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Questions to ask at an acting interview

by Priti Ramjee
Talent agents sign happy, conversational kids.

Talent agents sign happy, conversational kids.

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Not knowing what to expect at a talent agent interview can be stressful for both parents and their children. Kids can be unpredictable, especially if they are bored and restless while in the waiting room. The talent agent will ask questions to trigger a child's personality and behavior. He looks for children with character traits that will appeal to clients -- charisma, good behavior and the ability to converse.

To Trigger Conversation

A talent agent looks for a child who is outgoing and comfortable around people. He can assess a child's personality by asking questions during an interview that make the child feel comfortable. He may ask a child about his family, his pets, his friends or what he likes to do. Asking a child about something he is familiar with, helps the child respond with more than a one-word answer.

Assess Behavior

It can be hard for a child to feel relaxed, act naturally and be well-behaved in front of strangers. A talent agent asks a child questions at the interview to assess his behavior. For example, "Do you like school?" "What are your favorite things to do in school?" A talent agent believes a child is a good candidate for acting if clients will give him roles. Clients seek natural talent rather than kids who act or speak perfectly and without natural expression, as if they were coached.

Guage Personality

It is easier for a talent agent to find work for a confident, energetic and happy child than a child who is only at the interview because of his parent's interest. The enthusiastic child can make money for himself in the industry as well as for his agent. Therefore, the talent agent carefully screens the child's personality. A talent agent may ask the child if he knows any jokes. Creating an environment of laughter helps to calm the child's nerves.


Parents should familiarize their child with the product they are auditioning for because a talent agent may ask the child a question about the product such as, "Do you like the product?" The talent agent does not want the child to say, "I don't know." Parents should encourage the child to have his own opinion and answer with more than yes or no. If the child can tell a relevant funny story, it adds to his character.

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