So you want to become a Disney Channel star? Actually, many pre teens and teens want to become famous and live the life they see their fave Disney Channel Actress living.
The road to a successful career on the Disney Channel is not clear cut and there is not any one correct answer to the question of “How do I become a Disney Channel actress?”.
How do I start?
For teens and pre teens, the place they need to start is with their parents. Yes, kids can’t do it alone! If your parents are not behind you on this one then your dream of being the next big Disney Channel Actress can stop here. For kids that ask “well, why do I need my parents?”. The answer is easy, you are still a minor and you can not audition for Disney or get an agent without your parents present.
Once you have talked it over with your parents and you are positive they are supportive you and your parents can begin that long trek to super stardom.
How close you come to your dreams will have a lot to do with not only your determination, but also that of your parents. Most Disney channel auditions are held in Los Angeles and if you live elsewhere you and your family will need to travel.
So Whats Next on the Road to Disney Channel stardom?
Your first step is to get an agent. Most auditions for large cable shows like Disney Channel or Nickelodeon are not cast through open casting calls, they are cast through agents. Most agents will not represent complete novices. There are exceptions for kids that are more in demand such as twins and triplets, however, chances are you will need a bit of training and experience to get an agent.
Training and experience come from participating in school plays, community theaters and such. Those kinds of activities are great to develop your confidence and do some much needed networking in your community. Often times teachers and other parents can recommend agents and give you contacts.
Do your research, get in touch with the agents and casting directors that actually cast for the Disney Channel and try to get an appointment. Since you can’t do these yourself, your parents will have to do the talking with the Disney casting directors.
I am looking for an agent and Disney Channel Auditions, what do I do in the meantime?
Get prepared to audition. You should be working on your audition skills. These are not necessarily the same as acting skills. To audition well you have to be able to adapt to any situation, think quickly, improve your improv skills and know how to take direction without hesitation.
Taking a audition class may be a good idea as well. Many acting schools offer classes that teach audition skills. Honing your audition skills is much more important than mastering your acting technique. Remember, you can’t even try your acting technique unless you pass the audition and land the gig.
Stay on Path!
If you are reading this, you are already ahead of the game because you took the initiative to research the subject of Disney Channel Auditions and how to land a role in a show. Stay with that momentum and keep moving forward. Remember that even though every 13 year old girl wants to be Selena Gomez, most of them will never follow through and take any initiative into actually doing it.
Planning is key
Plan your path and follow it. Know who you have to see, where you have to go and when to be there. Know who to call and set a plan to call everyone on your list.
Find out what you need to prepare
- Do they want headshots or will snapshots do
- Acting Resume
- Cover letter
- Acting reel
No fear! Hey, the worst that can happen is you wont be a Disney Channel Star – and, since you aren’t a Disney Actress yet, you really don’t have much to lose other than your time.
Becoming an actress for Disney Channel, Nickelodeon or any other TV network will take having the right look, some natural talent, good audition skills, persistence, determination, a clear path to follow and a lot of luck! Even though luck is one of these things that is out of our control, the others are not and just like the lottery, your chances of winning depend on how many times you play.
Keep on auditioning and hopefully you’ll get lucky one of those times.