Film and television productions often need to find all kinds of people to cast when the story calls for it, including toddlers. Including young children and toddlers in stories is a powerful way to inject realism into the narrative, but it also creates a task that can be somewhat tough for casting directors. If you think your child would have fun getting immersed in the world of television and film, then you can help those casting directors out by answering toddler casting calls.
Why Get Your Toddler into Acting?
Acting is an exciting form of self-expression with all sorts of potential for turning into a promising career. Getting your child started early is one of the best ways to get them comfortable with being on location at a film or television production and getting a head start on developing their skills.
Plus, there’s simply a lot of demand for toddler actors for parts with significant screentime and background positions. If you’ve even been interested in pursuing a career in acting or other aspects of television and film, getting firsthand experience on-set is a great introduction to the business.
In case you’re wondering, yes, toddlers will get paid for their time on set and the payment is typically a bit above the standard starting rate due to the actors being minors. Parents also get paid for supervising their child on set as well, so you can expect to be compensated fairly on a legitimate production.
How Do I Get My Toddler Into Acting?
Getting your toddler cast in a production is much like getting older kids and teens into acting. An important first step is taking professional headshots that show your child looks the part and can deliver the desired expressions when on set.
You’ll then want to seek out toddler casting calls that look like they would be a good fit for your child. While you may think Los Angeles and New York are the only places where you can get your toddler into the industry, there are tons of places across the country that put out casting calls for major productions.
One of the biggest hubs for film and television production outside of Los Angeles and New York is Atlanta. So if you live in the South, it would be a good idea to seek out casting in Atlanta for various shows and films. Another popular area for television and film production is the Pacific Northwest, especially Vancouver, BC, which has been called “Hollywood North” ever since the 1970s.
Of course, there are plenty of legitimate concerns parents may have when trying to get their toddlers into acting, which is why you’ll want to find quality representation. That’s where Discovery Spotlight can step in. We host events for numerous types of performers—including toddler actors—which are attended by talent agents and casting directors looking for all kinds of talent. Contact us today to learn how we can help make you and your toddler’s acting dream a reality.