If your kid is passionate about acting, not checking casting calls for kids would be a huge mistake. Suppose you find a suitable casting call, send your kid’s pictures, and, finally, get the invitation to the audition. Your kid should be happy, right? But, for some reason, they are not looking forward to the audition. Instead, they experience:
This means that your child, despite not shying away from showcasing their talents in front of you or family and friends, may turn out to be extremely unconfident when demonstrating the same in front of other people. So, how to make your kid feel more confident at auditions? Here are the five tips that you should learn.
Spend Enough Time Game Playing the Script
You want your kid to be prepared for the audition, but here’s the point where you need to stop and ask yourself whether you’re doing it for yourself or your kid. You don’t need to force your kid into studying every word in the script as if it’s some school textbook. Instead, make sure that learning the script turns into game playing, so the kid not only learns it but enjoys learning it.
Arrive at the Audition 10–15 Minutes Early
Parents of child actors or prospective child actors often tend to get too excited. More excited than they should be. You don’t have to give your kid the feeling that everything depends on the audition. You may want to get to the audition an hour before it starts. But there’s no point in that. Spending an hour before an audition leads to more stress for your kid. While arriving 10 to 15 minutes before the audition, you will avoid getting late and won’t torture your child anticipating the audition.
Don’t Point Other Kids Auditioning to Your Child
Oh, it’s so tempting to make your kid try harder by pointing out the success of other kids. But it’s better to avoid it when it comes to auditioning. Let your kid focus on their own way of treating the auditioning process. After all, when it comes to acting, everything is individual.
Cheer Up Your Child
Before your kid goes to the audition per se, cheer them up. A kid, especially one that feels anxious before the audition, requires your support. Say something supportive and remind them that you love them despite the outcome of the audition.
Move On If The Audition Fails
An audition doesn’t guarantee to book role. Don’t blame your child for failing the audition. Cheer them up if they didn’t book the role, and make sure that you have others ahead of your kid.
It’s important to support your kid’s talents. And it’s essential to make sure that they develop their talents further. But make sure that you’re doing it for your kid’s good and not for your vanity.