Does your baby exhibit natural charisma and talent? Do they enjoy being around strangers and take direction well? They may have natural acting talent! Baby casting calls are designed to find infants and toddlers that are ready to perform in front of an audience for:
TV shows ◘ Commercials ◘ Movies.
Baby Casting Calls: Preparation
Casting calls and auditions for babies are different than for older kids. Auditions for kids usually require acting, singing, or dancing preparation. Baby casting calls are mostly to find babies that are energetic and happy. Here are some tips that can increase your success at a baby casting call:
Prepare your baby to be around strangers. Casting calls and auditions are usually conducted on site at the studio or in a casting office. Be prepared for your baby to meet strangers. These strangers may test your baby by asking to pick them up or interact with them in other ways. By preparing your baby to be comfortable in this type of environment, you will have a better chance at the casting.
Make sure baby is rested. There is nothing worse than a cranky baby! When your baby is well rested and alert, the baby casting call will go much smoother. This means getting enough rest during the week, not just a nap before the casting call.
The Day of the Audition: 7 Tips for Success
1. ARRIVE EARLY. Get to the audition early enough to feed and change the baby before any of the excitement begins. The baby should be awake and alert, ready to be handed to the casting director when he/she is ready. Nobody wants to wait around for you to burp and feed the baby.
2. DRESS BABY APPROPRIATELY. Many parents think that by dressing their baby like a small child or adult, they’ll have an advantage over other babies. You’re showing up for “baby casting calls.” Dress your baby like a baby. If the casting director wants a specific look, they will ask for it and/or provide the wardrobe, WHEN THE BABY GETS THE JOB. For the audition, just show up with a nice looking baby that can perform the expected activity.
3. CLEAN BABIES ARE BEST. It may sound like common sense, but many parents show up to the audition and baby has a dirty face. Clean off all the food and slobber. Even with baby casting calls for Gerber. Just because it’s a food commercial doesn’t mean baby should have pea soup on it’s face!
4. ENJOY THE TIME WITH YOUR BABY. Too much pressure or forcing your baby to do something it doesn’t want can cause stress. Before you know it, your baby is all grown up. Think of the audition as an activity and special time you can spend with your baby.
5. NO JEWELRY. Babies with jewelry don’t appeal to everyone. Some parents even think it’s unusual or cruel to pierce a baby’s ears. Remove all earrings, necklaces and other jewelry before the casting call/audition.
6. ALWAYS HAVE A RECENT PHOTO. Headshots for baby casting calls are more important than those for children or adults. Baby faces change so fast. The headshot photo you submitted for the casting call 1 month ago may look very different than your baby now. Carry a recent picture with you to the casting call and be ready to hand it over if asked.
7. BRING SOMETHING THAT MAKES BABY SMILE. Baby casting calls are all about seeing your baby’s personality and excitement. Be prepared with a toy or special phrase that will help the baby smile and laugh. If all baby needs is your face, great! Most importantly, have fun!