Do you ever wonder what an entertainment attorney would tell you if you could sit down and talk? What advice they might give you? If so—you are in for a treat, because today’s podcast features Sally Gaglini. Sally is a Boston-based attorney, the author of Young Performers At Work: Child Star Survival Guide, and a professor of entertainment law.
If you or someone you love is getting into professional performing of any sort, you would do well to take advantage of this free hour with Entertainment Lawyer Sally Gaglini. And then go online and buy her book!
We talk about common pitfalls for young actors and their families, how to spot scams, basic laws affecting young performers, money advice, school, and much more. Sally’s advice is useful for actors of any age. Join us!
Some of my favorite quotes:
- “Why should a child, based only on his or her zip code, get more or less protection?”
- “Figure out if there is experience to be had locally.”
- “How much rejection are you willing to allow your child to endure?”
- “How much money is a family willing to spend before you press the escape hatch?”
- “Make sure that the dream is your son’s or daughter’s, not yours.”
- “If you put the child first, you don’t get lost.”
- “This is a business enterprise. This is not travel soccer.”
- “Before you spend money on your kid’s career, figure out if they are comfortable working with grownups.”
- “Watch your child’s body language… it will tell you that they are or are not comfortable.”
- “If you have to pay, then you don’t play.”
For anyone looking to understand the basics of how the law affects young performers and their families, be sure to get a copy of Sally Gaglini’s book, Young Performers at Work: Child Star Survival Guide.
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Sally and I are very much on the same page when it comes to young actors—knowledge is power. The more you understand about the laws governing this profession, the better equipped you’ll be to make good choices.
It’s easy for even the best people to be confused by the possibilities this path can offer. Common sense is a good place to start—for example, if something seems too good to be true—it probably is!
But sometimes common sense isn’t enough to get you where you’re trying to go. And that’s when talking with an expert can help.
I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single session with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream.
If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!