Trust & Safety
Trust & Safety

Under-18 members

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 your child’s profile, such as phone numbers or email addresses, or any places where the child may be located (schools, etc.).

We automatically disable comments on your child’s profile for safety reasons, but their profile will still appear in our Talent Directory.

If you don’t want your child’s profile to appear in the Talent Directory, change the toggle to 'no' next to Public Profile in their privacy options. That means only casting professionals whose casting calls you apply to will be able to see their profile. Hidden profiles also won’t appear in Google searches, but you will still receive emails from us about relevant castings.

Because some members choose to hide their profile and still apply to castings, we recommend agencies list their castings on StarNow, rather than simply browsing the Talent Directory.

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.

If you have any questions about the information above or have any concerns about your child’s profile, an advertiser, or a listing on the site, please don’t hesitate to contact us.