More Trust & Safety advice
It’s really important to us that we help protect your child’s privacy and safety on StarNow, while also giving them access to relevant castings.
All castings on the site are checked by our Customer Support team, and we work with parents to ensure minors are looked after through the registration, application, audition, and casting stages.
To maximise your child’s privacy and safety, please read and follow the guidelines below. We also recommend that you check out our online & audition safety tips.
How to register on behalf of a minor
Members must be aged 18 or over to join StarNow, but a parent or guardian can sign up on their child’s behalf and apply to relevant auditions and jobs.
To register on behalf of someone who is under 18, please follow the normal registration process. Extra information about the parent/guardian is required during registration, but all details are kept confidential.
Protecting your child’s privacy
For safety reasons, please don’t include any direct contact information on the child’s profile, such as phone numbers or email addresses, or any places that the child may be located (schools, etc.).
You can choose to ‘hide’ your child’s profile on the site at any time by updating their privacy options under My StarNow. That means no casual user browsing the site will be able to see your child’s profile. (For this reason, we recommend agencies list their castings on the site, rather than simply browsing the Talent Directory.)
You would still receive emails about relevant castings. If you apply to a casting on your child’s behalf, the child’s profile can then be viewed by the casting director in question.
Please note: If your child’s profile is not hidden, it will also appear in relevant Google searches.
Profile and photo tips
Children don’t need a professional portfolio or photos, as they are continually changing and growing - a few good quality snapshots should do. Use natural lighting, with your child clearly positioned alone in the photo. No blurry, dimly-lit shots with friends or family pets!
Please make sure all photos representing your child are age-appropriate; for example, don’t include photos of young girls in bikinis or young boys without shirts. We don’t recommend make-up for children, and they should pose in a way that is appropriate for their age.
We also have some more general advice on what makes a great headshot.
Application, audition, and casting guidelines
We recommend you check your local government website for information on children working in the entertainment industry, including the laws around work hours, parental consent forms, supervision, and employment.
Please note: When applying to casting calls on StarNow, all contact with casting directors should be made by the parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must also accompany minors to any auditions or castings.
Always carefully read any legal documents and release forms that you are signing on behalf of your child. You need to understand what you’re reading and what the implications are.
Minors should never be asked to send nude or inappropriate photographs, or take part in nude or inappropriate scenes. Always ask for a script before agreeing to an audition to check you’re happy with the content.
If cast, your child is entitled to:
- An area to change their clothes in private
- Age-appropriate rest and meal breaks
- Recreation and rest areas, accommodation (if required), and appropriate food.