SOURCE: Children In Film, Inc.

April 24, 2008 11:48 ET

Breaking Into ShowBiz Just Got More Affordable and Easier With Children In Film's New Social Networking Site

New Site Offers Special One Month Free Enhanced Membership Promo and Ability to Join AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Children In Film, Inc. (CIF), a new online social networking service and resource center for child actors and parents, officially launched its services this week after a three-month beta period. ChildrenInFilm.com simplifies the way child actors, parents and industry professionals access and share information, and provides a secure and trusted environment where parents can cost effectively and safely promote their children to industry professionals to increase their opportunity for employment. Beginning this week, Enhanced Membership costs $12.99 per month -- which provides information and services that traditionally used to cost in excess of a thousand dollars. The company is also offering a limited promotion entitling newcomers to a 30-day free enhanced membership (see details below) and the ability to join AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union as a qualified Enhanced CIF Member.

"We are pleased to now offer Credit Union benefits to members of an organization that is clearly setting an example of leadership in our industry," said AFTRA-SAG FCU Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Todd Nelson.

CIF is a comprehensive resource hub offering its Free "Basic Members" rich content on nationwide child labor laws, industry rules, education/schooling, success stories, money management, and set etiquette for newcomers to the entertainment industry. CIF is also the only national, regionally targeted site that features a robust database where members can rate and recommend participating service providers, and producers and casting directors can access a database of actors' profiles/headshots by various search criteria.

"Our members benefit by learning from one another through child actor success stories, 'power parent' interviews and blogs from parents who have managed to successfully navigate their child's acting career with a healthy, balanced and positive approach," said Toni Casala, Founder and President of CIF. "The recent reality show, 'I Know My Kid's A Star,' highlights the importance of parental support to the success of a child's showbiz career. After working in the entertainment industry for 20 years, I have packaged everything a parent needs in order to propel their kid's career as well as tools to help maintain perspective. Our membership is on the rise."

Just five years ago, the costs to get started prior to ever landing a paid job could surpass the thousand-dollar range. Today, for a $12.99 monthly fee, parents and child actors can build a resume, custom profile and personalized bio and upload unlimited photos to be accessed by casting directors, producers, agents and managers; receive regular casting notices; access tips on breaking into the business through their KidStart program; and participate in numerous networking opportunities such as rating service providers, contributing to the member forum, and sending resumes directly to industry professionals. Plus, as an added bonus there are photo contests and other opportunities to get noticed as a member of the site.

Accessing Limited 30-Day Free Enhanced Membership

To access the limited 30-day free enhanced membership trial and begin benefiting from everything CIF offers, users need to email contact@childreninfilm.com and mention promo code: eyetoeye. Basic Membership is always free and includes a limited profile with one photo posting, access to basic site information, and a newsletter.

"I wish the CIF site had been available when Ella first started acting," said Te-see Rouhier, CIF Enhanced Member and mother of 5 1/2-year-old actor. "We could have saved a lot of frustration, time and money. ChildrenInFilm keeps me aware of what to do and not do, what is and isn't acceptable in the business -- all the dos and don'ts. I especially like the service provider rating system. It helps to have other people's input on talent agencies, photographers or whatever service you may need."

About Children In Film

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Children In Film, Inc. (CIF) is the most comprehensive social networking site that simplifies the way child actors, parents, employers and entertainment industry professionals access critical information, allowing them to connect, share and increase opportunities for success. CIF is the only complete and trusted industry resource center that features a robust database where members can rate and recommend participating service providers to minimize the risk of hiring the wrong person or company. Founded in 2000, CIF is focused on empowering child actors, parents and industry professionals with the tools and information to successfully conduct business, while promoting the healthy, positive side of the entertainment industry. For more information, contact www.childreninfilm.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Cathy Sperrazzo
    Eye-To-Eye Communications, Inc.
    (858) 565-9800
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