Beverly Hills, CA – For parents pondering how to get their children into show business, help is on the way! On Saturday, December 5th the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Black Talent News and the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant will present LIGHTS, CAMERAS, KIDS! a one-day workshop geared towards providing information for the parents of babies, children and teens trying to break into the entertainment industry as an actor, model, singer and/or dancer. The event will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hollywood Center Studios located at 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Los Angeles.
The workshop will feature several high-profile casting directors, agents and managers such as casting director Tracy ‘Twinkie’ Byrd (“Notorious” “Stomp the Yard 2”) and veteran production executive Jim Tripp (“Moesha” “Eve”). They will share helpful insider information and answer questions about identifying and securing legitimate agents and managers; what casting directors are looking for; what type of pictures and resumes are needed; how the casting process works; how to do successful auditions; the truth about background work; child labor laws and guidelines concerning children’s income; what kind of training is needed; scams to look out for, and much more.
“I wanted to do something to help parents who are interested in getting their children into show business because there are so many scams and rip-offs out there taking their money and delivering empty promises. You do not have to invest hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars getting your child started in this industry,” says Tanya Kersey, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (http://www.hbff.org/ ) and the brainchild of the Lights, Cameras, Kids! workshop. “We will offer up honest and useful information on how to get your kids into the entertainment industry, and will take the guesswork out by answering those all-important questions such as: Does my child have what it takes? Is my child ready to be star? What does it take to get my child’s foot in the door and much more.”
“The entertainment business can be a maze of complexity for parents,” sites Lisa Ruffin, founder and producer of the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (http://www.littlemissafricanamerican.net/) now in its sixteenth year. “A workshop such as this is sorely needed.”
For more information about LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDS! and to register, visit the website at http://www.hbff.org/lightscameraskids.php. All proceeds will benefit the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.