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Hi and Welcome to YourYoungActor.com!

I am Debbie, and I am the mother of two children, one of whom is a young actor in the Los Angeles area. We lived in the Southeast until my daughter was almost 7.

She had an obvious love for the stage starting at age one, and from then on I began looking for opportunities for her to perform. This turned out to be much more difficult than expected.  I did not know anyone who could help me with this.

She got an agent in Charleston, SC when she was five years old. She also got an agent in Atlanta, which was a very long drive from Charleston.

We later visited New York and Los Angeles to talk with talent agents, managers, and casting directors. Though we also really wanted to work with talent manager Shirley Grant in New York, at the coaxing of Craig Wargo, with Talent Management Associates, we decided to come to Los Angeles to launch Brooke’s show business career.

My daughter and I first moved to Los Angeles alone. We drove all the way from South Carolina to Los Angeles with some friends, enjoying the sights along the way. We stopped to see the Grand Canyon and visited Las Vegas.  Her father and brother joined us here 17 months later where we’ve all been living ever since.

We’ve learned so much during this journey into acting, and there are so many things I wish I’d known sooner.  We had to try to figure out most things on our own as we encountered them. We did not know where to go to get assistance, and we did not always make the best decisions. I want to share our experiences with others so that they can learn from our mistakes and our successes.

Sincerely,

Debbie Sikkema

P.S. The picture in the header on this site is a picture of my daughter ( 8 years old ) on the set of Beautiful Dreamer, a beautiful WWII film.  It was taken at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, CA.

While working with Brooke Langton and Colin Egglesfield and with Lauren Woodland as her mother in Beautiful Dreamer, Brooke discovered how very much she loved acting.  It was a wonderful experience for her. When she was released from work on the first day of filming (due to the SAG requirements for minors) she said, “Mom, I want to stay and watch.” And she did until I finally dragged her away to go home over an hour later. She would have stayed until they finished filming for the day if I’d let her.

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  1. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Thanks, Michael for your comments and well wishes. Being in the arts is indeed rewarding — though difficult! –Debbie

  2. Rick@Auto Detailing Clearwater says:

    This is a great website. We are trying to get our children involved in acting as well, but have no idea where to start.

  3. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for commenting! I hope my website and my newsletter and other information you get from my site will be helpful to you. Let me know if there is something I can do to help!
    Good luck! –Debbie

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    nice blog deb! keep it up! ;-)

  10. mark@Costa Mesa Chiropractor says:

    I failed to leave comments. :(
    I hope you worry, as I do, that the futures of child actors seems awfully bleak. Still, we want them to have days in the sun. Parents must step up.

  11. Sam says:

    Thanks for posting up, Deb! I wish there was more info out there like this when I was younger and looking at getting into acting… maybe if my kids are interested in it this’ll help out.

    Thanks again!

  12. James @ Part time jobs in London says:

    I am really impressed that you dedicate so much time to your daughters future career- I really respect the amount of time you spent and hope I will do the same for my kids if they ever want to go into acting. Best of luck with your daughters career!

  13. Shawn@graco high chair says:

    Just watched a show the other night about child actors. Very intriguing program with huge insight into the industry. Never knew what some of these child stars endured while on shoots and off. It isn’t all about the money sometimes.

  14. Sam@Steam Cleaner Reviews says:

    Very interesting story about how you guys ended up in Los Angeles. I loved Los Angeles when we traveled there in 1996 and cannot wait to go back.

  15. Victoria Taylor says:

    Hello Debbie, and thank for this awesome blog. I am going to be honest I’m terrified of the whole show biz world. I don’t want for my kids to get swallowed up in all this. My children are beautiful, they are full of life, and loves to entertain, but I feel as tough they will freeze up when they say action, or say cheese!!!! I’m praying that God will send us to the right people…Thanks!

  16. John@build links says:

    Is that your daughter in the top banner? She is so cute. I hope I can see her soon in a movie, then I’ll tell my wife “I posted a message on her mom’s blog” lol.

  17. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Yes, that is my daughter on the set of a movie called “Beautiful Dreamer.” Thank you for the compliment! She filmed it when she was 8. She is taking a little break from acting right now (at least from tv and film acting). She is 14 and has braces! That is a tough age/time for girls in acting. Thanks for your very cute comment! And thanks for reading and posting on my blog.
    Best regards,
    Debbie

  18. klea says:

    to do into succes is not easy ….of course that to get the best cost a lot of sacrifices…the way you achived to be successful i hope you go higher and higher,and help other youngers to catch their dream ;-)

  19. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Klea,
    Thanks so much for reading my blog and for your kind comments.
    Warm regards,
    Debbie

  20. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Victoria,
    I’m glad you like my blog. I can understand very well your fears. The world of show business is scary, and you must always be involved and know when to keep moving forward and when it might be best for your kids to take a break. Never push them but let them stay with it as long as they are happy with it. Good luck with this. Trusting in God and seeking his guidance certainly is a good way to go forward.
    To your success,
    Debbie

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  24. Don@ How To Improve Writing Skills says:

    I’d be interested to know what those things you learned that you had wished you had known earlier are.

  25. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Don,
    I think I replied to you already in email, but I’ll reply here, too. I wished I had had someone to ask questions of so I knew how this industry worked, that I had known more about the unions, what talent managers and agents do, what to expect in auditions, how the whole process of auditioning works, all about the work permit office and Coogan accounts and driving around L.A. Just about everything really — it was a slow process of learning for us! Thanks for reading and commenting here on my blog.
    Sincerely,
    Debbie

  26. Kevin@Car Detailing says:

    Hi Debbie, It was pleasure reading this blog really and all the relevant comments too. It looked nice also that you responded to each and every comment quite politely. I have seen some pics of your daughter and she is looking so beautiful. I hope that one day she will make her way through it. All the very best for your family.

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  28. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks so much for you kind comments! I do appreciate your compliments for my blog (and also for my daughter) more than you know. I work hard on this blog, and it is very nice to hear good things from my readers.
    Sincerely,
    Debbie

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