My daughter has just started out on her 2nd year with her talent agent.
Finding her agent was just by fluke as she was referred by a friend whose daughters are represented by her and are actively working in the business...or at least as active as you can be before you make it big! LOL...they are doing commercials etc.
Anyways, Kayla was 9 when she signed with this agent and over the last year she has been 'suggested for' well over 60 'parts' which include print work, commercials, TV and movies.
She has gone on 10 or 11 auditions but has not had any call backs and had not gotten any parts.
She has done 2 workshops and the last was taped so I was able to see what goes on behind closed doors - unlike when she goes to an audition and I have no indication of how it went - and I was somewhat disappointed with what I saw.
While I was at home with her going over her lines she was more .... animated, more expression, more volume, more confident...more everything...but on the tape she came off as shy and unsure of herself...which to me if I was the casting director I would probably pass over her because I don't have time to pull a good scene out of her, I need her to be able to give me that scene the first time round.
So on the advice of the casting director that ran the workshop I have enrolled her in acting classes starting in January.
I am hoping that in the new year that this class helps her gain the confidence to really put herself out there instead of holding back...wow...I just had a dejavu moment...
Anyways, she has signed on with her agent for another year and hopefully these acting classes will pay off for her.
And just in case you think I might be forcing her to do something she does not want to do - as some people do think this - like my ex - I have given her the option over and over again to NOT continue with the acting thing and her response is always 'NO, I want to do acting more than anything else in the world'.
So I am wishing Kayla the best of luck for the year to come and hopefully this is her year to get chosen for print, commercial, TV or Movies.
Here is Kayla at the workshop and below is her with some of the other kid- who might be famous one day: