How to Become Your Child's Talent Manager

By Damon Verial
The Internet has made it easier for busy parent-child teams to arrange auditions.
The Internet has made it easier for busy parent-child teams to arrange auditions.

A talent manager represents her client, arranging auditions, negotiating contracts and protecting her rights. When the client is your child, things become more complicated, both because of your responsibilities as a parent and because of the age of the talent in question. As a parent of a future child star, you not only need to perform thorough research on what lies ahead, but also take up a new career path -- all the while ensuring your child has a healthy childhood.

Now You’re Both Students

No child talent manager worth her salt forgets to perform research on child rights and laws. Laws exist to protect you and your child from exploitation, such as by ensuring a minimum wage and requiring adult presence prior to a certain age. Don’t be the least bit afraid to ask questions when you’re first starting out. Your first priority should be your child’s safety.

Striking Out on Your Own

As a talent manager, you will be searching for auditions for your child. Registering him for these auditions will require some marketing skills, such as creating demo videos, tapes and portfolios. In addition, time management is necessary, as juggling your work, the audition time and your child’s schooling will be a monumental task. Finally, when your child succeeds at an audition, your negotiation skills will be the main tool for actually landing him a job and a suitable amount of compensation. Put all of this together, and essentially you’re running a business. You might even want to actually register it as a business for tax and liability purposes.

A Three-Person Team

If you have no background in business or negotiations, you might benefit from working with a talent agency instead of striking out on your own. You can easily find a list of talent agencies online. By contacting these agencies and discussing your needs and expectations, you can have a professional act as your proxy, which might lead to better deals and remove from you some of the responsibility for understanding the legal side of things.

Wearing Two Hats

Though you’re now technically your child’s manager, you are still her parent. Ensure that the drive for a successful acting, modeling or singing career for your child doesn’t take priority over her childhood. Children still need love, encouragement, education and time to just be children. The balance among stage time, school time and parent-child time is in your hands. While you should take your child’s work seriously, that work shouldn’t impede on her education and personal growth.

About the Author

Having obtained a Master of Science in psychology in East Asia, Damon Verial has been applying his knowledge to related topics since 2010. Having written professionally since 2001, he has been featured in financial publications such as SafeHaven and the McMillian Portfolio. He also runs a financial newsletter at Stock Barometer.