Journey to Hollywood: Podcast Episode 1 – Acting Classes

We are doing our first podcast!  Listen in as we talk about our Hollywood journey, as two moms getting our kids into showbiz!  MaryAnne and I have had many conversations that are helpful and productive – so we thought, let’s share these talks!  We are doing a 3 part mini series on our girls’ Hollywood journey.  You will get the perspective from someone much further down this path, and I will ask her all of my questions, probably the same ones you all are asking!  This is a fun conversation with helpful advice and tips from your friends.  

MaryAnne is an experienced actor’s mom.  And I, on the other hand, know nothing about acting or showbiz.   MaryAnne’s daughter has worked hard and is beginning to establish herself, and she is finding success in acting.  My daughter is a newbie trying to break into this business.  We are doing a podcast because so many of you have asked how to get started when your kid has the acting bug.  And since my family is also trying to navigate these crazy waters, we thought we would just talk about some basics.  I totally get feeling overwhelmed and confused.  There is so much information out there, but where do you even begin? 

This will be a basic guide on how to get started, and we will also refer you to much more comprehensive guides that are already out there – no need to reinvent the wheel folks – we will get you started and try to point you in the right direction!

In Part I, we introduce you to our Hollywood journey.  What is the very first step when your kid tells you they want to pursue acting.  And we want to emphasize that although our daughters are the ones wanting to be actors, and it is through their desires and passions that this we are going down this path, that this is definitely a family effort.  Should you drive to LA for classes or find local ones?  We will discuss all of this on this episode.

In Part II, if your child is still engaged and interested in pursuing acting, then let’s jump in.  In this episode, we will talk about resumes, head shots, and agents.

And finally, in Part III, we will wrap it up with some of the administrative info.  Your child will need a work permit and register to get information on auditions and casting call.

The best advice that MaryAnne gave me:  talk to people.  I have found that other parents are very generous with information and advice.  Yes, you can find a list of the agencies on line, but it is more helpful to talk to people about their experiences with certain agencies and agents.  Talk to parents and your child’s acting teacher at that very first acting class.  

Is your child interested in becoming an actor? Have you wondered what it takes for a child to be in a TV commercial, TV show or film? Where do you start? What are the first steps? Listen to this podcast and hear the stories of 2 moms on their journey to Hollywood, as they share their experiences.

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Biz Parents Foundation

Children in Film

Hollywood Mom Blog

LA Casting / List of Agencies on LA Casting

Acting Classes:

Bo Kane – Acting Classes for Kids & Teens – on camera, commercial 

Loren Chadima’s Intentional Acting – theatrical / TV & film 

Actors Edge OC – Dominic Flores, Acting Coach & classes

Second City Hollywood – Improv Classes 

Lynnanne Zager – Voice Over Classes