My twin girls had an TV audition the other day for Chuck E. Cheese, which my husband dutifully took them to in NYC.
Afterwards, I asked him, “What did they do? How did the girls do?” And all he could do was just look at me and say, “I don’t know.” Why doesn’t he know? Because apparently the girls have reached the age – almost 6 years old – where the casting director takes the kids into a room by themselves (or with other children) and gives them directions on what to do.
If you aren’t crazy about giving your kids acting lessons, then how do you know how to prepare them? Well, there is one cardinal rule for preparing kids for an audition or to go and see an agency. MAKE SURE THEY TAKE DIRECTION WELL. Sound simple? It can be, if the child is a disciplined one, or if they are not in a bad or tired mood that day. Let them know that they are going to be taken into a room, and they should listen to what they are told to do, and do it with a smile. The more you prepare your young child to go and see people, the more they will be ready when some stranger takes their hand and says “Come with me” and starts giving them instructions to do all sorts of things.
Also, you can practice with your child “faces” – happy, sad, angry, laughing, crying, etc. “faces” where the child will emulate each one, so when they are asked out of the blue to make a sad face, they can conjure one up without looking at the casting director like they have two heads.
Not all of this works all the time because they’re KIDS, but it will help you steer them in the right direction.