If your video production calls for working with kids, whatever
the age, it pays to make the child the most important person on
set. Treat children with respect, guidance and generosity to get
the performance you desire.
When working with young children, it’s necessary to provide them
with fun games, age appropriate snacks, meals and drinks as well
as a “treat” for a good performance. Try to work with a Director
who has experience with children as they will be more open to
kid lingo and personalities.
Older children often take acting very seriously and will want to
learn as much as possible. Be prepared to answer questions and
explain what will happen during the shoot. They will be more
likely to work with you if you give them a tour of the set and
introduce them to the “grown up” crew and make them feel special
to the production.
Regardless of age, make sure to abide by state laws concerning
time restrictions and on-set schooling. Each state has different
laws; for example California requires a work permit for children
working in theatrical employment, whereas Arizona does not.
Above all, relax and enjoy yourself. Remember that children will
only listen for limited periods of time, after which pushing
them just leads to frustration for everyone. The key is to be
ready to get the good shots quickly and anything after that is a
bonus. Kids can enhance your production value so make it a fun
experience for all!