How to Help Your Child With an Audition

Auditions are tough on seasoned professionals, so it figures they can be even harder on children. Some kids are unaware of the pressure involved and will not be affected at all. Others, however, could use some help. All of that help has to take place at home. Once the child is in the audition, she's on her own.

Things You'll Need

  • Car
  • Detailed Directions
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Patience


    • 1

      Print out several copies of the script. Read them carefully and highlight your child's part.

    • 2

      Read the scripts with the child until she knows her lines. If the child can read, have them memorize the lines anyway.

    • 3

      Read with the child until she is comfortable with the lines and seems to have fun with the process. If you force the child into it because you want them to be in show business, it will show in the audition. Encourage the child to relax and be himself even while he's reading lines for another person.

    • 4

      Prepare your child's clothes early and have the child wear them before the audition. Have them wear a shirt or blouse with no logo. A polo shirt with a pair of jeans or khaki pants works well for the boys. An unpatterned dress or collared blouse and pants work well for girls. Do not dress for the character.

    • 5

      Plan a travel schedule so you get to the audition well ahead of the scheduled time. It will not help the child to be rushed into the audition because you are running late.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is the parent's responsibility to bring the child's resume and head shot to the audition. Check with the casting directors before you go for anything else that director may want.
  • Allow time for traffic jams.
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