The nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and history has been made. Quvenzhané Wallis, just 9 years old, is now the youngest ever nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
She was nominated for her portrayal of the character, Hushpuppy, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild”. The Louisiana-born actress was only 5 when she auditioned for the role.
Wallis is up against Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," Naomi Watts for "The Impossible" and Emmanuelle Riva for "Amour." Riva is 85 years old and is now the oldest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Although this excitement may motivate young child actors who want to follow in Wallis’s footsteps, parents should definitely do their research when choosing an agent. It’s very important to do thorough research into the legitimacy and reputation of the different agencies you’re considering for your child.
Use the internet to eliminate potential scammers, and talk to other parents who have children in the acting industry for tips. Avoid agencies that charge fees and try to make you pay money in order to represent your child.