Snow Entertainment

Snow Entertainment Snow Entertainment represents aspiring as well as established talent in the entertainment industry. Founded by Cinda Snow, mother of television and film actress Brittany Snow.
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Snow Entertainment represents talent from across the country in Feature Films, Television, Commercials, and all aspects of the Entertainment Industry. We have developed successful resources to help guide and prepare talent of all ages to achieve a successful acting career.

BizParentz Foundation
07/18/2020

BizParentz Foundation

COVID, Kid Actors and A Crystal Ball from Bizparentz Foundation
Looking to the Future for Kid Actors In a COVID Year

This year sounds like the plot of a post-apocalyptic movie, doesn’t it? A mysterious pandemic, government uncertainty, travel bans, and entire industries shut down. Everyone wishes it was over and we could “go back to normal”. Well, friends, Hollywood will never be “normal” again. For professional young performers, even less so.

We don’t know when actors and musicians will be able to go back to work. But allow us to bring out our crystal ball and make a few predictions, based on the U.S. joint union re-opening guidelines called The Safe Way Forward and the British Columbia Motion Picture COVID guidelines.

Here is the Future We See:

Kids will be safer on set than anyone else. Their risk is less for COVID-19, they don’t typically require touching scenes (think kissing or romance) and they have mom and teacher/welfare workres on set looking out for them. Kids are not the problem here. They are collateral damage.

Less Jobs for Kids. Even though children are not particularly at risk for COVID, they come with a parent and a teacher/guardian (in some states). They also come with limited work hours, which translates to limited flexibility for production. All that means more money (a problem considering budgets will be tight with increased costs), more people (a big no-no in COVID prevention). Productions will limit the use of children whenever they can.

CHSPE and high school grads who appear younger will be high demand. No work hour restrictions, no parents on set, no studio teachers.

Background Jobs will be almost non-existent. These jobs will be lessened to smaller groups in a scene, and large scenes digitally created. Enter the VFX team.

More projects will rely on visual effects and digital characters. Voiceover will be available. Body suits will be used since that work can be done in small groups without a full crew. Kind of exciting and fun to learn! Watch Can Hollywood Go Virtual After Coronavirus https://youtu.be/5n56b7oNUss

There will be less agents and manager for kids. Less work, means less commissions, which means the commission business model for agents and managers isn’t going to be profitable. Some entry level representatives aren’t going to make it through this economic crisis. Some larger agencies are going to disband their youth departments.
But don’t despair: in the 1980s, the golden era of family sitcoms, there were three agencies for kids in Los Angeles. Just three. The key is that most of their kids were actually working. Now there are more than 60 kids' agents in Los Angeles , plus a more than 100 managers specializing in kids. Don’t be discouraged though. More agencies does not mean more jobs – it never did. It just may mean that representatives will be more picky than they used to be.

Industry Pros may be tempted to fall into the scam scene. Less work for performers means less income for agents, managers, coaches, photographers, etc. They may try to sell you more “stuff” to make up the difference in their income. Don’t fall for it. Do not pay to play.

Auditions will be via self-tape, callbacks will be via Zoom. Get good at it.

There will be more direct bookings. Directors and casting directors will hire people they know from previous projects, people they know will deliver on set.

More commercials will be filmed by influencers and families. It is already happening. Look at this Frito-Lay commercial, filmed entirely by influencers and this this ad created for Dominos on Zoom.

Liability Releases will become standard to go to work. The unions are all pushing back on this, and we wish them well, but the reality is that we can’t go back to work because insurance companies will not cover productions in this environment. They don’t want anyone to get sick because they don’t want to have to shut production down. But even more than that, they don’t want a family to sue them for the death of a family member and bankrupt the entire production company. I can’t imagine getting around this. BUT…you should take it seriously. Really seriously. They are asking you to risk you and your child's health.

You will be asked to wait outside – don’t. With the requirement to limit cast and crew, they will see parents as unnecessary. Fight this. Parents should always, always be within sight and sound of your child. Offer to get into wardrobe and be in background, or watch on a monitor if you must, but never agree to be in another location.

Families will need to stick together. Film and TV shoots may require cast to quarantine together. No set visitors. On the positive side, we anticipate that families may be hired as a group – if your family is willing, offer that up to casting. We may also see a bit more nepotism on set: the director’s family that is quarantining with her may be cast in minor roles.

Live theater will come back but tickets will be more expensive. They will likely find a way to block off every 3rd seat, and make sure the audience is separated from the cast by plexiglass or an orchestra pit.

School will be unpredictable and none of the options are great environments for real learning. Most traditional schools will be going on hybrid schedules: ex.they go to school two days a week do distance learning two days a week. Even schools that are able to house all students on campus full time (mostly private schools), toggling back and forth to full time distance learning could be the norm. Charter schools, which have been relied on by many showbiz families are likely to be defunded in California, as is full-day kindergarten. If you have a considered full time homeschool, and your schedule and skills allow for it, this might be the year.

Paperwork will take longer. Government agencies will continue to work limited hours and have staff working from home. Schools will be on crazy alternative schedules. Expect delays renewing work permits. Do not get lazy about keeping your working papers current.

International shoots could become more common. Other countries will expand film incentives in an effort to boost their economies, and studios will go outside in hopes of getting a deal. Other countries are already opening earlier than the U.S. Make sure your passports are current.
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10 THING YOUNG PERFORMERS CAN DO TO MOVE THEIR CAREER FORWARD IN A PANDEMIC

1. Take a moment and reflect. Is this something you REALLY want to do? Parents: talk to your kids and provide a reality check. This will not be an easy time to pursue the industry, and it is very likely that they will not book a job until they are in the next age group… a year or more from now. They need to take the long view of their career right now.

2. Take classes. Be GREAT at what you do.

3. Get braces if you need them.

4. Get ahead in school. For younger kids, become rabid readers. All great actors are great readers. For teens, look toward taking the CHSPE test or graduating from high school early.

4 Get good at video. Learn to make great self-tapes quickly and learn how to act on Zoom.

6. Buy a light kit and a good phone camera. Really. Save up if you have to.

7. Learn a cool new skill that makes you unique or pulls out your passion. Similar to taking a gap year after high school, be prepared to explain something you did in the COVID year. When this is over, CDs will ask you.

8. Consider the right kind of school. Parents, consider your child’s learning style, regardless of showbiz. Don’t let this year be a loss. Instead, consider other alternative forms of school, like full time homeschooling. We don’t mean “schooling at home” or “supporting your child’s education”. We mean, really focus on your child’s individual needs. Education lasts forever.

9. Create. There is no pandemic in art or music. Make something. There is no limit on creativity, and in fact, crazy circumstances like this can be catalysts for amazing growth. Explore adjacent careers like directing, editing, writing, music composition…there is a whole world of creativity out there. Tell your story!

10. Practice gratitude and be compassionate. Be grateful to be alive. How you handle this pandemic as a family will be remembered for the rest of your life.

BizParentz Foundation
07/18/2020

BizParentz Foundation

Reminder: file your child's taxes! Deadline is Wednesday. Young performers always file their OWN taxes (not on yours) but they are almost always taken as a dependent on YOUR tax return. So you will need to finish your own before doing theirs. If your child made less than $16K last year, you can also claim a Qualified Performing Artist Deduction. Good luck!

Amy Jo Berman
06/08/2020
Amy Jo Berman

Amy Jo Berman

Right before our eyes, the world is shifting and online connections are more essential than ever...especially for actors.

That includes using social media (the better way) for your acting career.

And if you hate the idea of self-promoting on social media, I have good news 👇

You don't need to "self-promote" to create powerful, industry connections using social media.

Not. Even. One. Little. Bit.

𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘥𝘰 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀.

After all, connections create opportunities.

So, if you want more industry connections, the easiest way to get 'em is to learn how to use social media 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺 (without self-promotion).

After a 20-year career in casting and as a studio exec, I know what works to get on a Casting Director's radar, make a connection and get opportunities

So I put together this free, on-demand training showing you how to do it easily using social media.

🎬 My next session is coming right up and I’m saving a spot for ya:
https://amyjoberman.com/social-media-for-actors

See you there!
~Amy 😃

Great article about walkng in to the room.. I also want to remind you to stay confident when you leave the audition room...
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First Impressions in the Casting Room Can Make or Break Your Audition - Casting Networks News

Great article about walkng in to the room.. I also want to remind you to stay confident when you leave the audition room. :)

The first moments you walk into a casting room can make or break your audition. The best way to enter the audition room is to set a positive tone. If you walk into the room creating a negative impression, valuable time has already been wasted. It is very likely that with time, you can turn …

Fox's 'Almost Family' is Now Hiring Kid Actors
09/14/2019
Fox's 'Almost Family' is Now Hiring Kid Actors

Fox's 'Almost Family' is Now Hiring Kid Actors

Fox’s ‘Almost Family‘ is now casting kid actors in New York City. Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming

How to Capture Your Best Self Tape - Casting Networks News
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How to Capture Your Best Self Tape - Casting Networks News

How to Capture Your Best Self Tape - Casting Networks News

With more casting directors requesting self tapes, it’s important for actors to know how to record high-quality videos. Time and resources may limit an actor’s ability to hire a production company for the service. However, when shooting the audition at home, actors need to make sure the final pr...

What Is This Thing Called Craft?
08/09/2019
What Is This Thing Called Craft?

What Is This Thing Called Craft?

Lee Strasberg once said, "Every actor needs a craft which is commensurate with his talent." Stella Adler said, "Without craft there can be no art."

Everyone who is a member of SAG/AFTRA should be taking advantage of these FREE classes and also a member of the Looking ...
08/04/2019

Everyone who is a member of SAG/AFTRA should be taking advantage of these FREE classes and also a member of the Looking Ahead Program which is also FREE.

FREE is good, right??? Sharing at the request of Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA Foundation: free classes with Casting Directors and Associates (check their IMDBs!). Union members only -- take advantage of this benefit!
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We have spaces available in the upcoming Young Performers Casting Access classes below.
These classes are only available to SAG-AFTRA members under the age of 18.

Make sure you are logged in to www.sagaftra.foundation when attempting to RSVP. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact our Website Administrator at [email protected]

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CLASS, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST! Members will be seated on a first come, first serve basis once their age is verified. Anyone over the age of 18 will be removed.

Members who are moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list will receive a confirmation email with details about the event.

Please spread the word and tell all your SAG-AFTRA friends about the Foundation's Young Performers classes!

For more information, visit: Casting Access

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Sal Schiavone (Under 18 Only)
Saturday, 8/3/2019
Check-in begins at 9:45am, class begins at 10am
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Tineka Becker (Under 18 Only)
Monday, 8/5/2019
Check-in begins at 6:45pm, class begins at 7:00pm
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Harriet Greenspan (Ages 9-17 Only)
Monday, 9/23/2019
Check-in begins at 6:15pm, class begins at 6:30pm
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Casting Access
SAG-AFTRA Foundation
323-549-6708 (ext. 5)
[email protected]

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We have spaces available in the upcoming Young Performers Casting Access classes below.
These classes are only available to SAG-AFTRA members under the age of 18.

Make sure you are logged in to www.sagaftra.foundation when attempting to RSVP. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact our Website Administrator at [email protected]

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CLASS, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST! Members will be seated on a first come, first serve basis once their age is verified. Anyone over the age of 18 will be removed.

Members who are moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list will receive a confirmation email with details about the event.

Please spread the word and tell all your SAG-AFTRA friends about the Foundation's Young Performers classes!

For more information, visit: Casting Access

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Sal Schiavone (Under 18 Only)
Saturday, 8/3/2019
Check-in begins at 9:45am, class begins at 10am
View More Details
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Tineka Becker (Under 18 Only)
Monday, 8/5/2019
Check-in begins at 6:45pm, class begins at 7:00pm
View More Details
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Harriet Greenspan (Ages 9-17 Only)
Monday, 9/23/2019
Check-in begins at 6:15pm, class begins at 6:30pm
View More Details
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Casting Access
SAG-AFTRA Foundation
323-549-6708 (ext. 5)
[email protected]

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Submission Photos: Look with Me!
07/19/2019
Submission Photos: Look with Me!

Submission Photos: Look with Me!

How Does a Children's Modeling Agent Look at Submission Photos? As you may know, I was a print agent at a great NYC agency for a year in ...

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