Keeping parental stress out of your child's acting career

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Keeping parental stress out of your child's acting career

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You need to make sure you are not living vicariously through your child. The acting process should be the child's dream, not your dream. And along that line, don't coach your own kids. There are professional acting coaches out there. That's their job. You're too close to it. You can't be objective. I even tried it when my kids were going out for commercials. Never worked. Leave it to the professionals. When the child gets the audition and gets the part, that's cause for a celebration, but when they don't, it's not appropriate to downgrade your child or make them feel inadequate in any way. A great tip that I got from a parent a long time ago was that made every audition the job. Going on the audition was the job. Then if they got the job, that was just icing on the cake. But it was all about going on the audition and making that the job. and the kids really seem to enjoy the audition process more when you don't make it an end-all be-all. I think it's important that you foster the appreciation of acting as an art. It shouldn't be about the money. It shouldn't be about the fame. It should be about children doing the best job they can do and learning a craft.

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Robin Nassif

Youth Talent Agent

Robin Nassif started her career at Norman Lear's Tandem Productions, where she cast the series Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, Silver Spoons, and Square Pegs with her partner Marc Hirschfeld. In 1984 she became Manager of Casting at ABC. Some of the shows she supervised and helped cast in that position were Moonlighting, Wonder Years, Twin Peaks, Growing Pains and Full House. In 1988, Robin was promoted to Director of Casting. In the next eight years, she supervised over 150 pilots including Roseanne, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, and Drew Carey. She set up many showcases for ABC executives to introduce them to the talent of Kevin James, Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, Will Ferrell, Rosie O' Donnell, and Adam Sandler, among others.In 1996 Robin formed her own casting company, Nassif & Baca Casting. In the next 12 years, she and her partner Patrick Baca cast Halloween 8, L.A. Law: The Movie, Strip Mall pilot and series for Comedy Central, Stargate: Atlantis, and Alligator Point pilot for NBC. She also headed up reality casting for Columbia Pictures TV, placing the leads on many reality shows including Ripley's Believe It or Not.In 2009, she took a position heading up the Youth Division at Diverse Talent Group. She had 8 test option deals in her second pilot season, and placed series regulars on So Random, The Jada Grace Show and Clue, as well as many SAG features including Red State, Spiderman and Project X. Robin now heads up the Youth Division at Media Artists Group. She has 4 actors testing for series presently, and 5 actors as regulars or recurring on series. Many others are booking roles in SAG features, The Lost Medallion being the most recent.  

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