By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 11, 2007
Is taking your kids to agency auditions a faux pas?
To continue our Family Week, let's take a look at kids and your career.
Not too long ago, Bonnie Gillespie wrote an article in response to a question received on her column at Showfax.com for the Actors Voice, Q&A style.
Essentially, an expectant mother who was moving to LA was wondering if it was proper etiquette to take young children to auditions, and if so, was it a good idea to leave them in the waiting room while the audition took place with a caregiver.
If you're a mom (or dad - bless you!) and have pondered this very question, you'll want to read Bonnie's answer to the question about kids and auditions.
Here's part of Bonnie's response:
As for auditions I'm holding, I might not even know that babies are along for the ride much of the time, since many actors--like those you've observed in Chicago--choose to leave their young ones in the waiting room with friends or other family members they have brought along. I would imagine that session runners might have a less-tolerant stance on this sort of thing, simply because of the overcrowding involved, when you show up with an entourage. But the handful of actors who have brought babies into my audition rooms with them have either done just fine or had their focus so completely split that their auditions were blown from the beginning. Of course, I'm just one CD in a city of 600 of us. And I cast SAG Indie feature films. So, what about the other CDs who are casting studio features, TV shows, commercials, theatre, industrials, voiceovers, and so on? Well, for a sense of what the general vibe might be about kids joining their parents at auditions, I decided to check in with a few working actor parents (some whose kids are also actors, others whose are not) and Anne Henry of BizParentz.com for their advice on this issue. Huge thanks to Robert Clendenin, Eitan Loewenstein, James Runcorn, Anna Vocino, and the amazing BizParentz.com for giving us a sense of what's going on in casting offices all over Los Angeles.
To continue reading the article in its full context, visit this link at Showfax.com.
I was excited to read that Anna Vocino was mentioned in this article too! I am always amazed by the sacrifices and indomitable spirit that parents have in this industry when it comes to balancing work with home.
If you've had an experience similar to the one described above or found this article helpful, please leave a comment.