Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How Can My Child Meet Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors?



Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


In Los Angeles, child actors have the opportunity of doing workshops and 3-week intensives with Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors all year long. These CDs see these kids regularly so they know their talent, skill level and in fact, watch them grow up.  They know which kids are ready for the small roles, and which ones are ready to star in a series. They are following their progress.

When kids live out of state that don't have that luxury. Out of state kids don't have that continuous exposure to these very important people. If you live in LA, I always suggest to my clients and their parents to attend classes and workshops with Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors at least 3-4 times a year. There are 3 training schools in LA that I highly recommend that have these Casting Directors in regularly, as well as OUTSTANDING acting training for kids. They are, in no particular order:

 


My advice is go to their websites, get on all 3 of their mailing lists and stay updated about upcoming workshops. Be sure to enroll your child in them often. 
But FIRST BE SURE your child is ready to do CD workshops by having your children take numerous acting, improv, and audition classes  at these 3 schools first. Many series regulars go to classes at these schools 5 times a week. So be prepared to live there.

If you live out of state and are planning a visit to LA for spring break or the summer, those are perfect times to visit these 3 schools and take classes. The level of training is professional and invaluable. Be sure to tell then Wendy Alane Wright sent you.

To get you familiar with who's who, here are some of the important CDs you should be looking out for for your children to do workshops with.

Disney Casting Directors

Carol Goldwasser
Barbie Block
Sally Stiner
Gayle Pillsbury (Zane/Pillsbury)
Bonnie Zane
Dana Gergely (Brice/Gergely)
Brandi Brice
Howard Meltzer
Suzanne Goddard- Smythe
Ruth Lambert
Robert McGee
Sheryl Levine

Nickelodeon Casting Directors

Barbara Stordahl
Angela Terry
Daniel Aufierro
Amber Horn
Jamie Snow
Lori Wyman
Harriet Greenspan
Sean Cossey
J.J. Oglivy
Krisha Bullock 

Of course when your agent or manager submits your child for roles being cast by the above TV royalty they bring in the kids they want to see for auditions. It's important that you realize Casting Directors receive about 1,500 pictures for every role. They typically call in about 100- 200 to audition in person or see tapes, 25 or so are called back and only 5 are in the finally running for a job. ONE lucky person will book the role. So those are the odds 1 in 1,500. I think doing the workshops help your child become recognizable to the casting directors and therefore increasing the odds of getting the chance to audition at all.

My company WAW Entertainment is always looking for new & talented kids and teens. If you have a child who is serious about acting feel free to email me their headshot, pictures, resume and demo reel if you have them to wawentertainment@yahoo.com If you child is what I am looking when I receive your email I will get back to you to set up a Skype Consultation. 

But FIRST read another one of my blogs to learn what is expected of you if a manager in Los Angeles is interested in your child: http://secretsofatalentmanager.blogspot.com/2015/01/what-happens-if-la-agent-or-manager.html

See you on the Red Carpet! 

Wendy Alane Wright
President WAW Entertainment


Monday, February 9, 2015

Rock Your SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS!

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


Video Taped Auditions are happening more and more often. It is CRUCIAL you learn how to master the technology regarding this very important audition skill. This is one of the very best articles I have ever read on SELF TAPING and I thought I should share it with you. This was written by my friend JACK TURNBULL owner of Actorsite in North Hollywood. Jack is responsible for training and building more series regulars than any one in the industry. If you are looking for acting training for your child sign up for classes ACTORSITE.

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Video auditions are IMPORTANT and getting MORE IMPORTANT all the time. -  Jack Turnbull





Shooting your VIDEO AUDITION:

BEFORE YOU TAPE YOUR AUDITION, BE SURE TO PRACTICE YOUR SCENE AT LEAST 50 TIMES OUT LOUD! All of this preparation won’t help if you suck at your acting, so BE SURE TO PRACTICE IT OUT LOUD at least 50 times. Most scenes are just one to three minutes, so that means that an hour of prep will help you ROCK YOUR AUDITION! PREPARATIONS is the MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT!

1. BACKGROUND: Keep a simple background but DON’T USE WHITE. I like shades of blue and gray, but browns are great too! Keep it simple and not too busy, but not white.

2. CAMERA: Use your IPHONE or SAMSUNG phone. Be close to the phone for good sound, about 3 feet or so. Make sure you are in a room with curtains and carpet for better sound, they keep the room noise down. Don’t be 4 or more feet away, as the sound will be lost. Remember, on a film or TV  set, the sound recorder needs you to speak loud enough to record, don’t swallow your words thinking you are being emotional. Emotions are expressed, not suppressed in film/TV. If you use a camera, be sure you are close for good sound or use a separate microphone. I like the phones better because they have super microphones.

(There are many selfie stands  available at AMAZON)

3. TRIPOD: Use a SELFIE STAND on a table or mount on a tripod. Tons of these at amazon.com .  They are cheap and very effective.Five head light from Target…use 100 W CFL Bulbs.

4. LIGHTING: Use a huge window if you have one—no direct sunlight, only reflected light, or use a SOFT light source like the 5 head lamp at TARGET. Put 100 W CFL lamps in it and you have a super light source. Place it behind the phone/camera so it lights the face from the front, not the side. Or, if you wish you can order a softbox set like those shown here:
http://www.ls-photostudio.com/shop/lighting-kits.html

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Sample audition framing….

5. Frame your audition in a head and shoulders shot, unless directed otherwise. Make sure you don’t leave a lot of space at the top of the frame. The top of the head should be close to the top of the frame.

6. Go right into your scene at the beginning. No photos, no title, etc. Go into your scene. Don’t try to be cute, it’s your PERFORMANCE they want to see, not a photo montage or other time wasting items.

7. The READER should stand 3-4 or more feet BEHIND the camera, so your eye line as you read with the reader is good. The reader should NOT be closer to the camera than the Actor, because their voice will be too loud. Actor should look at the READER for the audition, and at the camera for the SLATE. You should be able to see the actor full face but not looking into the camera, but at the reader. Don’t look at the camera during the audition, only in the slate.

8. USUALLY you SLATE at the end of the scene. SPEAK SLOWLY AND CLEARLY. Usually they want NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION, HEIGHT, CONTACT INFO and sometimes they request other information.  If they want a full length shot in the slate, scan the body up and down quickly! If you want to put a slate card with your contact information, this is when you put it up. Some auditions, they want you to hold a paper with your info in the video, make sure it is clearly written and do a close of up of it.

9. NAME YOUR VIDEO: TITLE-ROLE-YOUR NAME. For instance, if the ROLE is SAM and your name is SUZY SMITH and the project is call ICEMAN, name your video  ICEMAN-SAM-SUZYSMITH.m4p. Use abbreviations if the title is too long.

10. If you are uploading or emailing, be sure to include your CONTACT INFORMATION in all correspondence. That would include your PERSONAL CONTACT if you are not represented, and your AGENT and MANAGER if the tape is for them. If it’s a personal submission like on Backstage or LACASTING, most agents and managers don’t want their info listed, so put your personal information. They can’t hire you if they can’t find you. You would be surprised to see the fantastic audition videos sent in without any contact info.

11. Casting likes uploads to sites where they can download the video if they like your performance and send it to the producers with their other videos. That’s why we recommend VIMEO or GOOGLE DRIVE for your uploads. You can post a comment if you have good luck with other services. I personally like YOUTUBE to view videos, but they aren’t easy to download, just the link.

SUPER! NOW ROCK YOUR VIDEO AUDITIONS!
All the best,

COACH JACK TURNBULL
https://www.actorsite.com/

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Produced by Robgraves Productions, Los Angeles

I also think every child actor who is starting out should have a Slate Shot, Personality Clip and a Commercial or Monologue like the one above uploaded on their Actors Access, Casting Frontier and LA Casting Accounts. To watch click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkZRMcTXxc&feature=youtu.be

A 30-second sample like this gives casting directors a clear idea of your child's personality, the way they talk, look and speak. As you start submitting your child for different commercials, student films, short films and music videos - you can add these clips to your submissions to INCREASE your auditions.

Once you start getting work you can replace the monologue and commercial demos with actual footage from the jobs your child books. I have partnered with Robgraves Productions to create great HD demos to use with your child's submissions. $175 for 3 clips.  Please contact me to set up your child's session with cinematographer Kent Hargrave. (818) 203-6080 or wawentertainment@yahoo.com

See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
http:///www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Will I Make A Living At Acting?




Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

Every day as a Talent Manager in Los Angeles I get approached by actors who either want me to manage them, or they ask me questions about the business. One very common question goes something like this:
"Hi Wendy I love performing and I know I have the talent for it. But I have a question my mom is a single mom struggling but I love my theater major even though she is not supportive. She tells me that I am going to starve, which sometimes puts me in doubt. But I do not see myself doing anything else.  I wish I could make her happy too. Wendy please help! - Cindy

MY ANSWER TO THIS ACTRESS WAS THIS:
Cindy - You have to live your own life. You have the power to create the success you envision IF you work very hard at it. And that will be true of whatever career field you choose. Get 2 jobs, save your money and pay for your own career. Learn about the business so you know what you really have to do to build your resume and get acting experience. 
But you have heard this probably before - only 1% of actors make a living from acting. Most actors have other jobs. Actors act because the absolutely NEED to act. They can't imagine life without it and will do it even if they only make $5,000 a year from it. 

Many actors have little money and are broke. Others have side businesses that pay better money than their acting career ever will. But YOU have to decide on the life you want to live. And you are ALWAYS able to change your actions at any time.

Well that's my answer. People don't like these statistics. So many people who go into acting think  they are going to become famous stars. But the truth is almost everyone who is an actor will NEVER be a star. .0000005% will be a star  and 1% of actors will work consistently. The rest? Well they will work at projects you NEVER hear of. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook the median hourly wage for actors was $20.26 in May 2012. If you really are interested in Statistics check out the data at the US Department of Labor: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes272011.htm

But Wendy wait! I know there are people in the industry who make tons of money. Just read this!! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-salaries-revealed-movie-stars-737321

Ok, so the reality is some industry people male a fortune and that CAN be you if you meet the right people, have the right talent, don't let fear get in your way and take huge risks over many, many years. But don't let those exceptions cloud your understanding. Please don't think you will go on a couple of auditions, book a huge role and become a rich and famous star. It's possible... but highly, highly unlikely. You have more of a chance of becoming a lottery winner. The facts are income from acting is erratic.

So why do people act? Acting is for people who love creating characters, digging up emotions inside themseleves and sharing them in a public forum. Stars never had any idea they would become stars. Steve Carell was kicking around Hollywood trying to scrape up a living for 20 years before he landed The OFFICE and got famous. If he hadn't gotten lucky and booked that role, he would likely still be like so many actors just getting by and trying to land some kind of acting work. Why is it so difficult to make a living at acting or get famous? Because it is one of the most competitive industries in the world.

There are always far too many actors for far too few roles!

Where do actors find jobs? Actors perform on stage, on the radio, on television, in videos, in major films, in cabarets, in nightclubs, at theme parks, on commercials, and in “industrial” films made to train and educate. It is rare to reach the status of a celebrity because it is hard for many actors to find steady work. Actors may also commentate or narrate for electronic media, such as advertisements, animation, and books on tape. They also instruct in high school or college drama departments, conservatories of acting, or public programs. Actors have to do whatever they can to make money to pay the bills. And they often do it without anyone knowing who they are.

The actors who have any shot of becoming working actors and able to pay their bills just from acting NEVER STOP ACTING. They never give up. They keep taking whatever roles they can get, they drive limousines and wait tables, design websites and have landscaping businesses. They do theater no one ever hears of. They do roles in D films that no one ever hears of. They get a really great role that gives them 10 seconds of attention and never have a role that does that again. They do TV series that get dropped, or never get picked up. They do movies that go straight to video that no one cares about and no one will ever see. They have families who wonder if they are ever going to make it. They have friends who make more money than they do who are buying houses, taking vacations, and have money in the bank and money for retirement.

Actors usually perform under conditions with long, irregular hours. Movies actors may work in a location with unpredictable and bad weather, causing them to wait for lengthy periods of time until they can perform their scenes. Actors work in the evenings and on weekends, where they may be required to perform more than once. 

In 2002, median yearly income of salaried actors was $23,470. The middle 50 percent pulled in between $15,320 and $53,320. The lowest 10 percent earned lower than $13,330, while the highest 10 percent earned higher than $106,360. It is important to remember however, that actors who are successful can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Some even make millions.

So I tell you Acting is something you do ONLY if you can't be happy doing anything else. ONLY if you can't be happy do ANYTHING ELSE. There are easier ways to get famous and there are easier ways to get rich (Real Estate.)

SO if after you read all that, you still want to audition for an off, off Broadway play just for the opportunity to create an amazing character and perform it in front of 100 people and hear the roar of their applause...then go for it. I think performers know that there is nothing like performing. Nothing in the world that feels as a good as when you are on stage, or collaborating with other creative people, or losing yourself in a character. If this is in your blood, it will always be in your blood. It will never leave you and a part of you will always hunger for more.

If you don't understand this you don't understand what it means to be an actor. Why else would anybody put themselves through the poverty that comes with trying to be a working actor or the rejection? Why would anyone choose the stress from working under continual pressure, including the constant need to find their next production?

If you can be happy living your life without acting go do it. If not, give yourself a HUGE hug and keep going. 
Either way, I love you.


Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager 
 WAW Entertainment
TWITTER: wendyalane1

TOP 10 TALENT AGENICES FOR KIDS!! (IN NEW YORK)



Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.



TOP 10 TALENT AGENICES FOR KIDS IN NEW YORK

TAKE 3 TALENT
555 EIGHTH AVENUE
SUITE 710A
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10018
646-289-3915
info@take3talent.com

Submissions to Take 3 Talent can be made online via their website:
http://take3talent.com/submissions/



CESD TALENT AGENCY
257 PARK AVENUE SOUTH #900

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010
212-477-6622 – VANESSA GRACIA
*** PHOTO SUBMISSIONS TO CESD NEW YORK ARE ACCEPTED VIA SNAIL MAIL ONLY AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.  ATTN: VANESSA GRACIA
*** CESD Website states: “If you are looking for representation we accept mail in submissions only; no emails or phone calls please.”


ABRAMS ARTIST AGENCY
275 SEVENTH AVENUE., 26th floor
NEW YORK, NY 10001
(646) 486-4600
vincent.devito@abramsartny.com

http://www.abramsartists.com/contact.html


GENERATION TV
20 WEST 20TH STREET
SUITE 1008
NEW YORK, NY 10011
212-727-7219

**Submissions can be made via email to generationtv@generationmm.com
Be sure to include one or two photos, name, age, size, etc.


INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
235 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
10TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10008
212-253-6900
talent@iany.com



FRONTIER BOOKING INTERNATIONAL (FBI)
1560 BROADWAY
SUITE 512
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036
212-221-0220

M
ail your headshot and resume to us (please do not cold-call our office). We will contact you if we are interested in meeting with you.




JORDAN, GILL & DORNBAUM TALENT AGENCY INC. (JGD)
1133 BROADWAY
SUITE 623
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010
212-463-8455

website: www.jgdtalent.com

“For children ages 4 and up:
-Professional pictures are not needed.
-Please send snapshots and include on the back of the picture your child’s height, weight, date of birth and phone number. Enclose a self addresses stamped envelope if you would like your photos returned.
We will contact you within two weeks of the submission if we are interested in setting up an appointment.
We only accept submissions via mail. Please do not stop by our office without an appointment.”



DON BUCHWALD AND ASSOCIATES
10 East 44th Street
New York, NY, 10017
212-867-1200
info@buchwald.com

**** Youth division contacts:
victoria@buchwald.com
and
pgoldman@buchwald.com



CARSON ADLER AGENCY INC.
250 WEST 57TH STREET
SUITE #2030
NEW YORK, NY 10107
The following information is from their website:
**To be considered for representation by our agents, please submit one recent headshot (or snapshot) and via mail. Also accepted are video/dvds of dance performances, and audio cassette/cd demos of vocals.
If you are submitting from out-of-town, but will be in the NYC area, please include dates of travel in your cover letter.



*Until age 4, children are considered strictly from photographs. Babies begin working at around 3 months old. Baby submissions will be kept on file until an appropriate project arises. At that time you will be contacted to schedule an audition for the given project. Please send updated photos on a regular basis, especially for infants (every 3-6 months). You must include your child’s date of birth on all submissions.


FFTV
381 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
SUITE 821
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016
212-686-4343

**For more information on representation by FFTV, you can contact them at fftv@fftmodels.com

Thank you Sofia!

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NOW FOR HOW TO SUBMIT
To be considered for representation by our agents, please submit one recent headshot (or snapshot) via mail or email. Call each agency and ask which they prefer.


Please include the following with your submissions:
  • Parents Contact Phone Number & Child's
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair & Eye Color
  • Performance Experience
  • Relevant Training
  • Awards
  • Special Skills (sports, foreign languages, etc) 
  • Date of Birth (for children and babies)
  • Slate Shot and short 30 second personality reel.
If an agent is interested in meeting you, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment in their office. You will be interviewed, given a scene to read, and a decision will be made by one or more agents in the agency.

Agents from these same agencies are invited to showcases that charge $2,000 - $17,000. Agents and agenices have no idea what these companies charge. I do because every time I attend one I pull the parents aside and ask what they spent to be there. They usually tell me there were told not to discuss how much they spent and then they tell me. Most of the time I am appalled! The cost is outlandish.  It's true these showcase systems bring 10-20 of the top agents into the same room and give hundreds of kids an opportunity to do their monologues and scenes in front of the agents. But you don't need to pay $5,000 or more to do that. In LA these same agents show up at workshops all over town doing smaller showcases with 5-10 agents at a time for under $1,000. You can find these workshops throughout NYC at various acting schools like these three at:

ACTORS CONNECTION in NYC-

1) Our NY Connection is a 3-Day SHOWCASE that's jam packed with the GUARANTEED ATTENDANCE of INDUSTRY GUESTS who are the movers and shakers in the New York entertainment arena. For Teens and young adults look!

Highlights include:

-3 Full Days of networking and showcasing your talent

-6 Casting Director Intensives from Film, TV, Broadway and Commercials

-6 Talent Agents to showcase to for Film, TV, Broadway and Commercials

-1 Business seminar: "Finding the PERFECT Talent Agent for YOU"

-20 Actor limit: By Approval Only

$595 for this amazing 3 Day program!

Please submit a picture and resume for consideration to: shorey@actorsconnection.com



http://www.actorsconnection.com/kids-teens/10130




http://www.actorsconnection.com/kids-teens/10019


IMPORTANT
Get it? You don't have to pay thousands of dollars to meet Agents.

But one thing you should know is that Agents are looking for VERY specific things. Qualities that make them choose one child over another. To find out what these are in detail so you can prepare your child for success and the opportunity to be repped by a great agent at a great agency you need to read my book "HOW TO BREAK YOUR KIDS INTO SHOW BUSINESS." My e-Book is 100 pages, filled with critical information that will give you a serious advantage. Also, you will find sample cover letters, sample resumes and headshots, as well as learn what types of acting classes your child should be in that will impress Agents. And most importantly you will learn how to help your child stand out in your meetings with Agencies. Believe me that can make or break the deal. If you come to these agents showcases unprepared you are NOT going to get anywhere, and that is a fact. We are looking for prepared kids who are ready to work.

You can find my e-book at http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com




Happy Agent Hunting!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
www.wawentertainment.com

TOP 10 TALENT AGENCIES FOR KIDS!! (LOS ANGELES)



Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


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When parents start out looking for a strong agent for their kids it can be very confusing and overwhelming. They see tons of names but have no idea which ones are reputable and which agencies have great agents that really get their clients out on lots of great auditions for Print, TV and Commercial.

Well "who is who" in Hollywood is something I have learned over time by watching these agencies in operation for years and years and seeing the results of thousands of children signed to them. As an experienced talent manager I have the authority and inside knowledge to give you the real information. I am going to make it so easy for all of you wonderful, supportive parents.  I hear your sign of relief.  Your welcome:)

These 20 agencies are ALL reputable with hard working agents who really do a great job for their clients. Understand that Agents all do the same things. 1) They look at the breakdowns every day to see what projects have come out 2)They submit their clients on roles that fit their clients talents and skills. 3) Then they set up appointments with Casting Offices for auditions. 4) They negotiate the deals for whomever books the jobs. They all do the same job. Some do it better than others, but the agents at these agencies do it the best.

That being said, remember Agents are people too and people work harder for people they like. You need to find the people you vibe with, and who like your child. Any of these agencies will do a great job, but it's important that you like the agent and they "get" your child and your child's talent.

My company WAW ENTERTAINMENT talent management in Los Angeles is always looking for talented & beautiful kids ages 6-14 for Film, TV, Webseries and Commercials. If you live in Los Angeles or plan to be here for 2-3 months between Feb-July or Sept-Nov. submit headshots and Resumes to wawentertainment@yahoo.com

Please include: Photos of your child, age, height, weight, city and state you live in and a 30 second video of your child talking about something important to them. Sports, friends, school, food, movies etc. You can record the video on your iPhone, upload it to You Tube, mark video as unlisted and include the link in your email to us. If we are interested we will contact you. We want to get an idea of their personality. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.

TOP 15 TALENT AGENICES FOR KIDS 

IN LOS ANGELES


I know my BLOG article's title said 10, but guess what? There are actually 15 top kids agencies in LA! Here they are in no particular order.

Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier and Hinojosa 

DDO

Abrams Artists

Media Artists Group

Osbrink

Kazarian Spencer Ruskin

Howard Talent West

Mavrick

CESD

Clear Talent Group

Coast To Coast

Paloma Model & Talent

Zuri Model & Talent 

Daniel Hoff Agency

LB Talent

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HOW TO SUBMIT
To be considered for representation by our agents, please submit one recent headshot (or snapshot) via mail or email. Call each agency and ask which they prefer.


Please include the following with your submissions:
  • Parents Contact Phone Number & Child's
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair & Eye Color
  • Performance Experience
  • Relevant Training
  • Awards
  • Special Skills (sports, foreign languages, etc) 
  • Date of Birth (for children and babies)
  • Slate Shot and short 30 second personality reel.
If an agent is interested in meeting you, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment in their office. You will be interviewed, given a scene to read, and a decision will be made by one or more agents in the agency.

Agents from these same agencies are invited to showcases that charge $2,000 - $17,000. Agents and agenices have no idea what these companies charge. I do because every time I attend one I pull the parents aside and ask what they spent to be there. They usually tell me in a quiet tone they were told not to discuss how much they spent... and then they tell me. Most of the time I am appalled! The cost is outlandish.

It's true these showcase systems bring 10-20 of the top agents into the same room and give hundreds of kids an opportunity to do their monologues and scenes in front of the agents all at once. That's a cool benefit. But for 15,000??? Please. Stop the madness.

You really don't need to pay $5,000 or more to do that. In LA these SAME EXACT AGENTS show up at workshops all over town doing smaller showcases with 5-10 agents at a time for about $1,500.  Yes I said it...about $1,500! You can find these workshops at Actor Training In LA, Actors Site, 321 Talent, Talent House Academy and Children In Film event at the Oakwood in Burbank.

TALENT MANAGER SECRET
If you want to save a bucket load of money mail your child's headshots/resume to these agencies above for .85 cents per envelope OR fly to LA and stay at a cheap hotel and attend a FREE Agent-Manager Showcase like this one for example Feb 14, 2015 at 11:00 am-



WHO:    Agents and Managers
What would your child do if they had the chance to talk with an industry professional?  Is your child prepared for a one-on-one? Test your skills at the Ready...Set...Meet! where talent will gather to meet briefly with a group of highly credited industry professionals. Please be prepared and bring at least five resumes stapled to five headshots in addition to a 30 second prepared monologue OR commercial script (samples are provided under the Audition section of KidStart).

WHEN:   Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:00am 
WHERE: Universal City, CA 
Details will be provided once your membership is verified.

COST :   Free
to Enhanced Members of ChildrenInFilm.com.  If you are not an Enhanced Member and are interested in attending, you may pay a one time charge of $16.99, which allows you full access to the site for 30 days and admittance into any of our events during that period.  Contact us for details.

IMPORTANT

Did you see that? The event above is FREE. Forget $15,000.

But one thing you should know is that Agents are looking for VERY specific things. Qualities that make them choose one child over another. To find out what these are in detail so you can prepare your child for success and the opportunity to be repped by a great agent at a great agency you need to read my book "SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD TALENT MANAGER; HOW TO BREAK YOUR KIDS INTO SHOW BUSINESS." My e-Book is over 100 pages filled with critical information that will give you a serious advantage. Also, you will find sample cover letters, sample resumes and headshots, as well as learn what types of acting classes your child should be in that will impress Agents. And most importantly you will learn how to help your child stand out in meetings with Agencies. Believe me that can make or break the deal. If you come to these agents showcases unprepared you are NOT going to get anywhere, and that is a fact. We are looking for prepared kids who are ready to work.

You can find my e-book at http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com



Happy Agent Hunting!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
www.wawentertainment.com