The American Library Association Likes Us! They REALLY Like Us!

If you can’t trust the word of librarian, then gosh, who can you trust?  We are so proud to announce that the association representing those fabulous curators of knowledge have given the DVD of The Smart Stage Mom a glowing review.  Check it out!

Casting director Aaron Jacobs is the savvy instructor in this program aimed at parents interested in getting their child into show business. Frequent onscreen captions, including a flow chart, make the information easy to follow. This practical program is filled with
helpful tips, including questions to ask, ways to prepare, means of avoiding scams, and golden rules to follow.” – American Library Association – Booklist

The American Library Association promotes librarian service and librarianship.  Their mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.  We are so proud to know our DVD meets the ALA’s high standards for learning.

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Patti Kalles: The Smart Stage Mom is an Excellent Introduction to the Business

We are proud to share this review of The Smart Stage Mom DVD that we received from one of Seattle’s top casting directors, Patti Kalles.

“The DVD “The Smart Stage Mom” is an excellent introduction to the business. It has great information for anyone starting out in this business. It is truthfull and honest and states it in a way that any beginners will be able to understand. It gives an excellent step by step instruction on what to do to avoid pitfalls and being taken advantage of in this industry. Having done casting for 27 years I wish more people would have been able to see this sooner. This would have helped me when beginners come in for an audition.” -Patti Kalles, CSA – Kalles Levine Casting


Patti Kalles is a two-time Artos Award winner and has been casting for commercials and films for over 27 years. Some of her Television & Film projects include: Northern Exposure, Frasier, Unsolved Mysteries, Snow Falling on Cedars, Mad Love, My Own Private Idaho, Say Anything, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and the upcoming True Grit from the Coen brothers.

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How to Dress Kids for an Audition

No matter how long you’ve been in the biz, the question of how to appropriately dress your child for an important audition is always there.  You want your child to be the one the casting director thinks is the perfect fit for the part but you don’t want to look like you or your kid are trying too hard.  Let Toddlers & Tiaras be a warning to us all about the dangers of child actor outfit excess.

Toddlers and Tiara’s aside, here are some concrete tips for dressing the part without overdoing it: Continue reading