I have a 4 year old daughter who loves to sing and dance everyone always tells me she should be in commercials. Recently I was approached at the mall by a woman who said my daughter would be perfect for acting. She gave me information on an audition happening that Saturday and told me I should come. We went but there seemed to be 100's of kids. I waited for a while but finally left, should I contact them about another appointment or is this not worth my time?
You were wise to leave. These "open auditions" are nothing more that an attempt to sell you classes and photo shoots. Since your daughter is only four she does not need classes and should not spend much money for a photo shoot either since she will change so much in the next year. If you want to contact agents about representation refer to the Getting Started section of this website.
son has always said he wants to be "in the TV" but I have been told he
is too young. He will turn four next month is this a good age to get
him an agent or should we wait til he is older.
children do start as young as four but six is the best age. According
to the Child Labor laws a six year old can work longer hours which is
beneficial when working on a show. Most Casting Directors will try to
find a six year old to play four every time if possible. If your child
shows true interest you might submit him to the agent's after his
is 7 and a half years old and has been offered a contract with a
Manager (using the definition from your website). My
question is regarding the length of the contract. The contract is for
3 years with a Manager option to renew for an additional 1 year. That
seems kind of long to me; is that the norm for the business?
This is the norm for most manager contracts, whereas agency contracts are usually one year. Managers spend quite a bit of time grooming and developing the talent of their clients investing all of their time without compensation until their client books a job. It can take some time to get a client established and working, hence the three year contract. You might have the manager include and "Out clause" beneficial to both parties just in case at some point you are dissatisfied with your representation.