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING!

HERE IS A GREAT STORY ABOUT ONE OF MY STUDENTS IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE. LOOK AT HER BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES AND ABOVE ALL, WHAT SHE WAS ABLE TO DO ONCE SHE FINALLY REALIZED THE POWER OF GREAT HEADSHOTS:
http://actingcareerquickstart.com/actor_headshots.html

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 3

And how do I ace this audition? YOU NEED IMPROVISATIONAL TRAINING TO DO WELL IN COMMERCIAL AUDITIONS. YOU ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ COMMERCIAL COPY AND BE AS NATURAL AS YOU CAN, JUST LIKE AN EVERYDAY PERSON. WE TALK ABOUT THAT LATER IN THE COURSE AS WELL.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 4

Also, should I get into SAG-AFTRA knowing I only have acting experience from my church.
NO. I DON’T RECOMMEND TRYING TO GET INTO SAG. YOU WOULD BE COMPETING WITH OTHER, SEASONED ACTORS AND THAT AUTOMATICALLY TAKES YOU OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR NON-UNION JOBS. IT’S CRAZY FOR YOU TO GET INTO SAG NOW WITH NO EXPERIENCE. IT MAKES NO SENSE. YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO THAT PART OF THE COURSE YET. YOU WILL. BE PATIENT.
AGENTS AND UNION AFFILIATE IN THE USA AND IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD IS HANDLED IN DEPTH IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE. I TAKE YOU THROUGH ALL THE DO’S AND DON’TS WITH REGARD TO THE UNIONS, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 5

Last question, I’m still working a 9am to 5pm job to payoff bills, past
school loans for business , current acting classes, what is your advice
for someone whose willing to commit to her dream, but knows she has to
take care of responsibilities and have not much support from my parents.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE HOME-STUDY COURSE THAT YOU WILL GET INTO WITHIN JUST THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER DARLEEN. I RECOMMEND WORKING ON GETTING THAT SET UP AS WELL WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING THE REST OF THE THINGS IN THE COURSE AND TAKING CLASSES.

KEEP ON STUDYING THE BUSINESS OF ACTING DARLEEN. SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THEY WILL JUST MAKE IT IF THEY GET A CHANCE. I STRESS THIS IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE AS WELL. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO DEDICATE AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE TO YOUR ACTING CAREER, THEN WORK ON GETTING YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER. IN THE COURSE WE WILL TALK ABOUT BUDGETING AND ALSO ABOUT SOME SPECIFIC THINGS YOU CAN DO TO START TO MAKE SOME PASSIVE INCOME OR TO USE ANY SKILLS YOU HAVE TO MAKE MONEY TO FUND YOUR CAREER ON YOUR OWN TIME AND ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE.

YOU WILL SEE THAT ONCE YOU ARE REALLY INTO THE HEART OF THE COURSE, THAT YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION THAT WILL PROVIDE GREAT VALUE FOR YOU, BECAUSE YOU WILL KNOW HOW TO DO MANY MORE THINGS TO GET YOURSELF NOTICED THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF ACTORS OUT THERE WHO HAVE NO CLUE (SORRY TO SAY THAT, BUT IT’S TRUE. LOT’S OF PEOPLE ARE LIVING FALSE DREAMS THAT WILL NEVER COME TRUE, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. MANY THINK THEY DO, BUT THEY DON’T. IF THEY WOULD JUST STOP AND ASK THEMSELVES WHY THEY AREN’T GETTING ANYWHERE NAVIGATING ON THE INTERNET TO LOOK FOR AUDITIONS, OR TRY TO FIND SOMEONE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO AN AGENT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF THEY WANT DIFFERENT RESULTS, SUCH AS…LEARN THE BUSINESS OF ACTING.) IT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

THAT’S THE MAIN REASON WHY I BUILT THE ACTING CAREER QUICK START HOME-STUDY COURSE. THE TRUTH IS, I WISH I HAD ACCESS TO THIS KIND OF INFORMATION AND STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION WHEN I FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN ACTING. I WOULD HAVE SAVED A LOT OF TIME, EVEN THOUGH I GOT VERY GOOD RESULTS.

KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING DARLEEN AND YOU WILL BE FINE.

I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTIONS. SEE YOU LATER THIS MONTH IN YOUR FIRST MONTHLY COACHING CALL.

Thanks,

TONY