I fell into that black hole again. I’m sorry. Realizing I should get a few posts in the can ready to go for times when I just can’t sit down and write. The last few days have been a blur between travel, family and a six kid sleepover at my house. We were doing so good last week, weren’t we?
Wednesday afternoon we got a call for the twins to be in New York the next morning, so the rush was on to gather what we needed and square away child care for my oldest. Sometimes he can come with us, but on this one he needed to stay home. When I tell you it takes a village, I truly mean it. I don’t know what we would do without people ready to help us with almost no notice.
I pulled wardrobe for the boys (yes, there are so many times they tell YOU what to bring … clothing is not always provided on a shoot) and packed up my oldest. All the boys were up before 5:30am the next morning and the Big Guy was dropped off at my sister in law’s house by 6am. The rest of us were on the road to NY for an 11am call time.
While I can’t talk about what project they worked on for the day, I can tell you it was extra work on a movie. We don’t usually do extra work for the twins at this point. There is nothing wrong with it, and it’s a great start for so many kids, but the boys have enough under their belt at this point that this is something we usually pass on. Once a child has a big credit under their belt (like the movie the boys did), it doesn’t always make sense to spend time on the background things.
That being said, this fall has been incredibly slow work wise and you don’t always know what being on a movie set can turn into … so on this one, we went. I thought this would be a good time to talk about what you need to work in NY.
NY has different requirements from New England. To work in New England, you basically just show up if you get the call. They will let you know if they need something specific. To work in New York, you need a NY work permit. And a trust account. Your child can NOT work in NY without a permit – for acting or modeling. If he or she gets a job and you didn’t have a permit already, it’s OK. You are allowed to apply for a one time 15 day permit from the New York State Department of Labor. Once you get that, you can not apply again. We actually needed to get this for the boys last year just for a particular audition in NY. That’s right, sometimes they won’t even see you without the permit.
From there, you want to fill out and send in the 12 month work permit. I’ll warn you that there is a lot to it. You need to visit your child’s pediatrician and have them sign off. Same with your child’s school. And you will have to go to the bank and set up trust accounts whether your child has their own bank account or not. A portion of the money they make automatically goes into the trust. (Not enough in my opinion … but all the rest of the money our boys make goes into college accounts so it will all be there for them someday.) Without the 12 month permit, your child will not be able to work once the 15 day expires so it’s best to get started on it right away – even before you know that you need it.
They also get processed in the order they are received I believe, and some times of the year are definitely busier than others. A friend of ours got their children’s permits processed almost immediately, while ours took over a month and a half at the time. The best advice I can give you if you plan on looking into any work in NY? Just apply for the permit now. It costs you nothing. Just don’t forget to renew it each year!
Stay tuned for the next post – we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of being an extra. (Trust me, you want to see that one.)