Here are a few helpful resources for getting your child started in the entertainment industry.
All minors aged 15 days to 18 years of age employed in the entertainment industry must have a permit to work issued by the California Department of Labor.
There is no fee to obtain an entertainment work permit.
The permit can be obtained by the new on-line application process, by mail or in person.
If you are a parent or guardian who wishes to apply for an Entertainment Work Permit for a Minor on-line, click on the Permits link above. If you wish to apply by mail or in person, the application for permission to work in the entertainment industry must be filled out completely and mailed, along with any required documents and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope, to any Labor Commissioner's office. To find the nearest Labor Commissioner's office, use the division's office locator.
*If your child is homeschooled you need to complete the application and attach it to your PSA (Private School Affidavit). The requirements of satisfactory attendance, academic progress and health are the same. A homeschooled student who is enrolled in a public school program, including a charter school, the process is the same as a public school student.
The State of California requires Coogan Accounts for working minors. These types of accounts are also known as “Blocked Trust Accounts.” By law, 15% of the minor's gross wages are required to be withheld by the employer and deposited directly into the Coogan account within 15 days of employment. Make sure to open a Coogan Account for your child prior to his/her first job since the employer will require you to provide a Coogan Account number in order to process payroll.
The BizParentz Foundation is a non-profit corporation providing education, advocacy, and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry. The organization promotes a positive public image regarding child performers and educates the public regarding the safety and rights of child performers including child labor laws and regulations.
Provides accurate, concise California Child Labor Law information to the entertainment community. Whether you’re a parent seeking information about a “Coogan” account, or a producer needing to know how many hours an eight-year-old can work during a school day, our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive informational resource available.
Builds community for young performers to help you and your family manage all the unique things about working in entertainment. All supportive and educational counseling are free to members. Generally, all community service, education, social and leadership events are free as well.
There are two ways to be eligible for the program. You can document union membership and representation (an agent or manager) or you can document thru pay stubs and contracts earned entertainment industry income of $3,000 annually in the last two years. If you have questions about eligibility please contact the Looking Ahead Administrative Assistant at 323-330-4425.
Bonnie J. Wallace is the author of Young Hollywood Actors and The Hollywood Parents Guide and mother of Emmy Award winning actress Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie, Descendants, Hairspray Live, Clueless the Musical). In this weekly show she shares an intimate conversation with a guest from the TV/film/music world. Inspiring, entertaining & educational.
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Scenebot is a free app that empowers actors to showcase their abilities and “get scene” by top entertainment industry professionals, such as agents, managers and casting directors.
It operates as an acting showcase, where actors can submit one audition per month to be reviewed by Scenebot’s staff of casting professionals. The top selected monthly auditions will be posted to the website and app for all members and industry professionals to view and “Like.” If an agent, manager or casting director is interested in a particular actor, they will have the ability to contact the actor or the actor’s parents through their profile.