You look at your child, and he/she is the most adorable human being, constantly acting as someone else, or may be really – really wants to be a movie star, so you decide to give it a shot and try to help your child become an actor. What do you do next?
If your child is a minor (under the legal age of full responsibility) you need to apply for entertainment work permit for your child. Click here to see a YouTube video that will show how to apply for 6 month entertainment work permit for your child, how to create an account, what forms you will need if your child of school age. To start you need to create an account, download school and medical forms, that need to be signed by school principal and your child pediatrician. Once you have those forms, you will need to upload them to the account and submit.
If your future star is of school age, you do not need to get a permission from the doctor, despite what the website says, school permission is enough. It might take you several weeks to receive a permit, if you are in a rush you can go directly to the office of Department of Industrial Relationship and get permit on the spot. Time in the office will go faster if you upload everything online before going in. And voila!, your child can work, or actually start submitting for additions. Also, you child will need to get a Coogan account, which is not every bank will open. Two big banks are Wells Fargo and Bank of America. In order to open a bank account you as a guardian will have to bring your child first paycheck or an offer from an employer.
Meanwhile, keep receipts of all the payments you made toward acting, signing, sport classes, miles you drove to take your child to additions, fees for casting websites you paid, payments for head shots and personal coaching for your child, wardrobes purchases ( not the closes child can wear on every day basis, only costumes), as these are all deductible on your tax return. But remember, in order to deduct these expenses, your child needs to actively peruse an acting/modeling/signing career.