I’ve lost count of how many Facebook messages and timeline posts I’ve received, not to mention the strangers that I’ve run into, that have wanted me to help them get their child in the entertainment business. And I understand why. But honestly, at times, I have found it to be a little, let’s see, daunting (for a lack of a better word), when I find myself in a position where I really can’t help you.
My son has been successful in the business for a number of reasons. I believe I have touched on the whys in the past. But trust me the “success” we are experiencing has not come without a price. I’ve had to make some major sacrifices; financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Unfortunately, people only see faces on the big movie screens, on their televisions, in magazines, or they see the names in lights, along with the money, the houses, the cars, the clothes, and the bling, of course…but they never stop to think where people were before the fame or what it took for them to get where they are now.
As much as I would like to talk sense into every one of you and try to get you to understand, that this thing that I do, “momaging,” is not, and I repeat, not for the faint of heart, I know you wouldn’t listen to me anyway. So here we are ladies—and gentleman, I present to you with my first installment, if you will, of the series StArStRuCk!
So you say your child’s a star? Ok, presuming that:
1) your child is really interested in acting (believe me, casting directors can tell. We’ll discuss this later),
2) you live in or near an area that has agents and work,
3) you understand the investment that has to be made and,
4) you’re completely committed to the full-time task ahead, we can continue.
I’ll address point number 2 and number 3 today. It’s very important to think about where you live. The major markets are in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago. Unless you are willing to travel to these places or seriously considering relocating either temporarily (at least 4-6 months) or permanently, agents and work opportunities where you live may be slim to none.
When I say “investment,” I do mean investment. It costs to be in this business. You’re very first expense, if you don’t live in those markets will be your temporary or permanent moving/rental expenses. They can cost you several thousands of dollars monthly which depends solely on your personal situation.
And if your child is chosen for representation by an agent, there’s the average yearly cost of acting head shots $250–$500 and/or modeling comp cards $250–$500. Then you have the average cost of $250-$400 for every 4-6 week commercial and/or theatrical (TV/film) class your child takes. Of course this will also vary from family to family.
There are also other recommended training expenses for voice-over ($250-$400) and dance ($180-$300) classes. Last but not least, if your child books 3 Union commercials, they are required to join the SAG-AFTRA Union for an initial fee of approx. $3000, and will be responsible for bi-annual dues based on a percentage of what your child makes.
I actually met a couple of moms that were interested in my management services that told me they were hoping to use the money their kid would make from a job first to pay for the things that they needed to get started. Needless to say, I didn’t represent their child, because it was just absurd to think that way.
When your child enters the entertainment industry and are lucky enough to start making their own money, they are considered contract employees; owners of their own business, in the eyes of the IRS. And just like with any other business, you have to make investments to start it.
Okay, so I think I’ve given you enough to think about. Stay tuned for StArStRuCk! PaRt 2. And if you know of any friends that have been talking about getting their kid started in the business, be sure to tell them to like SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS on Facebook or visit www.singlemommyfiles.com to get the information first hand.
See you next week!