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Your child has bright, sparkling eyes, a charming smile, contagious confidence and a personality that’s fit for the stage. Even if your child has star quality, he or she may not be destined for show business. Before taking your child to auditions, do some research and find out if show business is the best fit for your little star.

1) Natural talent
If your child is dancing on the living room table, singing her lungs out at family gatherings and quoting Macbeth at age three, you might have a natural thespian on your hands. Children naturally want attention, so don’t confuse a ham in front of the camera or an affinity for dressing up as a desire to be in show business. On the other hand, if your child is mature for his or her age and follows directions, is patient and expresses a desire to perform, you might have a natural talent on your hands.

2) Find opportunities in your area
There are multiple acting, modeling and singing agencies, so make sure you pick the right one. Ask for advice and talk to parents who have experience with each agency. Thoroughly interview each agency, ask them about rehearsals, commitment level, fees and success stories. Ask if your child can go to a class before enrolling for an entire series of lessons.

3) Talk to your child
Kids are honest, so ask them if they want to participate in show business. Save the manipulation and convincing for broccoli at dinner time. This is something that will require a lot of time and commitment from your child, so if they don’t want to do it, don’t push them. If they’re reluctant, their performance will suffer.

4) Gauge their interest
Once your child is enrolled in singing, acting or dancing classes you can easily tell if they’re actually interested. If your daughter isn’t paying attention in her dance class, your son hates going to his singing lessons, or refuses to practice for his piano lessons, you might want to try soccer. Children need a little pushing, but if they’re doing something they really love, you won’t have to force them to practice.

5) Make a decision
Once you’ve tried a few different things out, it’s up to you to decide if show business is the right business for your child. You’re the parent, so ultimately you know what’s best for them. If it doesn’t seem like the right fit, don’t give up completely. A few years can make a huge difference. Once they have a little more childhood they might be ready for the stage.