Pilot Season Prep

A guide for parents.

CALIFORNIA WORK PERMITS:

You can apply for a Minor’s work permit (ages 15 days to 18 years) online, by mail, or in person. I recommend the Van Nuys office if you go in person.

A note prior to applying online: Be sure your school uses a STAMP rather than an EMBOSSING MACHINE, since you can only used embossed letters by MAIL, they don’t scan for online applications. As almost all notaries now use a stamp rather than an embosser, try to get your school to use a stamp or, if they use an embosser, then MAIL in your application in plenty of time so you have the work permit when you arrive.

Always carry five photocopies of your work permit with you for auditions and bookings, as well as the original when you are going ANYWHERE in this industry. Sometimes they have a copier, sometimes they don’t.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CALIFORNIA DLSE CHILD PERMIT INFO:

Where to stay during pilot season:’

We have a ton of parents who stay at the OAKWOOD APARTMENTS in Toluca Hills. They provide a full service apartment experience with two swimming pools and two community rooms. Rosie Forti there is a wonderful person.

They also have many special events for young actors and their parents.

I caution, though, that although it seems safe there, that you should be as cautious as you would at any new setting and watch your kids carefully, because many times the other kids are not as supervised as many parents would like, and they are testing their boundaries as all kids do, so be sure to keep your kids close and safe and supervise them carefully when staying at Oakwood. Follow the rules and you’ll be fine, but don’t think because other parents are lax that you should be. Protect your kids.

Also, if your kids are the type who are adventurous and need constant supervision, then remember that Oakwood is not a baby-sitting service and will not take care of your kids, you need to do that yourself. Ask for the rules, and FOLLOW THEM!

Oakwood is also home to dozens  of frustrated parents who will give you questionable advice because they are new and misinformed, so remember that there are over 1,000 places to study acting in Hollywood, and many of the parents make extra money by selling classes and other services. Some are good and many are a total waste of time. If you already have your agent, manager and classes set, and you are happy, then remember that you are seen as a customer by everyone who comes to Oakwood.

Many agents and managers try to steer their clients away from Oakwood, because it is so  full of overnight experts who are eager to share their misinformation, but if you stay focused and listen to your reps, you’ll be fine. If you listen to all of the noise from other parents, then you’ll be confused and unfocused. There is lots of noise in Hollywood, tune it out.

Actorsite also comes to Oakwood, and we try to educate parents there, but it’s hard because there will be 60 or so different acting schools visit Oakwood during Pilot Season, and we are one of the few who offers a truly effective program.Sa

When you come to Los Angeles, you are “dancing on a spiderweb” and there are MANY distractions. You’ll have people selling you expensive “walk the red carpet” publicity packages (party time but it does nothing for your career!) and other expensive distractions when you should be in your classes working on skills.

Be an aware consumer: Stick with your acting classes and skill development and you’ll be fine. And screen who you train with. Remember, MANAGERS MAY NOT BY LAW CHARGE YOU A FEE FOR CLASSES OR PICTURES, so if they say they want to Manage you then want you to take their expensive (and usually worthless) class or private lessons, then run away.

Remember, ANY company or individual who charges a fee for
"lessons, coaching,seminars, workshops, or similar training"
must be bonded and registered. So remember to ask any provider
of such services for a bond number so you are protected!
This is STATE LAW!

Additionally,  agents  and managers are forbidden BY LAW from
charging their clients any fees for any  services, including "lessons,
coaching, seminars, workshops, or similar training", so if your
manager asks for money for services, rather than earned commissions
for bookings, say NO and report them to the City Attorney,
MARK LAMBERT at mark.lambert@lacity.org . This is STATE LAW!
As far as other places to stay, there are many, and there are a ton of shared situations, too.

Another “package” place is called ARCHSTONE in Studio City. Again, watch your kids no matter where you live in LA. And Archstone is also full of “experts” who have something to sell, so be careful there, too.

You can save tons by renting an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. The general rule of thumb is to stay on Burbank Blvd or South of Burbank, and rent in a building that has gated parking. The apartments are much cheaper in North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, and very close to everything.

One bedrooms go from $1100 to $1500 (With pool) and you can furnish an apartment easily by buying a bed new, and filling in with Garage and Yard sale furniture. You can furnish an apartment for less than $1000 if you enjoy weekend yard sailing.

As far as short term leases, you can ask any landlord if they will take a month-to-month with deposit or a short term lease. It’s difficult but it’s not impossible to find if you just ask.

There are many other options, too, from far more expensive to very cheap, just remember to stay near the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY or HOLLYWOOD and don’t go to far away from those areas. For instance Redondo Beach is a long drive from most auditions. Orange County is a LONG drive during the day.

Another caution is that sometimes there have been reports of people advertising apartments for rent and taking deposits on units that either don’t exist or belong to someone else…don’t send money blindly to anyone to reserve an apartment unless you physically know that they have an apartment to rent. So it’s better to come and stay in a hotel to find an apartment that you physically look at than to send money over the internet…some people set up fake realty companies to take deposits and then disappear with the money…be careful and check out who you send money to.

There are tons of vacant apartments in the San Fernando Valley, so they will be here when you arrive, just don’t think you have to do so much prior to coming, other than staying in hotel, etc.

Actorsiters Are Enjoying Success!

Some Busy Kids at Actorsite!

Dear Parents and Young Actors,

It’s so great to see that parental support and patience with
young artists as they build careers pays off.

Your support, patience and guidance is a blessing to young
actors, and we appreciate your efforts at the Actorsite.

So here are some CONGRATS to young Actorsiters and their
supportive parents:

***EMILY EVAN RAE

A huge Congratulations to EMILY EVAN RAE who is now
starring on PARENTHOOD as a student council member
opposite MAX so fans of the show can enjoy her performance.

You’ll remember her as a young KATE on LOST, a super
memorable performance, and her family enjoyed spending
several days in Hawaii shooting those scenes.

Here’s an article about EMILY:
http://www.boomtron.com/2012/10/parenthood-emily-evan-rae-cast/

***SARI ARAMBULO

An EXCELLENT JOB to ACTORSITER SARI ARAMBULO who booked a nice co-star
role on the new NICK AT NITE show SEE DAD RUN! She
met her agent, Robin Nassif from Media Artists Group at Actorsite!

We love it when we get new young artists at Actorsite who
get top representation and book right out of the gate!

Here’s a message from her mom:

Hi Jack,

Thank you so much for all your help.  Sari booked a co–star role
in Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run starring SCOTT BAIO!

Sylvia Arambulo

***ATHENA BAUMEISTER

A FANTABULOUS shout out to Actorsiter Athena Baumeister who stars in
the feature film MONSTER AND ME in theaters this SATURDAY!

Here’s the info from Athena:

Hi Jack,
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
The feature film in which I played the lead is opening
this Saturday Nov 17. It is called Monster & Me.

Logline:
Think Beauty and the Beast but at Christmas. A spoiled and
mean 13-year-old girl gets turned into an ugly “monster”
by Santa and must get a real present from a real friend by
the next Christmas or she’ll stay a monster.

Here is a link to the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKmwtZfGcy0

Thanks for everything,
Athena

***Speaking of PARENTHOOD…

This show has so many loyal fans, so we also want
to shout out to those Actorsiters who help make
this a “MUST WATCH” TV show.

So a big HOORAY to Actorsiter SAVANNAH PAIGE RAE (Sister of
Emily Evan Rae, also starring on the show) Who
plays a young Sydney Graham,  and to Actorsiter SARAH RAMOS
as Haddie Braverman.

You guys ROCK!

___________________________________________________________
SUPPORT YOUR YOUNG ARTIST: ENROLL THEM IN “FAST TRACK PRO”
http://actorsite.com/fast-track/
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***GRANT PALMER

Actorsiter GRANT PALMER signed with agent Philip Marcus from
CLEAR TALENT  that
he met at the Actorsite, and now is starring as WALDO in the new
LITTLE RASCALS movie. GOOD JOB GRANT!

***JAYDEN MADDUX

Actorsiter Jayden Maddux is now recurring on THREE different shows.

He’s YOUNG JIMMY KIMMEL on THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW

He’s also starring as DOUGIE on BUNHEADS, plus
he’s also TIM on UP ALL NIGHT…

His Mom Alison is having fun juggling his schedule!

STAY BUSY, JAYDEN, YOU DESERVE IT!

***ADAM BEIGEL

Actorsiter ADAM BEIGEL booked his first SAG COMMERCIAL
(nice to qualify to join) and he got to work with
superstar Marisa Tomeii!

FANTABULOUS!

***LILLIAN COLE

Actorsiter LILLIAN COLE booked a national PSA for
THE SALVATION ARMY.

EXCITING!

***STUART ALLEN

Actorsiter STUART ALLEN is starring as the voice of
LITTLE GREY SQUIRREL in the hit DISNEY JR show
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE AUTUMN.

Plus he’s the HOST of the show FLIP THE SCRIPT, and he’s
starring in the new web series THE INN!

GO STUART!

***SAM GILBERT

That’s Actorsiter SAM GILBERT as the CHEESEHEAD KID in
the DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK commercials with AARON RODGERS,
for STATE FARM INSURANCE.

CUTE!

***BIANCA AND CHIARA D’AMBROSIO

Actorsiters BIANCA AND CHIARA D’AMBROSIO booked roles
on the TV DRAMA “LEGIT”.

We’re proud of you!

***DAVID HAAG

Actorsiter David Haag appears as LIZ TAYLOR’S son in the
show LIZ AND DICK that stars Lindsey Lohan as LIZ TAYLOR.

Watch it this weekend…he got to shoot on a Yacht for several
days…what fun!

SUPER!

***JACK SHEPARD

Actorsiter JACK SHEPARD ( 6 years old )booked a guest role on BEN AND KATE
which airs on FOX.

GREAT START TO A CAREER, BUDDY!

***JACK GRIFFO

This is a SHOUT OUT to teenager JACK GRIFFO, who has been
working hard on skills and he’s booked shows like KICKIN’ IT
and BUCKET AND SKINNER and the feature film AMERICAN HERO
opposite Actorsiter ARIEL FOURNIER (She also wrote it!)

Watch for more news from Actorsiter JACK GRIFFO…

COOL!

***JAKE SHORT

We don’t know what we can announce regarding Actorsiter
JAKE SHORT, but we know he’s got news coming.

In the meantime, watch JAKE with Actorsiters STEPHANIE
SCOTT, AIDEN MINCKS, AUSTIN NORTH and CAMERON PALATAS
on the hit show A. N. T. FARM on the DISNEY CHANNEL!

New episodes each week!

***CODY SULLIVAN

Watch Actorsiter CODY SULLIVAN in episodes of CHICAGO FIRE
as the character ERNIE…NICE BOOKING. NICE SHOW…

KEEP UP THE KILLER WORK!

***JOEY LUTHMAN

Actorsiter JOEY LUTHMAN is rockin’ as CRAIG KRONBERG on
the hit show HOW TO ROCK!

Plus he’s got a new FEATURE FILM coming out soon, and bunches
of PAST TV in reruns. We LOVE him as RAD on WEEDS.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

***DANIELLE PANABAKER

I thought I’d give an update on Actorsiter Danielle Panabaker,
who has two new features opening next year.

DECONSTRUCTING RED, where Danielle stars opposite Heather
Graham and Amanda Righetti.

And NEARLYWEDS , where Danielle stars with Jessica Parker Kennedy
and Christie Laing.

We’ve enjoyed her performances over the years on shows like
GREY’S ANATOMY, BONES, GRIMM, MEDIUM, CHASE, FRANKLIN AND BASH,
and her years on SHARK.

Plus her feature films, too, INTERCEPT, THE SHUNNING, THE CRAZIES,
etc…

A big shout out to a very talented young artist!

NICE!

Be sure to give your child the gift of support this Christmas.

One year of unlimited classes for just $695.
http://actorsite.com/fast-track/

All the best,

Jack Turnbull
Actorsite.com