Many kids dream about becoming famous like their favorite Disney and Nickelodeon stars. Many always ask the question where and how to find auditions for kids and teens.
How many auditions you can find depends on a few factors, the largest of which is where you live. Most auditions are held in Los Angeles or New York, which is why aspiring actors move to Los Angeles. Every now and then some auditions are held in other cities, but not very often. The reason most auditions are held in Los Angeles or New York is simple. it’s because that is where the casting directors are. Most casting directors will not travel to auditions people, the people must travel to them. I know it sounds a bit unfair for the kids looking for auditions, but that is just the way it works.
The next factor in finding auditions for kids and teens is having your family on board. Yes, you must have the support of your parents. There is no way around that since kids can not travel or sign a contract. Your parents must be very involved and supportive. Your parents must be available to take you to auditions and sign any contracts you may need in case you got the acting job.
The third factor in being successful at finding auditions is having an agent. An agent is very important because it is the agent who actually sends the actors out to audition.
Large productions do not just have an open casting call to find lead roles, supporting roles or speaking parts. That may sound unfair as well but there is good reason. Casting directors do not have the time or man power to audition EVERYONE who wants to try. Can you imagine what would happen if large budget movies like Iron Man, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc. did an open casting call. They would get 1000’s if not 10,000’s of wanna be actors. If every audition took a few minutes, that would be hundreds of hours of straight auditions, a huge amount of staff to handle it all, and needing a stadium or large convention center to hold the event. That kind of time and spending is out of the question for most professionals. Not to mention that most of that time would be spent auditioning kids that were simply not qualified.
To save time and money, most casting directors choose to use a screening process that we call and acting agent. Most acting agents work closely with casting directors and they are in tune with what the casting directors are looking for. The agents have clients which are on their roster and when a casting director sends the agent a request for talent, the agent knows exactly who fits the bill and who has a shot at the role.
An agent only gets paid when the actor does, meaning that the actor not only needs to audition but also land the part for the agent to get paid. For that reason reputable agents do not just take anyone. They like to see actors with experience and some training because those actors will have a better chance of getting the acting job.
Not all agents are equal and some claiming to be agents really are not. When looking for an agent be aware of the usual ploys to separate you from your money. A good rule is if someone calls out of the blue, gets your name from a profile, asks for money upfront or requires you take expensive classes, photos or other service, then they are most likely scammers. Real agents are licensed by the state in which they work in, don’t require payment and will not guarantee any work.
So, if you want to find auditions for kids you need to be in the right place and have an agent that gives you a heads up on who is casting what and sets up an appointment for you.