Kids in The Biz: A Hollywood Handbook For Parents
ISBN 0-325-00708-X / 978-0-325-00708-3 / 2004 / 160pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann Drama
Grade Level: Adult
Troy Rutter has laid out a road map for parents who know they must never stop the process of learning about the business their child finds so appealing.
- —Paul Petersen, President and Founder of A Minor Consideration
You’ve heard the horror stories about stage parents fumbling away their child’s career through ill-informed decisions or alienating their children from the industry by being behind-the-scenes tyrants. So how do you avoid becoming that stage parent while keeping your child happy, healthy, and working? Troy Rutter has helped establish some of Hollywood’s best-known child actors, and in Kids in the Biz, he tells you exactly how to concentrate on getting your kid that big break without breaking up your family life.
Kids in the Bizwalks you through the entire process of building your youngster’s acting career—from local commercial work, to getting an agent, to getting into Hollywood. Each step of the way Rutter gives you industry-smart advice and psychological insights to help you make decisions that build a resume and avoid burnout. Perhaps most important of all, he focuses a chapter on the often tricky financial workings of the acting business, giving you real-world facts and figures about how much your child can really expect to make in show business and how you can safeguard their earnings by avoiding scams. Plus, he includes examples of all the forms, contracts, letters, and other documents you’ll need to get going, make connections, and support your child’s career.
So whether you think that your son’s smile would be perfect for television or that Hollywood should bronze your daughter’s star for the Walk of Fame today, read Kids in the Biz before your family takes that first step into the world of child acting.