Mar 18

How Do You Prepare Your Child for Interviews with Talent Agencies?

When my daughter first interviewed with talent agencies for representation, we really did not do anything to prepare her.  She already had a talent manager, and he told me to dress her in something cute and to tell her to be herself.

My daughter was not quite seven years old when we were looking at Los Angeles talent agencies.  She was very outgoing and confident and had no fear when talking to adults, so we just let her do her own thing.

It worked out well for us, and I’m sure my daughter’s talent manager knew what he was doing.  And I trusted him because I certainly did not know what I was doing.

If your child does not yet have representation, you may be wondering what you can do to help prepare your child for interviews with talent agencies and managers.

The technique of not doing any preparation for a child’s interviews is probably not the best for every child and every situation. It depends partly on the age of your child, your child’s personality and look, and how you got the agency interview for your child.

If you already have a talent manager with a good reputation and/or good relationships with certain talent agencies, the talent agents may be more likely to represent your child based on the talent manager’s recommendations. But they will still do their own evaluation to make the decision.

In any case, it is certainly not a bad thing to prepare your child for interviews with talent agencies and managers. The following are some things that you can do to help prepare your child for interviews:

  • Help him/her learn and rehearse a short commercial.
  • Help him/her learn and rehearse a short monologue (very seldom requested for young kids, but sometimes for older kids or teens or for theatre).
  • Conduct practice interviews with your child. Encourage your child to answer questions with more than “yes” or “no“, and possibly even tell a funny, little story as part of an answer when it makes sense.
  • Remind your child to look into the talent agent’s eyes while being spoken to by the talent agent rather than around the room or at the floor.
  • For older children, have them practice reading the lines from a short script from a play or movie with you. Make sure they sound natural and not like they are reading.
  • Have your child work with an acting coach prior to visiting talent agencies and managers, if possible, particularly if your child is timid or quiet. An acting coach can also advise you as to whether your child is ready to visit agencies to seek representation or needs additional coaching or training.

Most importantly, make sure your child knows to just be herself/himself and have fun. You want your child to be relaxed and comfortable so the talent agent can see her/his true personality.

Also, keep in mind that the talent agents will be interviewing and observing you, the parent, as well as the child.  Prepare yourself by letting your child answer questions asked by others rather than you answering, so you won’t be tempted to answer questions for them in front of the talent agents. You don’t want to appear pushy or controlling.

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  1. Talent Watchers

    I have read your content.Its very nice one.In seven years your daughter is too much smart and talented to get an opportunity to enter in talent field.We should always try to keep faith on them.

  2. Daycare Grants

    This is is a nice and informative post. If the parents fully prepare their child for the interview with the Talent Agency based on the author’s suggestions,the child will have a greater chance of landing a job with the talent agency. 😉
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  3. nicole

    I love all of your posts! They are so informative. I was wondering if you could provide a example cover letter. We are going to send info to potential talent agents, but we are not sure how it should go. Thanks!

  4. Debbie Sikkema

    Hi Nicole,
    Thanks so much for reading my blog and your kind comment! Let me look for some cover letter examples for you. Stay tuned!
    To your success,

  5. Terrie

    My 6 year old has her first meeting with a talent agency soon. I am so nervous because she can be very shy, although you would never know it when she was an extra for an upcoming movie. Thanks for the advice you have given on here 🙂

  6. Debbie Sikkema

    Hi Terrie,
    I’m so glad I could help. Good luck at the meeting! Let me know how it goes? Sounds like she’ll do great if she is just her usual charming self. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.
    To your success,

  7. Genesis osuna

    Hola mi nombre es Genesis Osuna mi PASION es la actuacion y El modelaje. Busco Agente

  8. otisha

    Hi I love acting and I need a agent or manager around lima,ohio so can you please mail me at – if you find anything… 😀 😆

  9. Dasha

    I have a quick question. My seven year old daughter is going to a Talent Manager audition next week. Are there any guideline as far as how she needs to wear her hair? She has slightly below shoulder length straight hair. Thanks in advance!

  10. Dasha

    I have a quick question. My 7 year old daughter is going to a Talent Manager audition next week. Are there any guideline as far as how she needs to wear her hair? She has slightly below shoulder length straight hair. Thanks in advance!

  11. Debbie Sikkema

    Hi Dasha,
    There are no guidelines for how your child should wear her hair. I recommend she wear it the way she is most comfortable and usually wears it — make sure it is clean and neat and looks cute. If she feels good about how she is wearing it, then that will help her be more comfortable and bring out her personality which is really what is most important in a child your daughter’s age. If it looks cute in pigtails or a ponytail, that will work, but if she likes to wear it down that will also be fine. I’d spend a little more time going over a few other things with her such as for her to look directly at the talent manager when she talks. I’d also practice a little with her and remind her if the talent manager asks her a question, she should just be herself but avoid just yes and no answers, but to give a fun and bigger answer or even tell a little story as an answer if possible. Like, instead of answering just “yes” or “no” if the talent manager asks her if she likes animals, she could tell her which animal she likes and why. Practice with her a little bit. Most importantly, just tell her to have fun and be herself. Hope this helps! Good luck!
    To your success,

  12. karina

    Hello my name is Karina and the problem is that I am in Spain and not if you can do well here .

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