Being a parent is hard enough, but when your kid wants to be an actor, it can be even harder. You don’t have the time to take them to auditions or help them with their lines.
Well, you may as well give in right now because you’re going to lose. Every time. Yep. Just being honest here!
The child who nags until they get what they want is very frustrating for parents. The problem is, these children are often very successful in getting what they want. Am I right, or am I right?
Whether it’s a new toy, a bigger role in the school play or more screen time on their video games console, these kids know how to use their persistence to their advantage. And while it may be annoying, there’s no denying that it works.
So what can you do if you’re dealing with a child who nags until you say yes to acting? The best thing to do is to try to stay calm and focused on your goal, which is to help your child achieve their goal without busting up your routine.
Here are a few tips on how to juggle your child’s acting aspirations with your busy schedule:
It’s important to talk to your child about their goals and what they hope to achieve by becoming an actor. This will help you better understand their passion and why they want to pursue acting. It’s also important to find out if they’re willing to work hard and make sacrifices in order to achieve their dream.
As a parent of a child performer, it’s important to talk to your kid about their acting goals. This can help you better understand their passion for acting and also set appropriate expectations for their career. Here are a few things to keep in mind when having this conversation:
– Inquire about why they want to act. Is it something they’ve always been interested in or did they just see a movie that sparked their interest? It’s important to know the motivations behind their desire to act so you can gauge how serious they are about it.
– Ask about what kind of roles they’re interested in pursuing. If they’re only interested in major Hollywood productions, explain that it’s a long shot but encourage them to audition for smaller local productions as well. It’s important to get experience anywhere you can.
Make sure your child is aware of your scheduling constraints. It’s important that they understand that you may not be able to drop everything at a moment’s notice to take them to an audition or rehearsal.
As a working parent, it is important to be up front with your child about your scheduling constraints. Here are some tips to help you navigate this conversation:
– Explain to your child why it is important for you to work. Emphasize that you need to work in order to provide for the family.
– Let your child know what your schedule looks like. Be specific about the days and times you will be working.
– Discuss with your child how they will be affected by your work schedule. For example, if you will be working late nights, explain how this will impact bedtime routines.
– Talk about ways to manage schedules so that everyone is still able to spend time together as a family. This may include making time for weekend activities or planning regular check-ins during the week.
Work with your kid to create a schedule that works for both of you. This way, you can still have time for your other commitments while also supporting your child’s dream.
– Talk to your child about their availability. Find out when they have free time and what their commitments are.
– Be flexible where you can. If something comes up that changes your schedule, try to work with your child to accommodate the change.
-. Make sure both of you are happy with the schedule. This is important for making sure that the time you spend together is quality time.
Use resources like online classes or acting camps to help your kid learn more about the craft.
These types of resources can help your child learn more about the craft of acting and give them a chance to practice their skills. In addition, online classes and acting camps can also provide your child with a supportive community of other young actors. With the right resources, your child can achieve their goals and reach their full potential as an actor.
Plan ahead as much as possible. If you know your child has an audition coming up, try to clear your schedule in advance so you can be there for them.
This means having your child’s headshots and resumes ready, as well as keeping track of upcoming casting calls. I found that it’s best to keep an “audition” bag packed with the headshots and resumes, snacks, some changes of clothes and a couple of fun things to keep your child occupied in the waiting room, such as coloring books, mazes or math books.
You should also be prepared to help your child memorize lines and blocking. It is also helpful to have someone on standby in case you have other children who need to stay home, as most auditions will specifically state no siblings allowed.
Planning ahead will help ensure that your child is ready for any opportunity that comes their way.
Your kid has an audition but you can’t go.
Being a parent of a child actor has its challenges, especially when it comes to last minute auditions. If you can’t be there for your child’s audition, here are a few things you can do to help them prepare.
– Have a go-to chaperone with your child during their audition can help with time management and keeping them on track. This can be anyone from a grandparent, friend or trusted neighbor.
A chaperone can help keep your child focused and on track during their audition. They can make sure your child is where they need to be and when they need to be there. This can free up your time to take care of other things, like work or taking care of other children.
Having a chaperone with your child during their audition can give you peace of mind knowing that someone else is there to help out. You can focus on other things and know that your child is in good hands.
When my children were younger, I remember seeing other kids coming into auditions with their nannies.
– It’s important to have a calm and positive attitude with your child. They may be nervous about the audition and your energy will play a big role in their performance.
– Make sure they are well-rested and have eaten a healthy meal before the audition.
– Go over the material with them one last time and give them any final notes.
– Trust that they have prepared enough and let them go to the audition confidently.
Child acting can be a great opportunity for kids to explore their creativity and grow as individuals. With a little bit of planning and time management, you can make it work!