There are things you can do to prepare you baby or toddler for casting and auditions which will drastically improve their chances of success.
Baby and toddler advertising is all around us… and for good reason. Millions are spent every day in promoting products and brands to parents. Advertisers need to find the best baby talent available to market their products.
It's not enough for your baby just to be cute. Sure, there is nothing like raw, natural talent. However, like everything in life, to excel means making an effort in preparation and training. You wouldn't expect to put a tricycle in front of baby and expect them to jump on it and ride off into the sunset. You wouldn't put a potty in front of baby and tell them to get on with it. So why would you stick your baby in a strange studio environment, with a bunch of scary people and bright flashing lights, and expect them to produce the goods on cue.
1. Walking away - As soon as you go to an audition or casting, an experienced casting professional will take you baby or toddler away from you and walk in to a room and close the door. Many babies will burst into tears. Those that don't are worth their weight in gold. You can prepare your baby for this situation by repeating it time and time at home. It is good training to have as many people as possible to talk and interact with your child without the parents in sight. This doesn't mean always handing them over to complete strangers. Aunts, uncles, bothers and sister, cousins can help - anyone who the child does not see on a regular basis. It is not always possible to alleviate separation anxiety in children but doing this training on a regular basis will help enormously and hopefully get your baby noticed.
2. Practice 'faces' with your child. Get them to mimic a happy face, a sad face, a silly face, an angry face, a scary face etc. When it comes to auditions and castings, this will be your secret weapon. We can guarantee that the majority of the competition will not be able to do this, ensuring that your child gets put through to the next stage.
3. Let your child see how friendly you are to strangers. Don't hesitate to give a friendly smile to people around you whether in a super market, a petrol station or at the nursery. Get your child to start doing the same. In no time at all, it will become second nature and will prove an invaluable skill when auditioning
4. Make sure your child is well rested, well fed and wearing comfortable clothes which are not too hot or cold.
Preparation is the key to success. This is where mums and dads can do their bit . Get it right, and your child will deliver a winning performance.
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