How to Help Your Minor Be Successful on Set

MEGHAN DUBITSKY
BY MEGHAN DUBITSKY  |  SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
           
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Central Casting casts minors from 15 days old to 17 years old to work in movies, TV shows, and many other productions as Background Actors and doubles. There's a lot to know about having minors on set, so we put together some tips to help you and your child prepare for working on a production.

Make sure your minor's work permit is up to date

All minors on set need a valid work permit to work on our productions. Please be aware of when your minor's work permit expires and update it accordingly so they can continue to be booked. The process for obtaining and updating minor work permits varies by state. You can learn more about permit requirements by reading our guide or by visiting your state's department of labor website.

If your minor is required to go to school on set, always bring a tangible photocopy of your child's work permit to show the teacher. You will need to show this every time your child is booked.

Central Casting Georgia

In order for Central Casting to obtain a work permit for your child, they must be issued a certification number from the state of Georgia. To obtain a certification number, visit the Georgia DOL website and fill out the short form. Once completed, you will receive an email with your child's certificate number (consists of one letter and four numbers) within one business day. Bring this number when you register your minor at Central Casting. If already registered, please email us your child's name and certificate number at georgiainfo@centralcasting.com and put GDOL Certificate in the subject line.

Understand what to expect on set

Every production is different and you may have a different experience each time your child is booked, but there are ways to prepare for every situation.

Know your details

When your minor is booked, the Casting Director will likely send your details in the form of a Details Blog, via our Details page with a provided show name and 4-digit passcode. These details will include all the information you need to get your minor ready for set, including their call time, call location, wardrobe instructions, category type, etc.

It's extremely important to show up to set on time. Your minor's details will include a call time change box number; we recommend checking the call time change box before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning, and before you leave for set. Don't forget to factor in time for traffic, public transit schedules, and other delays that could make you and your minor late.

All minors on set need a guardian

Each minor booked must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is not working on the production. Some productions may require a guardian who is at least 21 years old; check with the Casting Director who booked you to see if your production has a guardian age requirement.

The guardian will accompany the minor everywhere they go, from wardrobe, to school, to Holding. Even during filming, the guardian will be on set, somewhere behind the scenes, but always within eyesight of the child.

Guardians, please do not bring any other children or guests with you to set. Production can only accommodate children booked to work and may turn you away if you bring others with you.

Know what to bring

When your minor is not filming, you both will be in Holding. You can bring electronics with you to keep your minor entertained, but you will need to bring your own battery packs, as production will not allow you to use their outlets for charging. If you are playing music or video, you will need to bring headphones so the noise is not disruptive to production or those around you.

Whether you're on a soundstage or at a location, temperature can be unpredictable. Please bring your own blankets and sweaters.

Have a plan for meals

If you are provided a meal on set, your Assistant Director will let you know when your designated meal period is. Craft services is available to you and your minor only during those meal times; please eat breakfast before you arrive to set and bring snacks if you need them. Production cannot accommodate everyone's dietary needs, so if you or your child have special dietary restrictions or preferences, you will need to prepare your own food.

If your minor is booked on a production that is a "walk away lunch," no food will be provided for you or your minor. You will need to bring your own food or purchase food from vendors.

Help them be professional

Being on set and working on movies and TV shows is exciting. Please be aware and help your child understand that while being on set can be fun, it's also a work environment. There are strict laws governing how long children can work on set and production is trying to get all their work in while managing the limitations on their minor Background Actors and any principal minors in the scene. Your child should remain in your sight at all times and should not be left in the care of another child's parent or any crew member. It is your job to make sure they are safe and behaving on set.

The first step to getting your minor on set is to register them with Central Casting. Is your minor already registered? Find out what to do when they book a job.

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