Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 6 months ago

What is the best age for child actors? I notice most teen roles are played by adults.?

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  • 6 months ago
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    If you're asking about when would be a good age for a child to have fun acting and being in plays and the like - any age is fine. Taking acting classes, dance lessons, voice lessons can be fun for children who are interested in those areas. Being involved in school plays, community theater, church shows and the like can be a good creative outlet, a nice way to make friends, an activity to help a child learn life skills like resilience and team work, and just have fun. Joining a drama club and competing in forensic speech/drama contest is another good activity for children interested in acting. See what opportunities are available in your area.

    If you're asking about professional acting - no age is the "best" age for a child to attempt a professional acting career. It depends much more on the child's maturity, temperament and the support of the family rather then a numerical age. Professional acting is a business. People are in it to make money not make your child's dream come true or help them become a mature, functioning adult.

    It also depends more on the parent having a realistic understanding of what is involved in attempting a professional acting career then the age of the child. The parent needs to make sure that the mental and emotional needs of their child are met along with being the CEO of a business where your child is being marketed and sold. That is VERY hard to do (which is why too many child actors end up confused and in trouble as adults).

    The parent needs to understand the business end of the industry - the casting process (agents, breakdowns, casting directors); the legal issues (contracts, unions, entertainment work permits, Coogan trust accounts, taxes); marketing (head shots, resumes, show reel, website, social media) and networking. They need to e able to make good decisions for their child and the child's career.

    Most teen roles are played by adults because there are legal restrictions and requirements for minors in the industry. They require entertainment work permits, trust accounts established in their name, and tutoring/classes to meet educational requirements. And children are legally limited iin when and how long they can work. Adults don't have those restrictions. And frankly, physically teens can change a lot over a short period of time which can mess with filming and the like. Adults aren't going to go through some growth spurt or sudden breakout.

    Plus adult actors usually have a more professional approach to acting then most teens and should be more emotionally capable of dealing with the responsibility of working a professional job. Not that it's impossible for a child and their family to handle a professional acting career - but it's rare for a child to have the ability to effectivley deal with the stresses of a professional acting career.

    A lot of kids and parents have fantasies about a child being "discovered" and given an acting career - without a good grasp of the realities of attempting a professional acting career. So the numerical age of child matters far less than the parent's ability to oversee to the child's welfare when attempting a professional acting career.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Define what you mean by "best."

  • 6 months ago

    Seven is a good age

  • R K
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    well the younger you start the better. adults or young people that get emancipated

    and can pass for younger can work longer hours and don't need to go to school on the set. if your a minor the film company has to hire a teacher/social worker to be on the set with you. that takes up a lot of time. companies will almost always pick an older actor that can play younger.

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    I'm not sure what you mean.

    Child actors usually start training at good acting schools, where they also study singing and dancing, in evenings and at weekends from the age of about 6.

    There are very few roles for children, but a few, recommended by their tutors, or who have close family already in the business may be lucky enough to get a paid role.

    Most child actors will never make it as adult actors - they almost always need to retrain, as what's expected of a child actor is extremely easy compared with what directors want for adult roles. Also, most children have either become bored by acting by the time they're in their teens or it's become apparent that they have little talent.

    There are loads of regulations about hiring children, so you're right - most teen roles are given to young-looking but fully trained adult actors. It's cheaper and easier - and the acting is usually much better.

    • Cogito
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      Bluebell - thanks! It's lovely when someone else appreciates the English language! I have quite a number of pet peeves myself, so I know what you mean! I'm a professional proof-reader/transcriber working for the English law court system, and judges can be very picky!

  • Walt
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    preteen and teen actors can only not work many hours. they have to go to school so that takes away from there time and the show has to pay for a teacher. that's why they use adults to play teens. it cost them less money and they can work more hours

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