How to Keep your kids safe in Hollywood is of the most vital importance, and something that should always be at top of mind, more vital than their success in the industry. Unfortunately, during my many years working in Hollywood, I have observed again and again, that when it comes to the entertainment industry, and a chance for their child to be in the movies or music business, many parents’ common sense simply goes out the window!
Many get so swept up on the idea of their child being a star, and them living vicariously through their child, basking in the glow of their limelight and fame, that they simply lose their minds, and will do things that otherwise sane, normal good parents would not do–such as leaving their child alone with strangers and cameras.
Hollywood is filled with child abusers. And while most cases of sexual abuse are committed by men, don’t think that women can’t be guilty too. They have been and can be. With that said, most people are basically good in Hollywood, like society in general. But when it comes to your child, you should take no chances. I urge you to read my former articles here on this topic, and follow them. Below is a new list for you with some points to remember. This list is not all inclusive, but it’s a good start.
How to Keep Your Kids Safe In Hollywood
1, never let your child (under 18) go to an audition, casting, go-see, open call, acting class, audit, management interview, agency interview, TV shoot, film shoot, commercial shoot, web shoot, photo shoot, or similar by themselves without you–the parent there.
2, Never let them out of your sight!
3, Read any sides (lines) of the script before any rehearsal or shooting begins and make sure they are age appropriate.
4, Pay attention that the lines have not been changed or scenes altered on the spot. We have had a production company totally chance what was in the contract for the shoot. Do not let this happen if you are not comfortable with it.
5, Read anything before you sign it, and take it home with you and have an attorney look at for you if you don’t understand it.
6, You have 3 days (cooling off period) to cancel any contract after you sign it, without penalty.
6, The younger your child is, the less costly any materials should be such as portfolio for a model, headshots for an actor, or comp / zed cards for a model. Never spend money on a newborn or even toddler to be in the industry.
7, Agents and managers are not required to use your photos, but neither can they require you to use anyone they refer you to. Be present at any photo shoot for your child at all times.
8, Never pressure your child to do any job or work. Make it fun for them.
9, Don’t manipulate or try to control your child with threats to work in Hollywood if they don’t do what you want. Treat them how you would like to be treated and make it a good experience and good energy.
10, Never allow your child to be verbally degraded by anyone in the industry. Since you will be with them at all times, speak up if something is not right.
For questions or any other free advice, contact talent manager Bruce Edwin at: 310-226-7176