To set your child actor on the path to becoming the next Keivonn Montreal Woodard or Julia Butters, it’s important to land at the right talent agency. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Finding an agent for your child can be a daunting task—especially in Hollywood, where agencies are a dime a dozen, and the competition is stiff. You’ve probably already heard of top-tier agencies like CAA or WME, but that’s not the place to start. These places only rep kids with lead roles in major features or multiple series regular roles; unsolicited submissions are pretty much guaranteed to be thrown out. Instead, consider the child talent agencies in Los Angeles listed here. All nine are highly reputable and have proven track records of success developing the careers of some of Hollywood’s top young working actors.
The breakdown: If you're looking for an acting agency for kids that will create a long-term game plan that balances your child's other goals and responsibilities, AEFH should be at the top of your list.
Notable clients: Violet Brinson (“Sharp Objects”), Matthew Sato (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Grown-ish”)
Submission policy: Headshots and résumés are accepted by mail at 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 865, Los Angeles, CA 90036, or via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Balancing a budding acting career with school, family, and extracurricular interests can be a challenge for young actors and their families. That’s why the youth team at Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH for short) focuses on developing the whole individual. AEFH was originally founded by esteemed Hollywood agent Fred Amsel in 2000 when he retired and sold his agency to top reps Mike Eisenstadt and John Frazier. Partners Nicole Jolley and Milton Perea represent the youth talent roster at AEFH and manage their young clients’ careers with an actor-centered approach. “I see the young actors I represent as individuals,” Jolley wrote. “We find the next film or series, but we focus on building long, sustainable careers that fit with our client’s life and goals.”
The breakdown: Upon acquiring Beth Stein & Associates, AKA’s roster of child actors expanded—but your child won’t get lost in the shuffle, as they still retain BSA’s individualized focus.
Notable clients: Stephanie Katherine Grant (“The Goldbergs”), Eden Grace Redfield (“Our Flag Means Death,” “The Glass Castle”)
AKA is often considered one of the best child acting agencies in Los Angeles, and it’s not hard to see why. Child actors at the agency have been honored at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the GLADD Media Awards, and they appear in Disney movies and on some of the biggest shows on Paramount+, Peacock, and Netflix. And as if that’s not enough, the agency’s head of youth talent, Julie Fulop, has been recognized at the Heller Awards for her contributions as a talent agent.
The breakdown: With a history of representing some of the most successful child actors in the business, Coast to Coast has a proven track record of collaborative multi-agency strategies that help maximize actors’ potential.
Notable clients: Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”)
Submission policy: Coast to Coast currently is only accepting submissions by industry referral.
Coast to Coast is a full-service talent agency that has helped launch the careers of many of Hollywood’s top working youth talent (including the three Academy Award nominees listed above). Youth division director Meredith Fine believes in a collaborative approach. For its most successful talent, Coast to Coast occasionally partners with larger agencies like ICM and Paradigm to co-rep clients in order to maximize exposure and work opportunities. The agency’s current clients include Mackenzie Foy (“Twilight,” “Interstellar”) and Violet McGraw (“The Haunting of Hill House,” “Love”), as well as budding talent like Maxwell Fox (“Spider-Man: Lotus”)
(“Captain Fantastic,” “The Glass Castle”) and Gabriel Bateman (“The Fabelmans,” “Lights Out”).
The breakdown: What DDO may lack in big-name celebrities, it makes up for with decades of specialized industry experience and a highly individualized approach.
Notable clients: Ethan William Childress (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Mixed-ish”), (“Les Misérables” at the Pantages, “Broken Hula”)
Submission policy: Submit a headshot, resume, and cover letter naming any industry referrals and training and experience to ddoCHIsubmissions@ddoagency.com for Chicago; email@example.com for L.A.; or firstname.lastname@example.org for NYC.
DDO was founded in 1969 by Dorothy Day Otis as a specialized kids acting agency, eventually expanding to include an adult division. It represents clients for theatrical, voiceover, and commercial work across three U.S. offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago—although they sign kids from all over the country, according to Laura Thede, the head of the youth division. While you won’t find many household names on DDO’s roster, it represents many early and mid-stage young actors and regularly books clients in network television and studio films. “We tell people who we're meeting with exactly what we want them to prepare, but if someone doesn’t, I would always err on the side of caution and have something prepared to perform,” advises Thede, who won the Heller Award for Outstanding Youth Theatrical Agent in 2019. “Always have a monologue in your back pocket or a scene that you are very comfortable with that you feel shows your acting well.”
The breakdown: With industry connections rivaling big-name agencies like CAA and UTA—and a specialization representing young actors—Osbrink is a great choice for those looking to boost their career opportunities.
Notable clients: Ivy George (“Big Little Lies,” “Girl Meets World”), Mia Allan (“Parenthood,” “Jane The Virgin”)
Submission policy: Simply fill out the submission form on the agency website.
Osbrink is a full-service agency providing theatrical, commercial, and voiceover representation for young actors in varying stages of their careers. It is undoubtedly one of the best children's talent agencies in Hollywood, and the fact that it specializes in child and teen talent (and has an extensive track record of success) makes it an excellent choice to help take your young actor’s career to the next level. The agency was founded in 1993 by Cindy Osbrink, who has repped top youth stars like Dakota and Elle Fanning, Brie Larson, and Raven-Symoné. If you’re looking for a prestigious agency with connections to the top casting agents in Hollywood, Osbrink is a clear choice.
The breakdown: As a large, full-service agency, CESD provides unparalleled exposure to top casting agents and dedicated theatrical agents committed to your child’s success, making it a fantastic talent agency for kids.
Notable clients: Julia Butters (“Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood”), Presley Schrader (“Shameless,” “Hacks”)
Submission policy: Send an email with a demo reel, headshots, résumé, and contact information to email@example.com. Indicate which office and department you’re submitting to in the subject line.
CESD Talent is a large bi-coastal agency representing actors for commercial, voiceover, and theatrical opportunities. Originally known as Cunningham & Associates, the agency became known as CESD in 2005 to acknowledge the additions of T.J. Escott, Ken Slevin, and Paul Doherty. Cunningham and Escott have since retired, but Doherty continues to head the L.A. office. With 32 agents and thousands of clients, CESD is on the larger side. But with individualized expertise in each division, it’s also an excellent way to maximize your child actor’s voiceover and commercial opportunities. “The younger you start, the better, because there is always a need for that next batch,” Carol Lynn Sher, Director of Youth Talent for CESD’s L.A. Office, told Casting Frontier. “We are out there and interested in the next new generation and open to talking to them. So it’s not like there’s a closed door.” Sher is a veteran agent with decades of experience building the careers of youth actors.
The breakdown: While historically known as a top-tier NYC agency, Buchwald’s L.A. office is great for kids hoping to break into the industry.
Notable clients: Lola Flanery (“Shadowhunters,” “The 100”), Elias Harger (“Fuller House,” “The Arrival”), Corey Fogelmanis (“Ma,” “Girl Meets World”)
Submission policy: Buchwald considers new talent via industry referral only.
Buchwald has a lengthy track record of representing some of film and TV’s top rising actors. The NYC agency was founded in 1977 as Don Buchwald and Associates, but didn’t expand to include an L.A. office until 2010. The Youth division has been headed by veteran agent Tim Weissman since 2014 and represents young actors in film, TV, and theater out of both the L.A. and NYC offices. Buchwald’s L.A. branch has quickly climbed the ranks and now represents an impressive roster of both up-and-coming and established youth talent.
The breakdown: With an esteemed reputation and a depth of industry connections, A3 Artists is a fantastic choice for any young actor looking to gain more exposure and take their career to the next level.
Notable clients: Iain Armitage (“Big Little Lies,” “Young Sheldon”), Asher Miles Fallica (“Tully,” “Ozark”), Jasper Newell (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”)
Submission policy: The A3 Artists Agency considers submissions through industry referral only.
A3 Artists Agency (formerly known as Abrams) is one of the industry’s premier talent agencies with three offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London. Longtime agent and executive Robert Attermann acquired A3 in 2018 and has implemented a new approach where agents work with clients across multiple departments in order to maximize their exposure and career opportunities. For instance, the L.A. office has recently incorporated a state-of-the-art digital production studio for actors to use for podcasts, brand partnerships, and digital content creation. “We keep a small list purposefully because we don’t want to sign the whole world,” Attermann said. “We want to make sure that when we sign them we’re going to work hard for them. We just don’t want them on the list just to be on the list. We want to make sure we’re doing the best job we can for them.”
The breakdown: A large agency with lots of name recognition, Innovative remains committed to providing the same level of dedication and personalized representation for all their actors—from A-List stars to young actors just breaking into the scene.
Notable clients: Luca Padovan (“You,” “The Magicians”), Maxwell Jenkins (“Sense8,” “Lost in Space”).
Submission policy: Innovative accepts submissions via industry referral only.
Innovative was founded back in 1982 and has been at the forefront of talent representation ever since. The agency represents its clients across a multitude of departments, including literary, voiceover, commercials, and hosting, and has a strong focus on cross-departmental collaboration. While Innovative represents thousands of clients, they remain committed to advocating for each and every one of them. Innovative boasts substantive industry connections and leverage, but representing fewer big-name celebrities as competitors like UTA and WME means that much of their focus stays on nurturing the success of emerging talent.
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