The Series of Interviews with Moms of Actors

Great Personal Tips and Advice from – 3 Moms of Young Successful Actresses – An Interview – Part 2 of a New Series

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Part 2 of our interview with 3 Moms of Successful Actors. This is a continuation of the first interview we did with moms that represent some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. They took the time to kindly provide us with information that will enlighten you as the parent of an actor on some do’s and donts. We are appreciative of their time and grateful that they want to give back to parents of actors in all stages of the acting journey.

If you have not read Part 1 of this interview yet, go here >


ABOUT THE MOMS we INTERVIEWED: (what we can tell you)

Moms #1 and #2:  Both of these 2 moms have daughters that are young actresses on major Television networks and are working regularly. Their shows are very popular. Their daughters are very happy, successful and balanced. Their daughters started their careers early (before age 10), and they are continuing to soar in their acting roles in their teens. Mom #2 additionally has a son that is a working young actor. Learn more from Moms #1 and #2 as you read the interview, below.

Mom #3: This mom has a daughter who has been acting training for the past 2 years, but singing since a young age. Her daughter was in three films and a commercial last year and sings all around the local area.. Mom #3 is fairly new to the industry compared to Moms #1 and #2. However, Mom #3 constantly educates herself and reads, attends workshops, attends classes with acting professionals and talks to fellow moms and dads to continually learn. Learn more from Moms #3 as you read the interview, below.

TY again to the moms that took the time to answer these to help other parents of actors.


PART 2– START OF INTERVIEW- 2015

7)
How do you know if you are with the right agent? Also, is it okay to go 3 months without any auditions from your agent? How about 6 months? What is too long?

Mom of Young Actress #1:
This is hard. I think it depends. There can be a time that’s a kind of catch 22—your agent may have a hard time getting your kid in a room for auditions because the kid doesn’t have any experience yet… which perpetuates the issue. Or maybe you are in a really small market and there just aren’t many opportunities. In LA, I think if my kid hadn’t seen an audition in 3 months, I’d ask for a meeting to see what the agent has to say about it.

Five months without an audition from your agent, is way too long.

Mom of Young Actress #2:
A parent should do their research before choosing an agent. Just because an agent wants to sign a child does not mean it’s the right agent for your child. Also, how did the agent make you feel? Listen to your intuition…sometimes it’s just a feeling. Trust it. Before you sign contracts, again, do your research. Meet with other agents so you have a better grasp on the process. Ultimately, your agent is working for you and you need to trust they are working hard.

It’s not uncommon to go a few months without an audition. Especially if the child is new to the industry. Even for seasoned actors, it’s not uncommon.

Mom of Young Actress #3:
Our daughter has an agent, but only for a few months thus far. Our intuition was important in our decision to go with this agent. It felt like a really good fit for our actress. We have heard from others that when starting out with an agent it may take some time to start seeing the auditions come in. They have to get to know your child better. They may also have other child actors in your child’s same profile category that they are already sending out for auditions, so the timing may be off. However, we do feel, based on what we’ve been told, if it’s been 6 months with nothing from your agent, it’s a smart time to ask for a meeting with the agent or with your manager and the agent.

8)
Thoughts on the purpose of social media in the lives of child actors? Who should manage? What should it be used for? Do casting directors/directors/producers care about these accts?

Mom of Young Actress #1:

Social media is a double-edged thing. Until your kid is a mid-teen (depends on their maturity) I really think the parent should manage their Twitter account. And maybe Instagram too. That being said, Twitter and Instagram are important outlets of self-expression for kids, and it doesn’t seem fair for young actors—especially if they are basically unknown—to not have what all of their friends do. So maybe a private account that you monitor in addition to their professional account that shares what they’re doing.
FB can be more private, and is also way less used. Your kid could use a slightly different name and have a “private” FB acct (which is what many actors do—my daughter does not maintain a public FB acct, though there are a bunch of fakes at this point—she made the mistake of letting go of her real name so someone grabbed it. Ugh.

But fewer and fewer people under the age of 20 use FB anymore anyway). You should never “friend” someone you don’t know on FB, as it gives them access to WAY too much private info.
Until your kid is genuinely famous—and their Twitter or Instagram following is in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands or more—no one cares about how many followers they have.

I have never heard of people being cast or not cast based on THOSE metrics—casting directors, producers, and directors care WAY more about your IMDb star meter number. And frankly those numbers are often correlated.
Who DOES care about your social media stats? People who are considering asking your kid to promote a product. They do care. But again—they will not care until your kid has a name, and it’s the name that really gets those numbers up there.

So—social media following will not get them work, but it might get them endorsements after their career has reached a reasonably high level.

Mom of Young Actress #2:
This depends on a parents intent with a social media account. Is this to promote their child? If so, then you should have something to promote. I believe in being authentic and not fabricating what a child is doing which leads others to believe more is going on than actually is happening.

PR firms are pricey and again, if your child isn’t working on a set daily, it seems obsolete to make such an investment. If a child signs with a network, often the network has an internal PR person whom will have access to your account and promote in addition to you or your child’s posts.

Also, always keep posts clean, light and fun.

Contrary to what some of you have heard, a network isn’t going to choose to go with another child actor because they have more twitter followers. Often times they don’t care nor have the time to do that kind of research. They want the perfect kid for the role.

Social media balances itself out. A childs success on social media can literally happen overnight when they book something and the show is a hit.

Mom of Young Actress #3:
Social media accounts should be set up when your child’s manager and agent believe it is the right time to do so. If you think it may be time, you should ask your child’s manager. If your child does not have an agent or a manager yet it’s way too soon to be thinking about setting up social media accounts, it’s just too soon in their journey. The time to think about setting up their accounts is when they have several productions under their belt, more experience, some training and are far enough into their acting journey, that you can tell this is really what they want to do.

The parents can manage the accounts if their child does not have access to a network PR team or an agent PR team. If the parents manage the social media accounts, they should absolutely sit down with the manager and agent and ask them for any dos and do nots before they start tweeting or posting, just to make certain all of the team is on the same page. This is because, once you start tweeting stuff out to the world, you are jeopardizing your child’s branding if you are not strategic and planned out.

Ideally, it should a PR team doing this for your child, but, this will only happen after your child reaches a higher level in their acting career.

One more thing about setting up your child actor’s website and social media accounts. Even if you are not going to use them right away, it is a good thing to secure the names early on in their career. In other words, sign up for that website domain name that you want. Go ahead and sign up for a Facebook and Twitter account with the names you want, just so you can secure them and keep them for when the time is right. Otherwise, when your child starts to get more well-known, someone else may grab them before you can.

9)
When your actress was getting more professional and more into acting, were there times that your faith was tested to just believe her dreams would happen for her? If yes, what did you find worked best for you in those moments of faith?

Mom of Young Actress #1:
Totally tested. A clear sense of faith that she really was on the right path, and that the right thing would happen when it was time. It took much longer than I thought it would for her to get some traction—and everyone said it happened really fast for her, lol-!

Mom of Young Actress #2:
Didn’t ask her this question. NA.

Mom of Young Actress #3:
It’s tested daily still. It feels like she takes 5 giant steps forward and things start to move and pace up, she starts to land one thing after another. Then suddenly things slow down and it’s quiet at times with no auditions. Faith is the thing that our entire family always has. We believe in our actress and we are here for her dreams and her hopes. We often have to dig deep in those times that she’s not getting auditions. She is consistently training so that she will be ready when those opportunities arise. What we do know is what she shows us everyday. That is love, respect, honor, kindness and passion for what she loves to do. Acting and Singing are what she loves to do, and she’s worked hard on them, and her progress shows. So, if the auditions are not rolling in, so be it. We just keep the faith that they will come when the time is right. Faith is tricky as it’s abstract in a sense, it’s not something we can touch. However, we believe it in our hearts, and that is enough to keep going!

Have there been times where I felt tested? Absolutely yes and still often. I dig deep, take some deep breaths, and remind myself, it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Her auditions will come when they are supposed to. I also remind myself not to compare her journey to any other child. No 2 paths in this business are the same.


 

Have any additional questions you want answered? Let us know for Part 3 of this series! Scroll down and comment below. Ty!

We hope you enjoyed this 2 part Moms of Actors Series. If you did, please tell us what you liked best about it in the comments section below. Or, feel free to post on your own experience on this acting journey with your child.

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